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California Bay or Oregon Myrtle: Umbellularia californica, by Kelli Kallenborn

Though the home range of Umbellularia californica is not particularly large, the plant is known by many common names, including California bay, bay laurel, pepperwood, and Oregon myrtle. This tree is native to the coast of California, southwest Oregon, and the lower western slopes of the Sierra Nevada. It is often found in forests and woodlands with other trees such as coast live oak and coast redwood.

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Planting Butterfly Host Plants, by Damian Fagan

Growing a butterfly garden often includes a variety of nectar plants such as zinnia, pentsemon, scabiosa, zinnia, milkweeds, coneflower and many others. There is nothing sweeter than watching flitting and floating butterflies cruising through the garden. These flowering plants provide food for the adult butterflies, but what about the caterpillar stages?

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PlantFiles: Rattlebox (Sesbania punicea)


(Sesbania punicea)

My rattleboxes have been growing in Bishopville, MD for the last 5 years on the south side of my house. There are 4 of them...
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Select Seeds Antique Flowers

Review by bbhow:

Prompt shipping. Everything beautifully packed. Everything quickly recovered from transport and is thriving. They really...
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BirdFiles: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

(Polioptila caerulea)

That's exactly what I saw this bird doing at the Heard Nature and Science Museum in McKinney TX. The blue was so striking,...
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BugFiles: Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas)

Mimosa Skipper

(Cogia calchas)

This skipper is found in extreme south Texas. Can usually be seen around resacas and seasonally flooded habitats. Prefers...
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

Needham's Nursery & Landscaping Inc.

5 stars
I have been going to this family owned/operated nursery for the past 13 years. Looking at the google map on the "Info For...
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Gardening Book: Waterwise Gardening (Burpee American Gardening Series)

Waterwise Gardening (Burpee American Gardening Series)

Review by manza:

This is one of the earlier books to address the need for conserving water. Today we look for "drought-tolerant" plants if...
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CLOSED: Idiot needs identification of likely common plant


I hope someone can help. I saw this plant in a beer garden the other day and I was hoping someone could identify it for me.

Thanks very much in advance.
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  Today in history: July 11  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: It's hot and humid, but now's the time to replace the plastic plant markers with something more permanent. You'll be glad you did.

1763: Peter (or Pehr) Forsskal (also spelled Forskaol, Forskal, Forsskahl), Swedish explorer, died of malaria at age 31 while in Yemen. As a student at Uppsala, he was among Linnaeus' proteges, and would later take part in a Danish royal expedition through the Ottoman Empire, exploring Egypt and Arabia and collect botanical and zoological specimen. Several species are named for him.

1774: Robert Jameson, Scottish naturalist was born in Leith, near Edinburgh. He taught Darwin and became Regius Professor of Natural History at Edinburgh University.

1899: Elwyn Brooks (E.B.) White, American author, was born in Mount Vernon, New York. He would publish"Stuart Little" and "Charlotte's Web", beloved children's books that featured animals. His wife, Katharine Sergeant Angell White, was a gardener who wrote "Onward and Upward in the Garden."

2003: Missouri declared the Norton (Cynthiana) grape the official state grape.

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