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Friday, July 17, 2009

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Gardening with Bearded Iris: Planting Iris 101
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

After admiring them for years, I’ve started adding irises to my garden. They didn’t look like much the first year or two as they settled in, and I wondered how long I would have to be patient with them. But this spring, some of them began blooming in earnest, and I realized I wanted to grow more and more of these wonderful flowers!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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The Uncommon Common Sorrel
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Sorrel has been around for thousands of years, found both in edible dishes and herbal preparations, but generally under-used as a food in the United States. There are many kinds of sorrel; two are known as French sorrel although one is really common sorrel and they are distinctly different.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

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White Ash
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

The ancient white ash tree was leaning precariously close to our house. The rains kept coming, and the tree held for one more year. The next spring, I held my breath, but the rains came again.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

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The Dreaded Algal Bloom
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

So you’ve done everything right so far this pond season; you did spring cleanup, lifted all your hardy plants, and maybe even added a few beneficial bacteria into the system. Then why on earth do you have impenetrable pea soup!?!?

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

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Grow Veggies Without a Veggie Garden
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Contrary to popular opinion, vegetables do not need their very own garden. If you have gardens, you have room for veggies!!

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Botanical Gardens of Note: Introduction to Lotusland, Santa Barbara, California
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Lotusland is one of the premiere botanical gardens in all of California, if not the U.S. However, because it requires reservations ahead of time, and is only open on certain days of the week during nine months of the year, many have never treated themselves the opportunity to explore this amazing botanical wonder. This article serves only as introduction, and will certainly not do the gardens justice.

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

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The 'Tropical' Iris: Neomarica and Dietes
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

While we are all familiar with iris, you may not be aware that there are several iris look-alikes native to more tropical environments. These iris wannabes include the Walking Iris (Neomarica) and the Cape Iris (Dietes)These may be grown as outdoor plants in zone 9 and warmer or as houseplants which may be kept outdoors in the summer. If you would like to learn more about these tropical iris relatives, continue on.

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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, July 10, 2009

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New Potatoes or Fingerlings?
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

New potatoes and fingerlings are both tiny, tender and delicious. The difference is maturity.

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

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Just so much Junk!
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

What is an eyesore to some could easily become a treasure to others if you put a little thought in it. This is the story of broken garden furniture, the damage of an ice storm, a little duct tape, E6000 adhesive, a can of cobalt blue spray paint, and how they all came together to create my Blue Garden.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

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What Can Bloom in this Heat?
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

A trip to San Antonio Texas taught me a lot of Southwest history, but it left me one burning question - how can anything actually thrive and bloom in this South Texas heat? Here's a “show and tell” about several heat loving, bright-blooming plants that I saw during my visit. Any one is worth trying in your hot zone 8-plus yard or your less-than- zone 8 pots or hanging baskets.

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Read more articles about:  tropicals annual flowers perennial flowers heat-tolerant plants Caesalpina Bougainvillea Helianthus
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Hart's-tongue Fern
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Did you ever notice how some words don't always live up to their names? Take hart's-tongue fern, for example. That plant neither looks like a heart, nor a tongue, nor a fern. And I truly thought it grew out of the rocks in the cave.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

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There's Always a Reason: Companion Planting
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

It never seemed to matter what the question was, the three women in my childhood would give me the same answer, "There's always a reason". Sometimes that reason was because they said so, but most of the time Mom, Granny Ninna or Aunt Bett would go ahead and explain their answers to my questions. All these many years later their knowledge is my treasure.

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Garden Photography – Choosing a Camera
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Welcome to summer! Gardens across the northern hemisphere have burst into life and color. Wouldn’t it be great to capture all this beauty in an image to keep forever?

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

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Flea Markets as a Source for Plants and Garden Supplies
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Don't forget about your local flea markets when you're looking for good plant deals or garden supplies. I have learned that flea markets can be an excellent way to expand my collection cheaply. And they are a good place to look for rare plants and unique garden 'art'.

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

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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, July 3, 2009

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Tips for First-Time Gardeners
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

So you want to be a gardener. Congratulations! You’ll be joining the millions of others who enjoy what is probably the most popular hobby in the world. However, the sad truth is that some folks venture blindly into gardening expecting to magically produce dinner-plate dahlias and softball-size tomatoes without doing any of the necessary preparation or research.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

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Blue-eyed Grass
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium) is one of our small, native plant treasures. As our sensibilities mature (along with the rest of our bodies), we become more appreciative of little things that add to the quality of our lives. We take time to see the spring violets, the trilliums, and a hundred other small beauties that we may not have noticed during our earlier years.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

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Don't Kill Those Weeds!!!
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Until this gardening year I killed ALL weeds, without mercy. It was a never-ending and tedious job. No matter what weed cloth I used, no matter how thick the mulch I applied, I still had weeds... and I am against using chemicals. In my mind, NO weed had any redeeming qualities. I was wrong.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

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Stoneroot, worth remembering?
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

This little known plant is hardly significant anymore. Little is said about it, very little is written about it, and no one even remembers it. Like a lot of other things, its heyday was long ago and far away.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

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Invasive Weeds: Creeping Buttercup
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

A field of white daisies and yellow buttercups is a lovely sight to behold. But if creeping buttercup finds its way into your gardens, you've got trouble with a capital "T"!

