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Around The Color Wheel With Purple Heart, by Sarah Barksdale

One of the ďTop Ten PlantsĒ at Daves Garden is Purple Heart (Purple Queen, Tradescantia pallida aka Setcreasea pallida or purpurea). A lanky ground cover with succulent leaves, it is very commonly grown in warmer climates (zones 8a-11), either purposely planted or springing up on itís own. This plant is mostly grown for uniquely colored foliage that ranges from purple to reddish purple to green/purple depending on the conditions where itís grown. To my eye, most Purple Heart is reddish or warm purple but you may see it differently as color perception varies somewhat. The foliage is made more complex by a grayish/blue dusky sheen. Despite its unusual color, Purple Heart is easy to mix into the landscape creating both vivid and subtle combinations of colors.

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Transitioning Through the Seasons, by Marie Harrison

August and about the first half of September in the Deep South is as hot as blazes. Humidity is in the high double digits, and being outside for any length of time is an exercise in endurance.

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PlantFiles: Horned Pansy (Viola cornuta)

Horned Pansy

(Viola cornuta)

V. cornuta is native to the Pyrenees. It naturally occurs as a bluish coloured flower, though white forms are sometimes...
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Thuja Gardens (formerly PlantsRus)

Review by iceblink:

We bought Green Giant Arborvitae trees from Thuja Gardens. The trees we received were great - very healthy and also the...
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BirdFiles: White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)

White-crowned Sparrow

(Zonotrichia leucophrys)

A rare sight, here, but I'm always happy to see them. Visitors in autumn, mostly. The white brow streaks easily separate...
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BugFiles: Chorus Cicada (Amphipsalta zelandica)

Chorus Cicada

(Amphipsalta zelandica)

Thought I saw a grasshopper on one of my milkweeds, but the antennae seemed much too long. Tried to blast it off with the...
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

A Nearly Native Nursery

5 stars
At 5:45 on a recent Saturday evening, I discovered five (5!) hungry Monarch caterpillars in my garden! They had eaten all...
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Gardening Book: Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners

Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners

Review by PapaJoeW:

I had to give it a positive, even though I have a hard time finding it... See, my wife and son get a hold of it and then...
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Plant with light blue-violet flowers and fuzzy leaves

I'm trying to ID a plant that looks very similar to this one (the purple one, not the pink one) except it has light blue-violet flowers and fuzzy leaves. I believe it's an annual but it may be a perennial here (zone 9a).
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  Today in history: October 2  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Time to break out the jacket before you head outdoors for an early morning garden stroll. The heat of summer has passed, leaving you cooler temperatures to enjoy your garden.

1535: On Jacques Cartier's second voyage, he sailed the St. Lawrence River and on this date landed on a large island. While there, he visited the village of Hochelaga (now Montreal, Canada), where the native Iroquois were growing maize, the native forerunner to modern corn, along with tobacco and squash that Cartier described as pompions (anglicized to "pumpkins.")

1832: Julius von Sachs, German botanist and naturalist, was born at Breslau. He would become professor of botany and write the Lehrbuch der Botanik (Textbook of Botany), one of the best of its kind.

1929: The "National Farm and Home Hour" began airing on NBC radio.

1953: Ohio adopted the buckeye tree (Aesculus glabra) as the official state tree.

1999: Clemson University's forestry alumni dedicated the South Carolina Botanical Garden's Roland E. Schoenike arboretum.

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