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Growing great hardshell gourds, by Sally G. Miller

Bottle, kettle, apple, swan; the descriptive names of hardshell gourds tell you this is a fun crop. And, unlike colorful thin shelled gourds which brighten fall displays and soon wither away, hardshell gourds will dry to a permanent and very craftable wooden form. I'd like to give you the basics on growing the best hardshell gourds for crafting fun.

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Daves Garden Sunday Funnies, by Melody Rose

Gardeners have a keen sense of humor and we know that you'll enjoy adding your family-friendly quote or description to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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PlantFiles: Mediterranean Bells (Nectaroscordum siculum)

Mediterranean Bells

(Nectaroscordum siculum)

Nectaroscordum siculum grew brilliantly for me in Norwich, UK but here in coastal central Portugal it does not seem to "self...
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Plant Me Green

Review by rpdoerr:

Over the last two years I have placed two orders with Plant Me Green Nursery for four Bracken's Brown Beauty magnolias. ...
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BirdFiles: Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)

Indigo Bunting

(Passerina cyanea)

We see these beautiful little guys during the late winter here. They do eat from our seed feeders, along with our other usual...
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BugFiles: Moth (Celiptera frustulum)


(Celiptera frustulum)

Host Plant: Larva has been reared on black locust....
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

Talmage Farm Agway

4 stars
Time to update the last review... As of late the selections continue to be above average but the condition of the plants...
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Gardening Book: The Random House Book of Roses

The Random House Book of Roses

Review by lancer23:

A must have for rose lovers. Detailed photos with leaves, buds, attached to the blooms making identifying roses much more...
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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!


Can you ID?

Sold to me as lilies but they are not. My uneducated guess would be iris but somebody there found it doubtful. Any guesses? Was told they bloom white
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  Today in history: October 19  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Never turn down a bouquet, even if it is a handful of weedy flowers clutched in a child's chubby fist. A gift of flowers is special, no matter what they look like.

1853: Hawaii opened the first flour mill on the islands.

1876: Adolpho Ducke, Italian entomologist and botanist, was born in Trieste, Italy. He would explore the Amazonian regions and describe 900 species and 50 genera.

1996: William Lanier (Bill) Hunt, American botanist, died at age 90. He was a charter member of the American Rock Garden Society and author of "Southern Gardens, Southern Gardening." He donated his 125-acre Hunt Arboretum to the North Carolina Botanical Garden.

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