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Dave's Garden Articles: By Marie Harrison

Thursday, April 5, 2012

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Flower Show Competition
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Every year as flower show time nears, we garden club members shift into high gear. We've been coasting along all year attending floral design refresher courses and anxiously awaiting publication of this year's flower show schedule. We’ve been grooming our plants and getting them in tiptop shape.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

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Flowering Quince: Cinderella of the Early Spring Garden
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

All winter, flowering quince has been sitting in its corner, its spiny tangled mass of branches nondescript. Then, one day in early spring, the fairy godmother of the garden waves her magic wand. Bright flowers emerge from the leafless stems against a barren winter landscape, and flowering quince becomes the Cinderella of the garden.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

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Bringing Caladiums Out of Winter Storage
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

As spring approaches and plans for the summer garden get underway, gardeners begin thinking about the caladium tubers they dug last fall when the leaves began to die down. Soon it will be time to take them out of winter storage and return them to the garden for another glorious season of color and beauty.

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Friday, March 9, 2012

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Yellow Jessamine Lights up the Spring
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Yellow jessamine was officially selected as the state flower of South Carolina on February 1, 1924. Most likely flowering in every nook and cranny of the state, its pervasive fragrance and golden yellow flowers could not have escaped the attention of members of the General Assembly as they considered various alternatives.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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Clivia, A Houseplant Gift from Africa
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Clivia is a popular houseplant or garden plant for tropical climates. Commonly called bush lily, flame of the forest, or simply Clivia, this South African plant has attributes that make it a much sought after favorite.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

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Conditioning Cut Flowers and Foliage
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Many people enjoy cutting plants from their garden to use in bouquets and floral arrangements. To get the most out of your cut plant material and make it last for the longest possible time, condition it properly using a few tried and true techniques.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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The Mighty Oak: Our National Tree
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Hundreds of thousands of people voted in 2001 and selected the oak as our National Tree. It became official in 2004 when Congress passed a bill and the President signed it. John Rosenow, president of the National Arbor Day Foundation, says that the oak is “a striking symbol of our nation’s great strength.”

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Monday, January 9, 2012

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University of Georgia Classic City Awards
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Nurserymen who sell plants, people who plant them, and anyone growing so much as a container of annuals want to select high-performing plants that will last a long time in the landscape. Many times we as gardeners and consumers have no clue which are the best plants, so we turn to the professionals for advice.

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Friday, December 30, 2011

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Black-eyed Peas for Luck
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

The tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is one for which most Southerners need no encouragement. In almost every home on New Year’s Day, blackeyed peas in one form or another will be served. We believe that they will bring us luck in the coming year, so we eat them to shore up our chances.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

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Gardening in Winter: Deep South Region
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

November weather is usually pleasant in the Deep South. A cold snap sometimes makes an appearance, but most days are perfect for gardening activities. Gardeners are much like squirrels preparing for winter. We hurry and scurry trying to get it all done before the first killing frost.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

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Yellow Butterfly Vine
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Occasionally gardeners come across intriguing plants in unexpected ways. Such was the case with my first encounter with yellow butterfly vine. Clusters of yellow, orchid-like flowers about an inch in diameter shared space with chartreuse, butterfly-shaped seedpods attached to an attractive green vine. That was enough for me to purchase the plant and learn more about it.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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The Taxonomic Conundrum Unraveled
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

With the introduction of the Mono-botanic Design, National Garden Clubs required its members to learn some new tricks. In the Mono-botanic design type, designers were challenged to create designs using multiple parts of a plant or plants of one family or genus. This has proven to be more difficult than was first thought.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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Woody Perennials Bring the Fall Border to Life
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Gardeners are ready to get back out in the garden during the fall of the year. The weather has moderated, and many plants are at their best during this season. With just a bit of thought and preparation, the fall garden will rival the newness and beauty of the spring garden.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

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More Trees for Fall Color
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

