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Saturday, April 5, 2014

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Plant Profiles for New Gardeners: Coleus
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, April 4, 2014

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Heavenly Hyacinth
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Originally a rather humble spring bulb, hyacinth’s history can be traced back to the time of the ancient Greeks. Markedly improved in form, size and color, today’s hybridized hyacinth has fortunately retained a heavenly scent. As few as three of these classic beauties can perfume a spring garden or walkway for weeks.

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Fast, Nutritious Edibles for the Whole Family to Grow
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Want to eat your own produce without waiting an entire season? Try growing sprouts or microgreens.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

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A Peony With a Past
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

Call me sentimental, but tears well up as I divide my favorite plant, Grandma’s pink peony. It doesn’t have a fancy name, but it has lots of history.

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Bats and White Nose Syndrome: Why We Should ALL Be Concerned
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

Joni Mitchell once famously sang, “Don't it always seem to go / That you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone.” I sincerely hope that isn't the case with the native bat populations in the United States, but the prognosis is grim. A mysterious disease, White Nose Syndrome, is spreading inexorably westward through the country, decimating the native bat communities. Read on to see why you, as a gardener, farmer, or simply a consumer, should be concerned.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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Salvia mellifera: Black Sage
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

Black sage (Salvia mellifera) is considered the least attractive of the California salvias. However, it is attractive to bees and butterflies. In fact, mellifera means honey bearing.

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Interesting Locations for Climbing Vines
By April Dowling (ADowling)

Climbing vines add interesting, almost whimsical elements to any outdoor or indoor space.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Introducing the New Brevaria Tomato
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

In a small Italian town, along the outskirts of Florence, a recent discovery has been made. An ancient species of tomato has been unearthed and promises to offer something spectacular for your kitchen garden.

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Beta Testers wanted!
By Melody Rose (melody)

Dave’s Garden has over 600,000 members and in the gardening world, that’s a force to be recoded with. It is no wonder that sometimes vendors come to us to help them when launching a new product.

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Little Spring Bulbs: Grape Hyacinth and Star of Bethlehem
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Two very prolific, easy-as-pie spring bulbs that faithfully burst forth each year are also among the small and understated flower accents for the spring garden. They produce pretty, whimsical flowers. Let me tell you a little more about them.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

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Milkweed and Monarchs
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

In much of the country, Asclepias (milkweed) of one kind or another is native. Monarch butterflies depend on milkweed for their survival. Tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) is not native, but it is often chosen for garden plantings because of its colorful flowers and general availability. Native orange butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is more difficult to establish in gardens but may well be worth the extra effort required.

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Parsley, an Herb to Grow for All Seasons
By Mary Frucelli (MFrucelli)

To my surprise, I have found that parsley is a hardy herb that can be grown any time of the year.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

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Miniature Water Gardens: Potted Fantasy
By Glynis Ward (girlgroupgirl)

A few years ago, an enthusiastic pond gardening neighbor encouraged me to challenge myself, and add a water garden at home. With some trepidation, and his gift of a small black plastic, solid bottom pot. I dug my hole and began a venture into miniature ponds.

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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 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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