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Fall Bulbs

Amaryllis, Paperwhites and more!

Bulbs are here! Ready for forcing gorgeous holiday blooms and for planting in the landscape. A great selection is available & more arriving next week! Choose from amaryllis, anemone mixes, crocus, daffodil, hyacinth, narcissus, lycoris and tulips. The ‘Ziva’ paperwhites are ready to “force” for holiday blooms! Check out our current bulb availability here.

Sat. October 18 @ 10 am: “Fall Bulbs” with Margaret Cherry of Abbott Ipco. Come meet our favorite bulb expert and learn what to plant in Fall. The class is free — please let us know and RSVP here.

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Add a new dimension to the garden … so calming.

The addition of a water fountain to the garden adds the sound, coolness & calm of moving water. We have a variety of wonderful and unique fountains. Virtually any pot can be transformed into a fountain. Choose from natural, stone-like fountains, to traditional, glazed (pictured) vases & bowls in an array of colors. To make it easier, we can have a fountain expert install it for you.

Extra bonus:  the birds will love a chance for a fresh drink!

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In the Bungalow: Thymes Frasier Fir

Favorite Holiday Fragrance

The holidays will be soon upon us. The roasting turkey, the baking sweets and freshly cut trees are all traditional holiday scents that begin to fill air this time of year. Thymes Frasier Fir combines the deep scent of Siberian fir needles, heartening cedarwood, and relaxing sandalwood to create a mountain-fresh fragrance. Refreshing and comforting, the scent will evoke feelings of crisp and cozy winter mornings. Thymes Frasier Fir is available in a variety of candles, diffusers, and bath products.

See what’s New in the Bungalow here.


Combo of the Week

Cool weather color!

Swiss Chard, Sweet Red Dianthus, Spicy Superbells, Trailing Viola and Pansies.

This week’s combo is happy in the fall weather.

The Swiss Chard is the centerpiece with its attractive, maroon veined leaves, surrounded by Sweet Red Dianthus, graceful Spicy Superbells, Trailing Viola and Pansies. A beautiful colorful mix that will bloom and thrive.

For inspiration check out our Combo page here.


Upcoming Events:

Join us…

  • Saturday, October 18 @ 10:00 am. “Fall Bulbs” with Margaret Cherry of Abbott Ipco. Come meet our favorite bulb expert and learn what to plant in Fall. The class is free, but we ask that you RSVP here.
  • Saturday, October 18 12-6pm. Purchase your tickets to the annual Norhill Bungalow Home Tour inside our Bungalow. Advanced tickets are $20. Get more information here.

In the Bungalow

A peek at Christsmas

The Bungalow is being transformed into a holiday paradise. Decorations for Christmas trees, holiday wreaths, ornaments, candles, diffusers and more are arriving every week.

See what’s New in the Bungalow here.


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Climbing vines, roses & more…

Go vertical! Vines & climbing roses are wonderful to create vertical, multi-dimensional garden features. Plant vines on an existing fence or use arbors, trellises & obelisks to create unique spaces, provide privacy,divide garden areas and make a statement. Choose from our great selection of trellises. We also have your favorite vines including passionflower (pictured), mandevilla, Carolina jessamine, honeysuckle, star jasmine, wisteria and more. Many in bloom right now.

See our complete list of available vines here.

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Graceful Grasses

A beautiful addition to the fall garden

Grasses add texture and a billowy dimension to the garden. Adaptable and hardy, many varieties that are perfect for the Houston climate. Choose from our favorite native Gulf Coast Muhly Grass (pictured), Purple Fountain, Pampas, Inland Sea Oats, Lemon grass and the cutest Little Bunny Grass. We’ll help you find the prefect variety for your location.

See our complete list of available grasses here.


Fruit Trees & Shrubs

Citrus, Blueberries, Avocados & more…

The best selection! There is nothing quite like harvesting your own fruit!

