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Stinging Nettles are Not All Bad, by Kennedy Harris

Stinging Nettles are not popular plants, I have received many stings from them over the years. Despite their stings, some lovely butterflies and moths choose them as their main food plants, so even Stinging Nettles give us something very special.

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A Beautiful Tribute to the Harvest, by Toni Leland

When the air turns crisp and the scent of burning leaves fills the air, we prepare for the coming winter by "putting by" food, cleaning up our gardens, and decorating our homes with the bounty.

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PlantFiles: Ceropegia (Ceropegia arabica)


(Ceropegia arabica)

I have not grown this plant. I viewed several photos which shows the blooms being creamish white with maroon linear markings....
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Growquest Growers (also dba and Surf & Sierra Wholesale Nurseries, LLC)

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I chose a neutral rating because it is the average of positive and negative. The negative first (which is livable) and then...
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BirdFiles: Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Red-bellied Woodpecker

(Melanerpes carolinus)

For over seven years, I have seen many generations of this beautiful bird, nest in the wooden post for the electrical power...
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BugFiles: Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes)

Palamedes Swallowtail

(Papilio palamedes)

Wing span: 4 1/2 - 5 1/8 inches (11.4 - 13 cm). Identification: Upper surface of hind- and forewings with postmedian yellow...
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Sierra Paradise Gardens

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I Received Beautiful Plants & Recommend them Highly for all your gardens Plants very Healthy & Packed Neatly. you should...
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Gardening Book: 100 English Roses for the American Garden (Smith & Hawken)

100 English Roses for the American Garden (Smith & Hawken)

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I love the way the roses are presented with the stem and leaves and buds. Finally a book that have better photos so we can...
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Well the summer is winding down and it seems there are less and less 'new' things to show. However, I've been able to scrounge up a few new things.

The first pic is just to have a pretty pic in the gallery
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  Today in history: September 2  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Is your garden too sunny? Plant some trees this fall. But be patient - slow growing trees are usually a better choice considering they might outlive you.

1857: Sarah Elizabeth Dodgson, hybridizer, was born. She would eventually marry Robert Ormston Backhouse and together they created many hybrids including one of the first pink daffodils (history also credits Australian rosarian Alister Clark as the first to create a pink daffodil.) The Backhouse's creation is named 'Mrs. R.O. Backhouse' in her honor; another of their hybrids, Lilium x marhan 'Mrs. R.O. Backhouse' was introduced in 1921.

1908: Ruth Petersson Bancroft was born. At the age of 64, she began planting a three-acre succulent garden now known as the Ruth Bancroft Garden a botanical garden on what was once part of her family's walnut orchard in Walnut Creek, California.

1961: At the meeting of the Pacific Science Congress held in Honolulu, a resolution was passed to establish the United States National Tropical Botanic Garden in Hawaii.

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