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Dave's Garden Articles: By Marie Harrison

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Purple Coneflowers? or Red, Yellow, -- or Tangerine?
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Purple coneflower is the 2014 “Perennial Plant of the Year” chosen by the National Garden Bureau. Native to the central and eastern United States, this lovely wildflower not only beautifies prairies and gardens across the country; it keeps them alive with butterflies, birds, and beneficial insects.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

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Milkweed and Monarchs
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

In much of the country, Asclepias (milkweed) of one kind or another is native. Monarch butterflies depend on milkweed for their survival. Tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) is not native, but it is often chosen for garden plantings because of its colorful flowers and general availability. Native orange butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is more difficult to establish in gardens but may well be worth the extra effort required.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

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Keeping up with Plant Family Names
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Keeping abreast of the latest changes in plant taxonomy is a daunting task for people who try to keep up with such things. Knowing the names of plants and the families to which they belong is important to garden and horticultural writers who try to publish correct information.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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Monocots and Whaticots? Eudicots?
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Until recently scientists accepted two major classifications of flowering plants. Most of us were taught that angiosperms (flowering plants) were either a monocot (monocotyledon) or dicot (dicotyledon). Today scientists prefer the terms monocot and eudicot (eudicotyledon). Horticulturists and gardeners are encouraged to get on board with the latest findings.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

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Displays in the Standard Flower Show
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

A previous article discussed collections in the Standard Flower Show. This article is similar, but its focus is on displays, which differ from collections in several important ways.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Collections for Standard Flower Shows
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

National Garden Club Standard Flower Shows offer opportunities to exhibit and compete in many different categories of horticulture and design. In the horticulture division of a flower show, one section might offer an opportunity to exhibit a collection of plants grown by an exhibitor.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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Variegated Plants
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Variegated foliage plants are attractive to gardeners because they offer a change from the plainness of solid colored leaves. Of course, flowers can be variegated, too, and often for the same reasons as foliage, but this article concentrates on variegated foliage and the different types of variegation.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

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Hosta an Asparagaceae? Are You Kidding?
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Several shifts in taxonomy in recent years have sent those of us who try to keep abreast with such changes into a tailspin. Some of the most surprising changes have happened in the Asparagaceae family.

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Friday, December 27, 2013

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Easy-to-Grow Satin Pothos
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

One of my favorite plants is satin pothos. While it is easy to grow and beautiful in my home, it took lots of research to discover the plant's true identity.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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A Christmas Flower Show
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

The Christmas luncheon is a highlight of the garden club year for my garden club. Everyone brings a covered dish, and the hostess committee provides a ham or turkey. One year the occasion was made even more festive because the garden club decided to have a Small Standard Flower Show along with the Christmas luncheon.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

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A Grapevine Christmas Tree
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

For years friends have given me “gardening” Christmas ornaments. I have sprightly garden Santas, garden angels, miniature gardening tools, flower and butterfly ornaments, and all manner of garden knick-knacks made especially for hanging on a Christmas tree. For a long time I hung them on the tree with all my other ornaments. However, as collectibles so often do, my garden ornaments became more and more numerous.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

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Sage and its Uses, Then and Now
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Sage was an important part of my childhood experiences, but I had little appreciation that it was used for anything other than seasoning sausages and hogshead cheese. Today I grow it in my herb garden and use often. As a matter of fact, sage is an ancient herb that has been used for centuries, not only for seasoning, but for its medicinal properties, as well.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

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Thanksgiving Cactus
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

All these years I thought I was growing Christmas cactus. Research into the holiday cacti has revealed that I was growing Thanksgiving cactus all along. Distinguishing between the two is easy if you know what to look for.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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Floral Design the NGC Way
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

National Garden Clubs is a “go to” place for people wishing to learn about floral design. After a few short lessons, prospective designers learn that NGC designs are different from those they are accustomed to seeing in florists, grocery markets, and other places where floral designs are constructed or sold. NGC has spent many years preparing curriculum and organizing schools to teach the art of floral design.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