Choose from:

  • Blueberries are great. Just remember to plant different varieties for pollination. Great varieties including Brightwell & Premier.
  • Figs are a long-time tradition in the South. There are many varieties that are well adapted to our hot & humid Gulf coast climate. These include bountiful producers such as ‘Celeste’ (pictured), Alma, Texas Everbearing and many more.
  • Pomegranates are perfect to plant in the landscape & producing the anti-oxidant rich fruit. Great varieties for Texas include Garnet Sash & Texas Pink.
  • Papaya is a great fast-growing tropical fruit. ‘Sunrise’ is a great red variety. Protect from cold & watch it take off in spring.
  • Peaches that do well in this area include the miniature ‘Bonanza’ and ‘ Bonfire’ varieties.
  • Olive trees do grow here and will bear olives. Arbequina is a favorite. Self-fruiting, but two are always better than one.
  • Citrus are popular all year ’round — many varieties, from the hardy satsumas and kumquats to long time favorites like Meyers Lemon and Mexican Lime.

Check out our full fruit availability here.

Don’t miss Saturday, October 11 @ 10:00 am: “Growing Citrus in Houston” with George Shackelford of Brazos Citrus Nursery. Meet our favorite citrus grower and learn how to grow more lemons than your neighbor! The class is free, but we ask that you RSVP here.

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Time to Feed

October is the perfect time, they’re hungry

Time to feed everything one last time before winter.

  • Citrus – use MicroLife Citrus Fertilizer + Super Seaweed.
  • Roses – Rose Glo is just fabulous.
  • Camellias – MicroLife Azalea + Super Seaweed
  • Fall Veggies – MicroLife or Happy Frog Tomato & Vegetable + MicroLife Ocean Harvest or Fox Farm Big Bloom
  • Lawn – MicroLife 6-2-4 or MicroLife Brown Patch Control 5-1-3.
  • Attend our Organics Class on Oct. 25
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Fall & Winter Blooms!

Camellias are a favorite classic shrub for Houston gardens. Evergreen, they bloom from fall into early spring, depending on the variety. Camellias are available in a variety of sizes and colors, ranging in size from dwarf shrubs to small trees. Planted in the right location – well drained, acidic soil and a part sun area (they like afternoon shade), they will reward you with an abundance of blooms.

Our fall shipment has arrived and includes both long-time favorites such as the scented ‘AckScent’ (pictured), the gorgeous ‘White by the Gate’, and the Christmas time blooming, red ‘Yuletide’, and stunning new varieties including the stunning Southern Living ‘October Magic’ series.

Check our complete Camellia selection here.

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In the Bungalow: Spartina

Lush nature inspired luxury

Inspiration for Spartina handbags and scarves began at a seaside cottage on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina. Spartina is named after the native marsh grass that graces the shores of this majestic lush island. Each Spartina handbag features genuine leather and their signature blend of luxurious French linen, a perfect canvas for vibrant color and unique patterns. The richly hued scarves are bamboo woven creating a light-weight fabric that is both sustainable and summer ready. Fall in love with the luxury of Spartina today.


La Candela

Artisan crafted oil lamps

La Candela is committed to working with the best artisans in central Mexico to produce the highest quality ceramics that are hand-painted (lead-free) and high fired for durability and a lifetime of enjoyment. These oil lamps are works of art. Perfect for a Day of the Dead or Halloween celebration.


Fall is for Roses

Time to plant

Fall is a great time for roses. Getting them in the ground now allows them time to get established in time for Spring. Choose from many Houston favorites, including Belinda’s Dream (pictured), Julia Child, Caldwell Pink, Iceberg, Peggy Martin & more.

Don’t forget to check out our selection of Drift® Roses including this week’s combo highlight Sweet Drift® Rose. These are great groundcover roses perfect for mass plantings, containers & even hanging baskets.

Check out our current rose availability here. New shipment arrives Friday.


