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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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Fuchsia-Flowering Gooseberry
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

Something brightens a shady spot in a chaparral canyon. Red flowers dangle like many earrings from a glossy-leaved shrub. A hummingbird guards this stash of nectar. His prize plant is the fuchsia-flowering gooseberry.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

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Snow Geese in Delaware
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

I had but one wish this winter, as I do every winter, and that is to witness a field of snow geese up close. That's what snow geese do: They fly about in search of a safe place such as a quiet field to find grain and other vegetation left on the ground from autumn. When snow geese congregate upon a wide expanse of acreage, it's a sight to see.

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Winter Pruning Guide
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

Winter is a good time to prune many of the shrubs and trees you have in and around our garden. Many of these plants are dormant, and if you wait for a relatively mild, sunny afternoon, winter can be perfect for this often strenuous but necessary work. But how do your know when and what to prune?

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

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The Amazing All-Purpose Pine Needle Tea
By Bev Walker (Sundownr)

A sure cure for scurvy; a remedy for cold, flu, obesity, dementia, bladder, and kidney issues; antidepressant; anti-hypertensive; anti-tumor; render chemotherapy less toxic to patients, and many more potential health improvements and nutritional benefits, can all be found in the Christmas tree you dispose of yearly!

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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 25, 2014

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Snowflakes for the Garden...the Blooming Kind!
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Not all garden 'snowflakes' orginate from the skies in winter! There are a group of garden bulbs called snowflakes. They belong to the genus Leucojum and Acis and may bloom in winter, spring or fall, depending on the species. Perhaps not as well known as other garden bulbs, they are still worthy of cultivation. Read on if you would like more information on the 'flowering' snowflakes.

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In Defense of Green
By Susan Warde (bottlegreen)

Why green is the dominant color in our gardens; why there are variations in green and how we describe them.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

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A Garden of Cupcakes
By Amber Royer (dandylyon85)

Want to take your garden work parties to the next level? Offer your group’s workers some delectable treats. Cupcakes are ideal because they don’t require a fork, and the papers protect the cake from dirty fingers. Plus – if you stay away from the foil kind – they are biodegradable. While you can use your group’s favorite flavors, I wanted to show how you can let the garden inspire you to turn cupcakes into edible works of art.

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National Seed Swap Day
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Hosting a seed swap is a great way for gardeners to interact and share not only seeds, but also their gardening experiences. Sometimes a casual conversation over one plant leads to an opening of discovery or realization.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

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Toxic Plants of the Winter Holidays, from a Veterinary Perspective
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

There are several plants that are associated with the holidays and some are toxic to pets. But how toxic are they, and should we all be concerned? As a veterinarian, this is a particularly important topic to me. Following is a brief overview of these plants and a practical look at their risks to our pets.

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Burnished and Burning Burbidgea
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

“Some gingers are fussy or fail to blossom until they reach a ripe old age, thus testing your patience,” Tovah Martin writes in The Unexpected Houseplant. I've experienced such recalcitrance on the part of the Zingiber family myself, probably because I too have to grow gingers as houseplants here in USDA zone 5. Therefore, I hope that she is going to mention an exception to the rule. I am not disappointed.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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Garden Visitor: The Chipping Sparrow
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Chipping sparrows are among the most commonly seen and heard North American songbirds. They take their name from the sharp chip sound they make as they call to their flockmates. During the winter, as many as 25 to 50 chipping sparrows may forage together as a group.

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Houseplant Ideas to Brighten Up the Winter
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

About this time every year I get anxious for the winter to end. The holidays are long over, but spring seems so far away. Although the days are slowly lengthening, my garden is dormant, and everything can seem a bit dreary.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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A Bonus of Blossoms from your February Fruit Tree Pruning
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

Most people know that you should prune fruit trees when they are dormant, from the time when their leaves fall to late winter. But if you wait to prune until January or February, you will harvest a bonus in the form of branches that you can force into early bloom for a beautiful display indoors.

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Winter Bloomer: Chaparral Currant
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

Chaparral currant is one of the first things to bloom in the chaparral, often blooming in the winter. After months dryness and dormancy of most plants, it is refreshing to see the white to pink flowers along the trail or in the native plant garden.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

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A Blue and Green City: Perth, Western Australia
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

One often gets images of yellow and red sands or grey kangaroos and brown koalas when the name Australia is heard but the images I brought back are green and blue.

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4 Craft Ideas for Seed Catalogues and Packets
By Susan Patterson (spatterson)

Now is the time of year that we gardeners start longingly looking through our seed catalogs and begin forming our list of seeds for the upcoming season. The bright colors and textures displayed in the catalogs seem to jump up at us off of the pages; this is especially true for those of us who have to endure a bleak, rainy, or very cold and snowy winter.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

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Big uses for garden microclimates
By Summer Walla (summerkid)

For gardeners only, being a micromanager is a compliment.

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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 18, 2014

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Beguiling Bergenia
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Among the most popular late winter-spring blooming perennials are Bergenia. But while they have a modest floral display, their main claim-to-fame are their bold, evergreen leaves. Hardy, tough-as-nails and year-round interest are among the attributes of this modest genus.

