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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

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Glad About Glads
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

To paraphrase that well-worn Shakespearean saw about a rose: A glad by any other name is still a glad. But...is it one gladiolus or one gladiola? Is it two gladiolus, two gladiolas, two gladioluses, or two gladioli? All of these forms of the name appear in a Google search of "gladiolus." Proper Latin would dictate only two: gladiolus (singular) and gladioli (plural). I prefer to use "glad," which avoids this confusion altogether.

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Monday, May 31, 2010

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Insect Profile: Cucumber Beetles
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

The kids will soon be wrapping up their school year, the NHL and NBA are heading toward their respective post-seasons...and the cucumber beetles are preparing to party harder than Paris Hilton.

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

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Tips on planning a fruit garden
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

The trend today is very strong for growing your own, whether vegetables, fruits or nuts, and fruit bush and tree suppliers were sold out early this year. Now is a good time to do some planning and preparation for your future fruit garden (and remember to order early for next year). Planning involves many things: layout, soil, water, drainage, sunlight, wind direction, and of course, choosing what to plant. This article will cover some tips and suggestions.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

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Lady Ferns (Athyrium species) for the Garden
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

One of the most important ferns for the landscape is the lady fern, Athyrium felix-femina. There are many named cultivars which vary tremendously in their size and shape. There are also several other garden-worthy species, the most important being the Japanese Painted Fern, A. niponicum 'Pictum' and its newer cultivars. This article will introduce you to the wonderful diversity found in the genus Athyrium.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

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Astilbe: Introduction and Cultivars
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Astilbes boast airy plumes of feathery blooms high above deeply cut, glossy foliage. They are perennial to Zone 3 and lend an elegance to moist, partial sun borders or ponds. If you are unfamiliar with Astilbe, delve into their graceful world with me.

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Do as I say, not as I do
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

" I really should have ___" must be my garden mantra. It's what I mutter to myself daily while strolling the green acres. I'm constantly reminded of good garden practices that I fail to follow through on. Maybe a public confession here, of what I know I should be doing, will shame me into action.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

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Crocus Lawns for a Joyful Spring
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

When they heard we’d be adopting a baby girl, my wonderful DG friends wanted to throw a shower. They asked what we needed for our new daughter. I thought back to the sweeps of bright blooms we’d seen in Amsterdam last spring and said “Crocus bulbs! Let’s plant a crocus lawn for her.”

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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Toxic Plants- What Does That Really Mean
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

What does it mean to say a plant is toxic? How toxic does a toxic plant have to be to be toxic or non-toxic? That may seem like an odd question, but is one that has bothered me for years, and particularly as I read another senseless, long list of toxic plants on the internet.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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Mistletoe, Birds and Butterflies
By Kennedy Harris (kennedyh)

Drooping Mistletoe is a common mistletoe in Southern Australia, growing mainly on Eucalyptus and Acacia trees. It is mainly dispersed by one little bird, the Mistletoe Bird and it is the food plant for a beautiful butterfly, the Imperial White and a beautiful moth, the Mistletoe Moth.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

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The Subtle Saffron: Growing and Using
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Saffron, the most expensive spice in the world, is easily grown in the home garden. YOU CAN grow it yourself! Crocus sativus is a member of the iris family.

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Eucharis amazonica - the Beautiful Amazon Lily
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

The Amazon lily is a tropical bulb that produces clusters of fragrant, star-shaped white flowers up to three times a year. Although hardy only in tropical regions, it is an excellent houseplant that can add beauty to interiorscapes anywhere in the world.

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

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The Mulberry Tree: Is it a Friend or a Foe? Is it Wonderful Fruit or Free Bird Food?
By April (Aunt_A)

Like a berry on a tree, swinging softly in the breeze. Will the blue jay and the redbird eat my pie before it can be? Dear mulberry tree, I love you, but your wine stain brings me to my knees.

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Some vines on Reunion Island, part six
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Vines lovers welcome on today’s tour, it has been a while since we did not have to bring along our solid machete in order not get tangled in those wiry stems, let us see some more climbers…

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

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You Supply The Caption - Gardening Fun :)
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

On Saturdays, the Writer's Group would like to say thanks by presenting a "You Supply The Caption" photo. A gardening related photo will be presented, and you the Readers will provide humorous captions. The wit available on Dave's is some of the best around, so please join in the fun! This feature is not a "for compensation" article - just our way of saying Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy...now let's hear some funny stuff!