Garden Accents

Featuring metal sculptures by EE-I-EE-I-O

Unique & whimsical

Designed by Australian artist Aaron Jackson. Hand-crafted in Vietnam. Each piece is unique. Hand made from metal of recycled 44 gallon drums, all are coated with a resistant industrial polyurethane that makes them extremely durable in the harshest environment. Choose from a kaleidoscope of butterflies, a school of really cute fish, a 60s themed VW cooler & so many more.


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Fashion in the Bungalow

Tunics, Wraps, Clogs & more

Fall is the time to add new items to the wardrobe. Choose from wonderful fall tunics, knit wraps, comfortable clogs, gorgeous handbags & unique nature inspired jewelry. All in the Bungalow.

  • Fall Tunics are an excellent combination of fashion and comfort. Find this seasons tunics in an array of beautiful rich colors and chic styles. Tunics are perfect for a day or errands or a night on the town.
  • Knit Wraps are a stylish a versatile cover up to for those chill fall nights. Wear them as a poncho, scarf, or a shrug and look beautiful in every configuration. Bold geometric patterns and soft woven material make for a must-have complement to every wardrobe.
  • Klogs USA are famous for their “WOW” Comfort. Lightweight and durable. Enjoy long-lasting comfort with the lightweight Dusty clog from Klogs. Perfect for days when you’re on your feet for extended periods of time or spending some time working in the garden.

See what’s New in the Bungalow here.


Time to Plant Seeds

Fall Seeds are here!

Plant your fall garden from seed. Now is the time to start your beans (bush, pole & Southern cowpea). Plant lettuces, arugula, spinach, Swiss chard & peas (snap & English). And, of course the beets, radishes & turnips!


Fall in Love with Trees!

This is the perfect time to plant

Plant now and they will be established by Spring! Fall is a great time to plant shrubs & trees as the plant is able to begin establishing its root system & be ready to go in the spring. We have a great selection that includes oaks, a wonderful selection of maples (native & Japanese), redbuds, & more.

Check out our current tree selection here and the Buchanan’s Tree Planting Guide.


Natives for Birds

Plant Natives for Wildlife Habitat

Houston is right along the path of the Central Flyway, a prime route for migratory birds. That means we have a front row seat to the excitement of fall migration.

As a Certified Wildlife Habitat, Buchanan’s attracts all manner of winged visitors. You can, too! Native trees and shrubs provide excellent havens for birds needing to make stopovers along their migration route.

Be on the lookout for Ruby-throated Hummingbirds flocking to plants and nectar feeders. Other birds will appreciate a suet feeder for some high energy dining to help them bulk up for the journey. Don’t forget to add water, and your backyard migration pit stop will be complete.

See our Native Plants for Birds availability here.

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UNOde50 Jewelry

Handcrafted & Unique

A Spanish brand of handcrafted jewelry whose hallmark is its unique and distinctive design. Started in the late 1990s by a group of designers who resolved to blend tradition and modernity with craftsmanship, design and quality. The hallmark of UNOde50 creates a perfect balance between daring and elegance, with meticulous care invested in every last detail.

See what’s New in the Bungalow here.


Fall Shrubs

Fall is a great time to plant shrubs!

Plant now and they will be established by Spring! Fall is a great time to plant shrubs & trees as the plant is able to begin establishing its root system & be ready to go in the spring.

New shipments arriving weekly. Gorgeous Azaleas – including the favorite Encores & Bloom-A-Thon series & many more. Gorgeous red Bottlebrushes (a hummingbird favorite), Hydrangeas, Camellias & more. Go here for a list of our current availabilities.

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Fall Décor

In the Bungalow!

Fall decorating season is here. The Bungalow has been transformed into a fall & Halloween wonderland! Wonderful realistic pumpkin certerpieces, gorgeous blown-glass pumpkins, fall wreaths, candles & more.

Don’t forget the beautiful crotons & mums for a great addition to your fall décor. Mix n’ match for great impact!

See what’s New in the Bungalow here.