This is the second article about trees for fall color in the Deep South. All these native trees grow well in the southern United States, and most are hardy in the entire eastern half of the country.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

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Native Trees for Fall Color
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Residents of the Deep South are resigned to the fact that they will never see fall color that equals that of the central and northern sections of the country. Nevertheless, with careful selection, southerners can select trees and shrubs that will fill their gardens and neighborhoods with colorful fall foliage. The native trees in this article offer a few colorful choices.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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Fiery Firebush
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Firebush is attractive all during the summer months, but in fall it becomes a blaze of glory. The flowers, the stems, the clusters of ripening fruit and the leaves are all glowing red. What a show this Florida native plant puts on at this time of year!

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

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Agapanthus, the Beautiful African Lily
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

For those who love blue in the garden, Agapanthus is an excellent choice. Standing up on tall scapes and announcing their presence in no uncertain terms, the clusters of flowers fill the summer garden with drama and color.

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Monday, August 1, 2011

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Scouring Rush, a Remnant of Ages Past
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Three hundred million years ago, the Equisetums were part of an extensive phylum of plants (Calamophyta) containing many genera. Distinguished by their straight stems with branches or leaves arranged in regular whorls, many of the plyla grew nearly 100 feet tall. The only genus still present is the lowly and sometimes weedy Equisetum, and all that remain are mere remnants of the group’s past glory.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

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Tung-oil, an Environmentally Safe Wood Preservative
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Memories of Granddaddy’s tung-oil tree orchard are favorites in my repository of childhood recollections. I recall running among the trees on Sunday afternoons with my cousins. We played war games in their shade, and our weapons of choice were the tung-oil nuts. It took only one or two good hits before we girl cousins threw up the white flag of surrender.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

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Santolina
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Three species of santolina are identified by the APG III system of taxonomy. They are rosemary santolina (Santolina rosmarinifolia syn. S. virens), gray santolina or lavender cotton (S. chamaecyparissus), and S. neapolitana. All three are excellent landscape specimens provided they are given appropriate growing conditions.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

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Confederate Rose (Hibiscus mutabilis), the Changeable Beauty
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Some people might be led to believe that the Confederate rose is a rose that is native to the South. It is, in fact, a hibiscus that hails from China. Fortunately, the Confederate rose found a friendly climate in the South. With fall comes remarkable flowers that change color almost by the hour. We gardeners of the South are proud to adopt the Confederate rose as one of our own.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

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Plectranthus
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

The GRIN Website lists 24 species of Plectranthus. However, other references suggest that more than 350 species are known. Obviously much reclassification of the genus has taken place, and even the ubiquitous coleus, until recently known as Solenostemon scutellarioides, is now in the Plectranthus genus.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

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Cuphea
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Many gardeners have learned the value of Cuphea for summer long flowers. We value them not only for the small, attractive flowers, but also for the hummingbirds, butterflies, and nectar-feeding insects that swarm around them.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

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Old Man of the Woods
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Strolling through the woods and around the neighborhood on a beautiful spring day is a popular activity. Strollers delight in the mild weather and in the new flowers and emerging green foliage of deciduous shrubs and trees. Not the least among the attractions is our native grancy gray-beard that graces landscapes and woodlands in many parts of the United States.

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

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Glimpse into a Standard Flower Show
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Every year Valparaiso Garden Club of Valparaiso, Florida, stages a Standard Flower Show. This type of show differs from others in that it meets all requirements as listed in the Flower Show Handbook, a publication of National Garden Clubs. Members and visitors find much to admire as they meander through the show looking at the exhibits.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

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Plant Climbing Aster Now for Incredible Fall Color
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Climbing aster is one of the delights of the fall garden. Hundreds (or even thousands) of nickel-sized lavender daisy-like flowers literally cover the vines if planted in a favorable spot.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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Gopher Apple
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

A drive down most roads in the Deep South gives the driver and passengers a glimpse of gopher apple. Patches of this bright green, ground-hugging plant occur with frequency in sunny places along the roadside.

