Tag: Mark Montoya

Gift-Giving Outside the (Gift) Box

Gift-Giving Outside the (Gift) Box

By on 19 April, 2016 in Carole King with 0 Comments

Looking for an unusual gift for Mother’s Day, Graduation, Wedding, Father’s Day or even a birthday? Don’t despair. For the person who has absolutely everything, we have the answer for you! A one-of-a-kind original piece of artwork from one of the creative artists with the Alabama Folks Art Project. The innovative art project is sponsored […]

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Sources of Sounds of Silence

Sources of Sounds of Silence

By on 13 October, 2010 in City services, Mark Montoya with 0 Comments

Can anyone tell me how much unwanted noise we have to hear in a day? I have become so accustomed to traffic noise, appliances, television and so forth, that I just recently learned how rare it is to hear nothing. On Sunday,  silence awakened me. As I awoke, all I could hear was the occasional […]

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The Drought Continues

The Drought Continues

By on 8 October, 2010 in Gardening, Mark Montoya, Outdoors with 0 Comments

Yesterday, I visited the home of new clients. The couple moved to Montgomery from Albuquerque, New Mexico a while back and recently decided to construct a swimming pool in their back yard. My father was from New Mexico, and we had much to talk about. The newly excavated pool space and the resulting mounds of […]

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House Plants for the Soul

House Plants for the Soul

By on 10 September, 2010 in Gardening, Mark Montoya, Outdoors with 0 Comments

What a world! What a world!  What a world! In this messed-up world — and this horrible drought we are in, bring yourself some joy with house plants. The green in your home will soothe your soul. Some people feel that they must wait for someone to be ill or die before they can have […]

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Maintaining the Future

Maintaining the Future

By on 6 August, 2010 in Gardening, Mark Montoya, Outdoors with 1 Comment

HOT!  That is what I have to say about gardening this week.  Do as little as possible right now.  This is not the time to be digging and planting in your garden, but to enjoy what you planted months ago…and maybe pluck the occasional weed or two.  Maintenance, which includes watering, mowing, edging and blowing, […]

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Crape Myrtles

Crape Myrtles

By on 16 July, 2010 in Gardening, Mark Montoya, Outdoors with 0 Comments

I’m sure that you have noticed the incredible crape myrtles in our older neighborhoods. They just love the sun and heat. Crape myrtles are originally from Asia, and have become as traditional a part of the Southern landscape as camellias and azaleas, which are also from Asia. Crape myrtles are very easy to root from […]

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Weed Control

Weed Control

By on 25 June, 2010 in Gardening, Mark Montoya, Outdoors with 2 Comments

Just what is a weed? In the case of the dandelion, one person’s weed is another’s cooked greens. Goldenrod? It used to be the State flower. Let’s just say weeds are in the eye of the beholder, and that’s why I’m going to talk about weed control. Weeds drive me crazy. Roundup and other weed […]

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Grasses in the Garden

Grasses in the Garden

By on 11 June, 2010 in Gardening, Mark Montoya, Outdoors with 0 Comments

If you have not yet discovered the beauty and usefulness of ornamental grasses in your garden, now is the time to start looking. By planting grasses now, you give them an opportunity to take hold and flourish up until the first frost. Taller grasses – four to six feet high – can make great screens. […]

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The Beauty of Wildflowers

The Beauty of Wildflowers

By on 28 May, 2010 in Gardening, Mark Montoya, Outdoors with 2 Comments

I suppose that there are some good things that can come of a recession.  Traveling within our state for the past two weekends, I have noticed that the wildflowers are exceptionally plentiful. What a delight to see the results of not mowing the grass along the highways this spring! In your upcoming travels, I hope […]

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Mixing Hydrangeas With Trees

Mixing Hydrangeas With Trees

By on 13 May, 2010 in Gardening, Mark Montoya, Outdoors with 0 Comments

The two most desired features in any landscape are large trees and mature shrubbery. When it comes to gardening, living in older neighborhoods has both these advantages. When planning your garden, consider these two features gifts from previous generations — gifts which are priceless. Equally important in the quest for the perfect garden landscape is […]

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