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New Pottery for Fall

Great selection of Fibreclay pots & planters

Fibreclay planters and pots (pictured) are made of a mixture of a high-tech synthetic that is combined with clay. This lightweight pottery has an appealing zinc-like finish that fits into almost any decor. The incredible lightness of the pots makes them easy to move, plant and rearrange. They have been very popular and we can see why!

Of course, we also have lots of new glazed pottery, including very large sizes. (Perfect for that citrus tree you’ve wanted to get!)

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Fall Color!
Mums & Crotons

Orange, bronze, red, pink, purple

Fall decorating season is here with the arrival of mums & crotons in the nursery. Choose from a wonderful selection of mums.

Beautiful crotons in many different color combinations and varieties.
A must-have for fall decorating. They look best in multiples — who can stop at just one?

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New! Dog Care Dept.

Healthy food, treats, toys & more

We’re so excited! You must visit our Dog Care Department, featuring raw food mixes, organic treats, toys, leashes, collars, shampoo and more. Great brands — all made in the USA or Canada — including Stella & Chewy’s, Plato treats, Cycle Dog toys & collars, Orijen freeze dried dog treats, Primal freeze-dried formulas & many more. Sneak a peek at our new products here!

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In the Bungalow

Get ready for Halloween!

The Bungalow is filled with wonderful seasonal and holiday decor. Halloween is around the corner, and we have eclectic tabletop decorations, candles and accessories that will get you into the mood. Indoor & outdoor decor Ghosts, goblins, witches, ravens, webs, skeletons and more!

Morticia would love shopping in the Bungalow!



Fall Veggies & Companion Plants

Plant a mixed vegetable garden

Fall veggies & companion plants are here. Tomatoes (heirloom & hybrid), broccoli, peppers, Swiss chard, pumpkins & more. Companion planting is a time honored gardening tradition. Planting plants that are known to have insecticidal properties (marigolds, zinnias, etc.) will help to keep pests away from your veggies, while plants that are attractive to insects can help to serve as decoys. Large groupings of one vegetable can attract many pests, while mixed gardens are thought to minimize infestations.

A great example of the companion planting principle is the Native American “Three Sister” concept. Corn, beans & squash (pumpkins) are grown together. As the corn stalks grow, beans find support by climbing up the stalk. Beans fix nitrogen in the soil, which provides nutrients for the corn. Squash grows rapidly and the large squash leaves shade out weeds and serve as natural weed block.

Check out this great list of veggie companion plants availability here.


Here Be Dragons!

Bring a bit of whimsy to your garden

We have a wonderful selection of magical, mythical and spiritual creatures and animals to create a truly unique garden.

Choose from Saints and Crosses, Dragons, Gryphons & Gargoyles, Cats, Turtles, Frogs & more… All new statuary just in from Campania called the ‘Mythicals Collection’.

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See What’s New in
Miniature Gardening

Over a 1,000 figurines & accessories in stock!

In the Bungalow. Come on in and check out our irresistible selection of miniature gardening figures, furniture and accents! We have a newly re-designed our shelves for easy shopping.

Don’t miss the “Miniature Garden Workshop” with Austin Merrell. September 27 @ 10 am. Create your dream garden in miniature. The class is free, you will just purchase what you use in your creation. Please RSVP here, Workshop is limited to 30.

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Dark Foliage, Contrast, High Style…

Dark foliage adds drama and style to the garden. From mass plantings that create contrast to individual plants that provide a focal point in the landscape, nothing creates a ‘show’ like dark colored plants. We have a great selection that includes plants such as the ‘Blackie’ Sweet Potato Vine and the ‘Red Star’ Cordyline (pictured).


Black and Blue Salvia

Hummingbird favorite!

Black and Blue Salvia (Salvia guaranitica) offers a brilliant cobalt blue color that is simply stunning. It is sometimes called anise sage due to its scented leaves. Blooms summer through fall. A favorite of hummingbirds, this is an important plant to add to a butterfly and hummingbird garden.


Bee Friendly Plants!

Help bees & other pollinators!

