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Container Gardening: The How, What and Where, by Paul Rodman

In a world of limited time and space, container gardens seem to make more and more sense. Containers allow you to enjoy growing plants in places that might be thought of as impossible or unthinkable in which to plant. I'll take you through the steps from choosing containers, soil mixes and everything else you need to know about planting a successful container garden.

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The Day the Butterfly Came to the Edge of the City - a Story for Earth Day, by Carrie Lamont

A lot of people on Dave's Garden have butterfly gardens; there's even a forum specifically for people to discuss their love of butterflies. But we live within earshot of one of the big old cities in the Northeast. I never thought we would see a butterfly in OUR garden! Today, Earth Day 2008, seemed like the right day to tell you about it...

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PlantFiles: Butterfly Pea Vine (Clitoria mariana)

Butterfly Pea Vine

(Clitoria mariana)

What kind of Butterfly Pea do you have? Info from Clitoria Mariana is known by some as “Butterfly Pea”,...
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Review by tr_garden:

I purchased China Aster Seeds in 2014 and I had great germination success. The following year (2015) I bought more seeds...
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BirdFiles: Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)

Black Swan

(Cygnus atratus)

Although introduced from Australia in the 1860s, the Black Swan also reached New Zealand naturally at the same time. It prefers...
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BugFiles: Pluto Sphinx Moth (Xylophanes pluto)

Pluto Sphinx Moth

(Xylophanes pluto)

One of the Pluto Sphinx larval hosts is firebush (hamelia patens) and I have two hedges of it lining both sides of my driveway....
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

A Yard Dog Garden Center

4 stars
A very nice, full service nursery. Family owned, it carries plant/lawn care products, lots of succulents, annuals, perennials,...
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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: Plants from a recent nature walk

1 - Asclepias tuberosa
2 - Dianthus americana
3 - Vetch sp.? I need help on this one. Found in a meadow in Michigan.
4 - Potentilla sp.? Again, I need help. Found in the same meadow
5 - No clue.
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  Today in history: June 30  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Is it time for a new shovel? Don't feel bad about breaking the old one; every true dirt gardener has snapped at least one.

1817: Joseph Dalton Hooker, English botanist and explorer, was born in Halesworth, Suffolk. He was the son of famous botanist Sir William Jackson Hooker and would accompany an expedition to the South Pole. His botanical collections were published as the "Flora Antarctica", "Flora Novae-Zelandiae" and "Flora Tasminae."

1820: Major Stephen H. Long discovered what is now known as the Rocky Mountains; Longs Peak was named for his discovery.

1825: Sir Ferdinand Jakob Heinrich von Mueller, German-born Australian botanist, was born in Rostock, Germany. He was appointed Government botanist for Victoria and established the National Herbarium of Victoria.

1831: William Roscoe, English botanist, politician and banker died at his home at Lodge Lane, Toxteth Park, at the age of 73. He founded the Liverpool Botanic Garden in 1802.

1863: Dunedin Botanic Garden was established. It is the oldest botanical garden in New Zealand, having been established ten days before Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

1938: A Works Progress Administration (WPA) grant was announced for an Azalea Garden project in Norfolk, Virginia. More than 200 African American women and 20 men labored for almost a year to clear the underbrush and plant 4,000 azaleas, 2,000 rhododendrons, and thousands of other shrubs and trees in what is now the Norfolk Botanical Garden.

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