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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

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Wild Cherry
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Among the plants most endowed with nature's gifts are the cherry and plum trees. We didn't have plum trees where I grew up, but the lovely wild cherry tree could be found in several places in the mountains. I also called it the chokeberry tree.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

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Winter in my garden
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I have always loved winter, "dashing through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh" and all, but not anymore! Last winter was very cold in our country. It snowed so much we could hardly get out of the street, my pipes froze and we didn't have water for a few days, the car wouldn't start due to the deep freeze and I had to shovel more snow than I have ever shoveled in my whole life! However, after seeing the first snow this year I find myself still fascinated by all the beauty of this season!

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

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Adding Some Year-Round Interest in the Garden with Red Twig Dogwood
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

The Red Twig Dogwood is one of my favorite deciduous shrubs in the yard because it provides interest in my garden all year long. It gives the bees (and me!) wonderful tiny white flowers nestling against the softly bright green leaves in mid summer; then in fall it produces small berries the birds love, and finally it moves into its finest season, winter.

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Fun feature: 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, February 5, 2011

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Fun feature: Spotlight on BirdFiles
By Melody Rose (melody)

"February is for the birds." Many winter-weary gardeners wouldn't argue with that. However, there is an actual resolution read into the record of the U.S. Congress making it official. February, 1994 was the first National Bird Feeding Month. The Spotlight this month is on our Dave's Garden resources that are all about our feathered friends.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

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A Phlox for Every Garden
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

What better time to remember the beauty of the spring and summer phlox than in late winter when the sights and scents of blooming flowers are either a pleasant memory or a much anticipated delight for gardeners in most of the country? Dream on and enjoy the memory and the anticipation.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

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Sugar on Snow
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

The first serious snowfall of the year in New England always brought my mother boiling up a batch of maple syrup, just as in Laura Ingalls Wilder's day. Luckily for us, we didn't have to start with the maple tree. We just needed the snow and the jug of maple syrup!

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A Forest of Apples
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

Close your eyes for a moment. It’s a beautiful, sunny, warm day in May. You’re standing in the midst of a vast forest of apple trees in bloom. You drink in the intoxicating fragrance of the blossoms and listen to the pulsing hum of busy bees as they go about the business of gathering pollen.

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Monday, January 31, 2011

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Enjoy a World of Cacti at Cacti Mundo in Baja Mexico
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

Come take a tour of Cacti Mundo!

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Snowflakes: Singular Wonders
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Come January, those of us who live in snowy climates tend to grumble about snow and winter weather, and begin to dream of summer flowers. But as is always the case, beauty -- and contentment -- are where we find them. If you take a moment to consider the singular wonder that is the snowflake, you are bound to gain new appreciation for the “white stuff.” You may very well find yourself eagerly anticipating the next big snowfall!

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

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Zone Envy - admit it, you've felt it too!
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

My friend Doss, in California, wishes she could naturalize crocuses - she can't. It doesn't ever get cold enough. And she has to replant new pre-chilled tulips every year. I wish I could find truly cold-hardy gladiolus, or palm trees, or canna lilies that didn't need frost protection. (I planted those "frost-hardy" gladiolus one fall. They were beautiful the following spring. But they didn't come back. Neither did those exciting crocosmia!)

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Fun feature: 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, January 29, 2011

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Hardy 'African Violets' - Ramonda, Haberlea and Jankaea
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Could you ever imagine growing African violets outdoors in zone 5? That is just a fantasy...or is it? As it happens , there are several hardy gesneriads (African violet relatives) that will surive outside in zone 5, and maybe even lower! Read on to learn more about these hardy Mediterranean "African violets," the Ramonda, Haberlea and Jankaea.

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Fun feature: Ask-a-Gardener
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardening is both art and science, with some luck and skill thrown in for good measure. A big part of what attracts people to Dave's Garden has always been our forums, where gardeners ask and answer questions for one another. Occasionally we come across a question that we find particularly interesting or intriguing. We hope you find these questions (and answers, penned by our admins and writers) helpful as you grow your gardening knowledge!

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Friday, January 28, 2011

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This season's fruit; Litchi chinensis
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Call it either litchee, litchi, leechee, laichi, lichu, it will always be a very appetizing and delicious fruit which on Reunion Island is synonymous of Christmas and New Year, let us learn more about it.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

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Unusual and Bizarre Plants - Massonia: Something Strange and Beautiful for Winter
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

For many people, winter means gray, cold days and much pining for warmer weather. However, not only can you grow some interesting plants in winter, here is one that will grow and bloom for you in winter! You won't have to worry about it in summer because it will be dormant then! Read on for more about this wonder . . .

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Saffron Crocus
By Diana Wind (wind)

Grow your own saffron crocus in your kitchen garden. Harvest their stigmas to add yellow color and flavor to rice, broths, soups, seafood, and sauces. The plants themselves will compliment your fall shades of yellow and orange, adding splendid lavender color to your yard and garden in the autumn.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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A Snowman You Can Assemble in 15 minutes--Without Snow!
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

The holiday season is over. The accompanying decorations are packed away once more in their accustomed places. I find myself wondering: were the walls really this bare before I put up all those decorations? Stripped of its holiday finery, the hallway looks almost gloomy. I decide to make a trip to the basement to check out my cache of craft materials in hopes of finding inspiration there for making some cheery replacements for the long winter ahead. The first thing I come across is a stack of grapevine wreaths of various sizes. Having played with some digital images of snowmen earlier in the day, I decide to build one myself.