Bees & pollinators are a critical part of the ecosystem. Bees, birds, butterflies, wasps, hummingbirds & even bats are pollinators — that is they are really good at spreading pollen around to help plants produce fruit. If you have fruit trees or a vegetable garden, then you need bees & pollinators to harvest a crop. You can help by creating a bee & pollinator friendly landscape.

Planting pollen, nectar & host plants will attract a variety of butterfly species. Combining nectar & host plants is important to provide both food for adults & young. The caterpillars will munch a bit on the leaves, but it’s OK, the leaves will grow back. Look for specially marked butterfly plants in the nursery.

We have lots of bee friendly plants, including citrus, Texas kidneywood, almond verbena, basil, salvia, zinnia & more.

Bees in the Bungalow!

Lots to keep bees happy!

Planting a bee friendly garden is the first step in helping our bees & other pollinators. But also consider giving them a home!

The Bungalow has a great selection of artificial houses that are perfect for our native mason bees.



Unique wearable art

GawdyBobbles has blended leather, gem, and metal pieces to create beautiful jewelry that is both natural and edgy. Take the guess work out creating a stack of bracelets that make a statement.The bracelet combinations can be worn in many configurations to suit any mood and style. Pair your arm candy with any of the stunning leather necklaces for a complete look.


Rowallan of Scotland

Handcrafted style

Rowallan of Scotland (pictured) is known for handcrafting elegant pieces designed with the Scottish philosophy that beauty and function don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Beautiful and practical, the genuine Saffiano leather ensures that these refined pieces are scratch and stain resistant. Classic hardware elements truly shine against the backdrop of each richly hued creation.

Check out what New in the Bungalow here.



Butterflies need it!

Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica). Milkweed is critically important to Monarch Butterflies as both nectar & host plants. It has brilliant exotic bicolor blooms above long slender foliage. Loves full sun.

Every garden should have at least one!


Any Pot Can be a Fountain!

Enjoy cool, cool water …

Cool off with a NEW water feature! Create your own one-of-a-kind fountain. We have everything it takes, from a fabulous selection of pottery in akk sizes, shapes and colors, as well as the reservoirs & pumps and advice on how to build it.

For more info on ‘How to Build a Pot Fountain’.


Autumn Sage

Hummingbird & Butterfly Magnet!

Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) is a fabulous summer bloomer and Texas native that is loved by pollinators & hummingbirds. Hardy & drought tolerant, this perennial is approximately 2-3 ft. tall, with small, minty aromatic green leaves. Blooms spring to frost. Loves sun & heat!


Mosquito Control

Are you prepared for mosquito season?

We have some great products!

  • The Patio Egg is a safe & effective way to deter mosquitoes & other biting insects from your patio and other outdoor living areas. DEET free.
  • Amazon Lights is made from aromatic essential oils of Brazilian Andiroba, citronella, rosemary & thyme. Available in incense sticks, cones & candles.
  • EcoSmart Mosquito Fogger organically kills & repels mosquitoes & other flying insects.
  • Mosquito Bits & Dunks are a biological control for mosquitoes in the larval development stage. Add to ponds, standing water, pots, saucers, etc.
  • Mosquito Beater granules are nontoxic, biodegradable & pleasantly scented. Contain geranium oil, cedar oil, lemon grass oil, garlic & citronella oil.
  • Garlic Spray is considered an effective mosquito repellent.
  • Nature’s Guide Cedar granules repels mosquitoes by overloading their senses.

Find more information on mosquito control from ‘The Dirt Doctor’ Howard Garrett here.



Summer Fruit

These trees are setting fruit now!

