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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

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Have no fear, Earthkind roses are here
By Dana Garmon (iris28)

In the dead of winter when those pretty catalogs start pouring in, you begin dreaming of a rose garden. After weeks of looking and planning, you decide that roses may be too much work. Have you actually gone through with your impulse only to have a rose languish through the first few seasons then never come back? Have you sworn off roses after suffering such disappointment? Well don't throw in the towel just yet. Earthkind roses might save the day.

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Flower Show Inspiration: Bringing Home Ideas that Work in Your Garden
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

The justifiably famous Philadelphia Flower Show runs for 8 spectacular days in March. Seeing the huge landscaped exhibits and thousands upon thousands of blooms is an overwhelming experience. But, being gardeners, we don't just want to gawk; we want to know what we can learn and bring home with us to our own gardens! Revisit the 2009 show with me for some ideas, and whet your appetite for this year’s show....

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

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Pipsissewa: Wintergreen
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

There was a tiny plant that was very scarce in the southeast Kentucky mountains. If I looked hard enough I could find it, and when I did I always sneaked around chewing on its leaf. It wasn't toxic, but I was never supposed to take a bite of a plant unless Aunt Bett was beside me directing every swallow.

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Monday, January 4, 2010

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Yew
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

We tend to not even notice the somber green of the yew until it is dusted with snow, then realize how amazing it is that a plant's leaves can remain alive throughout the winter. Behind those leaves is a fascinating story of a tree that in ancient times was the subject of worship, and in modern times is the source of a life-saving medicine.

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

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Landscape Designers and Why To Use One
By Susan Schlenger (schleng)

A Landscape Designer with an education in Landscape Architecture has the skills to work with all facets of the landscape. Not only can they create beautiful designs, but also keep you from making costly mistakes. Areas of expertise can range from horticulture and planting design to the more intricate areas of paving materials, grading, drainage, and lighting design. A good landscape designer will look at the entire property and create a design where all elements are not only attractive, but also one which functions well, creating a cohesiveness to the entire project.

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More than you ever wanted to know about onions
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

I was the designated onion gatherer. I had a basket, a hand tool, a bonnet, and a red bandana. The bonnet kept the sun off my face, I dug the onions with the hand tool, I placed the freshly dug onions in the basket, and the red bandana covered my nose. I could not stand to smell the onions.

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Saturday, January 2, 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, January 1, 2010

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Tree and Plant Frost Protection
By Paul Anguiano (tropicalaria)

Veggies freezing in the frosty air? Jack Frost nipping at your trees? Whether you're dealing with a freak cold spell in the warmer parts of the world, or squeezing all the warmth you can out of a colder clime, frost is a killer you can protect your trees and plants from.

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Thursday, December 31, 2009

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Lentils: Red, Green, Black...just how old and valuable are they?
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

The archaeological excavation at Franchthi Cave in Greece held the discovery of lentils dating back to 11,000 b.c. Indeed, lentils are and have been an incredible nutritional source for ages and continue to provide the same today.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

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Old-Fashioned Parlor Plants
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Houseplants are so ubiquitous today that we sometimes pay them scarce attention--and yet raising plants in the home is a relatively recent concept, for which we can thank the Victorians. They commonly kept a space called a parlor as their “best” room, used for entertaining guests and displaying family heirlooms and treasures. Such rooms were often decorated with plants, which thus became known as “parlor plants”.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

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The Culture of Plants
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

I had a really rotten high school history teacher. But maybe, thanks to him, here I am a few decades later happily digging around, searching for things he did not teach me. Just like a botanical archeologist looking for golden treasures, I need to share what I found with you.

