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Thursday, December 11, 2014

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This Seasonís Tree: the Jacaranda
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

October and November could be called the "purple months" on Reunion Island as some stunning trees all of a sudden turn from seemingly dead wood to an amazing mass of delicate though vibrant blue-purple color. Let's have a closer look at them.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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Wintering Tropical Plants Under Inexpensive Grow Lights
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

Since I always want to grow more plants than are hardy in my zone, my tropicals have to go under grow lights in our cool basement or back room from approximately mid October to mid May. As high-powered grow lights can be expensive and/or expensive to run, I settle for my old faithful fluorescent fixtures.

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Forage in Your Backyard for Holiday Decor
By Debbie Wolfe (DebbieWolfe)

You don't have to spend a whole lot of money to have beautiful holiday decor. Check out your backyard and garden to gather seasonal inspiration.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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Growing your Christmas Forest, One Tree at a Time
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

When I was a child, I remember thinking that when I grew up, I was going to get live Christmas trees in pots each year, and then after Christmas, plant them out on my land. This way, over the years, I would grow my own Christmas forest, each one with a unique holiday story to go with it. Well, I never did get land up north where I could do that, but I still think about it. How about you? If you have land in a state where you can grow Christmas pines, you can do this for yourself, starting this year!

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Holly Trees for Southern Gardens
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Many people admire fruiting hollies in the winter when their brightly colored berries and dark green leaves brighten a garden which otherwise might be drab. Some people, however, choose not to plant hollies in their landscape because they remember the hard spines on the leaf margins of a holly that gave them grief at some time in their past.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

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Laurel Is a Keeper
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

About twenty years ago I had a grocery store. Since the business didn't work, I closed the store and got myself a pantry full of groceries. You may not believe it, but I still have laurel dry leaves from my store!

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The Christmas Bulb: Growing and Caring for Amaryllis
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

With its beautiful, rich color and striking, large blooms, the amaryllis is a favorite flowering gift for the holiday season. Native to South America's tropical regions, the amaryllis (with the botanical name Hippeastrum) produces large flowers in shades of red, pink, salmon, orange and white as well as pretty striped and multicolored varieties.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Daves 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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Five Great Easy-Care Houseplants
By Melissa Taylor (MelissaT)

Think you can't successfully grow houseplants? Think again!

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

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Lentils: Red, Green, Black...just how old and valuable are they?
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

The archaeological excavation at Franchthi Cave in Greece held the discovery of lentils dating back to 11,000 b.c. Indeed, lentils are and have been an incredible nutritional source for ages and continue to provide the same today.

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What's That Bug? Hesperiidae; The Skipper Butterflies
By Melody Rose (melody)

When is a butterfly not exactly a butterfly and a moth not exactly a moth? Skippers share characteristics with both and are sometimes hard to distinguish.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

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Happy Fruitcake Month
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Fruitcake lovers, unite! Serve this traditional Christmas treat with pride, because December is National Fruitcake Month.

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Holiday Flowering Plants
By Susan Beal (SBeal)

What you need to know about Poinsettias and Amaryllis this holiday season.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

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Giant Bird of Paradise, Strelitzia nicolai
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

When I lived in an apartment, I wanted a bird of paradise plant (Strelitzia reginae) so I bought a plant at the nursery. I planted it in a large pot and there it stayed for several years. It never got all that big, but it never bloomed. Little did I know, I had a giant bird of paradise (Strelitzia nicolai).

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Gardening Gifts From the Far East
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Shopping for a garden enthusiast can be a tall task and with the holiday's looming the savvy shopper needs to narrow down their choices to the best items on the market. Eastern gardening tools have centuries of use and craftsmanship

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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Marmalade from Holiday Russian Spiced Tea!
By Bev Walker (Sundownr)

As a child, I remember having Russian spice tea around the Christmas holidays, as that was the only time we had an over-abundance of citrus fruits. It seems like such a waste to just throw out the oranges and lemons after the tea is finished, so I tried making marmalade from it. I now have an exceptional jam to give out for little gifts!

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Berries of the Vaccinium Family
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Every berry in the Vaccinium group is edible, and most of them are exquisitely tasty as well as extra-good for you. (Please be completely sure before you eat anything you find that you didn't plant. ) Here's an overview of cranberries, lingonberries, blueberries, huckleberries and more.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

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Holly Trees: From Christmas Holly Decorations to Traditional Landscape Specimens
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

"The Holly and The Ivy, when they are both full grown, of all the trees that are in the woods, the Holly wears the crown!" The words of this traditional carol celebrate the elegance of the holly tree, whose bright red berries and green leaves brighten our holiday dťcor. Holly was significant to the ancient Druids and Romans before becoming part of the Christmas tradition, and it has a special place in my heart at this time of year.

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Celeriac: An Underutilized Vegetable
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I have always been amazed how two plants that that look completely different can taste the same. Case in point: cane and beet sugar. The two look completely different, but I challenge anyone to tell the difference in taste. I recently discovered another set of plants in this same category: celeriac and celery. Celeriac has the same flavor as its distant cousin, pascal celery. You're not familiar with it? You're not alone. Let me introduce you to celeriac.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

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Kiwifruit: By Any Other Name, It's still Delicious and Nutritious
By Diana Wind (wind)

Did you know that Kiwi is a relatively new name for this nutrient-dense fruit? Join me on my quest to learn about the history, nutrition and varieties of Kiwi, as well as how-to-grow this delicious treat. Enjoy Kiwi as a healthy snack and as a serving of fresh fruit. It has a pleasant, fruity flavor, appealing color and high Vitamin C content, adding nutrition, eye appeal and flavor to holiday fruit trays, fruit tarts and pavlova. Try Kiwi pureed in fruit dips, smoothies, and frozen sorbets, or as a natural tenderizer for meats.

