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Saturday, June 14, 2014

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Garlic Chives- Great In the Garden, But…
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

We often choose plants for their attractive foliage or flowers, or because we like to cook with herbs, or because the plant is carefree, with one of these characteristics being our main goal. But some plants combine all these qualities nicely. One of these is Garlic Chives.

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Dave's Garden Book Review: The Market Gardener
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners love books, as the number of titles devoted to the subject attest. We hope this spotlight on some of our members' favorites is a nice change of pace for your Saturday morning.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

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Butter Daisy, a Low Maintenance Annual
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Thinking back on which annuals have been the highest performers, I immediately think of butter daisy. Year after year it reseeds in the flowerbed out by the street where it is subjected to the hot, afternoon sun and the reflected light from the surrounding pavement. It begins blooming almost as soon as it emerges from the ground, and it stays in bloom until frost kills it.

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Give Your Plants a Summer Vacation
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

This time of year, we all look for excuses to be outdoors. After a long winter, we are eager to enjoy the warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours of spring. Even your houseplants can enjoy the warmth, fresh air and sunshine of the season. In fact, like us, your inside plants can get refreshed and renewed by the experience.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

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The Ornamental Dwarf Speedwells
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

While many gardeners are familiar with the taller speedwells, they may have had limited exposure to the dwarf species. There are, in fact, a host of dwarf, mat-like or creeping speedwells that can be used in a variety of garden situations. This article will introduce you to the more popular species.

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Nicotiana--flowering tobaccos
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Nicotiana species were a big hit in Victorian flower gardens: tall, stately and oh-so-fragrant. They were discovered in South America and by the 1820s were a staple in elegant gardens everywhere, releasing a luscious perfume at dusk from their trumpet-shaped white blossoms. (If you're interested, a trait that happens at dusk but not all night long is a vespertine one. While bats are nocturnal animals, Nicotiana have a vespertine fragrance.)

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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Gold Moss and Chinese Dunce Cap, Two Easy Succulents
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

If you are looking for easy succulents to add interest to your garden design, take a look at Gold Moss and Chinese Dunce Cap. These two understated specimens are undemanding, yet they give so much in return.

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Selecting the Best Fountain for Your Pond
By April Dowling (ADowling)

Fountains complement and add dramatic statements to all ponds including those on residential and commercial properties. Decorative water features have been around for many years because people are drawn to their architectural designs and relaxing water patterns. Not all fountains are for decorative purposes, however, some are also designed to improve water quality and provide agitation benefits. These aerating fountains circulate water in shallow ponds up to six feet deep and are shorter than decorative fountains.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, or, Unfortunate Planting Decisions
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

No matter how long one has been gardening, one can make mistakes. I'm not talking about digging a hole in the wrong place, or too deep, or too shallow, or forgetting to water the flower beds, or over-fertilizing. I'm talking about those impulsive, emotional decisions when it comes to choosing plants for the garden. I have fallen into the trap several times and I'm here to share my experience in the hopes that you, dear reader, will not make these mistakes. (You can probably dream up a few of your very own!)

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Novel Nolana
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

I somehow ended up with two very similar—if not identical— types of nolana seeds this year, Nolana humifusa and Nolana humifusa “Little Bells.” (That’s what happens when you make out a seed order without checking what you’ve already traded for! ) I was happy to have both, actually, since the South American plants are not well known nor widely available in the U.S. The other species you are most likely to find here are Nolana paradoxa and its cultivars, such as 'Bluebird', 'Snowbird' and 'Cliffhanger'.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

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Scabiosa for Summer-Long Bloom
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

An old-fashioned favorite, perennial scabiosa adds color and charm to the garden in early summer and beyond. As an added bonus, the lightly fragrant, nectar-rich flowers attract hummingbirds and beneficial insects like bees and butterflies.

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Home Cookin - Natural Plant Fertilizers From Your Home
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Gardening is a labor of love and as such you want your plants to have the best care available. This includes providing them with food and nutrients to enhance their beauty and encourage strong growth.

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

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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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Compost: Nature's Secret Weapon
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

Composting is a wonderful way to add nutrients and beneficial organisms to your garden soil, and a great way to help the planet by reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills. A compost pile is easy to start in your yard, and once the materials added to the pile have decomposed into dark, rich hummus (compost), you can use it throughout your garden to enrich the soil and nourish plants.

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

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Mo' Gardens, Less Lawn
By Glynis Ward (girlgroupgirl)

I’m a Pisces and prone to be the classic pisean dreamer. I dreamed a lot about the home we would one day have, and what it would look like. So 10 years ago when we purchased our fixer-upper, I ended up with a daunting task – to create what was in my head, in reality. I began starting with the yard, as it seemed to be the easiest thing to fix if I messed up!

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Legends and Lore Concerning Butterflies
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners love the 'flying flowers' we call butterflies and attracting them to our property is important to many of us. They have been the subject of many stories and legends throughout history and never fail to bring a smile to faces young and old.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

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My Allergies Get Worse in June
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

In the spring I'm happy that winter is gone and warmer days are coming. Flowers are starting to bloom everywhere, on every plant and every tree, yet I can't be totally happy about this because a voice in my head keeps on saying: watch out, it's allergies season!

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Top 5 Easy Maintenance Pond Plants
By April Dowling (ADowling)

Ponds add aesthetic appeal to any property, but only if properly maintained. Algae can quickly take over any pond, coating crystal clear waters with a thick layer of muck.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

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Scented Shrubs for Northern Gardeners
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

There is nothing better than sitting in the yard, enjoying a cup of coffee and having sweet scents wafting your way. Here are a few nicely scented shrubs that will survive our harsh northern winters.

