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How Did 2015’s Wacky Weather Affect Gardens?, by Anna Burke

Drought, floods, and flowers on Christmas. How did your gardens handle 2015's wacky weather?

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Composting, on the not-so-grand scale, by Sally G. Miller

Compost articles usually talk about mass quantities of leaves, truckloads of manure, filling big bins and turning heavy piles. But can you improve your soil on a small scale without the heavy work? Yes, you can. Gardeners with small gardens, small waste supplies and only small amounts of extra time and energy can still compost.

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Justicias for All, by Audrey Stallsmith

What makes winter flowers which look like shrimps, flamingo feathers, firecrackers, or even pine cones?

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PlantFiles: Cactus-flowered Zinnia 'Cactus Flowered Mix' (Zinnia elegans)

Cactus-flowered Zinnia 'Cactus Flowered Mix'

(Zinnia elegans)

From your friends at Botanical Interests: These absolutely huge, 5"-6" wide flowers on 2'-3' plants look spectacular in the...
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Bountiful Gardens

Review by Scribbles646:

I purchased several packs of seeds and my tree collard cuttings from Bountiful Gardens in the last year, I had almost 100%...
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BirdFiles: California Scrub Jay (formerly Western Scrub Jay ) (Aphelocoma californica)

California Scrub Jay (formerly Western Scrub Jay )

(Aphelocoma californica)

They like to nest in our neighbor's Oak trees . . . and, to hoard the sunflower seeds I put out for ALL the seed eating...
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BugFiles: Tersa Sphinx Moth (Xylophanes tersa)

Tersa Sphinx Moth

(Xylophanes tersa)

About a month ago, while weeding around the edges of my lawn, I found a chrysalis of what turned out to be the tersa sphinx....
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

Breshears Florist & Nursery

5 stars
Good selections, reasonable prices, friendly and knowledgeable service. Experience gained over several years....
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Gardening Book: 200 Years and Growing: The Story of Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co.

200 Years and Growing: The Story of Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co.

Review by starkbros:

This book is a complete 200-year history of the Stark family members who were involved in the business, starting in 1816,...
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  Today in history: February 8  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Are squirrels digging around in the flower bed these days? They might be looking for some forget-me-nuts to give to their Valentine.

1795: Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge was born near Hamburg, Germany. He is credited for a number of discoveries, the most notable were refining sugar from beet juice, and the discovery of caffeine.

1796: John Sibthorp, English botanist, died at age 37 after contracting consumption while botanizing in Greece. He helped found the Linnean Society and published "Flora Oxoniensis." After his death, he left an endowment and directed it to be used to published "Flora Graeca" and "Florae Graecae Prodromus."

1830: Etienne-Emile Desvaux, botanist and member of the Societe Botanique de France, was born at Vendome. As a young man, he explored the Pyrenees and Geneva, Munich and Berlin before his untimely death at the age of 25.

1878: Elias Magnus Fries, Swedish botanist and mycologist, died at Uppsala, Sweden. His work on fungi and lichens gave him a position comparable to Linnaeus.

1910: The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated by W.D. Boyce. Scouts engage in numerous outdoor activities while demonstrating citizenship, character and personal fitness.

1983: During a severe drought, a dust storm hits Melbourne, Australia and a 320-metres (1,050-feet) deep dust cloud envelops the city.

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