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Dave's Garden Articles: By Joyce B. Gladden

Sunday, November 23, 2014

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Dish Flower Patterns: Part I
By Joyce B. Gladden (jadajoy)

Floral patterns have been used to decorate just about everything and appear almost everywhere.They have been used so extensively, that we take them for granted even though we pass them by everyday. One area of design we may not notice is on dinnerware. The floral patterns depicted here reflect the art work of great designers and remind us of a history in which flowers played a central part.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

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Ginkgo biloba: Living Fossil Tree
By Joyce B. Gladden (jadajoy)

A symbol of love, peace, hope and longevity, the Maidenhair Tree has withstood the Ice Age and the bombings in Japan in WWII. It is an amazing testament to endurance and strength and lives on as a survivor with healing capabilities.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

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Trailing Coleus: Overwintering in a Basket
By Joyce B. Gladden (jadajoy)

This ancient and versatile species of Coleus lends itself to hanging baskets which can be used to overwinter all your favorite cultivars.

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

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September In The Garden
By Joyce B. Gladden (jadajoy)

September brings leaves of crimson, gold, scarlet, bronze and orange. It is a transformative month for gardeners to survey the fruits of their labor and to look ahead to prepare for what will be.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

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First Flowers
By Joyce B. Gladden (jadajoy)

What is it that inspires the love of a particular flower or plant? How does the passion for gardening take hold and follow us throughout our lives? Maybe it is the memory of sweet times in nature or maybe it is our first encounter.

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

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Crazy For Coleus: History and Care
By Joyce B. Gladden (jadajoy)

An old Victorian parlor plant makes a 21st century comeback! Coleus is enjoying a new popularity with colorful hybrids and sun tolerant landscape varieties. Easy to grow and inexpensive,Coleus has become a gardener's highspot!

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Friday, April 15, 2011

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Does Money Grow On Trees?
By Joyce B. Gladden (jadajoy)

How many times have you heard that expression or used it? Well this lovely, papery ornamental may prove that it does.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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Mistletoe: Kiss Me Quick!
By Joyce B. Gladden (jadajoy)

Kissing under the Mistletoe is an age old Christmas tradition. Symbolic of peace and love, kissing under its boughs insured marriage. Did you know there is proper etiquette for this ritual?

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Friday, November 19, 2010

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Dish Flower Garden Part ll: Blue Willow, Blue Onion and Blue Tulip
By Joyce B. Gladden (jadajoy)

Until the elusive Blue Coleus is found, I will have to be content with the blue varieties found in my kitchen garden. Part II of this series explores the mysteries of the Blue Willow, The Blue Onion and the Blue Tulip dinnerware patterns.

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

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Crepe Murder Mystery
By Joyce B. Gladden (jadajoy)

When a Crepe Mrytle mysteriously starts growing where a Silver Birch is planted, a novice gardener gets to the bottom of how not to murder a Crepe Myrtle.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

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Dish Flower Garden Part III : Cattail, Cactus and Kitchen Kraft
By Joyce B. Gladden (jadajoy)

In this final part of the series of flora in the kitchen we look at the remarkable wildlife plant Cattail, which is appropriate since it is also edible. Another much used decal is the Saguaro Cactus, symbol of the Southwest, and the stylized floral designs used on the Kitchen Kraft line.

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