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Dave's Garden Articles: By Jacqueline Cross

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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A Sea of Pastel: Mountain Garland & Rocket Larkspur
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Here, we will look at two beautiful bloomers, Mountain Garland (Clarkia elegans) and Rocket Larkspur (Consolida ambigua), with lovely clusters of blooms. Two plants which are perfect for the neglectful gardener.

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

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Silent Bells Beckon (Bell Shaped Blooms)
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

From the delicate Muscari and Spanish Hyacinth to the grand Carolina Silver Bell tree, spring welcomes you to the garden with bells on. From spring, right into winter, there is always a bell silently ringing in the garden. There are many blooms, from tiny bulbs to huge trees, that resemble bells. Some bloom in clusters, some bloom up the stem, while others are single bells standing out for all to see. We will look at a few of them, here.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

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Plant a Perennial Cutting Garden
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

It takes little effort and expense to have a fresh, colorful bouquet for your home each week. A few cents per plant from seed to bloom is a small price to pay for such large returns.

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

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Winter-Blooming Shrubs: The Short List
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

As the final blooms of summer fade and the brilliance of fall slowly drifts away on the breeze; our thoughts turn to spring gardens filled with waves of bright colors.

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

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"Magical Colors" (Mommy, Why Do the Leaves Change Color?)
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

The air is crisp, the sky is blue and you are surrounded by more brilliant colors than you could have imagined. Is it worth the trip? You bet it is. Buy a huge memory card for that camera and plan to stay at least a week. You'll need plenty of time to soak it all in before you head back home.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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Red, White and Blue: Pride on Display
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Have you driven through your town and seen all the wonderful red, white and blue gardens at the start of summer? Many are elaborate gardens that, no doubt, took a full landscaping crew to create. You can show your pride in a much less elaborate way and still make a statement. Simple and quick tips for your own patriotic container garden.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

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Evergreen Shrubs by Size
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Choose the right evergreen shrubs for any given area by knowing whether they are small, medium or large when mature.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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Fragrant Climbing Plants
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Get inspired to create a private room in your garden by surrounding it with vine-covered structures, or plant some vines around a sleeping porch for lovely scented breezes.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

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Shrubs for Sandy Soil
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

A look at one dozen shrubs which will grow in nutrient depleted sandy soil with little or no amendments.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

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Scottish Bluebells: Age-old Blooms and Old-time Lore
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

These lovely flowers have been around for centuries. Legend has it that fairies live among them and humans should be wary of disturbing them.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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Christmas Trees: Which One is Right for Your Family?
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

The choices are many when it comes to buying that all important centerpiece of the decorated Christmas holiday home. Artificial, live potted and cut trees can be found in all sizes, price ranges and even colors.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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Ten Texas Native and Wild Plants
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Texas is an interesting state filled with beautiful plants. Ten of these plants are listed here but there are thousands more in the hills and valleys of Texas just waiting to be rediscovered.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

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The Fall 2008 Florida-Alabama Round Up: Good food, friends and plants
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

I recently attended my first Dave’s Garden Round Up. What is a Dave’s Garden Round Up? Simply put, a Round Up is the Dave's Garden version of a plant swap. Read on to take a closer look at the makings of this event.

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Monday, August 6, 2012

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Schisandra: Bay Star Vine
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Schisandra are shade loving, flowering vines with beautiful glossy green foliage that are native to the southeastern U.S. They are sweetly scented and deserving of a spot in your garden.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

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Focus on Reseda
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

The Reseda is a fascinating plant with a long recorded history. The heavenly scent is like sweet honey sent from the gods and will draw visitors to the garden in search of its source.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

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Inviting Deer and Game Birds to Your Property
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

As for any living thing, there are three basic components to creating an area that is welcoming to deer and game birds. Those components are shelter, food and water.

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

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Keeping Poultry Healthy in Winter
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

When temperatures are extreme, it is important that your poultry stay healthy. A little extra time before the wind turns icy can save a lot of damage and possible deaths to your backyard flock.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

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Blooms for the Florida Fall and Winter Garden: Not Just Orange, Yellow and Red
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

When the blooms of summer begin to fade, it is time to set out annuals and prune back perennials to create a new flush of color for the winter months.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

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Growing Apples in Florida: It can be done
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Here's a guide to choosing apple varieties for Florida, a state that is more famous for its citrus fruit.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

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Autumn Hiking in Two States: Similarities and differences
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Fall is the best time of year for hiking the peaceful trails in forests across the country. Here is a look at two areas of the Southeastern U.S.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

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Autumn Garden Wedding (Plantings to add color and texture)
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Creating a beautiful fall garden is as easy as filling decorative containers with fall blooming plants and placing them around the garden.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

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Forsythia and False Forsythia: A look at the authentic forsythia and its imitator
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Forsythia are beautiful mounds of yellow in early spring but they have an imitator quietly invading gardens around the globe. However, the imposter is quickly pardoned once the gardener experiences the sweet little white blooms which open even before the yellow blooms of forsythia.