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Queen's Tears: the Beginning of Beautiful Billbergia
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

I'd heard the exotic name "Queen's tears" years ago but never seen the plant. Now that I have one, I'm learning that it is just one of many wonderful, equally fascinating siblings in genus Billbergia.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

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(Pine) Cone Wreaths
By Kathleen M. Tenpas (Kathleen)

My wreaths begin in the late summer when the cones drop. I pick up red pine cones down along the cedar break and while Iím there, pick some of the tiny white cedar cones. I wander down to the fence line at the bottom of the little orchard and pick the Japanese larch cones that swing on the lower branches. I harvest hemlock cones in the swampy little wood on Stanís brotherís land and red spruce cones down by our little creek. I add them to my growing collection kept in old laundry baskets and cardboard boxes and wait.

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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, November 29, 2014

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Beautiful, yummy, and good for you too, cranberries are not just for Thanksgiving any more!
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

The humble northern cranberry has been associated with Thanksgiving and turkey since 1620. It is said that Native Americans first taught the hungry Pilgrims how to eat this acidic berry. Now cranberry sauce is a important part of Christmas in English-speaking countries everywhere, as well as a necessary part of Canadian and American Thanksgivings. Cranberries have been touted recently with having innumerable health benefits. To me, cranberries are a local industry and a delicious easy-to-make side dish.

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Poinsettias: A Holiday Tradition
By Melody Rose (melody)

The holiday season is upon us and with it comes tradition. The Poinsettia is one of the most recognized symbols of this time of year and people around the world enjoy their beauty. This plant has a long tradition of being associated with Christmas and its popularity can't be ignored

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Friday, November 28, 2014

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The Sweet Side of Florileges
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Florileges is an outdoor fair and festival on Reunion Island in the region of Tampon.

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Gardening Gifts and Gadgets
By Mary Frucelli (MFrucelli)

This holiday season, just because it is cold outside; don't underestimate how much gardening gifts and gadgets will be appreciated.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

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The Thanksgiving Lesson
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

It all started with the realization that I was unable to eat anything that had lived, breathed, listened to, or looked at me. If it had eyes, it could see me, and there was no way I could eat it. Nobody was going to talk me out of that one, not even on Thanksgiving Day.

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Protecting Your Plants from Winter Wildlife
By Susan Beal (SBeal)

Don't let your perennials become the winter food source for hungry wildlife. Find out everything you need to know to protect your property and your landscaping plants.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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The Herbs and Spices of Thanksgiving
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

What would Thanksgiving be without herbs and spices? Imagine turkey and stuffing minus the fragrance of sage, thyme, rosemary and marjoram. Pumpkin pie wouldn't taste as rich without cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and allspice. Among the many blessings of today's cooks and bakers is the ease with which we obtain and use these delicious seasonings.

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Apples for Christmas
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

There is nothing better than a baked apple to bring Christmas spirit into our homes! Even if I can eat apples all year long, Christmas is a special occasion when apples must be on the dinner table, whether they are fresh or baked in a cake.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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Thankful for (Domesticated) Turkeys
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

With all the sales and ďfree turkey!Ē promotions, it probably didnít take much to convince you to have turkey as the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving dinner. Domestic turkeys have become such a common holiday purchase that we donít stop to consider that they werenít always so easy to obtainÖ

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Reconciliation Ecology
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Gardeners should be aware that the plants they choose will affect the local wildlife. Butterfly host plants and plants that provide seeds and berries for the birds, will attract them to your garden.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

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Scarce Scadoxus
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

My nodding scadoxus (Scadoxus nutans) bloomed for the first time recently, looking like a somewhat bent orange shaving brush. The poor thing was quite pot bound at the time. However, in its homeland of Ethiopia, it grows on trees and rocks in mountain forests, so it probably isnít picky about how much soil it does or doesnít have.

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Sweet and Savory Uses for Peanuts and Peanut Butter
By Debbie Wolfe (DebbieWolfe)

Roasted peanuts are a delicious to munch on at a baseball game or the county fair. But, there is so much more you can do with the tasty legume. Grab a bag of tasty peanuts and head to the kitchen. Here are some easy ways to incorporate peanuts and peanut butter in your recipes.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

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Dish Flower Patterns: Part I
By Joyce B. Gladden (jadajoy)

Floral patterns have been used to decorate just about everything and appear almost everywhere.They have been used so extensively, that we take them for granted even though we pass them by everyday. One area of design we may not notice is on dinnerware. The floral patterns depicted here reflect the art work of great designers and remind us of a history in which flowers played a central part.

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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, November 22, 2014

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Native American Honeysuckles and their cultivars
By Glynis Ward (girlgroupgirl)

I began to grow native honeysuckles several years ago after falling in love with the Asiatic varieties but disliking their invasive habits in our American soil. I have found them to be drought tolerant and easy plants to grow. Casual gardeners frequently ask what they are - isnít it nice to know that such an interesting plant can be native to our habitat?

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Make Sauerkraut at Home for Healthful Benefits
By Melody Rose (melody)

Fermented food has been around for over 6000 years, making it one of the oldest preservation processes known to man. Not only does it preserve food, but it is also a source of natural probiotics which help support the immune system and provide health benefits. With just a few simple tools, you can ferment your own vegetables as part of a healthy diet.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

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Goldenseal and the Boxed Pie Supper
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Goldenseal became a part of early colonial medicinal care with the birth of our country. Those European settlers learned of it from the Iroquois and other tribes. It has not lost its antibiotic qualities, but I wonder if we have lost the ability to properly use them. This is an Aunt Bett story from years ago.

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