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Sunday, January 4, 2015

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New Salad Greens - Part I
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

Commercial growers plant where the conditions are ideal for production of salad greens such as lettuce, but home gardeners need to cope with the seasonal weather in the zones where we live. Luckily, we can turn to the seed companies for new cultivars that are better able to stand the heat of harsh summers and mature more quickly. Every year there are new introductions as plant breeders develop different varieties.

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners have a keen sense of humor and we know that you'll enjoy adding your family-friendly quote or description to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

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Succulents: What's Blooming in the Yard Now? January Edition
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

The purpose of this article is to give the reader some idea of what might be blooming in the succulent world this time of year (January) in the northern hemisphere. For those living south of the equator, add/subtract 6 months and the same flowering schedule should be accurate for you as well. Though January is over-represented by the Aloes, there are some other species blooming this month, too.

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Identifying Wildflowers: Lyreleaf Sage; Salvia lyrata
By Melody Rose (melody)

Many cultivated plants can trace their roots to common roadside wildflowers and gardeners often assume that the wild or native form is simply an escapee from someone's garden. Wildflowers are beloved little treasures that have inspired poets, artists and storytellers from around the world and learning to recognize them and preserving their declining habitat is something all gardeners should aspire to.

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Friday, January 2, 2015

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Topiary: Art with Nature, Part 1~Historical Overview
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Of all the fascinating things a gardener can do in the landscape, topiary heads the list for creative challenge while providing unique and interesting contrasts. Webster's New College Dictionary defines topiary as "...the clipping or trimming of live shrubs or trees into decorative shapes, as those of animals or birds."

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A Warm Winter's Day
By Stephanie Boles (josette63)

Today it was warm in Northwest Missouri. The thermometer in my front yard read 65 degrees. And for January that is a wonderful gift. I took a break from the hustle and bustle of the day to walk through my gardens and remember them as they are during the warm season. I carried a notebook along so I could take notes as I roamed through the gardens.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

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Resolutions for the Gardener's New Year
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

'Tis the season to bury old regrets under new resolutions. The garden lies dormant under its blanket of snow, covering last year's mistakes. The catalogs are piling up in the mailbox, filled with new inspiration. Anticipating the season, hope rises in the gardener like springtime sap, and I cry out: "This year it will all be different! This year I'll learn from my mistakes! This year I'll finally do it right!"

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A January Almanac
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

January is a time to reflect on the past year and make plans for the new year. Itís the customary month to pledge yourself to a new task, or make needed changes. Many of our January traditions date to ancient times when the month was associated with the Roman god of beginnings and endings.

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Wednesday, December 31, 1969

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The Branches of Memory.... The Southern Live Oak
By Jeannette Adams (adamsbydezign)

Every childhood has one; the memories fade but never quite vanish whether you climbed it, built a tree house in it, or just had picnics and story time beneath it. Mine was a large Southern Live Oak with curled branches perfect for climbing or just laying with a good book on a hot summer afternoon. It had a leaf canopy that was thick enough in the height of the season that it nearly blocked out the spring rain showers that frequent the Florida Panhandle.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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How a Bird Watching Forum Helped Me Survive the Winter
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

The Bird Watching forum on Dave's Garden was launched on January 1, 2008. Have a look at what it's all about.

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Plugusorul: A Romanian Carol Wishing for Our Daily Bread
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Coming at the end of the year, people in Romania wish for each other all the good things for the next year. Health, good luck, happiness and prosperity are the usual wishes, but there is something that all of us need the most: our daily bread.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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Garden Resolutions: Next Year I Shall...
By Lori Geistlinger (McGlory)

The season for gardening is over in the Midwest. No more planting until spring. Weeding is finished. The dahlias turned black with the first frost, and now are safely tucked away for winter in a cool spot in the basement. The pots from the patio are clean and stored in the garage. Now is the time to contemplate the past season to determine what went right, what went wrong, and what needs to be different next year. Pen in hand, I start my list on a fresh sheet of white paper.

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Indoor Gardening with Winter Vegetables
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Do you know that you can enjoy fresh produce during the winter months by growing it indoors yourself? Hereís how to do it.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

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Maintaining an Organized Garden
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Perhaps Travis Bickle, the protagonist of Martin Scorseseís classic movie ďTaxi Driver,Ē said it best: ďOne of these days, Iím gonna get organiz-ized.Ē Travis wasnít a gardener, as far as we know. But resolving to become more efficient and organized is always a good idea.

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Winter Blues I: Blue Sage and Other Eranthemums
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

Although the winter-blooming blue sage isnít actually a sage, its 3/4-inch, 5-petaled flowers are true blue except for their purple throats. Since those blooms appear at some point between November and March on 3 to 6-inch spikes, the plant can be grown in the garden only in the warmest zones, but makes a charming houseplant elsewhere.

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

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Fractals in Nature - and for the Holidays as well!
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

You may be surprised to discover that among the amazing images one can produce using fractalic equations can be found ones with a holiday theme! Here's a fractalic holiday greeting for you . . .

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners have a keen sense of humor and we know that you'll enjoy adding your family-friendly quote or description to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

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Trees Of North America: Eastern Sycamore, Platanus occidentalis
By Melody Rose (melody)

The white branches reach into the winter sky, making a stark contrast to the dark gray trunks of the other forest residents. A streak of light among the dreary sameness. Like the painted ponies of the Native Americans, the Sycamore tree is an unexpected splash of excitement in the uniform monotones of the commonplace landscape.

