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Saturday, March 29, 2014

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Planting Palms
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Though Palms are Trees, because their root structure differs from most dicot trees, there may be different strategies to planting palms other than one might use to plant most other trees. This short article is a discussion of some various techniques used by palm specialists, along with some of my own blunders.

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Identifying Wildflowers: Spigelia marilandica, the Indian Pink
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, March 28, 2014

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Lessons in tropical plant care
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Many of us struggle to grow potted plants in a home or office. We'd be in for some surprises if we saw the same plants growing in their preferred conditions. That plant which we may know as a finicky specimen can, in its natural home, behave like a completely different "animal." Understanding a plant's preferred habitat can really enhance the experience of growing tropicals in the home.

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How to Harden Off Seedlings
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

Prevent transplant stress and grow strong, healthy plants from seeds using a technique called hardening to transition them to the garden.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

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Plant a Perennial Cutting Garden
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

It takes little effort and expense to have a fresh, colorful bouquet for your home each week. A few cents per plant from seed to bloom is a small price to pay for such large returns.

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April is National Gardening Month.
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

April offers many opportunities to get a non-gardener interested in growing things; a great time to recruit folks to grow produce to feed the hungry; or probably the most important get a child interested in gardening. Let’s celebrate National Gardening Month.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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Oenothera speciosa: Perennial Pink Primrose
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Growing perennial flowers from seed is one of my favorite hobbies. Let me tell you about one such flower that I tried several years ago that absolutely thrives under my care: Oenothera, the persistent perennial.

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Happy National Spinach Day
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Some like it steamed, some like it creamed. Popeye the Sailor Man took his straight out of the can. No matter how you like it, spinach is a favorite plant of gardeners and cooks throughout the world.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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Divide and Conquer - Make New Plants from Old Ones!
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Here's a basic primer on how to divide some of your perennials. Don't neglect this duty; it's nature's way of giving you free plants!

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Flamboyant Flame Peas
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

Jacques Labillardiere reportedly performed the 1791 equivalent of a happy dance, when he discovered the flame pea and water at the same time in southwestern Australia. So the name Chorizema supposedly derives from choros (“dance”) and zema (“drink”).

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Monday, March 24, 2014

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Know Your Narcissus
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Few flowers better signify the triumph of spring over winter than the narcissus, or daffodil. Perky, hardy and often delightfully fragrant, these flowers are a cheerful reminder that warmer weather is on the way.

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March Madness – Which Plants Survived?
By Donna Trieger (DTrieger)

One of my favorite flowering shrubs, Daphne, usually blooms in late January or early February. In the dark days of winter, I look forward to their clusters of heavenly-scented pink flowers that appear so early in the spring. This year, not so much.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

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Easy Succulents- the Jade Plants
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Jade trees are some of the easiest succulents to grow in the garden or in outdoor pots, or even as indoor plants and bonsai specimens. The following article is an introduction to these wonderful plants along with some suggestions on how to grow and care for them.

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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, March 22, 2014

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Part One of Ernest Hemingway's Key West Home and Gardens
By Stephanie Boles (josette63)

On Whitehead Street in Key West, you'll find a Spanish colonial house with big, shuttered windows and several dozen polydactyl cats wandering freely about the home and beautifully kept tropical gardens. This was once the dwelling place of the late Nobel Prize winning author, Ernest Hemingway. If you want to walk where he walked, then visit Key West and tour his former home and gardens, and enjoy the tranquility...

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Announcing the Winners of the 2014 Invasive Species Photo Contest
By Melody Rose (melody)

Our 2014 Invasive Species Photo Contest wrapped up this week and we're proud to announce the winners. We had some wonderful images once again and we hope that you'll take a minute to check them out. Our entries were creative and each and every one deserved a round of applause!

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Friday, March 21, 2014

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This Season’s Tree: Cassia fistula.
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

After the glorious ‘flame of the forest’ (Delonix regia) which lit December’s article we are to enjoy another very decorative species but this time with yellow flowers.

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All About Reblooming Iris
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

For those who love bearded iris, their blooming time is woefully short. For a few brief, shining weeks each spring, the garden is resplendent with their rainbow-hues and heady perfumes. Then the blooms decline, leaving behind the telltale sword-shaped foliage to mark the spot where blooms once reigned.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

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Spring Poems
By Kathleen M. Tenpas (Kathleen)

Spring can start slow here, snow lingers and the wind blows chill sometimes well into May. That doesn’t stop the birds from singing and the grass from greening, or me from putting it all into words.

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Keeping up with Plant Family Names
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Keeping abreast of the latest changes in plant taxonomy is a daunting task for people who try to keep up with such things. Knowing the names of plants and the families to which they belong is important to garden and horticultural writers who try to publish correct information.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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Fig Buttercup - Invasive, yet Useful
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

A lush carpet of green leaves with yellow little star-like flowers can very rarely be seen nowadays in people's gardens, in the woods or in parks. Those are fig buttercups, which are now considered invasive and are about to be eradicated. Despite of all warnings, I bought a few clumps with roots from the market and planted them in my garden. Am I crazy or what?

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Create Whimsical and Useful Trellises
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

One of the best and most gratifying ways I have found to add interest to my garden is by repurposing well-loved household items amidst my growing plants. With my large family, many of my children’s belongings, including everything from cribs to bicycles, have been passed down from sibling to sibling and are no longer suitable to donate to charity or to sell at a yard sale. I have found ways to give them new life in my garden as trellises, however.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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You Must Believe In Spring
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Beneath the deepest snows, the secret of a rose is merely that it knows you must believe in Spring!

