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Picking the Perfect Berries, by Bonnie Grant

Berry picking starts in April to June in most areas with you-pick patches or wild berries at their best by July. Southern pickers can enjoy berries earliest while northern berry lovers will have to wait a bit. Getting the best berry is all about timing. Learn when the berries are ripest in your region to best enjoy their burst of sweet flavor.

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PlantFiles: Edging Lobelia (Lobelia erinus)

Edging Lobelia

(Lobelia erinus)

Trailing Lobelia in Florida does well in late winter and spring. You'll start seeing is as early as late January in the garden...
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Pike's Peak Nurseries

Review by gustfrontfarm:

Although it was difficult to navigate their very dated website, I ordered black oak trees and lespedeza bicolor shrubs from...
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BirdFiles: Barred Owl (Strix varia)

Barred Owl

(Strix varia)

Apparently baby owls often fall out of their nest. If you know where the nest is, place the bird on that tree and it should...
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BugFiles: Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)

Western Tiger Swallowtail

(Papilio rutulus)

I've seen two Eastern Tiger Swallowtails in my backyard in the last two weeks, I can't remember seeing one here before. They...
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

La Casa Verde

4 stars
Full service nursery, family owned. A wide selection of trees, tropicals, succulents, annuals, perennial shrubs, garden...
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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: Some kind of clearwing?

This guy fluttered through my garden today. Anyone know what it might be?
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  Today in history: July 3  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Some boots were made for walking, some for gardening. Invest in a pair of sturdy washable boots for traipsing through the garden. Your feet will thank you.

1806: Michael Keens exhibited the first cultivated strawberry to the Royal Horticultural Society.

1904: The American Peony Society was formed.

1922: Edwin Meredith began publishing "Fruit, Garden and Home" magazine; the initial newsstand price was $.10, or $.35 for a one-year subscription. Two years later, the name would be changed to "Better Homes and Gardens".

1924: The inaugural meeting of the Western Australia Naturalists' Club was held.

1985: The honeybee (Apis mellifera) was named the official state insect of Missouri.

2011: The hottest day on record in Mpouya (Congo-Brazaville), Africa occurred when temperatures reached 102.6 F (39.2 C).

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