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Monday, April 13, 2009

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Successful Hellstrip Planting
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

If you’ve already given up on growing something nice in the area between the sidewalk and curb, take a second look.

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Shrubs for Shade
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

A magnificent spreading maple tree towers over the house and back garden, providing relief from the summer sun--a refreshing spot to relax and enjoy the floral scenery. But even moderate shade poses a challenge for planning a garden or flower bed. Annuals and perennials are easily tucked here and there, but what if you want a nice woody ornamental as a focus piece, or to provide privacy to your restful spot? Here are some tried-and-true shrubs for shady gardens.

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

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Orchids of Reunion island
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Orchid seeds' weight is given not in grams or even milligram but in micrograms which is a millionth of a gram, so it is easy to understand that such dusty things can travel with winds and even farther with tropical cyclones, a regular feature in our area of the world. It seems orchids seeds used air-travel to reach Reunion from Madagascar and Asia.

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

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Delosperma, the Hardy Ice-Plants
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

The hardy flora from the mountains of South Africa is just starting to come to light in regards to their ornamental potential. One group of plants from this region that are proving to be wonderful garden plants are the hardy ice-plants or Delosperma. For xeric gardens, they make a bold splash of colour all season, but even gardeners as far north as zone 5 can enjoy these South African succulents. This article will introduce you to this relatively new group of garden ornamentals.

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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 10, 2009

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Take All Five Senses for a Walk
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

We are very visually oriented. That might be expected since humans have very good color perception but poor hearing and sense of smell compared to the animals. However, we do have five senses, and using all of them, or at least more than sight, can add to the enjoyment of being outdoors.

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Cultivating Stillness - Preparing Your Sacred Space
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Why do we garden? This is a rhetorical question of course but when we stop to think about it, one of the most compelling reasons is to have a place to find solace from the outside world.

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Alocasia maharani - Another Jewel for You to Consider!
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

This newer plant might seem similar to others I've covered previously, but this is definitely a distinctly different Jewel! Read on to learn why . . .

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

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Wildlife Friendly Gardening: Certifying Your Yard as a NWF Wildlife Habitat
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Whether you’ve found the Gardening for Wildlife forum or whether you’re running out of excuses your homeowner's association will accept for your brush piles and overgrown flower beds, backyard wildlife habitat certification might be just right for you! Learn more…

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

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Floral Cookery and Politics
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

What flower stopped an advancing army, is easy to grow, and is edible to boot?

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

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Get an Early Start on Your Garden with a Cold Frame!
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

In the last article, I discussed several different designs for building your own cold frame. Now, let's delve into information on how to put your new cold frame to use!

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Monday, April 6, 2009

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Brugmansia - the Basics and How To Grow Them
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Brugmansia or Angel’s Trumpets are some of the most intoxicating and wonderful flowers to grow but many gardeners shy away from these wonderful plants because they feel they are hard to grow or are too much work to be worth it. This is a look at these wonderful plants and the simple and easy way to grow them.

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Caring for potted plants while you're away
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Inevitably, all gardeners must leave their precious plants at some point for extended periods of time. Whether it is on vacation, to tend to a family emergency or a work trip, sometimes our plants just have to fend for themselves. Here are a few tips for how to care for your potted plants if you do have to be away.

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Help Is In the Mail: Beneficial Insects and Biological Controls
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Gardeners and homeowners today are more cognizant of the need to protect our planet and care for our environment. Gone are the days of dusting and spraying everything that moved, or drenching herbicides on plants that sprouted where they didn't belong. Organic and biological controls are the wave of today and the future, and they are as close as your Internet connection.

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

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Skunk and Pet Problems in the Suburban and Rural Garden
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Skunks are a common nuisance creature in suburban and rural gardens; not just in terms of digging up the plants, but as an annoyance and potential risk for you and your pets as well. The following article will cover a few of these topics along with some suggestions on treatment and prevention.

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Alocasia princeps 'Purple Cloak' - Another Jewel for You to Try!
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Several new Alocasias have appeared on the market in the recent year or so. One of them is Alocasia princeps, also known as 'Purple Cloak'. With my interest in this genus of plants, you can be sure I got my hands on one, and it is now blooming. Read on for more about this Jewel . . .

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

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An Introduction to Wild Gingers
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Wild gingers are often more appreciated in the wild than in gardens but between the beauty of their foliage and the fascinating blooms of the newly introduced Asian species, the Asarums are enjoying a surge in popularity. This article will introduce you to the diversity that exists among the genus Asarum.

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Irresistible Chocolate Garden Color
By Diana Wind (wind)

For an irresistible garden, try planting a few 'dark' or 'chocolate' plants alongside plants of contrasting foliage and bloom color; the combinations are endless. And for a special treat, add a chocolate garden kiss and watch the butterflies come!

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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 3, 2009

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The World Wide Spud
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

How an unlikely, ugly little tuber conquered the world.

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Southwest Adventures: The Desert Comes to Life
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Do you believe in magic? As gardeners, I am almost certain that you do. I shall share with you a beautiful sort of magic that is unveiled twice a year in the low desert.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

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What is a Standard Flower Show?
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

The term, “Standard Flower Show” is the official title of a flower show conforming to standards established by National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC). The purposes of a Standard Flower Show as outlined by NGC are to educate club members and the viewing public, to stimulate interest in horticulture and floral design, to provide an outlet for creative expression, and to convey to the community the objectives of NGC.