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Friday, April 8, 2011

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Partridgeberry: A Steppable Groundcover
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Partridgeberry (Mitchella repens) is a non-climbing herbaceous to woody vine that forms an evergreen, ground-hugging groundcover. A member of the Rubiaceae (madder) family, this prostrate vine is native to North America and hardy from USDA Zones 4-9.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

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Autumn Fern
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Autumn fern is evergreen in tropical regions and root hardy over large areas of the United States (Zones 5-9). Consider adding this adaptable plant to a shady corner in your garden.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

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Bracts: Leaves, Petals, or Something Else?
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Gardeners often come across terms that are a bit confusing. One of these terms is “bract.” Is a bract a leaf, a petal, or is it something entirely different?

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Friday, February 18, 2011

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Is it a Petal or a Sepal?
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

As gardeners we often come across terms that are a bit confusing. Hydrangeas and clematis, for instance, do not have petals. They have colorful sepals that look like petals. Some double flowers have stamens and even pistils that have transformed into petals. How can an ordinary gardener with just a bit of curiosity about such terms sort out the differences?

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Friday, February 11, 2011

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Reflective Designs
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

The Creative Arrangers group of my garden club meets once a month to study and do a specific design type. The topic of December’s lesson was “Reflective Designs.” Members in the group range from experienced designers to those for whom these classes are a first exposure to floral design.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

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A Phlox for Every Garden
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

What better time to remember the beauty of the spring and summer phlox than in late winter when the sights and scents of blooming flowers are either a pleasant memory or a much anticipated delight for gardeners in most of the country? Dream on and enjoy the memory and the anticipation.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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A Kalanchoe for Christmas and Forever After
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is a succulent perennial with dark green, rounded leaves that have scalloped edges. Clusters of bright red, pink, orange, or yellow flowers bloom on stems held well above the foliage. Blooming pots of these plants can be found in supermarkets and nurseries during the Christmas season.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

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Moss Phlox Paints a Pretty Picture
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Moss phlox (Phlox subulata) blooms reliably in gardens across the country every spring. In my garden, the florescent pink flowers erupt into a showy ground-hugging mass for three or four weeks. For the rest of the year it takes a backseat, but the evergreen, needlelike foliage makes a solid bright green mass that is a perfect background for the brightly colored summer flowers that follow.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

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The Black and White Sheep of the Wandering Jew Family
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

The wandering Jew or spiderwort family (Commelinaceae) consists of 41 accepted genera (APG III) and several hundred species. Many of them are cultivated ornamentals, but others are landscape thugs that we avoid and attempt to banish from our gardens.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

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Aucuba, a Shrub for Shade
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Aucuba figures prominently in gardens in temperate climates. And why not? It offers color year-round, attractive, evergreen leaves that light up a shady garden and prime cutting material for floral designers.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

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Horticulture Division - The Standard Flower Show
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Gardeners take delight in growing plants. Opportunities to show their most beautiful specimens to the public are offered at Standard Flower Shows. Not only are these events showcases for beautifully grown horticulture; they are also educational forums that the public can access to determine what kinds of plants can be grown in their own gardens. Read on to learn more about the Horticulture Division of a Standard Flower Show.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

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Fatsia japonica, a Shady-Loving, Evergreen Shrub
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Fatsia japonica is a landscape shrub that adds a bold, tropical look to the landscape. Large 12-inch wide leaves liberally cover the plant. Gardeners and floral designers alike treasure the glossy, dark green leaves and the imposing presence that it lends to both landscapes and floral designs.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

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Firespike Lights up the Fall Garden
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Firespike is blooming in gardens throughout Florida and much of the Deep South as fall approaches. Gardeners keep a close watch on it, not only because it is beautiful in and of itself, but also because it brings on a flurry of activity from the hummingbirds and butterflies that frequent the area.

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