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Traditional Herbal Candies
By Amber Royer (dandylyon85)

Herbal candies harken back to the days before synthetic flavorings. They also add an element of sophistication to any party table, and (with the addition of creative packaging) make beautiful, inexpensive gifts that take a lot less effort than it looks. You can use these recipes to highlight your favorite herbs, but I wanted to take a moment to highlight traditional flavors.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

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Salvia spathacea: Crimson Pitcher Sage
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

Let's go for a walk. I know of a place you will like. The trail grades from chaparral to woodland. Ferns grow green in the deep shade but in the light, dappled shade under the gnarled live oaks, crimson pitcher sage grows.

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Recycled and Re-Purposed Items to Enhance Your Garden
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Gardens are more than just plants. We enhance the yard by installing paths, decks and patios, support structures for vines, fences, markers, benches and more. Many cast-off items are useful for creating some of these common garden additives. You may even find the materials in your own garage or basement. Even an old wooden chair adds charm when painted a bright color and used as a plant stand for a bounty of flowers. You can feel good about your choice of materials and promote a cycle of renewal and recycling.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

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Gardening with Bearded Iris: Spring Cleanup, Fertilizing Irises, and Iris Borer Control
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

You look out at your iris bed this week and see – not much! My bearded irises are looking pretty dormant. The bed’s main feature is the collection of zinc markers rising up like little headstones in a cemetery. You wouldn’t think the iris garden needs any attention this month. But now is the perfect time to get your irises set for a season of gorgeous blooms and healthy plants!

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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, March 15, 2014

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Keeping your plants in "mint" condition - and keeping rodent damage out!
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Ah, another tropical morning! Time to go inside the greenhouse and see the nice new leaves emerging on my prized Anthuriums. So I unzipped the door, poked my head in and. . . AGHHH! The new leaves were gone, chewed off at the stem, and no sign of the culprit anywhere. Such is the kind of hit-and-run damage that rodents can wreak on your favorite plants. I didn't really want to set those vicious traps, I just wanted the pesky critters to go elsewhere for gourmet snacks. Alas, a serendipitous tip came my way and it really worked! Read on. . .

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Ginkgo: Tree of Enchantment
By (brianbarth)

Ginkgo biloba, also known as the maidenhair tree, is grown in almost every temperate region of the world and has earned a place in the heart of many a plant-lover. Throughout history, the ginkgo has held a high allure for reasons both magical and practical, scientific and poetic, obvious and esoteric.

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What's that Bug? Libytheana carinenta, the American Snout
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners often encounter unique and colorful insects in their gardens. The trick is to know which ones are friends and which ones are foes. This series of articles will help identify some of the most unusual ones and give you a peek into their lives.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

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Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right
By Diana Wind (wind)

March brings us "National Nutrition Month®", a time to celebrate healthy eating. March also brings for many of us the excitement of planning and getting our gardens ready for another gardening season.

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Designing Attractive and Unique Plant Markers
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

In order to keep track of what is planted where in your garden, it is essential to have sturdy, visible plant markers. Wind, rain, pets and even your own hands as you weed and tend to your garden can cause some markers to fail at their appointed task. Here are some attractive and inexpensive options to consider.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

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Introduction to Cycads, the ultimate Jurassic landscape and/or potted plants
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This is a brief article about one of the most prehistoric of all landscape plants for warmer climates. These can also be grown successfully in pots in cooler climates for those who want a little dinosaur-age foliage in their greenhouse or summer patio. There are few better plants for investment value as well- cycads will only go up in value with age and size. And, thankfully, beauty also increases with value as well.

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My Favorite Violas
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Springtime is my favorite time of year, especially since that's when my springtime favorites—little wild violas and violets—pop up all over the neighborhood to rival their hybridized cousins, the pansies, in form and beauty.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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Money-Saving Tips for New Gardeners
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

After gardening for a few decades, you gain wisdom and insight through trial and error and sometimes through just plain luck. Although trends come and go, gardening never gets old (even though we do). I would like to pass along some ideas for items and methods I have tried and enjoyed over the years of experimenting at the start of the garden season.

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Seed Starting: Basic Tips for Success
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Gardener's start your engines! It's time to create edible bounty from your garden - starting with optimum veggie varieties, seed planting times, and care.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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Leeks: Good and Good For You
By Hetty Ford (Dutchlady1)

Leeks are documented as having been part of the diet of early Egyptians and Mesopotamians, as far back as 2000 BC. They were said to be Emperor Nero’s favorite vegetable giving him the nickname Porrophagus – leek eater. Probably native to the Mediterranean area and popular in Europe for many years, they are just now coming in vogue in the US and are mostly used in soups. But they have many other uses as well and many gourmet recipes can be found using leeks.

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The Blue Crocus and Its Kin
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

The blue crocus is not really a crocus, but it is true-blue -- a color you see in flowers only once in a blue moon! Native to the mountains of Chile, Tecophilaea cyanocrocus blooms in October or November there, which is springtime in South America. In North America the plant generally flowers in February or March.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

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Sweet Violets for the Girls
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Tiny violet flowers - smelling heavenly - pop out delicately through the dry leaves in the woods, soon after spring has settled. No wonder they were called sweet, because not only the taste, but their whole appearance and their scent are sweet. Poets write about them, singers sing about them and men all over the world have been offering them to their sweethearts to express their love, from old times.

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