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PlantFiles: White Ginger (Hedychium coronarium)

White Ginger

(Hedychium coronarium)

Just recently visited our son in Pawleys Island, SC. While riding around Pawleys Plantation Golf Resort, I spotted these...
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Nature Hills Nursery

Review by 31Dupont:

I placed my order in February and everything was to ship the first of spring. I received 3 plants. When I called two weeks...
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BirdFiles: Paradise Shelduck (Tadorna variegata)

Paradise Shelduck

(Tadorna variegata)

Flightless during its summer moult period, early European writers descibed Marlborough Maori gathering as many as 5000 Paradise...
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BugFiles: Red-shouldered Stink Bug (Thyanta custator)

Red-shouldered Stink Bug

(Thyanta custator)

Did not mind the ladybugs in the house in the spring and fall, because I knew they would be beneficial to the garden. The...
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

Garden Spot Farm

5 stars
This is a wonderful little garden center. The emphasis is on plants rather than \"stuff\" but they do have a shop too. ...
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Gardening Book: Taylor's Guide to Fruits and Berries

Taylor's Guide to Fruits and Berries

Review by Ben234563:

I will second the above review by saying it is (surprisingly) the most comprehensive book on fruit growing I have yet encountered. ...
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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!


CLOSED: Strang Bug

I spotted these small critters on tree's bark while hiking on Ruffner Mountain In Birmingham Alabama. Please help with I.D. Thanks in advance.
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  Today in history: April 17  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: One of the purest pleasures of gardening is the tranquility you feel when focusing on a gardening task. Leave the cell phone inside and get out there and dig a bit.

1492: Spain and Christopher Columbus signed a contract for him to sail to Asia to get spices.

1907: Connecticut decreed that the Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia) would become the official state flower.

1930: The Sego lily (Calochortus gunnisonii) became Utah's state flower.

1984: Minnesota declared the morel as the official state mushroom.

2007: Oklahoma declared the watermelon the official state vegetable.

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