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Dave's Garden Articles: By April

Saturday, June 22, 2013

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Crepe Myrtle: Summer Survivor
By April (Aunt_A)

When the heat of summer has dried the life out of gardening and all hope for beauty is gone, suddenly crepe myrtle bushes bloom with abandon. Read on for a welcome into the world of carefree beauty for summer and fall.

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

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Azalea: The Fantastic Beauty
By April (Aunt_A)

Azaleas color our world with unbelievable beauty for Springtime pleasures. Azalea shrubs burst into glorious riots of delicate flowers annually; enjoy the amazing beauty!

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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Pomegranate Penchant
By April (Aunt_A)

Pomegranate bushes are lovely plants with perfectly pleasing fruits. In addition to the wonderful fruits, do you know how beautiful the pomegranate blooms are? Some DG members have shared their pictures here for your enjoyment.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

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Bright Yellow Blooms: Forsythia Sings Spring
By April (Aunt_A)

The greys and browns of winter seem to continue on forever. I, wondering if spring will ever show her face again, turn in joy and gaze upon the promise of tomorrow: the bright golden bells of Forsythia play the Springtime song.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

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Valentine's Day: Hearts in Nature
By April (Aunt_A)

Love is spoken here, there and all over the world in the language of hearts in nature. Have you seen heart shaped leaves and flowers? Have you seen a heart in an empty space between tree leaves, in rocks, in cut trees, in tomatoes, in seeds? Enjoy the pictures of heart shaped items in this article. Not all of the hearts are perfect; a few of them are camouflaged.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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Making mincemeat out of green tomatoes
By April (Aunt_A)

Summer is over. The cold winds of winter are waiting for fall to finish on stage. The tomato plants are still covered with green tomato baby bumps. What should you do? Is it time for a plant toss? Do you wish for other ideas instead of green tomatoes lined up for ripening or fried green tomatoes? Read on for another one of my mother's unusual recipes.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

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Spaghetti squash: fun to eat and easy to grow
By April (Aunt_A)

Are you feeling a bit bored with your food choices? Have you heard of spaghetti squash? Do you wish your kids would eat more vegetables? Maybe you should try the squash with spaghetti hiding inside. This article has pictures, growing information and cooking instructions for you.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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Watermelon Rind Pickles and Rind Mini Recipes
By April (Aunt_A)

Three little girls watched with wide eyes. The knife chopped, chopped, chopped through the dark green rind. Rectangles of white watermelon rind capped with a tinge of pink remained. This part of the process was complete. However, some work and time remained before we could devour the wonderful Watermelon Rind Pickles. Mother knew the recipe by heart by now; these were a family favorite. It was great fun to surprise our friends and family with the pickles; it seemed no-one could believe the delicious specialty was made from the rind from watermelons. Don't waste another watermelon rind; read on for my family's "secret" recipe and for a few other mini watermelon rind recipes tossed in for good measure.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

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Redbud Trees: Add Carefree Color and Appeal to Your Landscaping
By April (Aunt_A)

Did you know that the redbud tree is also called the "Judas tree"? Have you ever seen a RED redbud tree? Have you seen a WHITE redbud tree? Are you looking for something beautiful to add to your landscaping?

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Friday, January 6, 2012

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CityGreen: Re-greening a city after a deadly storm
By April (Aunt_A)

"ATTENTION: Do NOT travel any more than necessary. The city is in a state of emergency. Trees are down all over the city. I repeat: do NOT travel, do NOT go near downed power lines. Trees are snapped off like twigs. I can hear them breaking under the force of the storm."

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Friday, December 16, 2011

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Christmas on a shoestring
By April (Aunt_A)

Do you love Christmas but find that your wallet doesn't love the cost of all the decorations? Would you like a few new Christmas decorations but are depressed by the costs? Christmas should not be depressing. Here are some ideas for Christmas decorations that you can make. So, dig out the toys the kids don't play with anymore, search for the out of date garlands in boxes and let's see what you might enjoy. Glue guns on the alert!

