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Sunday, January 11, 2015

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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 10, 2015

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The Charm of Burnet
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

While not the showiest flower, burnet does have a certain charm and elegance. If you have a damp site, then these plants are ideal for use as a garden ornamental. Some even have edible leaves for soups and salads. They are highly sought by floral arrangers. Let me introduce you to Sanguisorba, the burnets!

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Plant Profiles For New Gardeners: Sempervirens tectorum, Hens and Chicks
By Melody Rose (melody)

Many new gardeners are starting to plan 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 9, 2015

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Visiting the Cirque de Salazie
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Longtime readers of my articles have had the chance to visit two cirques of Reunion Island with me: Mafate and Cilaos, but so far we missed Salazie. Well, for those of you who have some spare time today, let us go there!

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How to Grow and Care for Air Plants (Tillandsia)
By Debbie Wolfe (DebbieWolfe)

Check out how easy it is to care for tillandsia and you'll want to add them your plant collection.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

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Ruminations of a Garden Catalog Junkie
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

It’s that time of year again when we gardeners curl up with all those mail order catalogs that seem to multiply overnight in our mail boxes, even before the year is done. The current count at our house is 36 and holding—and that’s not counting duplicates!

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Visiting Arboreta in Winter: A Delightful Surprise
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Nothing to do, and all winter to do it! Now that the chaos of the holidays is over, hunkering down to wait for spring sounds like a great idea, but this can be a wonderful time to make those day trips to places you never have time for when you're knee-deep in gardening!

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

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Three Aralias for your indoor gardens
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

If one of your gardening friends mentions a houseplant called "aralia," ask "which one?" There are at least three indoor tropicals called aralia. All are lovely foliage plants. They all belong to the same plant family. Let's look at Ming, dinnerplate, and false aralias which are making appearances as small potted plants or included in combination floral planters.

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Backyard Bird Feeding and Predators
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Backyard bird feeding is a great activity enjoyed by millions of Americans. However, these feeders will attract predators that may prey on the birds.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

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Ralph Moore ~ Father of the Modern Miniature Rose
By Jan Recchio (grampapa)

Ralph Moore celebrated his 101st birthday on January 14, 2008, the same day he retired from 70 years of hybridizing roses, most notably miniatures. What follows is a brief look at what inspires a man to dedicate his life to always question, always wonder what is next, what the new rose will be.

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Mexican Mint Marigold
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Mexican mint marigold (Tagetes lucida) is an herb many people enjoy growing. Like many other herbs, it is not colorful or pretty year-round, but it makes up for this deficiency in many ways.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

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The Wardian Case
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

The so-called Wardian case revolutionized the manner in which plants could be nurtured and safely transported across the globe. An accidental discovery led Dr. Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward to design this precursor to the modern terrarium.

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Feeding Outdoor Animals and Birds during the Winter
By Mary Frucelli (MFrucelli)

It is finally winter and time to think about feeding our outdoor wild friends.

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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. It’s 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? Here’s 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 Scorsese’s classic movie “Taxi Driver,” said it best: “One of these days, I’m gonna get organiz-ized.” Travis wasn’t 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 isn’t 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, it’s 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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