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The Common Elderberry; Wildlife-friendly and Medicinal too!, by Melody Rose

Many roadside plants had a number of important purposes in earlier times, whether they provide food, medicine or materials for clothing or dye-stuffs, it is interesting to step back into time and see what our ancestors used in everyday life.

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Coffee tasting on the Big Island of Hawaii, by Jill M. Nicolaus

Some folks go on wine tasting tours of Napa Valley. We're coffee drinkers. Hawaii's "Kona Coast" has some of the best coffee in the world!

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PlantFiles: Staghorn Fern (Platycerium superbum)

Staghorn Fern

(Platycerium superbum)

I bought mine in early June and now in September its showing signs of growth. It's not falling over itself to flush,no fast...
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Wellspring Gardens

Review by scottPi:

Ordered two dwarf Cavendish banana plants via ebay. They arrive quickly, and in good condition. Well packed. Happy....
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BirdFiles: Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

Northern Mockingbird

(Mimus polyglottos)

Has anyone else seen a Northern Mockingbird in Madison, WI? ...
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BugFiles: Beetle (Harmonia axyridis)


(Harmonia axyridis)

I'll add my negative to this. One, they are not native. Two, they try to hibernate in mass numbers in my home. It...
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

Cornelius Nurseries Inc. on Voss)

5 stars
I was skeptical when Cornelius was sold to Calloway\'s but was reassured last Sunday when I visited and noticed they haven\'t...
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Gardening Book: Dirr's Trees and Shrubs for Warm Climates: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

Dirr's Trees and Shrubs for Warm Climates: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

Review by hjhanna:

Decent book, but misses nuances. A follow-up post here from continued scientific study (who ever said science was concluded?)...
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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: A plant growing on grass edge of a tidal estuary.

I would appreciate the ID of this plant that was growing in several areas on the edge of a salt water tidal estuary. In first photo there is dried seaweed upper right.
It has been suggested that it is Arctium lappa.
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  Today in history: August 1  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: It's still summertime but fall is coming. Time to plan ahead for a fun outing with friends. Check out the local corn mazes and pumpkin patches now; you'll be ready when autumn arrives.

1744: Jean Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet chevalier de Lamarck, French botanist and zoologist was born in Picardy, France. He would publish his 3-volume "Flore Francoise" and become a royal botanist.

1794: Simon W. Lisk, American botanist, was born in Otsego, New York. He would develop skills in medicinal botany.

1817: Sir Joseph Henry Gilbert was born. An English chemist, he is the co-inventor (with John Bennet Lawes) of superphosphate fertilizer.

1859: Mary Elizabeth Parsons, American horticulturist, was born in Chicago, Illinois. She would author "The Wild Flowers of California".

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