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Friday, December 25, 2009

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Love Across the Miles
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

If ever there was a rose that should be in every garden in the world, the Peggy Martin rose would be it.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

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Florida Anise, An Uncommon Evergreen Shrub
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

When choosing broadleaf evergreen shrubs for Southern landscapes, it is easy to fall back on the ones that we see in neighbors' yards and the ones that are commonly available. Every neighborhood is filled with azaleas, camellias, gardenias, loropetalums, and ligustrums. However, there are some less-commonly chosen evergreen shrubs that will add charm and distinction to your landscape.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

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Tango, the Garden Cat ~ part 3: Home for Christmas
By Diana Wind (wind)

This is the final chapter of a 3-part miniseries about a feral outdoor cat we named Tango, who one day arrived in our garden. Tango's garden adventure reminds us of the plight of millions of feral cats struggling daily for survival. Tango and his friends also made my family think about how we felt about other peoples' cats hanging out in our garden. Would they be welcome in your garden?

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

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Turkish Delight: an International Treat for the Holidays!
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

Mention Turkish Delight to the average American, and the book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (or the recent 2005 movie based on the book) will probably come to mind. Mention it to a resident of the other side of the world, however, and the associations will be very different!

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Monday, December 21, 2009

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A rosemary Christmas "tree"
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

A live rosemary plant would make a nice gift for a rosemary-loving cook. A decorated, miniature Christmas tree style rosemary would make a very nice gift.

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Pinecone Candle Holders for the Christmas Table
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Many years ago, when Christmas ornaments weren't so plentiful like they are today, I saw my mom doing all kind of crafts for this beautiful holiday. I guess I inherited her skills--though not her imagination--so when I saw an ornament I wanted I preferred to do it myself. Even if the first one wasn't always the best, I persevered and finally got some nice ornaments for decorating my home for Christmas.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

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Gardening Gifts A to Z
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Some are sensible, some are sorta silly; there's just got to be one item in the list to please the gardener you love. (Hint: if the gardener you love is ME, you've got 26 ideas now!)

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

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Japanese Plum Yew Excels in the South
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Looking for a groundcover plant that grows in shade and is mannerly, evergreen, attractive, and that the deer won’t eat? Look no farther. Cehpalotaxus harringtonia ‘Prostrata’ will cover your ground year-round with its glossy, dark green, needle-like leaves. Don’t expect it to happen overnight, though. Japanese plum yew, as it is called, is slow-growing, but those who have it in their gardens agree that it is worth the wait.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

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Gardening with a Silver lining!
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

While this time of year brings thoughts of silvery stars for the holidays and confetti for the New Year, elemental silver has a use in the garden that has been almost totally overlooked. Read on to learn the amazing facts . . .

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Marmalade from holiday Russian spiced tea!
By Bev Walker (Sundownr)

As a child, I remember having Russian spice tea around the Christmas holidays, as that was the only time we had an over-abundance of citrus fruits. It seems like such a waste to just throw out the oranges and lemons after the tea is finished, so I tried making marmalade from it. I now have an exceptional jam to give out for little gifts!

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Monday, December 14, 2009

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The Norfolk Island Pine - a living Christmas tree
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

While visiting home garden centers, and even some grocery stores in the holiday season, one might espy a small, symmetrical conifer being offered as an indoor Christmas tree, often already sparsely decorated, ready to go on the dining table or another prominent location in the home. These are usually Cook Pines (Araucaria columnaris) or Norfolk Island Pines (Araucaria heterophylla) and are sold by the thousands every November and December as living Christmas trees. Most are destined to die or be thrown out soon after the holidays, either due to ignorance or apathy. But with the proper care they can be kept healthy and made to last for many subsequent holiday seasons, almost becoming part of the family and a holiday tradition.

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The Holly and The Ivy: Ancient Symbols
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Holly and ivy are familiar plants in the landscape and have traditionally been used to adorn homes during the winter holiday season. Although they lend their names to a Christmas carol, their significance to humans predates Christianity by thousands of years.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

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Vines of Reunion Island, Part 5
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

And here we come again with those amazing plants that instead of growing a trunk or stem enjoy clinging to trees and bushes in order to grow; vines and creepers are back on Dave’s Garden!

