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TODAY'S FEATURES

Make Your Own Scented Sugar, by Amber Royer

You can often find scented sugar (sometimes called flavored sugar) at a gourmet shop. But it is such a simple process to scent sucrose, why not add a personal touch-while saving some cash and make your own? Scented sugar is a simple way to dress up any occasion, and jars with the flavoring agents still in them make quite attractive gifts.

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PLANTFILES:

PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris 'Oasis Patches' (Iris )

Tall Bearded Iris 'Oasis Patches'

(Iris )

American Iris Society Awards: Honorable Mention 2005...
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GARDEN WATCHDOG:

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California Seed and Garden Company

Review by VeiledMaid:

I've ordered from this company two years in a row. I am so very impressed! They grow their own healthy plants, sending only...
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BIRDFILES:

BirdFiles: Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

Double-crested Cormorant

(Phalacrocorax auritus)

Measuring 70–90 cm (28–35 in) in length, it is an all-black bird which gains a small double crest of black and white feathers...
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BUGFILES:

BugFiles: Carolina Sphinx Moth (Manduca sexta)

Carolina Sphinx Moth

(Manduca sexta)

Commenting only on adult moth as I do not grow my own food yet. My kids and grandkids learn so much with these docile, friendly...
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GO GARDENING:

Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

Bear Creek Preserve

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This is a 3,412 acre preserve of forest and steep stream valleys in the Lehigh River Watershed that is the Pocono Plateau...
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GARDEN BOOKWORM:

Gardening Book: Wicked Plants: A Book of Botanical Atrocities

Wicked Plants: A Book of Botanical Atrocities

Review by AnneThierfelder:

Really fun and informative with interesting historical accounts of encounters with some of the book's subjects. The cover...
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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.

Enthusiasts of every gardening niche can put down roots and grow their knowledge. Are you into water gardens, vegetable gardens, hanging gardens, growing flowers or arranging bouquets, container gardens, raised beds, farming, poultry, beekeeping or any other gardening pursuit? If so, you'll find we have forums, articles and videos to help you learn, grow and share advice.

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.

The Garden Watchdog and Go Gardening directories will help you find the perfect source for your plants, seeds, and bulbs, whether the company is just around the corner, or halfway around the world.

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

Pull Up a Chair…started October 1st, 2016

Our Autumn abode is comfy and cozy. No need yet for heat but the fireplace is ready and our butler is on call to start it if needed.

The past is back here should you need it:
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  Today in history: October 1  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: In the northern hemisphere, the sun is setting faster these days. Enjoy the approaching season, and welcome it with bright new fall wreath on your door.

1765: The Franklinia alatamaha (named for Benjamin Franklin) plant was discovered by John and William Bartram along the Altamaha River in Georgia.

1874: Leroy Abrams, American botanist, was born at Sheffield, Iowa. He would become Assistant Curator of Plants at the United Stated National Museum, then Professor Emeritus of Botany at Stanford University. Many species are named in his honor.

1890: Yosemite National Park was created by Congress to preserve the curiosities and wonders in their natural condition.

1890: President Benjamin Harrison approved transferring the duties of the weather service to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

1942: Kentucky adopted the Cardinalis cardinalis, known as the northern cardinal, as their state bird.

1953: Ohio chose the northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis), as their state bird in 1933. The decision was effective in 1953.

1976: Kosampi Park, a 125-acre botanical garden on the bank of the River Chi in Thailand, was announced as an arboretum.

2009: The Argia vivida, the vivid dancer damselfly, becomes the official State Insect of Nevada. In a contest among the fourth grade classes throughout the state, three students from John R. Beatty Elementary School, submitted the winning essay. They stated that this insect is silver and blue, (Nevada's state colors) found throughout the state,and is beneficial to the economy and the quality of life of the residents. It is also the only damselfly among the 55 insects listed among the other states, making it unique, just like Nevada.

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