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

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My Dear Dead Houseplants.
By April (Aunt_A)

Where, Oh where, has my little plant gone? It was my pride and joy. What do I see now? Well, look for yourself: some strange brown dried up creature from outer space has eaten my beautiful plant.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

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A Garden is a Must: A List for Your New Dream Home
By April (Aunt_A)

Many people think of the basics when buying a home: 3 or 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, a 2 car garage, walk-in closets, location. However, I added a few more must have items to my list that you might want to consider also. The pictures in this article are from homes that we have worked with in our last 10 years as real estate agents.

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Friday, August 6, 2010

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Extreme birdhouses; designed and built by DG member John Looser
By April (Aunt_A)

These birdhouses are unbelievable and amazing. John, a Dave's Garden member, designs and builds what he calls "Extreme Birdhouses"; some of these weigh hundreds of pounds. Click on this article to see many pictures of John's famous designs and to read the story of how these birdhouses grew from the ashes of his destroyed dreams.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

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One plus one equals $10,000 ? ! ?
By April (Aunt_A)

Did you learn this math in school? One teacher, a Dave's Garden member with the user name lilydaydreamer, plus one passion for daylilies equals unbelievable. Lilydaydreamer (also known as Lisa) is teaching her school children wild lessons. You've got to read this article to believe what Lisa and her students have accomplished!

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

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The Mulberry Tree: Is it a Friend or a Foe? Is it Wonderful Fruit or Free Bird Food?
By April (Aunt_A)

Like a berry on a tree, swinging softly in the breeze. Will the blue jay and the redbird eat my pie before it can be? Dear mulberry tree, I love you, but your wine stain brings me to my knees.

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Friday, May 7, 2010

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Dave's Garden's heroes: Extreme reverse makeover saves the day
By April (Aunt_A)

Aggiegrl's original post grabbed the hearts of many, "Daylilies: Just had to share my sad Garden story! Sob". Within hours, virtual hugs and offers were pouring through the fingers of DG gardeners. The offers consisted of legal advice, free rent for a year in another state, more daylilies, seeds and other plants. Then, Smockette posted and 2 DGs sent private D-mails to aggiegrl. Please join in as you read a story that has been featured on National Public Radio; a journey from tears to triumph.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

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Butterflies: the prettiest pollinators in the world
By April (Aunt_A)

How can you perfectly describe a pollinator that floats through the air on micro-thin, decorative wings? How can you explain the beauty of a flying flower that flits around without pretense? The butterfly is a beautiful creation; a masterpiece. I do not understand how such a delicate creature can survive in our industrialized world, and yet, thankfully, she does. Enjoy some awesome pictures and 10 tips to welcome butterflies.

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

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Herb Festival Mania
By April (Aunt_A)

Look at the picture. Do you see the green hand reaching out to touch the leaf? Herb festivals connect communities with herbs and gardens. If you're not familiar with herbs or herb festivals, here's an introduction to them, plus a number of great reasons to attend a local festival. (Hint: if you don't see the green hand, keep reading to find out where to look.)

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

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New flowers hit the market this spring.
By April (Aunt_A)

Every year more plants are discovered and designed. This year is no exception. This is the spring season of opportunity; don't miss the great additions.

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

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March 28: Weed Appreciation Day. Have you hugged a weed today?
By April (Aunt_A)

Today is Weed Appreciation Day. Do you appreciate any weeds? Do you love or hate weed plants in your yard? What weeds have you eaten? What benefits do weeds hold today? How do you feel about the use of herbicides? Let's talk. Please tell me what you think after reading this article.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

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Teachable moments: My first mail order
By April (Aunt_A)

Is there a way to encourage very young children to garden? My mom knew a secret or two, even though she was never a Master Gardener and we never had perfectly weeded gardens. We did, however, grow some wonderful plants in the hills of New York state. It was in those fertile hills, in the deep dead of a dreadful winter, that I learned to love plants. Yes, mom knew a secret that I will share with you.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

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Geriatric gardening
By April (Aunt_A)

Are you old? Maybe not yet, but you are older then you were ten years ago. Do you know someone that is enjoying their golden years or will you someday retire? Then this article is for you. A Dave's Garden member, Peg (known to her Dave's Garden friends as DATURA12) advocates gardening for geriatrics. Her ideas are inspiring.

