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Native Ladybeetles: Welcome Garden Guests, by Melody Rose

A couple of weeks ago, I published an article about the Asian Ladybug. While it is a predator insect and serves a useful purpose, it can be quite invasive and downright disgusting. Its native cousins have better manners and find themselves much more welcome in our gardens.

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PlantFiles: Echinopsis Hybrid 'Barber Pole' (Echinopsis )

Echinopsis Hybrid 'Barber Pole'

(Echinopsis )

Introduced by Harry Johnson - A Paramount hybrid...
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Morris Nursery

Review by ggdeaton:

I recently placed a fair sized order from Morris Nursery and am thrilled with the quality of the plants and service - each...
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BirdFiles: Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Barn Swallow

(Hirundo rustica)

If I could give this bird a "super-positive", with a double order of thumbs up, I would. We welcomed this bird on our...
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BugFiles: Hammerhead Worm (land planarian) (Bipalium kewense)

Hammerhead Worm (land planarian)

(Bipalium kewense)

I saw one in my backyard and had no idea what I was. The main concern was that it could be harmful to my pets. Very interesting...
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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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This tree almost looks like a mesquite. It has weeping branches, tiny flower clusters, and a powerful scent like a combination of mountain laurel and jasmine. If you're in Houston, it's located at the downtown Spec's.
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  Today in history: November 1  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: It's time to treat yourself to that scrub and lotion guaranteed to soothe your rough garden hands.

1627: Georg Eberhard Rumphius, German botanist and author of "Herbarium Amboinense" was born near Hanau.

1800: Charles Antoine Lemaire, French horticulturist, was born in Paris. He would edit several horticultural journals and publish small works on Cactaceae and other succulent plants.

1804: Johann Friedrich Gmelin, German botanist, died at the age of 56. He published several science textbooks and the 13th edition of Linnaeus' "Systema Natura." Artemisia gmelinii is named for him.

1865: John Lindley, botanist and orchidologist died at age 66, at his residence Back Common, Turnham Green. He was an assistant to Sir Joseph Banks and created a classification system for orchids during the height of orchidomania in the mid-1800s.

1948: Maryland ratified the 1947 General Assembly resolutions, which included adopting the Icterus galbula, known as the Baltimore oriole, as their state bird.

1960: The University of Louisiana at Lafayette dedicated the Ornamental Horticulture Center. It was later renamed the Ira Nelson Horticulture Center in honor of Professor Ira S. Nelson, who was instrumental in founding this educational facility utilized by the students and faculty of the College of Applied Life Sciences. Each year, the center sponsors the Festival des Fleurs. It is a giant fair with the newest plant introductions and vendors selling only garden related items. It is held in the spring each year at the Blackham Coliseum. Along with items and plants for sale, they sponsor a photography contest and have displays from various plant and garden organizations.

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