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Wildflowers in Late Summer, by Kathleen M. Tenpas

Not all wildflowers bloom in spring. A walk along our little creek in mid August will reveal a host of beautiful late summer blooms.

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Restore That Old Cast Iron Cookware, Using Ingredients You Probably Already Have!, by Angela Carson

With all the concern about chemicals leaching from non-stick cooking surfaces into our food, there has been a resurgence of interest in cooking in cast iron pans. Many people have remembered the old cast iron cookware stashed somewhere in their basement or attic, perhaps handed down from their parents or grandparents, and gazed in dismay at the results of neglect. Don't give up on that rusty, crusty pan! You can restore it, using ingredients that most gardeners and cooks keep on hand in the pantry!

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PlantFiles: Grecian Foxglove (Digitalis lanata)

Grecian Foxglove

(Digitalis lanata)

Flower buds covered in fine silky hairs, open to white lipped reddish-brown tubular flowers, delicately veined and netted,...
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Bluff View Nursery

Review by jaybee9011:

I wish I'd read the reviews for Bluffview Nursery prior to ordering from them. I ordered the first week of June --- time...
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BirdFiles: Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Blue Jay

(Cyanocitta cristata)

I put a bird feeder out 5 months ago and the Blue Jays love the Black Sunflower Seeds. You can tell the other birds, except...
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BugFiles: Sweat Bee (Agapostemon virescens)

Sweat Bee

(Agapostemon virescens)

I am just thrilled to see this. We began planting natives last summer and now we are seeing native pollinators. This one...
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

Needham's Nursery & Landscaping Inc.

5 stars
I have been going to this family owned/operated nursery for the past 13 years. Looking at the google map on the "Info For...
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Gardening Book: Room and Window Gardening

Room and Window Gardening

Review by wordstothewise:

Really useful book on room and window gardening. This is a vintage title from the 1920s that has been republished as an ebook....
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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.

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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!


CLOSED: pink flowering tree, 20 ft. high, zone 5b

Hi! I took these photos last spring and I'm wondering if anyone can identify this species of tree? It has deep pink 5-petal flowers and is about 20 ft. high. It looks kind of like a crabapple.

Nancy Groutsis
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  Today in history: July 24  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: You may have a diplomat's tact with colleagues and friends, but when it comes to aphids and roses, don't beat around the bush. A blast of water and some insecticidal soap is a direct and forceful way to deal with them.

1800: Henry Shaw, philanthropist and botanist was born in Sheffield, England. The family hardware business took him to America where he landed in St. Louis, Missouri. He commissioned his Tower Grove House, which later evolved into the Missouri Botanical Garden.

1870: Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., American landscape architect, was born on Staten Island, New York. He would work as an apprentice to his father on the Biltmore Estate and the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago before establishing Harvard's training program in landscape architecture.

1935: Chicago reached 100 F.

1971: The Oxford Botanic Garden celebrated its 350th anniversary. It was established as a physic garden in 1621 by Henry Danvers, the first Earl of Danby, and is the oldest botanic garden in Great Britain, and the third oldest scientific garden in the world.

1992: The United States Postal Service introduced 50 new stamps, which contained each state's official wildflower.

2006: With input from Dave's Garden members, BugFiles database was launched, creating a large database of insects and spiders, with photos and observational notes shared by enthusiasts around the globe.

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