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Entice Butterflies to your Garden with Shrubs, by Jan Recchio

Butterflies are a welcome sight in any garden. If you really want to attract the beautiful "flying flowers," you will need to provide a variety of plant material. As gardeners, we are also interested in the aesthetics of our gardens. So you will want to include some shrubs in your butterfly garden design as the backdrop for the other flowers.

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Heat-Tolerant Malabar Spinach, by Marie Harrison

By late May or early June, most folks in the southern United States and other areas with hot summer temperatures have given up on growing lettuce, spinach, and other cool-season greens. There are some heat-resistant selections, but most of them are simply not happy when summer turns up the heat. Malabar spinach, however, thrives in the heat and humidity that even the hottest summer can dish out.

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PlantFiles: Big Betony (Stachys macrantha)

Big Betony

(Stachys macrantha)

Although Dave's Garden moderator does not find enough corroborating evidence to change the hardiness of this plant to zone...
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The Growers Exchange (aka The Grower's Exchange)

Review by BerryPerry:

I ordered an array of herbs and all arrived in great condition. Prettily boxed up for travel and so healthy!They have since...
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BirdFiles: Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)

Cedar Waxwing

(Bombycilla cedrorum)

beautifull ...
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BugFiles: Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle (Labidomera clivicollis)

Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle

(Labidomera clivicollis)

I initially saw just a couple of these bugs feeding on my milkweed and thought they were pretty and harmless so I left them...
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

La Casa Verde

4 stars
Full service nursery, family owned. A wide selection of trees, tropicals, succulents, annuals, perennial shrubs, garden...
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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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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!


Seen in Japan section of Epcot

Been on vacation. Plan to post a bunch more from my trip.
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  Today in history: July 7  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: If your corn is tasseling, give nature a hand and gently shake the stalks to ensure good pollination.

1568: William Turner, 16th century English naturalist and botanist, died. He was known as the "Father of English Botany" and his best-known work was "A New Herball."

1799: William Curtis, English botanist, died at the age of 53. He worked at the Chelsea Physic Gardens before establishing his own botanical garden, and most notably publishing "Curtis's Botanical Magazine" for several years.

1858: The Madison (Wisconsin) Horticultural Society was organized.

1862: The first Land Grant Act was passed whereby public lands were sold for agricultural education. This was the start of many state universities throughout the United States.

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