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

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Aralia cordata: Growing Udo
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

One of the great leafy vegetables from Japan that is a rare sight in American gardens is the Udo. This will be a starting look into the plant, how to grow it, and how to prepare it for consumption.

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Incredible Edible Flax
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

It’s hard to pick up any health magazine today without seeing an article touting the many benefits of flax. Flaxseed is widely used as a nutritional additive to foods, as a fiber crop, and pressed for its oil. Flax (known as common flax) is grown in the home garden for its lovely blue flowers.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

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Colorful Palms- Not all Palms are Simple Green
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

There is a surprising variety of colors in the palm world. Palms are not always simply green tropical foliage. This article is a pictorial introduction to some of the most beautiful and surprising colors one can encounter in the palm family (Arecaceae)

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Monday, May 17, 2010

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Grass ~ More Than Just a Summer Chore
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Grass. It covers one-fourth of Earth's land, feeds millions of animals and birds, and helps stop erosion. Grass fills our vistas with beauty and helps purify the air and, in our own habitats, it defines our landscapes and holds together our garden designs.

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Visiting My Garden's Wild Country Cousins
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

I recently spent half of my Spring Break at Mammoth Cave National Park, near Cave City, Kentucky. The park is obviously well-known for the cave that is within its confines (Mammoth Cave is the longest known cave system in the world, with around 370 miles of passages), but it also contains many lovely hiking trails above ground. It was there that I rediscovered the charm of random patches of flowers dispersed among the leaf litter on the ground, and a subtle smattering of color peeping from behind a fallen log.

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

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Lewisia: Alpines Gems of North America
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

One of the symbol plants of the western American mountains are Lewisia. They are one of the most choice alpines that rock gardening enthusiasts can grow, but many are a bit of a challenge. Cultivation in pots is often an easier way to grow them. This article will introduce you to the plant named after Lewis of the famous 'Lewis and Clarke expedition'.

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Bluebonnets: A Texas Tradition
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

As the bumpersticker says: “Don’t Mess with Texas.” The same can be said for our state flower, the Texas Bluebonnet, aka Lupinus texensis.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

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Growing Asparagus
By Diana Wind (wind)

Once you decide to plant nutritious asparagus in your garden, there are only a few things left to decide: 1) what cultivar(s)? 2) crowns or seeds? and, 3) where to plant your perennial asparagus patch? Asparagus could make a home in your kitchen garden for 20 or more years!

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

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Let's Make Ginger Beer
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

We've been introduced to common hinger & shown how to grow it. Now it is time to take a closer look at the ginger families & one of the most popular ways of using this fragrant herb.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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Fumitory
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Fumitory was not supposed to grow in Kentucky, but without even a line between us, how would it know to stay in Virginia?

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Monday, May 10, 2010

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Plants for your pond surround: Sunny & wet
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

While any plant will probably be fine next to a pond, some will do and look better than others. Whether you have major splashing from a fountain or a still water hole, here are some ideas for plants to put around your pond or water feature.

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An Ornamental Currant that Vines
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

With edible landscaping becoming more popular, it's time to get acquainted with the Clove Currant Vine. Not only does it have clusters of beautiful yellow flowers tinged frequently with red centers (see photo below), it is also fragrant (as its name implies) and bears edible fruit. In fall its leaves turn a bright golden with red highlights. Even if you don't grow this plant for its edibility, it puts on such a show and is so fragrant that it deserves a special place in your garden.

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

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You Supply The Caption - Gardening Fun :)
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

On Saturdays, the Writer's Group would like to say thanks by presenting a "You Supply The Caption" photo. A gardening related photo will be presented, and you the Readers will provide humorous captions. The wit available on Dave's is some of the best around, so please join in the fun! This feature is not a "for compensation" article - just our way of saying Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy...now let's hear some funny stuff!

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Friday, May 7, 2010

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Dave's Garden's heroes: Extreme reverse makeover saves the day
By April (Aunt_A)

Aggiegrl's original post grabbed the hearts of many, "Daylilies: Just had to share my sad Garden story! Sob". Within hours, virtual hugs and offers were pouring through the fingers of DG gardeners. The offers consisted of legal advice, free rent for a year in another state, more daylilies, seeds and other plants. Then, Smockette posted and 2 DGs sent private D-mails to aggiegrl. Please join in as you read a story that has been featured on National Public Radio; a journey from tears to triumph.

