Shade Gardens

first_imgFor gardeners who like native plants, there are also many good options, like Solomon’s seal, beautyberry, native ferns, fothergilla, spiderwort, trillium, bloodroot and maypop. Many woodland wildflowers will also thrive in shade gardens. If your yard is full of shade, do not give up on gardening. Just add plants that were made for the shade. Many people find that as their home landscapes mature, it becomes more difficult to have an attractive garden because there is too much shade. While it is true that you may not be able to grow sun-loving flowers in the shade, you can still have a beautiful garden by knowing which plants thrive and grow in lower light conditions. Some of the most beautiful gardens are made in the shade. Shade gardening is unique in that it lends itself to a peaceful, serene and cool landscape setting. However, there are certain concerns that must be considered when shade gardening. The most important concerns are light level and shade definitions. An area is considered shady if it receives three hours or less of sunlight. A partial sunny/shady area is one that receives four to six hours of sun. Moisture is another major issue for shady areas. A thick canopy of trees can prevent rain from reaching plants underneath. As a result, these smaller plants must compete with the larger trees for moisture. Usually, the trees win that competition. Therefore, it is important to provide sufficient water, especially during drought periods. On the other hand, shady areas can also retain too much moisture, particularly if the area drains poorly. When planting in shady areas, it is important to remember to till and amend the existing soil with soil conditioner and compost to allow for adequate drainage. Keep in mind that most shade-loving plants tend to grow slowly, and it can be difficult to find plants that bloom well in the shade. There are some beautiful, shade-loving plants that do bloom, like dogwoods, redbuds, azaleas, camellias, hydrangeas, bleeding hearts, astilbe, columbine, Lenten rose and begonias. They can add blooms to your shade garden through the season. But even when no plants are blooming, shade gardens can be beautiful if you use plants with different leaf textures and varying leaf colors. Variegated plants create an interesting landscape. Remember that most turfgrasses won’t tolerate shade, but many ground covers will and can make for a lush appearance in the shade. Hostas, epimedium, numerous species of ferns, caladiums, coleus, pachysandra, wintergreen, heuchera, heucherella, and Mondo and monkey grass can be combined to create rich textures and colors that cannot be replicated in full sun. last_img read more

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Colombian, Venezuelan Armed Groups Exercise Abusive Control at the Border, Says HRW

first_imgBy AFP February 10, 2020 Colombian and Venezuelan armed groups exercise “abusive social control” on both sides of the border, in Colombia’s Arauca department and Venezuela’s Apure state, in collusion with Venezuelan authorities, said nongovernmental organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) on January 22.José Miguel Vivanco, HRW director for the Americas, denounced operations carried out by guerrillas of the National Liberation Army (ELN, in Spanish), dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, in Spanish), and the Patriotic Forces of National Liberation (FPLN, in Spanish), a Venezuelan Chavista group, during a presentation of the report “The Guerrillas Are the Police.”All of them “have the strength and abilities to impose their rules” and subdue the population with killings, torture, extortion, kidnapping, child recruitment, sexual abuse, and forced labor, Vivanco said.The investigation revealed that both ELN rebels and dissidents of what was once the most powerful guerilla in the Americas “operate with near-to-absolute impunity on both sides of the border, keeping camps in Apure and using Venezuela as their rearguard.”According to the NGO director, the FPLN armed group is concentrated in Apure.Although the organization’s size and firepower are unknown, HRW says that some of its members were part of the so-called “illegally armed colectivos” — groups that the opposition considers a Chavista armed wing — and that these groups “act in collusion with Venezuelan security forces and local authorities.”The NGO, which didn’t address an alliance among the three forces, reported forced labor as punishment.The victims are taken to Venezuelan camps and are forced to carry out farming tasks or cook for combatants.Around 44,000 Venezuelans live in Arauca, most of whom fled the worst crisis in the country’s modern history, aggravated by hyperinflation and lack of supplies.These migrants escape “a violent dictatorship” and end up in “an extremely risky situation” in Colombia, Vivanco said.A porous, 261-mile border separates Arauca department from Apure state.With 240,000 inhabitants on the Colombian side and 460,000 on the Venezuelan side, the population suffers high poverty rates, despite living in an oil-producing area, with narcotrafficking and smuggling operations into Venezuela.According to HRW, “the Arauca authorities are not capable of administering justice,” and the Colombian military in the region are “mainly focused” on “protecting” the infrastructure of state-run oil company Ecopetrol.last_img read more

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