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TODAY'S FEATURES

The Language of Flowers Around the World., by Melody Rose

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and all around the world, people are showing their loved ones how much they care by sending flowers. However, those flowers could be quite different depending on where you live.

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African Violets with GIRL foliage, what sweethearts!, by Jill M. Nicolaus

The first time somebody told me about girl-leafed violets, I thought they were pulling my leg. But I've fallen in love with the look of these ruffled, cupped, light-centered leaves. I'd like to share some of my favorites with you, along with tips for getting them to look their best.

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PLANTFILES:

PlantFiles: Painted Tongue 'Kew Blue' (Salpiglossis sinuata)

Painted Tongue 'Kew Blue'

(Salpiglossis sinuata)

This was the showpiece of my garden last year. I planted it with Forget-me-nots, Siberian Blue Pinks, Yellow snaps, Sublime...
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GARDEN WATCHDOG:

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Mushroom Mountain

Review by gardenfoodie:

Purchased a Mushroom Mountain fruiting kit which arrived promptly and we were excited when we saw the first sprouts. After...
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BIRDFILES:

BirdFiles: Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Cardinal

(Cardinalis cardinalis)

After two years of planting just the right plants and setting up a few feeders, they have come. Lord, the Norther Cardinal...
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BUGFILES:

BugFiles: Imperial White (Delias harpalyce)

Imperial White

(Delias harpalyce)

The Imperial White is a beautiful butterfly from SE Australia, which feeds its caterpillars entirely on Mistletoe plants,...
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GO GARDENING:

Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

Breshears Florist & Nursery

5 stars
Good selections, reasonable prices, friendly and knowledgeable service. Experience gained over several years....
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GARDEN BOOKWORM:

Gardening Book: 200 Years and Growing: The Story of Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co.

200 Years and Growing: The Story of Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co.

Review by starkbros:

This book is a complete 200-year history of the Stark family members who were involved in the business, starting in 1816,...
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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!

TODAY IN THE FORUMS

Are these ormosia coccinea or abrus precatorius seeds?

I bought these from a vendor from Peru where, as far as I know, ormosia coccinea is native. They sell smaller and larger varieties of these seeds and they call them "Huayruro". To my understanding, Huayruros are ormosia coccinea.
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  Today in history: February 13  
0000: Today's Hortiscope:You open your seedbox, and seed packets fall out. Take it as a sign to use up some of your holdovers before you buy any new seeds.

1743: Sir Joseph Banks, English naturalist, botanist and patron of the natural sciences, was born in London, UK. He would explore the world with Captain James Cook, and over 80 species of plants bear his name (or his wife's, in the case of the Lady Banks rose). Read more here.

1883: Vincenzo Cesati, professor of Botany and director of the Botanic Garden at Naples, died at the age of 77.

1899: Tallahassee, Florida recorded an all-time low temperature of -2 F (-18.8 C).

1943: South Dakota named the ringtailed pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) as their state bird.

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