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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)

Weíve all seen pots of green-leafed shamrocks for sale around Saint Patrickís Day. Shamrocks have become increasingly popular as both house and garden plants, and they donít 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 Clarkís 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 loverís 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 ďold maids,Ē 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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Thursday, April 29, 2010

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The Alphabetical Gardener: Organization for an informal garden
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

How do you decide what to plant where? You can research plant height, bloom time, flower and foliage colorÖ sometimes the result matches the plan in your head, and sometimes it doesnít. Or you can go for a random, informal look. But how can an obsessive gardener plant at random? I canít do it. For me, the answer turned out to be as simple as A, B, C.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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Dave's Garden leads to Dinu's Garden
By Dinakar KR (Dinu)

Gardening has been one of the most enjoyable passions for me since as long as I can remember. DG revolutionized my idea of gardening and I narrate how it all happened and changed the way I live, changed the way I garden and much more. I would often look back to derive happiness this 'DG thing' has brought to me and my family. DG is one of the best things that have 'happened' in my life that gave rise to what I call my 'Eden', with really some effort for which I don't regret. Smile Read on.

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Moles, voles, mysterious holes
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Dastardly diggers lurk in the garden and strike under cover of soil. Gardeners are left staring at holes and scratching their heads. Moles and voles are common, and commonly confused with one another. Use their digging differences to identify the enemy, then take countermeasures to prevent more dirty work in the flower bed.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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Three Gardeners, One Garden
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

This is tale of three gardeners, each with their own style, learning to "grow" together.

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Trembling Aspen
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

I grew up watching a stand of aspens trembling when there was no wind, their leaves softly chattering in the still air, like so many little yellow haired ladies at a quilting party. But Aunt Bett said the sound was whispers from above.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

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Haworthias- the Jewels of the Succulent World
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Haworthias are in the same family as the aloes (Asphodelaceae in Davesgarden, and Aloaceae in some other websites/encyclopedias). These South African succulents look like minature aloes with sturdy, perfect rosettes- they are the jewels of the Asphodelaceae. All are relatively small (and some are really small) and consist of soft and rubbery, to fuzzy, to firm and leather-like succulent leaves. Their size and durability make them ideal for pot culture. The following is an overview of this genus and a description of their care.

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More Wascally Winter Weeds! Henbit, Purple Deadnettle, and Chickweed
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Warm weather and plenty of moisture has assured that most parts of the country will have a bumper crop of weeds where they donít belong. Iíll discuss three of the more tenacious varieties in this article.

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

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Perennial Plant Association selects Baptisia australis as the 2010 Perennial of the Year
By TC Conner (tcfromky)

Gardeners take note: If you're not keeping up with the Perennial Plant Association's Perennial of the Year winners, you're missing out on a tremendous resource that lets you know the best plants to have in your garden.

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Saturday, April 24, 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, April 23, 2010

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Love for Lemongrass
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), is a beautiful, tall, arching plant with dual personalities: it has the willowy visual effect of ornamental grass in the landscape, and boasts a variety of culinary and medicinal uses as an herb.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

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Clay Critters for Plant Pots: A great kid craft for inside days
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Too cold or wet to get outside? Kids going a little stir crazy? This simple polymer clay project is fun to do and will brighten your indoor plant pots, to boot!

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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Dear Sheila (3), Plant easy vegetables, learn basic planting techniques
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Spring has most definitely sprung! There's no time to waste in getting vegetables planted. Follow my advice to a first-time-veggie-growing friend, and fellow busy mom, Sheila. In the process, you'll get a good introduction to basic planting principles.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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Cutting-edge plant science - A cure for your plant's viral headache?
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

"Take two aspirin and call me in the morning," is a phrase not often thought of as applicable to plant diseases. Recent research, however, has shown that acetylsalicylic acid, the ingredient in aspirin, has a surprising use in the protection of plants from infections. What is even more exciting is what this research revealed about the response of plants to pathogenic infection. . .

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Monday, April 19, 2010

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Loropetalum, Saucy Cousin of Witchhazel
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Gardens in the southern United States are awash with the magenta colors of Chinese fringe flower (Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum). Introduced into the trade in the 1980ís, it has become one of the most popular shrubs for Southern landscapes. Seemingly a bit of a floozy in the springtime, it calms down for the rest of the year and blends into the landscape like a respectable garden citizen.

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A Bleeding Heart That Vines?
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

I was amazed several years ago when I discovered that Bleeding Hearts (Dicentra spp.) come in a vine form. Not only that, but the flowers are yellow!

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

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Grow Mini Cantaloupe On Your Patio? Sure You Can!
By Jan Recchio (grampapa)

So you say you love cantaloupe? So you never buy one because you can't finish a whole one before it goes bad? So you don't think you have room to grow melons because you're a patio gardener? Then this article is for you!

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Seed Starting Problems to Avoid
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Believe it or not, many of the most experienced gardeners youíll ever meet are intimidated by seed starting. Whether itís the continual need to monitor seed progress, the equipment involved or the sometimes high rate of failure, their trepidation is understandable.

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Saturday, April 17, 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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Celebrate the Marigold!
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

The marigoldís easy care and cheerful colors have made it one of the most popular annual flowers in America. The National Garden Bureau has declared 2010 to be the Year of Marigolds. Celebrate by planting some sunshine in your garden!

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Friday, April 16, 2010

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The Investment Garden
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

In today's sluggish economy, sometimes it feels like the safest thing to do with your hard-earned money is to bury it in the garden. But while stock funds are wilting, your garden can be thriving if you give it adequate water and plenty of horse manure! Read on to find out about some plants you can incorporate to figuratively "be in the money."

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Watercress (Nasturtium officinale)
By Diana Wind (wind)

The more you learn about watercress, the more likely you are to include this tasty member of the mustard family in your diet. Discover gardening information about watercress, and why scientists find this nutrient-rich herb so fascinating.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

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Flower Pounding
By Kathleen M. Tenpas (Kathleen)

Flower Pounding, gardenerís stress relief or dyeing with your gardenís bounty? Ah, perhaps a bit of both. The natural pigments pounded into properly prepared fabric can make a lovely piece of art, and allow you to let off a little steam at the same time.

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Big Gardening in Small Spaces: Amsterdam's Nooks and Crannies
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

The dense population of big cities means little space for yards and gardens. But Amsterdam's love of flowers will not be denied! Every tiny spot that could possibly hold a plant seems to have at least two plants in it. Take a walk through Amsterdam with me, and pay special attention to its nooks and crannies...

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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Forbs of the Southern Prairie Garden
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Much of the southern United States is catching on to the native plant movement. The hardest thing for the southern gardener is finding those plants that both look good in our area and will stand up to the heat. These plants can be added to a cottage look garden, they can be mixed into borders, or they can be used to build a full prairie garden.

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