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Plants: Magic and Mystery, by Sharon Brown

Thousands of years ago magical and mystical powers were ascribed to certain plants. It is no wonder, since today we still turn to plants for food, shelter, clothing, weapons, and even healing. The magic and mystical beliefs came from the plant's display of vital energy during its growth and seasonal rebirth. We might understand such events today, but there will always be an element of mystery in the first bloom of spring.

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Recycle those Geraniums, by Paul Rodman

Geraniums are one of the most popular "annual" flowers in the U.S. They make an excellent container plant as well as planted in garden beds. I'm going to show you how to recycle your plants so that you can get many years of beautiful blooms.

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PlantFiles: Azalea 'Golden Lights' (Rhododendron )

Azalea 'Golden Lights'

(Rhododendron )

There seems to be some confusion as to the size of this shrub; some sources say it is a large shrub that growes to 6ft. ...
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Murray McMurray Hatchery

Review by rburrell:

I was a first-time chick orderer this spring after wanting to have my own flock forever and pretty much ordered off the first...
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BirdFiles: White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

White-breasted Nuthatch

(Sitta carolinensis)

These are wonderful, animated little birds. They're enjoyable to watch and non-aggressive towards other birds. They "talk"...
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BugFiles: Black Webspinner (Oligotoma nigra)

Black Webspinner

(Oligotoma nigra)

I believe this is invading my greens in the garden . I flush them with water but they are back the next day. I will take...
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

Boka Farms

2 stars
the owner has no respect for anyone including employees. i quit a few months ago and have no intentions of ever coming back....
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Gardening Book: Room and Window Gardening

Room and Window Gardening

Review by wordstothewise:

Really useful book on room and window gardening. This is a vintage title from the 1920s that has been republished as an ebook....
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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!


Mystery plant, thistle?

I had a couple of these show up in my flower beds. I had seeded quite a bit from trades so they could easily have hitched a ride. I left them to grow, they are a beautiful silver grey color. We had little hot weather this
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  Today in history: August 20  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Shorter days mean winter is coming. Now's the time to get those spring bulbs ordered and planted - it will give you something to look forward to during the cold months ahead.

1843: Dr. Edward Lee Greene, American botanist, plant collector and taxonomist, was born in Hopkinton, Rhode Island. He would become professor of botany at University of California, Berkeley, and work with the Smithsonian Institution.

1857: A plague of grasshoppers destroyed wheat, corn and vegetable gardens in Otsego, Minnesota. The devastation caused many farmers to sell or abandon their farms.

1912: The U.S. congress passed the Plant Quarantine Act, where all importers of nursery stock were required to obtain a permit from the Horticultural Board before bringing plants into the country.

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