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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)

Itís been called the worldís 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)

Summerís 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. Itís 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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2014 Write-Off: Where the Watermelons Grow
By Kenzie Janzen (ckkjanzen)

A sweet story of a grandchild and her grandfather, who passed on his green thumb to the next generation.

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Sunday, May 25, 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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Container Gardening With Kids
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

If you are looking for a way to get your children or grandchildren interested in gardening, a good place to start is with container gardening.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

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Our Lord's Candle - Hesperoyucca whipplei
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

A common name for Hesperoyucca whipplei is Our Lord's Candle. A name like that suggests that there must be something out of the ordinary about this plant. There is. With an inflorescence up to 13 feet tall, it is the exclamation point of the chaparral.

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Identifying Wildflowers: Virginia Bluebells, Mertensia virginica
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, May 23, 2014

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Friends Don't Let Friends Plant Thugs: Tips for avoiding aggressive plants
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

It's a busy time of year for gardeners: time to dig out all your extra plants, and pass them around amongst all your fellow gardeners doing likewise. It's fun, but use a bit of restraint. Don't dump thugs on your friends, and beware of bringing an unknown botanical headache into your own garden, from a well meaning but uninformed friend. (With deepest apologies to the recipients of my own thugs, before I reached enlightenment.)

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Growing Heirloom Squash
By Kathleen Marshall (KRMarshall)

What is so special about growing heirloom squash? Well, for one thing, it is a little like collecting antiques. Heirloom varieties often have long and interesting histories, and when you grow them you are helping preserve that history and pass it on.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

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Accessorize Your Garden
By Stephanie Boles (josette63)

Have you ever gazed at your garden and pondered whether or not you should add a special something to it? Just like a room in your home there are many ways to add that final decorative touch which will give your garden a distinguished look. Your choices are not necessarily limited to the more common elements, such as water fountains and birdbaths, statuary, or birdhouses. Why not add an element that gives your garden a characteristically unique air? Continue reading as I discuss the possibilities.

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Torenia, the Clown Flower
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Sometimes gardeners purchase the same plant year after year because it performs well and adds consistent color from summer through fall. Torenia fournieri, hailing from Southeast Asia, is one such plant that is always present in my summer garden.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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Beets for Better Health
By Diana Wind (wind)

Nitrate-rich beets are easy to grow and prepare, and have heart healthy benefits. So donít skip a beet! Grow beets, eat beets, and juice beets for better health this growing season.

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Easy Ways to Keep Melons Pest Free
By April Dowling (ADowling)

Growing melons is a rewarding experience that largely depends on pest management. Whether you want to grow a small melon patch or several acres of melons, itís crucial to learn methods of control pests due to the high growing costs.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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Backyard Mosquito Mitigation
By Bev Walker (Sundownr)

Understanding more about mosquitoes now may help prevent their reproduction, repel their bites, and eliminate many of the bloodsucking population in your yard and garden next year.

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Mallard Ducks at the Park
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Knowing a little more about ducks now than I did several months ago, my story about Mallard ducks started last winter when I began to look for them at the local park.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

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The Botanical Garden of Mascarins
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Previously, I introduced the CBNM as the place where our most recent arborists' challenge took place. Let me take you for a visit in this large and nice garden.

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Creating Vertical Gardens of Interest
By Susan Patterson (spatterson)

Vertical gardens are increasing in popularity not only due to their aesthetic appeal but also their functionality. Known also as living walls or even living art, erecting a vertical garden is a great way to showcase your favorite ornamentals and also a practical way to make use of space for edibles.

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Sunday, May 18, 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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Read more articles about:  garden humor sunday funnies

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