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Plant Profiles for New Gardeners: Cockscomb; Celosia argentea var. cristata
By Melody Rose (melody)

Now that the New Year is here, many new gardeners are planning their first adventure into our crazy, wonderful world. Without a little guidance from seasoned veterans, they often choose seeds and plants that are more challenging than their budding skills can handle. These plant profiles will feature time-tested seeds and plants that are easy to grow, but produce a great show.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

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Winter Birds and Wildlife: Footprints in the Snow
By Donna Trieger (DTrieger)

It was exciting to find animal footprints in the snow, and track the paths they made in their search for food and shelter. Possum, raccoon, varying sizes of birds, and, not so exciting, the loathsome nutria, fattened from their summer raids on our corn.

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The five most fragrant winter blooming shrubs
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Winter takes away summer's colorful flowers, but sweet floral scents can remain - if you choose the right shrubs. A surprising variety of woody plants bloom in otherwise frozen gardens. Where the cold winds blow, and your January strolls in the garden are short, include a sweet-scented winter bloomer. The smell of spring, in the dead of winter, is a real mood-lifter!

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

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Where do New Plant Varieties Come From?
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

Every year a whole host of new plant varieties is offered to gardeners across the country. Let me introduce you to some of the companies that provide them and the new plants they are offering this year.

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Mulling Spices: Create Your Own Winter Traditions
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

In much of the world, winter brings chilled fingers, raspy throats, and increased stress, as we hurry around preparing for the holidays, or recovering from them! A hot mulled beverage is the perfect way to slow down, warm up from the inside out, and reflect on the traditions that have stood the test of time. Mix up some mulling spices for your family, or package some up for a friend!

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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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National Mail Order Gardening Month
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Mail order gardening catalogs allow gardeners to select plants, bulbs, seeds and gardening tools that they may not find locally.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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Off season garden planning
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Before winter cabin fever bites you too hard, get your creative juices flowing by preparing your spring plan of action. Whether you need a major overhaul or just want to add an extra perennial bed, planning ahead is your best bet. Get a pad of graph paper, a few good landscaping books, and a sharp pencil and you will be on track for making the next growing season your best yet.

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Spices From Around The World: Allspice
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

This is part of a series of articles about different spices from around the globe. I thought I knew a lot about spices until I began to research these articles. Come and learn with me all about the spice, Allspice.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

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Garden Railroading
By Amber Royer (dandylyon85)

Gardeners are all about the time and nurture it takes to bring beauty and a sense of order to a natural landscape. Model railroad enthusiasts pay attention to detail and are often inspired to recreate historical elements with accuracy. And sometimes, these are the same people. What happens when these two hobbies collide? It’s called garden railroading, a pastime so popular that it has its own range of models (that run on G gauge track) and niche gardening clubs and magazines.

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Not Your Grandmother's African Violets!
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

When you hear the words, "African violet," what do you think of? The ubiquitous purple-flowered, dark green leaf violet enthroned in a plastic pot on a kitchen windowsill? A foil-wrapped pot in a florist window?

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

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Indoor palms: Selecting and caring for these popular houseplants
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Palms are one of the most popular, if not THE most popular of house plants around the world. They provide an atmosphere of majestic tropical splendor combined with ease of care and availability that few other house plants can match. All one needs to do is watch a movie or television show and most likely there will be a house palm in the back ground. Or visit the shopping malls and most likely you will see palms all over, often magnificently stretching up towards the upper floors. When you check in hotels, or go to a nice restaurant you will often see palms as decorations. Indeed, few plants say the tropics in such a luxurious way, or look as good indoors, particularly in larger rooms with tall ceilings as palms do. Generally they are easy to care for, available and affordable, and have few major problems as long as the environment is acceptable.

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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 11, 2014

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Garden Crafts: How-to Instructions For A Macrame' Hanging Planter
By Melody Rose (melody)

Many gardeners love the look of the macramé hanging planters, but few want to spend hard-earned plant money on something that isn’t living. Macramé hangers are an expensive accessory if you have to purchase them retail. But if you are just a little bit handy, and have just a touch of your ’Inner Hippie’ still lurking deep within your heart, beautiful creations are literally within your grasp.

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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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Friday, January 10, 2014

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Dividing African Violets
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

African violets were the first plants I got to know as a child. My mom had lots of them on the kitchen window sill. I saw her digging the soil around the plants with a small matchstick, dividing and watering them with so much care. My mom's African violets never died or rotted and seemed the perfect plants for someone like her, who worked outside our home, and didn't have much time to take care of plants.

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How to Create a Basic Terrarium Garden
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

In just one afternoon, you can plant a magical, self-contained miniature garden: a terrarium. Terrarium gardens gained the public's attention in the mid-1800s when collecting rare and exotic plants became a middle-class past time. Growing such plants in a self-contained glass case or jar was a genteel hobby that could be enjoyed by all. Today, terrariums offer home gardeners the chance to create whimsical worlds with plants.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

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5 Important Points for Winter Horse Care
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

White stuff all across the country and, in some regions, record low temperatures. We stay inside, or bundle up to brave the elements, but our pets and livestock need some assistance to stay comfortable during bad weather. Horses usually seem not to be bothered by snow and cold weather, but check these five items to be sure your horses will stay healthy and comfortable.

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Magnificent Medinilla
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

Medinilla is one of those plants so striking that smitten gardeners like me rush out and acquire one whether or not we actually have the conditions for growing it. In the wild, the most popular type -- showy medinilla (Medinilla magnifica) -- can grow to 8 feet with 1-foot leathery leaves and dangly pink flower clusters up to 18 inches long.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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Winter Feeding Tips for Our Feathered Friends
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

The buffet is open and our feathered friends are most heartily welcome. Feeding and caring for birds in winter can help save their lives and enhance your wild life viewing experience.

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