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Floral Design for Kids
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Garden clubs take seriously their charge to work with children and teach them the joy and art of gardening and floral design. In this article I will share some simple techniques that can be used to create a plethora of designs with children of all ages.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

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Thryallis - a Shower of Gold
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Thryallis is not a plant in my repository of childhood memories. Grandmother didn’t have it in her garden, and I never saw it or was aware of it until a few years back when I saw it growing in a botanical garden. It struck my fancy then, and I looked until I found one for my garden.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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The Matchstick Bromeliad
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Many times I chance upon a plant that provides beautiful surprises. Such is the case with matchstick bromeliad. I had always thought bromeliads were tropical beauties that required special care and protection. Most of my bromeliads are put in containers and moved to the greenhouse come winter.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

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Florida's Scrub Communities
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

The Florida scrub communities are very old ecosystems, some of which have been in existence for as long as a million years. Scrub communities are characterized by the presence of mostly shrubs, in contrast to forests dominated by trees, and savannas and prairies dominated by grasses.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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Flowers -- Who Needs Them?
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Obviously, we all need flowers. Without them the world as we know it could not exist. However, we do not have to have them in order to have a colorful garden. A look at various parts of the author’s landscape will illustrate that flowers are not a necessary component of a garden filled with color.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

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Sunflowers on the Beach
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

On a recent trip to Henderson Beach State Park in Destin, Florida, I was struck by the number and variety of plants that grow on sandy dunes bordering the Gulf of Mexico. One plant that was thriving in this inhospitable environment was dune sunflower.

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Monday, August 5, 2013

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Sparkleberry
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Gardeners often seek native plants because of their adaptability to an area and their attractiveness to native birds, butterflies, and other creatures. Sparkleberry is a plant with much to offer those seeking an attractive and useful addition to their landscape.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

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A Different Kind of Crinum
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

My string lily is a gift from Aunt Gladys, my Mississippi gardening buddy. On each trip to Mississippi to visit my family, her house is a necessary stop. Like all my other gardening friends, she’s likely to have something beautiful blooming in her garden at any time.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

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Support Your Vines
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Finding supports for vines growing in my garden has always been a challenge. Wooden fences rot, and sometimes a vine is wanted in a place where there is no fence or other support. Finally, I stumbled onto a solution that has made growing vines easy anywhere in the garden.

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

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Fireworks in the Garden
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Fireworks are plentiful this time of year, but not only in the night sky. Many sparklers, firecrackers, and other aptly named plants are available to add sizzle, pop, snap, and crackle to your garden.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

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Herbal Groundcovers
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Some gardeners grow herbs for their culinary uses, and others grow them for their medicinal applications. Still others grow herbs to brew their favorite teas or to make flavorful vinegars, butters, and oils. Some, like me, have them purely for the pleasure of growing them and working among them. Few, however, realize that some herbs can be “scentsational” groundcovers.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

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African Hosta (Little White Soldiers)
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

How many people have planted plants in their gardens and promptly lost the identification tag? Such was the case of a little plant that quickly became a favorite. Although I have grown it several years, only recently have I been able to identify it. Initially, I identified it as Drimiopsis, but that turned out to be a synonym. Further research revealed its genus to be Ledebouria.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

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Fabulous Figs
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

The fig tree that grows a few feet from my Florida room window is now in full leaf. Tiny green figs grow at each node, and every day they swell and fill out a bit more. Soon they will be ripening and ready to harvest. I can’t wait.

