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Introduction to Tree Aloes, part 1: the solitary, unbranched species, by Geoff Stein

There are few more impressive trees that are as care-free, magnificently flowered and are living works of southwestern-landscape art all at the same time, as are the solitary tree aloes. There are dozens of tree aloe species and all have their unique flowers, leaves and statements to make. The following article is a brief description of some of the solitary tree aloes (those with a single trunk and no branches) in cultivation, including flower description, some notes on cultivation, and some discussion on how to tell them apart. Part 2 will be a discussion of the tree aloes that branch (later article).

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You Might Be a Plant Nerd, by Kelli Kallenborn

Since you visit Dave's Garden, there is a very good chance that you like plants. But have you ever felt that your fondness for or interest in plants went above and beyond the average? Do you have an obsession that most consider a bit abnormal, maybe even unhealthy? Do you think about plants all of the time? Do you find it impossible to pass up a plant sale? Do you understand the words in the purple box to the right? Don't look now, but you might be a plant nerd.

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PLANTFILES:

PlantFiles: Azalea 'Mandarin Lights' (Rhododendron )

Azalea 'Mandarin Lights'

(Rhododendron )

It's tough to tell how common this cultivar is in the Twin Cities - most tend to be near the house on either the sides or...
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GARDEN WATCHDOG:

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Neutral7
Negative5

Jené's Tropicals

Review by wlbaum:

Purchased a loquat advertised online in April. When the tree didn't arrive by June, I called and was told that the trees...
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BIRDFILES:

BirdFiles: Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Western Osprey

(Pandion haliaetus)

Very common sight in the Fl. Keys...
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BUGFILES:

BugFiles: Elm Leaf Beetle (Pyrrhalta luteola)

Elm Leaf Beetle

(Pyrrhalta luteola)

This pretty little beetle is the one that has devastated elm trees in England and all over Europe. It is known in the Melbourne...
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GO GARDENING:

Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

Plant Detectives

5 stars
While their perennial selection is very good, it\'s their trees that are truly outstanding. Acres of trees, lot of gorgeous...
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GARDEN BOOKWORM:

Gardening Book: Dirr's Trees and Shrubs for Warm Climates: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

Dirr's Trees and Shrubs for Warm Climates: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

Review by hjhanna:

Decent book, but misses nuances. A follow-up post here from continued scientific study (who ever said science was concluded?)...
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With almost 500,000 members, Dave's Garden is an amazing resource for beginning and experienced gardeners alike. Inside, you'll find over 250 forums dedicated to every type of home and gardening topic you can think of. From annuals and bonsai trees to vegetable gardening and winter sowing; from tips on seeds and planting to advice on regional gardening, this is a gold mine of friendly advice and knowledge shared by experienced gardeners from around the world.

Enthusiasts of every gardening niche can put down roots and grow their knowledge. Are you into water gardens, vegetable gardens, hanging gardens, growing flowers or arranging bouquets, container gardens, raised beds, farming, poultry, beekeeping or any other gardening pursuit? If so, you'll find we have forums, articles and videos to help you learn, grow and share advice.

Do you need help identifying a plant, bug or bird? Check out the plant and tree identification, insect identification forum, and the bird identification forum. Or browse the PlantFiles, BugFiles and BirdFiles databases, where you'll find information on more than 160,000 plants and thousands of insects and spiders.

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We invite you to sign up and join our community, and share what you know! Here at Dave's Garden, you can create your own blog, upload photos for free, or use our tools to trade seeds and plants.

Since 2000, we've grown to be a comprehensive gardening community with discussion forums for every hobby, home and garden topic you can imagine. Our members are knowledgeable about soil, weather, watering, and just about every kind of plant and insect. On behalf of all our members, we are glad you came to visit, and we hope you will stop by again soon!

TODAY IN THE FORUMS

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  Today in history: July 28  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Still irritated by your annoying dinner guest's remarks? Take a late-night stroll around the garden, smell the fragrant flowers and let it go.

1586: Potatoes were introduced to Great Britain; some sources credit Thomas Harriot, while others give credit to Sir Francis Drake.

1843: Sir William Turner Thiselton-Dyer, naturalist and botanist, was born in Westminster, London. He would work at Kew for 30 years, including work on the introduction of cocoa and rubber to plantations in Sri Lanka and elsewhere.

1852: Andrew Jackson Downing, American landscape designer and editor of The Horticulturist, died aboard the steamboat 'Henry Clay' when it caught fire in the Hudson River.

1866: Helen Beatrix Potter, noted children's author, illustrator, botanist and conservationist, was born. She would publish 23 children's books, including "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," a story of a mischievous rabbit and his nemesis, Mr. McGregor and his garden.

2008: Snow (or soft hail) fell on Sydney, Australia for the first time in over 125 years (one source references a heavy snowfall 30 miles from Sydney on August 10, 1872.)

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