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Friday, January 9, 2009

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Planning plants in your wedding day
By April (Aunt_A)

Weddings are no longer only formal events with hideous bridesmaid dresses and tuxedos. A wedding is a celebration of two lives and loves merging to create a new entity that never was before. Do you or your future spouse love plants? Why not decorate with plants and flowers that will be useful years after the top of the cake has dried to inedible? These plants will be living reminders of vows that should not be tossed.

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

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Can you identify the plant life?
By April (Aunt_A)

It is your turn. Welcome to a plant lover's puzzle! Here are 42 plant pictures without a label. Dave's Garden members seem to be able to identify hundreds of plants within minutes (and sometimes seconds). How long will it take you to identify all of the pictures in this article? The pictures are of plants at the Tulsa Zoo. Puzzle and plant people, the race is on! Ready; Set...

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

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Wild and crazy plants: so much fun to grow and show. Part II
By April (Aunt_A)

Don't you just love a plant that makes you smile? Is a plant ever funny? I think so. Ready for a smile or two? I am not making these up. You will fall in love with these unusual plants.

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Friday, December 26, 2008

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Welcome to Peg's topiary living room
By April (Aunt_A)

Come on in; but please don't sit on the sofa. This is a story of Peg (known to her DG friends as DATURA12), a Dave's Garden member who overcame pain and financial hardship to create beautiful and unusual topiary in her backyard. Peg's handiwork is impressive and has been featured in two Texas newspapers. Progression pictures are included in the following article so you can see the sofa as it takes shape.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

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Wild and crazy plants: so much fun to grow and show
By April (Aunt_A)

Don't you just love a plant that makes you smile? Is a plant ever funny? I think so. Ready for a smile or two? I am not making these up. You will fall in love with these unusual plants.

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

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Beautiful corporate plantings
By April (Aunt_A)

Do you work in an office without windows? Does your office or shop have windows but the view is boring? Have you ever felt shut-in or trapped every day when you would really rather be home working in your garden? If your employer will not make the outside of your work place beautiful, maybe you can find a way to add a lovely display. Click to see beautiful commercial property pictures and ideas to help brighten your corner.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

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Growing up in New York: From apples to cider
By April (Aunt_A)

Upstate New York state, a delightfully beautiful land watered by lake effect snows and kissed by gentle rains, is far removed from the busy streets of New York, New York. My memories are full of the beauty and produce of the land. Take a walk with me today in an old-fashioned apple orchard.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

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Save your money: Delicious cups of wonder from the world of COFFEE
By April (Aunt_A)

Go way beyond cream and sugar. Why should a cup of coffee cost you $4 or more? Do you love specialty coffee drinks? Enjoy these delicious and easy cups of wonder.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

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Is Your Furniture Being Reduced to a Pile of Dust by The Powder Post Beetle?
By April (Aunt_A)

What could be happening to your furniture? Are bugs munching in your table as you enjoy your dinner on your table? Are unexplained piles of dust invading your home? Am I making this up? Read on...

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Saturday, August 2, 2008

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Unbelievable! Cashews and Poison Ivy
By April (Aunt_A)

To the unsuspecting, a handful of a beautiful three leafed vine will give an unwelcome surprise; an exclusive ticket to enter Scratch City. But quite unbelievable is the fact that Poison Ivy and Cashews share an itchy chemical.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

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Relax...Beauty In The Garden
By April (Aunt_A)

Yes, there is a time to plant. Shhh...there is a time to be still. Enjoy your garden; be captivated by its beauty instead of by its work. Relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

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ShoeTree. Tell us; What Does It Mean To You?
By April (Aunt_A)

Have you ever, ever, ever in your long legged life, seen a long legged Shoe Tree and his long legged wife? Have you seen a Shoe Tree? What do you think about Shoe Trees? What feeling does a Shoe Tree give you?

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

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CityGreen: Broken Arrow Beauty Makeover
By April (Aunt_A)

"Free daffodils"? A medium size City in Oklahoma woke up this Spring to hundreds of Yellow Blossoms blooming in the City right-of-ways. Our landscape was changed by Citizens cooperating together the previous fall and planting donated Daffodil bulbs. You can do the same in your City.

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