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Growing African Violets for Foliage: Variegated African Violet Plants, by Jill M. Nicolaus

African Violets are usually grown for their flowers. But even the most carefully tended and fertilized African violet won't bloom constantly. Variegated foliage makes some varieties exciting even when they're out of bloom. Imagine leaves so lovely that blooms are a bonus...

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Winter Bloomers Revive the Soul, by Toni Leland

Winter in Ohio (Zones 5, 6 and 6a) begins in December and continues through the end of March--sometimes longer in certain years. An array of winter blooming perennials and shrubs helps us get through the dreary, cold days. And in more temperate regions, a greater variety of floral displays helps keep the winter blahs from setting in.

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PlantFiles: Texas Rainbow (Echinocereus dasyacanthus)

Texas Rainbow

(Echinocereus dasyacanthus)

The Echinocereus dasyacanthus does quite well in the Boise Valley here in southwest Idaho. It is at least hardy to zones...
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Review by kpercy:

First order from this company; they called me immediately for a plant that wasn't ready to ship yet; I asked them to send...
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BirdFiles: Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

(Archilochus colubris)

We have at least 7 hummers having WWll dog fights over our feeders~ I don't know if there is more than 1 male since I only...
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BugFiles: Pandorus Sphinx Moth (Eumorpha pandorus)

Pandorus Sphinx Moth

(Eumorpha pandorus)

This caterpillar was found eating poison ivy! He had eaten almost all of the leaves off of a vine we've been having trouble...
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

Antonelli Brothers Begonia Gardens Inc

4 stars
Antonelli\'s discontinued the retail business after the fire in 2005. I live about 45 driving miles from their former location...
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Gardening Book: Midwest Fruit and Vegetable Gardening

Midwest Fruit and Vegetable Gardening

Review by JoWalker:

A colorful, portable handbook for seasoned gardeners or absolute beginners. It covers 12 states in the Northern Great Plains,...
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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!


Can You Tell Me What Kind of Plant This Is

My aunt gave this plant to me about two years ago and it was very small. Since then I have changed the pot twice. It is growing but I don't know why some of the leaves are lighter and have pink around the edge.Is it suppose
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  Today in history: February 26  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Is the stack of gardening catalogs threatening to topple over? When you're done poring over them, be sure to recycle or upcycle them.

1788: The Linnaean Society of London was founded by Sir James Edward Smith and six other men who met in the Marlborough Coffee House on Great Marlborough Street.

1870: The first regular meeting of the State Pomological Society was held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

1902: The fourth volume of the "Cyclopedia of American Horticulture" by Liberty Hyde Bailey, was published.

1919: The Grand Canyon was established as a National Park by Congress

1952: Mississippi formalized the 1900 vote of the state's schoolchildren to declare the bloom of the Magnolia grandiflora the official state flower.

1966: The first Swamp Cabbage Festival was held in La Belle, FL. The residents honor the official state tree, the Sabal Palm, (Sabal palmetto) by eating dishes prepared with it. The heart of the cabbage palm is prepared in several ways and the day is celebrated with a parade, vendors and armadillo races as well. A Swamp Cabbage Queen is crowned to reign over the festivities and the attendees celebrate Florida rural cuisine and traditions.

1986: The Nymphaea stellata (a waterlily commonly known as Nil Mahanel in Sri Lanka) was declared the national flower of Sri Lanka.

2008: Svalbard Global Seed Vault officially opened in Norway. It is located in the Arctic Svalbard archipelago, on the island of Spitsbergen. Approximately 400,000 seed samples are now stored there. No permanent staff is on-site, but the facility is managed by the Nordic Genetic Resource Center. Read more here.

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