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A No-Wa-Wa Fountain for Your Garden
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

What is a “no-wa-wa” fountain? The term “no-wa-wa”, perhaps a tad cutesy, originated several decades ago in a contest by Steve Gander, a local Iowa boy, who grew up to become one of the top rodeo event promoters in the U.S.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

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Backyard Mosquito Mitigation
By Bev Walker (Sundownr)

Understanding more about mosquitoes now may help prevent their reproduction, repel their bites, and eliminate many of the bloodsucking population in your yard and garden next year.

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Soapworts - the Genus Saponaria
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Previously I described the campions and catchflies from the genera Lychnis and Silene. In this article I will introduce you to their other close cousin, the soapworts. While they are also mostly pink-flowered, they have the added bonus of fragrant flowers. Read on to see which might be suitable for your garden.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

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California Grasslands: Where the Cowboys Were Indians
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

Fog rolled in yesterday evening, but within an hour it will all be burned off. The sun is strong. The air smells dry and dusty, but also oddly sweet. The wild oats are well on their way to turning yellow and the ripgut brome adds a few swatches of burgundy. Insects buzz. Where the mustard is not thick, the last of the season's clarkias sway in the light breeze. On a rocky outcrop, a couple of yuccas send up flower stalks like exclamation points, alerting us that something is about to happen.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

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Ornamental Bamboo Muhly Grass
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Have you been looking for something different for your garden? How about a plant that is very fine-textured and almost fernlike, and which arches gracefully from branched, upright stems? How about soft mounds of billowy foliage that wave freely with the slightest breeze? If this sounds like something you might like, then bamboo muhly (Muhlenbergia dumosa) is an ornamental grass that deserves your consideration.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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Community Supported Agriculture: Is there a CSA that's right for you?
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Is a CSA right for you? CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is an idea, no, a movement that is sweeping the nation's smaller or organic farms. Read on to find out how to participate in this new way of connecting with your food and the land.

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The Infamous Zucchini
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Close all the windows and lock all the doors… the zucchini are coming! The much-maligned zucchini is about to multiply in gardens everywhere and soon the same old zucchini jokes will start making the rounds again. We laugh every year but it’s the frenetic laugh of complicity, knowing we too may soon be bearing lumpy bags of extra zucchini.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

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Eat your greens! Dandelions are a dandy way to get super nutrition in a variety of tasty ways..
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

These aren't your local yard variety of dandelion, although many a spring morning as a child in rural Indiana were spent gathering dandelion greens for supper. Of course, my parents with 9 kids had no thought of a weed free lawn so chemicals weren't even a thought.....it was just head on out and gather greens for supper!

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Monday, June 22, 2009

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Easy Succulents: Graptoveria 'Fred Ives'
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

I grow well over a thousand species of succulents outdoors in my dinky yard in southern California zone 9b, and though many look okay most of the year, some stand out as exceptionally attractive all year round and trouble free and easy. The Graptoveria hybrid 'Fred Ives' is one of those plants.

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Pollen bees - there's no honey, Honey
By Jan Recchio (grampapa)

Pollen bees? These are the native North American bees that were responsible for all of the pollination before the Europeans brought honey bees to the New World. There are over 3,500 species of pollen bees in North America alone.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

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Pollinators on second shift: moths
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Bees are busy all day, but who works the night shift? Moths. You're familiar with small dull moths that bumble into your porch light, but prettier moths may be closer than you think. Impressive moths can be found in the night garden if you know how to look for them.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

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The Other Campions and Catchflies - the Genus Silene
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Last week I introduced you to the genus Lychnis. This week I will discuss the other campions and catchflies from the closely related genus Silene. This genus , like Lychnis, was and still is, very popular among our temperate gardens.

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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, June 19, 2009

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Butterflies: the prettiest pollinators in the world
By April (Aunt_A)

How can you perfectly describe a pollinator that floats through the air on micro-thin, decorative wings? How can you explain the beauty of a flying flower that flits around without pretense? The butterfly is a beautiful creation; a masterpiece. I do not understand how such a delicate creature can survive in our industrialized world, and yet, thankfully, she does. Enjoy some awesome pictures and 10 tips to welcome butterflies.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

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Glorious Glory Lilies
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Once in a while a flower grabs the gardener’s attention and screams, “Buy me, buy me!” That’s the way the glory lily did me when I saw its picture on a bulb bin at a garden center one spring several years ago. I’ve never regretted the demand, for the flowers delight me with glorious blooms every summer.

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A Philodendron Pollination Party with - The Beetles!
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Think of flower pollination and most often, bees come to mind. After all, they do the lion's share of pollination, especially in our agricultural and garden plants. However, some of our plants don't attract bees at all. What they do attract, and how they do it, may surprise you . . .

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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Sunflowers, Counting Bees and Citizen Scientists
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Unless you have been living under a rock, you are probably aware of the disappearance of honeybees, due in large part to “Colony Collapse Disorder”. Scientists worldwide are working to pinpoint the cause, and find a cure. Now, an associate professor of biology at San Francisco State University is enlisting “citizen scientists” in a coast-to-coast study on the health of pollinating bees. You and your children can join in, make a real contribution, and have fun at the same time.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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Cast Iron Plant Excels in Shady Landscapes
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Aspidistra has been with us so long that we tend to look upon it as one of our own. Introduced into the United States in 1824, it was immediately embraced as a fitting specimen in smoky barrooms and Victorian parlors. It is no less popular today as gardeners are quick to note its cast iron constitution.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

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My Friends, Frog and Toad
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

They leap and swim, jump and croak and, in some parts of the country, keep us up all night with their love songs. Our knobby friends are a gardener's delight. These friendly amphibians consume copious quantities of insects and every garden should have at least one resident frog or toad.

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