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Holland's Keukenhof Gardens: Sixty Years of Spectacular Spring Flowers
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

My husband had a conference in Amsterdam recently, and as soon as I discovered the Keukenhof would open its season that week I knew I had to make the trip with him. I'd admired the world's most spectacular display of spring flowering bulbs for years in magazines and gardening catalogs and was overjoyed at the thought of seeing the gardens in person.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

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Fractals - Revolutionary Discovery Thwarted for 700 Years by Academic Schism
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

The monastic lifestyle leaves monks with an abundance of time on their hands. So it is no surprise that significant discoveries have been made over time by these cloistered fellows. But most of them pale in significance when compared to the achievement made by a little-known German monk of the 13th century. This man's astounding discovery predated that of Benoit Mandelbrot by over 700 years! Read on for the incredible facts . . .

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New flowers hit the market this spring.
By April (Aunt_A)

Every year more plants are discovered and designed. This year is no exception. This is the spring season of opportunity; don't miss the great additions.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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The Landscaped Dog Enclosure
By Jocelyn Wyatt (crimsontsavo)

It's time to make a world of fun for your beloved dogs!

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Mountain Mist: Basil Thyme
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

We called it Mountain Mist, and I take a deep breath even now when I visit my brother back in the mountains of southeast Kentucky. "Sniffin' peppermint", I think out loud, as I remember stuffing it into my pillow case.

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Monday, March 30, 2009

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Building a Cold Frame to Jump Start your Spring Garden
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

Wouldn’t you love to extend your growing season, as you would with a greenhouse, but on a smaller, more affordable scale? If you answered “yes,” consider adding a cold frame to your repertoire of gardening tools!

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Who Did That? Identifying Insect Damage
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

The worst feeling in the world is going out into the garden first thing in the morning, only to find that some ravenous critter has decimated a beloved plant or flower. We seldom see the culprits and that makes it difficult to determine what steps to take to solve the problem. But these munchers leave their signature behind, and once you know what you're looking at, you can take the required action.

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

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So that's NOT a Cactus??!
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

There are many plants that either look like cacti or are called cacti, but are NOT cacti. For those who don't know what I am talking about, this article is for you.

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

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March 28: Weed Appreciation Day. Have you hugged a weed today?
By April (Aunt_A)

Today is Weed Appreciation Day. Do you appreciate any weeds? Do you love or hate weed plants in your yard? What weeds have you eaten? What benefits do weeds hold today? How do you feel about the use of herbicides? Let's talk. Please tell me what you think after reading this article.

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Indian Pink: A Wildflower for Your Garden
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

I remember a day last June when Amiable Spouse and I were visiting brother Ronald, who had just purchased a fantastic piece of land just south of Jackson, Mississippi. The fellows were scouting the property, and we girls were reminiscing and cooking up some favorite family recipes. In the midst of it all, Ronald brought a wildflower that he found on the property for me to identify.

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Friday, March 27, 2009

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White Willow: Learning useful things
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

I used a willow basket when I went to gather eggs. I sat in an old willow rocking chair on our front porch. And I was given a tiny sip of willowbark tea to drink when I had a fever. I learned to weave baskets by using young shoots of the white willow, and when I learned to draw, my teacher gave me drawing tools made of willow charcoal. I remember willow switches, too.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

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Garden Clubs -- Mighty Forces for Good
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Many people have preconceived notions about groups of people. For years, I imagined that garden clubs were nothing more than groups of prissy ladies who wore hats and gloves to their monthly tea parties. I had no idea that they were enterprising women who had serious agendas and who have made major contributions to the health and beauty of our planet. I learned the truth when I became one of them.

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Choosing a Dehydrator: Make your own dried fruit, tomatoes, beef jerky, and more
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Thinking about getting a dehydrator for the bumper crop of tomatoes you hope to have this summer? But how much do you need to spend? Which dehydrator is right for you? And once you have it, what can you do with it?

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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Plant Names from Myth: Daphne
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

Several botanical names derive from Greek myth, from the stories of gods who changed a hapless mortal into a plant. But Daphne gave her name to two completely unrelated shrubs.

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Seeds: Collecting, saving and sowing
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

I'm always collecting seeds, everywhere I go: in a park, on the street or in someone's garden. Some people may think I'm nuts to get into the flower beds in search of ripe seeds! Well, I'm not. I'm just addicted to plants and I can't help myself from taking a few seeds from a plant I like, so I can have one too!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

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Sean McCann: A Rosarian
By Melva Wheeler (melvatoo)

When I learned that Sean McCann was going to be at the 2003 American Rose Society conference, I felt compelled to go. I had enjoyed his columns in the "American Rose Magazine" for years. A drive of more than 10 hours was a small price to pay to meet this gentleman.

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My Favourite House Plant Books
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Have you ever come across one particular book that you could never part with? A book that has everything you could ever need in it, that answers every question you might have? Here are two of my favourites.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

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The Secret Garden . . . what did it REALLY look like?
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

The Secret Garden - what did it really look like? If you've read the book, you remember the bricked-up secret garden which came to life when tended by Mary Lennox. If you haven't, perhaps I can convince you to pick up a copy somewhere and read it! Although it's a children's book, it has captivated the hearts of gardeners for generations. Here are some photographs of what the adult in me thinks the flowers in Mary's Secret Garden might have looked like.

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