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Arabidopsis thaliana: Lab Rat for the Plant World
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Arabidopsis thaliana is a weedy winter annual that is native to places like Russia and Northern Europe and naturalized through temperate parts of the world. It is not a showy, well-known plant, nor is it an irksome weed. However, scientists in at least three continents can spell its name forwards and backwards. They may even be familiar with its common names, mouseear cress or thale cress. Why is this boring weed so fascinating to scientists and botanists?

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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Red Shank: Adenostoma sparsifolium
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

It is midsummer in the chaparral. It is hot and it is dry. It hasn't rained for three months. Most annuals are dead. The perennials are going dormant. The shrubs are setting seed. One would not expect flowers at this time, but look up ahead. A stand of shrubs are in full bloom. These are red shanks.

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Maintaining a Natural Pond
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Pond and water features add more than just visual beauty to the landscape. They also enhance with the sound and the life in and around the water. Building a pond takes some hard work but once it is done you can relax nearby and enjoy the serenity and ambiance only a natural pond can provide. Start with a sound basis and pond maintenance is relatively easy and takes little time, leaving more time to simply gaze into the limpid pool.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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Jewelweed, Aunt Bett's Diamonds
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Aunt Bett had a subtle way of talking me into those early morning treks up the mountain. She peppered her words with enticing lures like diamonds, glittering jewels and flying emeralds. I was never disappointed when I arrived at wherever we were going, but sometimes her descriptions fell a little short of reality. Take her diamonds for example....

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The Legume of a Hundred Uses, The Bean
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

It’s been called the world’s most near perfect food, it's high in protein, it can be stored for long periods of time, and it's the source of many products both edible and non edible. The king of legumes, the bean.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

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Old Fashioned Globe Amaranth
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Summer’s arrival signals a new growing season filled with colorful annuals and perennials. Garden centers are full, and choosing from among the numerous offerings is often difficult. Why not rely on some old favorites, such as globe amaranth?

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Bird-Friendly Water Features
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

From simple to complex, there are a variety of bird-friendly water features that can either be purchased or made with some simple items.

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

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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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Proper Pruning of Flowering Shrubs
By Kathleen Marshall (KRMarshall)

Pruning is typically done to tame overgrown shrubs, remove dead branches and keep the overall plant aesthetically pleasing. This type of pruning can really be done at any time with no damage to the shrub, though people often prefer to prune when the shrub is dormant. This would be late winter or early spring before buds start to form.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

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The Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden: Jewel of the North
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

People may not realize that Newfoundland, considered way north, has a botanical garden. In fact, our botanical garden is over 30 years old and houses some 2500 taxa. Read on the learn about this jewel of the north.

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Plant Profiles for New Gardeners: The Alba Rose
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, May 30, 2014

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Lily of the Valley, Symbol of May
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Birth flower for May babies, lily of the valley has long been a welcome sign of spring in many cultures. It’s also said to bring luck in love, making it a popular wedding flower.

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Summer Treat: Growing Heirloom Melons
By Kathleen Marshall (KRMarshall)

Heirloom varieties are those that have been passed down for at least 50 years. They are often uniquely colored and patterned, making them a visual as well as a culinary feast. In fact, they can be so interesting you may find yourself wanting to collect them, if only you had the space. If you grow for a Farmers Market, heirloom melons are a perfect choice because their uniqueness with initiate the sale, while their sweet flavor will bring customers back for more.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

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Clematis: A colorful introduction to cultivars of Clematis
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Clematis is a fascinating, antique genus of climbers that adds color and grace to any vertical surface in your garden. This is a brief introduction to some popular as well as lesser known Clematis cultivars you should know.

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In Defense of Thugs
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

I recently wrote about thugs. Then I had second thoughts. I've owned thugs, I've given and received thugs, and there are a few thugs living the high life in my own garden. Thugs can cause big maintenance woes, but they also have their merits.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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How to Grow Your Own Soursop Tree
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

Soursop tree, AKA guanabana or Annona muricata, produces oblong fruits with spiny green rinds and juicy white flesh. Popular in tropical drinks and sherbets, it has a somewhat acidic flavor which some people have compared to a combination of pineapple and bananas. An evergreen that can reach 30 feet and requires temperatures above freezing at all times, soursop will only thrive in USDA zones 10 through 13 or in a warm and humid greenhouse.

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Celebrate World Compost Day
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Compost is a gardeners best friend. To honor this product World Composting Day will be celebrated on May 29.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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Sweet Clover
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

A field of sweet clover is one of the prettiest sights and scents you will ever find. But don't ever walk through one, because the honey bees swirl crazily in the air and land happily on every blossom. They would land on you, too, but neither of you would be very happy about that..

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Garden Visitor: The House Finch
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

With his rosy red breast and happy song, the house finch is a welcome sight at many backyard feeders. This native of the Western US is now common across the entire continent.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

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2014 Write-Off: A Tiny Old House of Many Gardens
By Sandy Kay (sandyksk)

A tiny house in need of some TLC inspires it's dwellers, and gives them an opportunity to see a new way of living simpler.

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2014 Write-off: An Unlikely Start
By Lucy Arrington (fernfan)

The inspiration for my garden was some hollyhock seeds from Virginia Woolf's garden.

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