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Ah, Spring!, by Larry Rettig

Those long-awaited harbingers of the spring garden are beginning to make their appearance here at Cottage-in-the-Meadow-Gardens: snowdrops nodding their greetings as I pass by, early species crocuses lifting their tiny yellow chalices in a toast to the warmer weather to come, and winter aconites dancing about in their bright green mini tutus and yellow tresses.

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Purple Coneflowers? or Red, Yellow, -- or Tangerine?, by Marie Harrison

Purple coneflower is the 2014 “Perennial Plant of the Year” chosen by the National Garden Bureau. Native to the central and eastern United States, this lovely wildflower not only beautifies prairies and gardens across the country; it keeps them alive with butterflies, birds, and beneficial insects.

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PLANTFILES:

PlantFiles: Flaming Glory Bower (Clerodendrum speciosissimum)

Flaming Glory Bower

(Clerodendrum speciosissimum)

I'm beginning to call this plant "the gift that keeps on giving". As others have said, "I had to have it"; saw it in a local...
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Sand Hill Preservation Center

Review by devinevegan:

I really enjoy this company's seed catalog and informative website. I ordered lots of Sweet Potatoes and am hoping to get...
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BIRDFILES:

BirdFiles: Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

Brown Pelican

(Pelecanus occidentalis)

One of the coolest sights in the Fl Keys is watching this bird dive for fish....
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BUGFILES:

BugFiles: Common Walkingstick (Diapheromera femorata)

Common Walkingstick

(Diapheromera femorata)

back in the 1980's my son found a large brown male walkingstick in upstate new york that was almost 11 inches long. we had...
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Caldwell Nursery

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We have been here twice and both times the lady that owns it, was rude. She just seemed to be put out until she realized...
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GARDEN BOOKWORM:

Gardening Book: Passalong Plants

Passalong Plants

Review by Rosiespring:

I don't live in the South unless you consider South Dakota as "south". "Passalong" does share stories of many of the plants...
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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: April 15  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Before you tell a friend you get more flies with honey than vinegar, keep in mind that vinegar does kill more weeds.

1813: Karl Georg Theodor Kotschy, Austrian botanist and explorer, was born in Ustron. He would botanize throughout the Middle East and northeast Africa, collecting over 300,000 specimens and write a monograph on Oriental Oaks. The genus Kotschya is named for him.

1827: Thomas Morong, American botanist, was born in Cahawba, Alabama. He would explore South America and collect many plants.

1854: New York became the first state to fund a study of insects harmful to plants.

1857: The Washington Horticultural Society of Washington, D.C. was instituted with 115 members.

1874: George Harrison Shull was born. An American botanist, frequently called the 'father of hybrid corn.'

1916: Alfred Celestin Cogniaux, Belgian botanist, died at the age of 75; after his death, his herbarium was acquired by the National Botanic Garden of Belgium. The Orchid genus Neocogniauxia was named for him.

1921: The greatest snowfall in a 24-hour period was recorded at Silver Lake, Colorado, when it received 76 inches (193 cm.)

1981: Singapore decreed the Vanda orchid Miss Joaquim would become the national flower.

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