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Confessions of a Compulsive Weeder, by Lori Geistlinger

It's not a secret I share often, and I must be careful who knows, but I love to weed. The compulsion is irresistible. Now don't get me wrong, I enjoy planting and deadheading very much. I like turning over dirt for a brand new flower bed. But I love weeding. There. My confession is now in black and white.

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Lavender Festivals, by Karen Jones

East, West, North or South, Lavender Festivals are a popular summer celebration in all parts of the country. Purple fields, intoxicated bees and the wonderful smell of lavender wafting through the air await you.

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PlantFiles: Coneflower 'Hot Papaya' (Echinacea )

Coneflower 'Hot Papaya'

(Echinacea )

Best color of any coneflower I had ever seen up to this point. I have grown it for several years and sadly it has weak stems....
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Joy Creek Nursery

Review by vincemarzullo:

I've ordered twice from Joy Creek and both times the plants were delivered promptly and in great shape. Their prices are...
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BirdFiles: Gila Woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis)

Gila Woodpecker

(Melanerpes uropygialis)

I see and hear them frequently, but have only seen one at the feeders....
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BugFiles: Clear Dagger Moth (Acronicta clarescens)

Clear Dagger Moth

(Acronicta clarescens)

Caterpillar was found here. Not sure whether it's good or not. I can't seem...
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

Cornelius Nurseries Inc. on Voss)

5 stars
I was skeptical when Cornelius was sold to Calloway\'s but was reassured last Sunday when I visited and noticed they haven\'t...
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Gardening Book: Dirr's Trees and Shrubs for Warm Climates: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

Dirr's Trees and Shrubs for Warm Climates: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

Review by hjhanna:

Decent book, but misses nuances. A follow-up post here from continued scientific study (who ever said science was concluded?)...
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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!


CLOSED: ID please

this tree is growing in my property. It's quite large, with a lot of hairy yellow flowers that are about 2.5 inches long and pale leaves that are 3 to 3.5 inches. Thanks
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  Today in history: August 27  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: As the temperatures begin to gently descend, it's time to fire up the grill or oven and get busy roasting vegetables. Tomatoes and peppers can be roasted and pureed for sauce, or slip off the skins and freeze for soups and stews this winter.

1819: John Lewin, Australian artist and naturalist died. He was buried at Botany Bay.

1883: A massive volcanic eruption on the island of Krakatoa destroyed most of the island and caused tsunamis that killed over 36,000 people.

1998: India's government banned the sale of mustard oil after some deaths due to dropsy, associated with its use, were reported. The ban was lifted a few weeks later.

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