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Waiting for Spring, by Timmy Jo Given

Sometimes there is a lull in the fierce cold of winter, and at those times it seems as if nature needs very little prodding to burst into bloom. However, most of the time, one cold week stacks up upon another as we gardeners dream of springtime. We make the best of it in various ways as we wait for spring.

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Invite More Bird Species to Your Feeders, by Mark Wolfe

Have you wondered why you only get a few house sparrows and starlings at your bird feeders? If you want to invite a greater diversity of bird species to your feeders, a few simple adjustments may be in order.

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PLANTFILES:

PlantFiles: Bigleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)

Bigleaf Hydrangea

(Hydrangea macrophylla)

I love this species as a florist plant in a pot, but it is way over-used in the Mid-Atlantic and South landscapes. The mutated...
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GARDEN WATCHDOG:

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Lake Valley Seed

Review by tjmaters:

I have been buying Lake Valley Seeds at McGuckins for years and have always had good results. Their customer service is top...
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BIRDFILES:

BirdFiles: Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)

Western Tanager

(Piranga ludoviciana)

They pass through here annually, but do not stay the summer. Beautiful birds....
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BUGFILES:

BugFiles: Luna Moth (Actias luna)

Luna Moth

(Actias luna)

It's so beautiful, it's only the second one I've ever seen here in living here 25 years. It hasn't moved since I saw it,...
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Ison's Nursery & Vineyards

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So happy with the products this company shares! Not only did they give me how-to\'s when I was in their shop, they also sent...
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GARDEN BOOKWORM:

Gardening Book: The Carolinas Gardener's Guide

The Carolinas Gardener's Guide

Review by nburleson:

I live in SC and am a new gardener (my wife was the gardener). This book has helped me greatly to know what to buy and how...
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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!

TODAY IN THE FORUMS

Winter/Spring Gardens 2015

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Many of us are gearing up for spring by starting
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  Today in history: January 26  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Even if you're still in the depths of winter, step outside and peer down at the ground. Green sprouts are ready and waiting to shoot up in a few weeks.

1831: Heinrich Anton de Bary, German doctor and botanist was born in Frankfurt. He would become known as a founding father of plant pathology and well-known for his work in the field of mycology.

1844: John Wedgwood, partner in the Wedgwood pottery firm, died at age 77. He was a co-founder, along with Sir Joseph Banks, of the Royal Horticultural Society in 1804.

1864: Alister Clark, Australian rosarian, was born at Brighton, Victoria. He would create several roses, including 'Black Boy' and 'Mrs Nancy Hayward'. He also contributed to the development of new daffodil species, including the first pink daffodil, although there is some dispute as to whether he or the Backhouses were the first to introduce a true pink daffodil.

1885: Henry Shaw, English-born American businessman, philanthropist and botanist, provided for the training of gardeners in his will. Shaw's gardens later became the Missouri Botanical Garden at St. Louis, Missouri.

1888: The Mississippi Agricultural Experiment Station was established and Samual M. Tracy was the first director.

1902: Several plant specimens from Poona, India were received by the USDA, via Messrs. Lathrop and Fairchild, including a double poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima).

1943: Nikolai Ivanovich Vavilov, Russian botanist and geneticist, died at age 55 as a political prisoner. During his life he identified the centers of origin of cultivated plants, worked in improving cereal crops and created the largest plant seed collection in the world.

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