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Try some dill - it's the 2010 Herb of the Year!
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Dill is a delicious and easy-to-grow herb. It also happens to be the 2010 herb of the year! Try growing some today, whether you start it from seed or buy the plant already growing.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

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If you build it, they will come; Fairy Gardens
By Jan Recchio (grampapa)

Do you remember in the story of 'Peter Pan' when the fairy Tinker Bell was sick? Peter asked everyone to clap their hands to let Tink know they believed in fairies so her light would not go out. Well, there are things you can do to let the garden fairies know you believe in them.

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Oxalis: Colorful Shamrocks Make Your Garden Lucky!
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

We’ve all seen pots of green-leafed shamrocks for sale around Saint Patrick’s Day. Shamrocks have become increasingly popular as both house and garden plants, and they don’t just come in green! I got a few purple-leafed Oxalis at a DG plant swap last year. They did so well that this year I went hunting for more.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

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Battling Blackspot
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Ask rose enthusiasts what plant disease they would vote off the face of the planet, and their answer will inevitably be Blackspot.

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The Plants of Lewis and Clark
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

May 21 marks the anniversary of the starting date of one of the most daring American explorations ever mounted. On this date in 1804, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and their 43-man corps departed from St. Charles, Missouri, heading up the Missouri River into western territory uncharted by Europeans. Lewis and Clark’s meticulous record keeping and attention to the flora of the areas through which they journeyed led to the discovery of many new plants.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

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Stressed or Damaged Trees and Shrubs: Save or Replace?
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Winter weather often takes a heavy toll on our landscape elements. Breakage from ice and snow, wind damage and uprooting, and the terminal effects of salting the roads and streets for months on end. Additionally, long-term use of herbicides can detrimentally affect our trees and shrubs. One day, we look out and discover that the magnificent maple in the front yard is all but dead, or the nice evergreen hedge has yellowed. While it's better to maintain these landscape specimens with an eye to preventing the damage, sometimes we are simply faced with a difficult decision.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

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Zinnias, Old and New
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

What is more lovely and indispensable to a flower lover’s garden than a bed of zinnias sparkling in a sunny bed? Not only are they beautiful, but butterflies appreciate the nectar-laden blossoms and can usually be found fluttering amid the flowers. Granny called these colorful flowers “old maids,” and it was many years later before I knew another name for them.

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

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Lilacia Park Lilac Festival
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

The Village of Lombard Illinois is known as the Lilac Village, and its showcase is Lilacia Park in the center of town. Every May, Lombard celebrates its Lilac Festival when the lilacs in the park are at their peak of bloom and fragrance.

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Sweet Peas
By Sue Taylor (kniphofia)

The sweet pea is an annual vine in the pea family. In cultivation since the seventeenth century, it is immensely popular as a cut flower. It has been grown as an exhibition plant for many years and is renowned for its enchanting fragrance.

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

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You Supply The Caption - Gardening Fun :)
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

"You Supply The Caption" photo is a fun opportunity for Readers. A gardening related photo will be presented, and you, the Readers, will provide humorous captions. The wit available on Dave's Garden is some of the best around, so please join in the fun! This feature is not a "for compensation" article - just a way of saying Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy...now let's hear some funny stuff!

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Friday, April 30, 2010

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Bed Names of the Contemporary Gardener
By Lori Geistlinger (McGlory)

Gardeners vary in their approach to naming flower and vegetable beds. Some name by bed location, South Bed, Garage Bed, Easement Bed. Many name their plots by what is contained, Perennial Garden, White Garden, Fountain Garden. The creative name their parcels as though from an upscale estate, regardless of the meaning: Eastside Morning Garden, Vibrant Illusion Bed, Cervine Bed. For sake of simplicity and science, horticultural beds should have logical intuitive names.

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The Malibu Natives: Coastal Sage Scrub
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

Dark clouds moved in quickly and the sea was choppy and grey. Drops of rain began to release the fragrance of the scraggly, but aromatic bushes. Gloria stood in a little open space beside the trail overlooking the ocean. She raised her arms and brought them down to her side again, looked at her hands, and writhed as if in imitation of the wind-whipped shrubs. Then she let out a cry that would have horrified a listener.

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