Great selection of heat loving, fruiting trees. Choose from:

  • Figs are a long-time tradition in the South. There are many varieties that are well adapted to our hot & humid Gulf coast climate. These include bountiful producers such as ‘Celeste’ (pictured), Alma, Brown Turkey, LSU Gold & LSU Purple.
  • Pomegranates are perfect to plant in the landscape & producing the anti-oxidant rich fruit. Great varieties for Texas include Garnet Sash, Kandahar Early, Red Silk & Texas Pink.
  • Papaya is a great fast-growing tropical fruit. The Red Lady Papaya is a high-producing, semi-dwarf Mexican variety.
  • Olive trees do grow here and will bear olives. Try Arbequina & Pendolino varieties, which are self-fruiting, but two is always better than one.
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After the rain …

Snails, slugs & …

We loved the rain! Our trees, shrubs & lawns are happy. But the rain also brought out many rain related problems for the gardener. In particular, this is the perfect environment for fungal plant problems, mosquitoes and lots of snails & slugs.

Sluggo Snail and Slug Control contains iron phosphate that breaks down into organic fertilizer and can be used in the garden and around pets and wildlife. Effective for the control of all slugs & snails.

The Dirt Doctor: Slugs & Snails: Descriptions and Organic Control

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Loves sun & heat!

Esperanza (Tecoma stans), also known as Yellow Bells is a fabulous Texas favorite. The ‘Gold Star’ Esperanza is a Texas Superstar. A spectacular heat-tolerant Texas native with striking masses of golden yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers. Highly pest resistant. Loves full sun. Blooms from early summer until frost. Height: 4′ x Width: 3′. Wonderful in containers to accent entry and patio, also in mass plantings.



Star Jasmine

Fragrance for the garden!

We love star jasmine! Fragrant blooms are simply intoxicating. This wonderful climbing evergreen vine has fragrant white star shaped flowers in the spring.

Great for a trellis or a fence. Or on an obelisk in a pot! Check out our Combo of the Week selection (below).


Bungalow Gift Wrap Service

We make it easy

The Bungalow now offers a variety of on-site gift wrapping services to go with your perfect gift. Choose your wrap and your bow and we will make your next purchase beautiful and gift ready.



Create a Cool Water Haven

Visit the new, restocked aquatic plants department — also known as “The Pond”.

Water gardening is a wonderful way to create a relaxing spot in the garden. Adding a water feature is easy! You can create a small pond, bog or rain garden. A water garden is great for attracting wildlife, birds and butterflies. Build a full pond or use a simple water bowl to hold a few plants for a cool water feature. If you need help – our staff will be happy to get you started with the right plants, pumps, containers and information.

Choose from a great selection including Lotus, Water Lilies, Black Madras & more. Check out our complete water gardening availabilities here.



A Butterfly & Hummingbird Favorite!

Every garden should have one (or more). Pentas are a favorite Houston plant. An excellent source of nectar for hummingbirds & butterflies. Available in a wide array of colors – from red to pink to purple to white. Love full sun, but can take some shade.

Choose from the taller Starcluster Pentas (18-22″) or the dwarf Graffiti Pentas (6-9″). They look the same, so be sure to check the tags!


Insect Repelling Plants

Help Keep Mosquitoes Away!

There are many plants that have insecticidal properties that can help repel a variety of insects, including mosquitoes. Although there is some discussion as to their level of effectiveness, we think they look great in the garden.

Suggested plants include: Ageratum, Basil, Catnip, Citronella Geranium, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Marigold, Mexican Mint Marigold (pictured), Peppermint & Rosemary.



Loves the heat!

A Texas favorite! It is a colorful, hardy flowering perennial that loves full sun, is drought tolerant, provides brilliant color spring through fall, attracts butterflies, hummingbirds & many other pollinators, is a great source of berries for many birds.

Choose from an amazing selection!


Beneficial Insects

They will help you!

Beneficial insects are voracious predator bugs that can help keep the bad insect population in your garden down, preventing & minimizing plant damage. Beneficial insects do not harm people, plants, or pets. Beneficials we have in stock: Live Lady Bugs, Praying Mantis Eggs & Beneficial Nematodes in store. You can also purchase certificates at Buchanan’s for Earthworms, Mason Bees, Lacewings & Trichogramma wasps to get your insects delivered ASAP directly to you – with free shipping!


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