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Saturday, December 12, 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, December 11, 2009

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Gifts from and for Gardeners: How to Make a Discharge Printed Vest
By Melody Rose (melody)

Now is the time of year that for many people, thoughts turn to gift giving. In my family, we celebrate Christmas with an exchange of thoughtful gifts that do not necessarily cost a great amount, but instead may be hand crafted, or tailored to each person’s interests. The thought and care involved in choosing the gift is often more valuable than the actual item

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

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A Garden Like no Other
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

This is the time of year when thoughts turn to colder weather. Gardens (and gardeners) hunker down for the coming winter. Outbreaks of cold air swoop down from the Arctic, that land of perpetual ice and snow...

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

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Memories of a Longleaf Pine
By Stephanie Boles (josette63)

Growing up in the sandhills of northwest Florida, I was blessed to have the freedom to roam the woods. One of my favorite places to walk was a stand of longleaf pines on the west side of our property. An uninterrupted stroll through a stand of longleaf pines, the piney woods to old-time southern folks, is a true pleasure.

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Christmas Crafts From Old Times
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I love Christmas! But what I like best is decorating the Christmas tree... and the sound of carols, and the smell of Christmas goodies ...yummy! Santa Claus is on his way (that is me, of course!) But I just have to wait until everyone is asleep, so I can put the gifts under the tree!

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

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How To Kill Over-winter Roses
By Sheri Williams (WigglyPaw)

If someone had told me I was going to be captured, heart and soul, by the most finicky, demanding, frustrating, disease-prone plants in our universe, I think I would have gone to a psychiatrist. Now my roses are in their beds for the winter, exactly where I would like to be.

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

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The Old World Deciduous Azalea Species
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Many of us are familiar with the deciduous azaleas. Many of the wild forms hail from eastern North America but a few choice species also hail from Eurasia. This article will introduce you to these Old World azaleas.

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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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Thursday, December 3, 2009

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Pomander Balls - natural air fresheners you can make with your children this holiday season!
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Jumpstart your own holiday feelings, and imprint your children and grandchildren with a wonderful and visceral holiday memory they will treasure forever. Pomander balls is not the latest pandemic disease, no, a pomander ball is a gentle fragrant holiday craft to share with small children and a skill you can pass down for generations.

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

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A tropical marvel, the genus Heliconia.
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

For the ones of you who have had the chance to travel to Southern Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Singapore, of for that matter almost any tropical location you could not but stop in your tracks when facing a blooming Heliconia plant and for the ones who never went there here is a chance to enjoy those jewels at low cost.

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

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Blue Flag Iris...Not Just for Water Gardens
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Many gardeners think blue flag iris, I. versicolor, are only useful for water gardens but as long as the soil remains evenly moist, they make admirable plants for the standard garden. With over 20 selections to choose from, this iris demands a second look.

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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, November 27, 2009

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Butternuts, by the bushel
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

I've long been a fan of butternut eating, but more recently consider myself as something of a pro at growing these winter squash in the casual home garden. Care to read my words of wisdom on both aspects of butternutticity?

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

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Wit and Wisdom: Gardening Commentary Through the Ages
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote.--Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

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The History and Uses of Winter Squash
By Melody Rose (melody)

As summer fades into fall, the days get shorter, and the bright flowers in our gardens start to fade. Many of us start looking for a cheerful pick-me-up to add some color to the tired landscape. That’s when the straw bales, bright mums, colorful pumpkins, and squashes start to dot the neighborhood front lawns.These decorations are plentiful and cheap here in this area, and many people use them in attractive, clever arrangements. Little do they know that they are decorating with an ancient, healthful food, used long before Columbus or the Conquistadors set foot upon this continent.

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Herbology at Hogwarts: Plants in the Harry Potter Books
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Devil’s snare, fanged geranium, bubotuber, snargaluff and puffapod are just a few of the fanciful plants readers encounter in author J.K. Rowling's imaginative fictional world. However, many of the plants mentioned in the series are quite real and have a long and storied history. Some can even be found in modern-day gardens.

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