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Dave's Garden Articles: By Shari Scott

Sunday, August 17, 2014

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The Mystique of the Orchid
By Shari Scott (Islandshari)

Perhaps more than any other flower the Orchid embodies the mythology of "green-thumb" thinking. Unless you have grown an orchid and know how easy it is, you may hesitate to attempt adding this legendary and ancient beauty to your garden. Well, you shouldn't. Please, let me explain...

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

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Happy Holidays
By Shari Scott (Islandshari)

I have recently returned from a rather hectic and travel-filled vacation, during which I visited three different states, 8 different cities, and an endless variety of nationalities, languages, dialects and accents. America is nothing if not diverse. We have been advised that saying "Merry Christmas" is no longer politically correct, that we should say "Happy Holidays" instead. Okay, let's look at that

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

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The Ocean Voyage of the Plumeria - A Fragrant Retrospective
By Shari Scott (Islandshari)

Libraries are festooned with coffee-table books about plumeria. There are hundreds, if not thousands of books, articles and websites devoted to this beautiful and fragrant blossom. There are societies dedicated to the proliferation and study of the plumeria and all its many cultivars. So what can I write that might be of interest, given all the expertise that already exists out there? Please let me explain...

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

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Plant Identification - A Lesson In Frustration
By Shari Scott (Islandshari)

Has this or something similar ever happened to you? You open your door to greet the day, and find that someone has left a lovely plant on your doorstep. There is a small note attached reading “I’m moving and wanted this to go to a good home, your garden shows that you care about plants, so enjoy!” How nice! Now, what is it? Plant identification can be as fun as doing puzzles, or as frustrating as the homework from your college calculus class. Please let me explain.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

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Tropical Hibiscus - Fragile, Fleeting, and Fabulous
By Shari Scott (Islandshari)

The blooms may only last a day, and you have to be careful about temperatures, but these gorgeous lovelies are well worth planting. During the warm summer months and longer in more tropical loving climates, the stunning beauty of the tropical Hibiscus will bring you a sense of accomplishment like few others. Please let me explain:

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

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Tropical Fruit - A Culinary Odyssey
By Shari Scott (Islandshari)

I have long been a fan of the intrepid British explorer Captain James Cook. Not only did he “boldly go where no man had gone before”; he also boldly ate what no man had eaten before. Well, at least no clear-headed, well fed, “civilized” man had eaten before. Please let me explain…

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

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There's Joy to be found in Public Gardens
By Shari Scott (Islandshari)

Have you ever visited a Public Garden? How about something that sounds a little more formal like a Botanical Garden? Or maybe you are lucky enough to be near a Community Garden? It seems that no matter where we humans find ourselves, from seashores to deserts to mountains, we always need to get in touch with nature, and public gardens are just about everywhere. Even here on my tiny little island, we have a Public Garden.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

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A Warm Coral Reef Garden
By Shari Scott (Islandshari)

With the majority of our membership suffering through compost deprivation and weeding withdrawals due to Winter’s bitter bite, I thought that perhaps a glimpse of the marvelous underwater gardens of the blue Pacific would warm you just a tad. Please let me explain:

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Monday, February 11, 2008

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Co-Co-Coconuts!
By Shari Scott (Islandshari)

Now I ask you, what typifies the tropics more than a cold tropical drink served in a hollowed out coconut shell, with a little paper umbrella sticking out the top? But wait...there is so much more to this little brown nut. Please let me explain...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

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A Step Back In Time - The Tall Ships
By Shari Scott (Islandshari)

Have you ever noticed how often the conversation of gardeners will turn toward the far past? Who would ever have thought of eating an artichoke? How did someone come up with steeping tea leaves? How did fermenting grapes become the delicious wines we know today? These are typical of the types of thoughts so many gardeners have while just puttering around pulling weeds. I recently had the opportunity to step back in time, and enjoyed a day of exploring these thoughts and others concerning the courage and fortitude of our ancestors. Please let me explain…

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

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Medicinal Plants of the Pacific Islands
By Shari Scott (Islandshari)

A stroll along the shore of any Pacific Island will surround you with a multitude of plants that, to the uninformed eye merely look and smell lovely and tropical. What you might not know, is that the majority of these plants have a much more important purpose in their lives. Please let me explain…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

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Island Life - An Overview of Kwajalein, RMI
By Shari Scott (Islandshari)

I have been getting a lot of questions from fellow DGers about where I live, so this is an attempt at an overview. When I first thought of writing an article about my island home, I had no idea how much information I would be relaying. I drew up an outline to help streamline my thoughts and then I realized that for such a tiny place, there is sure a lot to say about it!

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

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Trees to Textiles - Pacific Tapa
By Shari Scott (Islandshari)

Trees can be either the bane or the glory of a gardener's endeavors. Some can drive us to distraction with the shedding and mess of a seasonal molt, while others bless us with fruit, flowers or shade when most needed. But next time you are sitting and admiring the beauty of your arbor, think about wearing the wood! There are places in our world where this is done even now. Please allow me to explain...

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

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Its a Small World After All
By Shari Scott (Islandshari)

How did you find this site? You were probably searching the web for information about a plant, a bug, or maybe just general gardening interest. Or maybe a friend told you about it. However you got here, I'll bet you want to stay. There is something about this place...

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