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

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Cogongrass in the Southeastern United States: Looks can be deceiving
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

The grass is not always greener on the other side. Cogongrass is a good example of how non-native plants can take over the landscape, disrupt our fragile ecosystem and take years to eradicate. This is one more reason why we should plant native alternatives instead.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

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The ‘Ole Home Place
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Have you ever driven by an abandoned house and wanted to investigate the gardens? Would you take a shovel into these deserted gardens? Before you do that, stop a minute and think...

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Monday, July 20, 2009

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Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (The Brunfelsia)
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Sweetly scented and oh so colorful! This tropical shrub is a must have for those living in sub-tropical and tropical zones. Grow it in pots in other zones. You won't be sorry.

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

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The Love Garden: A lasting gift for your Valentine
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

It is that time of year again. Bouquets of red roses, chocolates and diamonds wrapped with red ribbon will be arriving at homes and offices around the world. Here, we will take a look at a different kind of gift, one that will last far longer than a box of chocolates or bouquet of cut flowers.

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

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Growing Herbs Indoors: Specific Needs for Healthy Plants
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Common and uncommon herbs alike can be grown indoors for easy access by cooks and herbalists.

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

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Red Wings in the Air and Garden: Cardinal Songbirds and Cardinal Flowers
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Bright red, fluttering cardinal wings can be found flying overhead and tucked into garden beds alike.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

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Hydrolea ovata: A U.S. native that deserves a closer look
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Hydrolea ovata is a sweet little native that will do well as a marginal or submerged plant addition to your pond.

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Friday, November 7, 2008

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Focus on Encelia farinosa (Brittle Bush)
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

For a naturally mounding shrub that can really take the heat, try this desert plant.

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

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Spotlight on Hardenbergia, Australian Native Lilac Vine
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

This Australian native is easy to grow and has beautiful spikes of vibrant color to grace your garden trellis or arbor.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

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Top Twelve Garden Plants to Grow from Cuttings
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Fill your gardens with new plants year after year and do it for free. The small print here is, this becomes addictive very quickly. Root at your own risk!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

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Focus on the Four O'Clock
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Marvel of Peru, Belle de Nuit, False Jalap, Four O'clock...no matter what name is attached to this plant, it brightens afternoon and moon gardens around the globe. As early as the sixteenth century, it was in fashion and made its way around the world to win hearts and surprise gardeners of all levels.

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

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Focus on the Florida Native Lupine
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

I have always been a proponent of using native and heirloom plants in the garden. The Florida Lupine is one such plant. Here we will take a closer look at it.

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

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Bordering the Southern Driveway: Adding Interest to a Long, Winding Lane
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

We have all seen them; winding lanes leading to huge estates and small homes alike. Entrances to homes that are planted with trees, shrubs and flowers tend to leave lasting memories.

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Monday, August 11, 2008

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Granny’s Hat, Flip Flops and Spade (A Memory)
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

On a warm sunny afternoon in many gardens around the world, you will find grannies of all shapes and sizes relaxing in the midst of flowers great and small.

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Friday, July 18, 2008

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Flowers and the Emotional Health of Seniors
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Is it possible that something as simple as flowers can bring happiness to your favorite senior's life? Dropping by with a fistfull of daisies or a potted plant for their coffee table will bring more joy into their day than you can imagine.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

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Flower to Rock: "Where Did You Come From?"
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

What is a soul to do when you move to a place that is lacking in natural resources for your creative endeavors? You go out and find what you need to accomplish your goals.

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

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Interview: "What I've Learned in a Year" with new gardener J. Hagans
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Let's take a walk through Jessica Hagans' garden on here family's mini farm. While we are there, she'll tell us what she has learned in her first year of vegetable gardening. Grab your rain hat, it's misting out there!

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Friday, June 27, 2008

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The Devil in My Woods: Prickly Pear Cactus
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Whether you call it Devil's Tongue, Indian Fig or simply Prickly Pear, it is one plant that doesn't get enough recognition for what it brings to the creatures in the wild. It's not altogether evil...

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