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Adding ornamental plants to your front garden can help you be happier

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Growing just a few ornamental plants — such as daffodils or petunias — in a bare front garden can make people feel happier and less stressed, a study found.

Experts led from the Royal Horticultural Society planted blooms including azaleas, clematis and lavender in yards in low-income areas of Salford, Greater Manchester.

They then monitored the stress levels of the residents participating in the study — and explored how the additions to their gardens made them feel.



a vase of flowers sitting on top of a wooden table: Growing just a few ornamental plants ¿ such as daffodils or petunias, pictured ¿ in a bare front garden can make people feel happier and less stressed, a study found (stock image)


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Growing just a few ornamental plants ¿ such as daffodils or petunias, pictured ¿ in a bare front garden can make people feel happier and less stressed, a study found (stock image)

The researchers recruited 42 residents — involving a total of 38 gardens — for the study, although some received their plants only after a year as so that they

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Two Republican senators test positive for COVID-19, adding to uncertainty surrounding Supreme Court pick

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The coronavirus outbreak gripping the White House spread to Capitol Hill on Friday morning, raising the prospect that the virus could disrupt Republicans’ plans to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court before the November election.



a group of people standing in front of a building: Judge Amy Coney Barrett spoke after being nominated to the US Supreme Court by President Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House on Sept. 26. Several people who were in attendance, including the president, have since tested positive for COVID-19, imperiling Barrett's confirmation process.


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Judge Amy Coney Barrett spoke after being nominated to the US Supreme Court by President Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House on Sept. 26. Several people who were in attendance, including the president, have since tested positive for COVID-19, imperiling Barrett’s confirmation process.

Two Republican members of the Senate Judiciary committee — Mike Lee of Utah, and Thom Tillis of North Carolina – revealed Friday that they have tested positive for the potentially deadly disease.

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Their positive diagnoses raised concerns that the virus had spread at a Saturday Rose Garden ceremony, at which Trump announced he was nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

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