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Memories of a Longleaf Pine
By Stephanie Boles (josette63)

Growing up in the sandhills of northwest Florida, I was blessed to have the freedom to roam the woods. One of my favorite places to walk was a stand of longleaf pines on the west side of our property. An uninterrupted stroll through a stand of longleaf pines, the piney woods to old-time southern folks, is a true pleasure.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

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O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum! The Holiday's Over--What Now?
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

In 1851, the streets of New York City saw the very first retail Christmas tree lot. Over the decades, the tradition of finding the perfect tree has filled literature and song, but sadly, in our hurry-scurry world today, luxurious pre-lit artificial Christmas trees are beginning to be the norm. I know, the cut live trees are expensive, itís often difficult to find a nice one, and they drop needles all over the place. But, oh--they smell so good!

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How to Make and Use Salted Preserved Lemons
By Debbie Wolfe (DebbieWolfe)

Stay warm with the exotic tastes of North Africa and India this winter. The best part is that you won't even need to purchase a plane ticket or head to a restaurant.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

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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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My Grandmother's Christmas Cactus
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

This time of year always brings both a flood of joy and a tinge of sadness as I think of the dear family members who are no longer with us. I have a vivid, colorful reminder of my grandmother, Gladys Nichols, in the form of her treasured Christmas cactus, which breaks into bloom every December on my enclosed porch.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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'Twas the Night before Sowing
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

The 25th of December is a day we always winter sow our poppy seeds. I made a mistake 2 years ago and decided to save hubby the work and do it the "night before". The following is an explanation, with apologies to Clement C. Moore :)

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All about Poinsettia
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

Poinsettia are a symbol of the holidays and ubiquitous in stores, office building lobbies, banks and other public spaces between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. Ever wonder about the history of this popular plant?

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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The Feather Tree
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

Maybe you have decided to forego the mess, hassle, and fire hazard and you use an artificial Christmas tree. You might have one of the fairly realistic, modern, plastic ones. Maybe you have an older plastic one that is not quite as realistic but it still does the job. Maybe you have an aluminum tinsel one or remember your parents or grade school teacher putting one up. You might think of an artificial tree as something modern, or at least no older than the Atomic Age, but artificial Christmas trees go back to the mid 19th century, when they were made of feathers.

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Loquat - Japanese Plum
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

The loquat, an evergreen tree native to Japan, is attractive year round. Creamy white flowers bloom in early winter, and they are followed by edible, one to two-inch oblong yellow fruits. The showy fruits are tasty eaten in hand or used in recipes. Flowers are attractive to bees, and a variety of wildlife visits the tree for a share of the flavorful fruits.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

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Delicious Christmas Decorations
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

It's Christmas time again! I'm looking forward to the days when I'll have all my family together at the dinner table and that's why my first thought is about food. No, I'm not wondering what am I going to cook, just how many groceries I should get. This also includes the Christmas decorations I'll use for decorating the Christmas and New Year's Eve dinner table.

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After Bloom Care for Holiday Plants
By Debbie Wolfe (DebbieWolfe)

Holiday plants are perfect gifts for gardeners that can be enjoyed long after the Christmas season. But, how do you care for them after they bloom?

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

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From Sugar Cane to Cane Sugar
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

A previous article introduced Saccharum officinarum which is a major crop on Reunion Island; we will follow in todayís article the process used to produce edible sugar from this sweet reed.

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners have a keen sense of humor and we know that you'll enjoy adding your family-friendly quote or description to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

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Not Your Grandma's Poinsettias! Luscious Hybrids Take Center Stage
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Today's Poinsettias will knock your socks off! Breeders are producing more beautiful hybrids than ever, many of them named for holiday foods. Plum Pudding. Christmas Cookie. Santa Claus Candy. Beautiful, but temperamental, these tender plants need some TLC to make it through the season in your home.

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Mistletoe: Some Interesting Facts and Legends
By Melody Rose (melody)

Christmas is almost upon us and the halls are decked. Many times, decorations include mistletoe, a plant considered sacred by many cultures.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

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Farolitos or luminarias: Greeting Christmas with Glowing Light in the American Southwest
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Christmas Eve is welcomed with elegant displays of flickering white lights in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and other cities in the Southwestern U.S. No blow-up Frosty the Snowmans or gaudy Rudolphs here; the displays are organized by local neighborhoods and are somehow the epitome of both primitive and classy at the same time.

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5 Medicinal Herbs for Common Winter Ailments
By Debbie Wolfe (DebbieWolfe)

The use of herbs as medicine has its roots at the very beginning of human history and on every continent. Before there were drug stores or doctor's offices, there were healers.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Rediscovering My Winter Wonderland
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

I awoke this morning to a fresh, white world, and as always, was moved by the beauty of it. I am no recent transplant to the Midwest, having lived here my entire life, but there is still something awe-inspiring about the transformation worked in the garden by the first snowfall.

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Fractals in Nature - The Big(ger) Picture!
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Now we'll move on to a larger scale than ground level plants and animals. I'm talking about mountains, clouds, rivers, valleys, and the like. Fractals play a vital role in the manifestation of all of these. So let's start exploring . . .

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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Frosty fern: adding Selaginella to your collection
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Frosty fern is a relatively new offering for indoor gardens where I live. It's a friendly looking, cute little plant worth trying or giving. Curiously enough, it is really not a fern, and will die if it gets too frosty (frozen.) So what is it, really?

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The History and Origin of Christmas Plants
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

From the ancient days of the Druids through the rise of the Roman Empire and into the evolution of Christianity, certain plants have symbolized Winter Solstice, the cycle of life and the Christmas season. And what better way to explain religious teachings or spiritual beliefs than through an association with life-giving plants.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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Promises, Promises: My Gardening Resolutions
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Yes, fellow gardeners, next year will be the year I get my act together.

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