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Bloomsick...
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

I'm sure you are all familiar with the words homesick and seasick. During the long, gray, snowy winter, we northerners get awfully tired of cold. Here are some of the things we do to stave off insanity. Because when it's so gray, for so long, we get BLOOMSICK!

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Monday, January 24, 2011

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Coming Around Again
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

I am the nomad searching for permanency in a world that revolves around the temporary. Like the tree, I desire roots deep in the ground.

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

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Fun feature: 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, January 22, 2011

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Dave's Garden Book Review: Vegetables
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, January 21, 2011

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Take my plant -- please
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

The curse of the green thumb: you grow more plants than you can possibly make room for. With a little thought, excess plants become highly snatchable giveaways at your workplace.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

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Symbolic Soils: I pledge allegiance to the DIRT!
By Bev Walker (Sundownr)

Did you know that all the states, and some of Canada's provinces, now have "official soils"? Do you know what your representative soil is?

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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Mail ordering succulents and cacti: my experiences
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

I have ordered hundreds of succulents and cacti over the years from dozens of vendors. Along the way I have learned a few lessons and enjoyed the excitement of finding a new box of plants on my doorstep--like Christmas all over again! The following article includes some of my experiences and suggestions concerning ordering succulents and cacti by mail.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

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Trees and Their Veneration in the Western World
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

What is it about trees that draws us to them?

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

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Fun feature: 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, January 15, 2011

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Fun feature: Dave's Garden Riddle
By Melody Rose (melody)

Dave's Garden members enjoy many activities besides gardening, and solving puzzles is a favorite pastime. We're offering this fun Saturday feature for everyone to test their identification and riddle-solving solving skills. We'll have an image or a question for everyone to speculate as to what it is. Just post your guess below and click the link to see the answer. No Peeking!

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Friday, January 14, 2011

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Bad luck with houseplants? Try lucky bamboo
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Is your Spider plant perpetually spindly? Has your Croton croaked? Forego the unfortunate philodendron. Your odds may improve with Lucky Bamboo.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

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When Seed Selling Was A Seedling - a brief history of mail order seeds in the United States
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

We've all gotten them, whether or not we grow plants from seeds: mail order catalogs with pictures of bigger, tastier, vegetables with higher yields and prettier, brighter flowers, if only we use seeds from THIS company. How and when did this all start? Let's go back in time together.

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The Color Blue in Folklore and in the Garden
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

All over the world, the color blue is associated with peace. Although it can be hard to separate out cultural biases in such studies, it does seem that blue has an intrinsic effect on the human psyche and may even cause the body to produce calming chemicals. Perhaps it is this lack of an arousing effect that has led to being sad being called "blue". However, that has not impacted the popularity of blue. Blue is a widely-used and well-liked color.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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Le Parc des Palmiers du Tampon
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Unlike Mauritius’s Botanical Garden of Pamplemousses, a worldwide famous garden with a history dating back to the 1770, today we will pay a visit to a baby garden on Reunion Island where the first trees have been planted in 2008 and which will be devoted to palm trees.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

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Is My Produce Safe?
By Diana Wind (wind)

Salmonella is no stranger to peppers, avocados, basil, spinach, lettuce, beans, tomatoes, cauliflower, peanuts; and as recently reported in the news - parsley and sprouts. Bacterial and viral pathogens can contaminate raw produce and herbs before they get to the marketplace or to your dining room.

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

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Fun feature: 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, January 8, 2011

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Winter's Wrath: Ice and Snow Damage
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

The great Ice Storm of 2007, followed by the coldest April in 118 years, marked one of the worst weather years in history. From the Rio Grande valley to New England and southeastern Canada, ice and snow devastated the landscape with monumental damage and destruction of trees and shrubs, and impacting orchards. As we enter the winter months, being prepared for Nature's elements can help prevent some of the damage.

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Fun feature: Ask-a-Gardener
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardening is both art and science, with some luck and skill thrown in for good measure. A big part of what attracts people to Dave's Garden has always been our forums, where gardeners ask and answer questions for one another. Occasionally we come across a question that we find particularly interesting or intriguing. We hope you find these questions (and answers, penned by our admins and writers) helpful as you grow your gardening knowledge!

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Friday, January 7, 2011

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Sleep In Heavenly Peace
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Most of us recognize these words to the traditional Christmas song Silent Night. It is such a beautiful song and perhaps I may be forgiven if I associate the words with the entire winter season.

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

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Terrariums: Anything goes!!
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

When you think of a terrarium, I'll bet the first thing that comes to mind are those made from aquariums. Maybe you think of the old Victorian types that need a lot of space. Think again!! You don't need a lot of space or money to have a cute little terrarium.

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Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh ... what are they?
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Most of us have heard the story of the Wise Men or Magi arriving from the East with gifts for baby Jesus in Bethlehem. "We Three Kings of Orient Are" is a carol my family sings each year. Gold is always a welcome gift but ... what exactly ARE frankincense and myrrh? Well, it turns out that like a lot of good things, they started out as plants!

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

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Carnivorous Sundew
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

I love unusual plants, and I like most insects. But in this one instance, a lurking beauty, a tiny relatively unknown native North American carnivorous plant can shred unsuspecting insects into mush in just a matter of minutes. It might be survival of the fittest in the miniature kingdom of plants and insects.

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