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

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Stop to Smell the Flowers
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Most enjoyable among my gardening experiences are those involving the sense of smell. At no time other than spring is the garden such a treasury of olfactory experiences. Spring gradually merges into summer, and one plant after another blooms and adds to the miscellany of pleasurable scents.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

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Bletilla striata -- the Easy Orchid
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Many gardeners believe that orchids are specialty plants that can’t be grown by inexperienced gardeners, especially under ordinary garden culture. It is true that many orchids have growing requirements that many of us cannot or choose not to provide, but the hardy ground orchid is not one of them. This hardy perennial requires no special coddling and is easy enough for beginners, provided a few basic requirements are met.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

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Simply Green
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

For years I have grown as many perennials as space allows in my garden. I have, needless to say, amassed quite a collection. While I admire the colorful flowers that bloom on many of them, I now realize that many of my favorite perennials are simply green.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

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Pretty Yellow Bows Adorn a Child's Easter
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

My childhood was rich in many ways, but in other ways it was very difficult. Times were hard, and the whole family worked long, hard hours just to supply the necessities of life. One year a very special aunt held an Easter celebration, the memory of which holds a special place in my heart. The letter that follows expresses my appreciation to this aunt who added so much gladness to the heart of a child. .

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

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Lessons of the Bradford Pear
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Choosing a tree for the landscape seems like a game of chance for many people. We see a tree that we think is beautiful, and we become single-minded in our pursuit of it. Sometimes we forget to find out all we can about plants before adding them to our landscapes—often with less than pleasing results.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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Chinese Ligustrum, an Invasive Menace
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Amiable Spouse finally agreed to cut down the variegated Chinese privet that was growing in the front yard. I pruned it back countless times and was always careful to cut out the portions that had reverted to solid green. Still, he rather liked it, but he acquiesced after I explained the problem and showed him evidence of reversion to solid green in several places in our neighborhood.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

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Coral Ardisia, A Beautiful but Invasive Plant
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Anyone who views up close a mass of coral ardisia would naturally want it for their landscape, for it is very attractive. Sometimes called coral berry, spice berry, hen’s eyes and other descriptive names, this small upright shrub is a trickster of the meanest sort. It is a prime example of why gardeners should learn about the plants they invite into their gardens.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

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Keeping Fresh Flowers Fresh
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Most people enjoy fresh cut flowers in their homes. They know, however, that once a flower is cut its lifespan is shortened. Several techniques will help keep cut flowers fresh and pretty for as long as possible. Below are some frequently asked questions and answers that will help you get the most out of your cut flowers.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

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Winter Musings of a Passionate Gardener
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

My garden is located in Zone 8B very near the Gulf of Mexico. Winters are cold enough to make working outside unpleasant on some days, and frequently our tender plants require winter protection. Still, we share common tribulations and jubilations with gardeners everywhere. Many will identify with the musings of this passionate gardener.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

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Japanese Sedge -- An Easy-Care Groundcover
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

The catalog read, “Carex morrowii ‘Aurea-variegata’ (Japanese sedge). Graceful swirls of handsomely variegated leaves, green with a central yellow stripe, form neat, rounded clumps and are fully evergreen in the South and partially so in more northerly areas. 10 to 12 inches tall and easily grown. Zones 5 to 9. One-quart container. Each $12.95.”

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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Sweet Alyssum -- A Tiny Plant with Big Impact
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima) is one the tiny plants that makes a big statement in the garden. It’s one of those that I like to call a little giant, because no matter how small it is, its contribution to the garden can be gargantuan.

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Friday, January 4, 2013

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Nun's Orchid -- A Good Choice for Beginners
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Orchids are a group of plants that has almost escaped my hortimaniacal tendencies. Not that I don’t admire them greatly, because I do. It’s just that I feel they need special treatment and care that I am unable to provide.

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Monday, December 31, 2012

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New Year's Resolutions for Gardeners
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Happy New Year, Gardeners! As New Year's Day approaches, we think about how we’re going to make our gardens better in the coming year. Maybe your garden was perfect last year, but mine was not. The main thing that was wrong was the absence of the gardener for prolonged periods of time. I have several resolutions that will make my garden and gardening experiences better during the coming year, and I challenge other gardeners to incorporate some "earth friendly" changes in their gardens.

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