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Saturday, February 15, 2014

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The Best of the Dwarf Columbines
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Do you love columbines but lack the space? If so, then try your hand at dwarf columbines. There are many that mature under 30 cm making them ideal for the front of the border, rock garden settings or alpine trough subjects.

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Dave's Garden Book Review: Yards
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners love books, as the number of titles devoted to the subject attest. We hope this spotlight on some of our members' favorites is a nice change of pace for your Saturday morning.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

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Hot Chocolates for Your Garden
By Diana Wind (wind)

Indulge your passion for chocolate plants with some of these new chocolate garden selections in your landscape and container gardens. This season, take note of rich, dark purples, or almost black and brown-colored plants known as garden “Chocolates”. Chocolate plants have steadily increased in popularity since they were first promoted by chocolate plant pioneer Karen Platt in 1995. Chocolate plants always top my list of garden favorites. Learn about some tempting new arrivals as well as some classics.

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Easy Tips for Repotting Windowsill Plants
By April Dowling (ADowling)

Windowsill plants eventually outgrow their original pots and have difficulty obtaining nutrients from soil. Although not all windowsill plants require yearly repotting, it can enhance the health of nearly all potted plants. Bromeliads, however, virtually never require repotting.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

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Strawberries and Snow
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

It wasn't the foot of snow that bothered me, it was the fact that I was craving strawberries in the dead of winter. I thought I'd help the strawberries grow sooner if I could rid them of their blanket of snow. This story is for the child who lurks within all of us.

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Increasing the Winter Humidity Levels for Your Houseplants
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

You've probably noticed how the dry, cold air of winter plays havoc on our skin, hair, and lips. We suffer chapped and peeling lips and skin, and dry, static-y hair. Our house plants suffer from the dry air in our houses, as well. Read on for some simple ideas to add humidity to your house and offer relief for the people and plants alike!

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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Big thoughts about little evolution: microevolution
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Charles Darwin was born on February 12, 1809, over 200 years ago. His name is closely identified with theories of evolution and the terms like "survival of the fittest" and "natural selection." Usually when you think of Darwinian evolution, you think about things like apes or chimpanzees evolving into humans, and about confusing fossils of skulls and unthinkably long slow geologic time. Today, I will just talk about evolution we can witness, in bacteria and insects, which is called microevolution.

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Bon Vivant Bouquets and Other Ways to Say We Care
By Donna Trieger (DTrieger)

That mischievous little cherub, Cupid, is sharpening his aim and arrows for his annual Valentine's Day matchmaking extravaganza. Love rules February, and we often express it through the language of flowers.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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Attracting Beneficial Insects to the Garden
By Karen Jones (karri_sue)

With the concern over the disappearance of honeybees, known as Colony Collapse Disorder, we can only wonder what, if anything we can do to help to create an environment for beneficial insects in our gardens.

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Incredible Edible Flowers
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Tired of the same old meat and potatoes? Looking for something to spice up that romantic dinner for that special someone? Just looking for something a little different to dine on? Go out to your flower garden, you may have just what you need, right under your nose.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

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A promenade in Kings Park’s Botanical Garden.
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Yes, here comes the promenade you have been anxiously waiting for…after a stroll through the city of Perth, a tour of Kings Park, today we go and visit the Botanical Garden and enjoy the numerous plants collection set within.

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A Tisket, a Tasket, a Valentine's Day Basket
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

If the thought of giving a bouquet of cut flowers or a box of candy to those special people in your life on Valentine’s Day leaves you yawning, why not consider a home-made garden basket this year?

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

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Heaths and Heathers for USDA Zones 4-6
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Do you have acidic soil, full sun and live in zones 4-6? Think you can't grow anything in such an area except rhododendrons and azaleas? Well, why not try heaths, heathers and some of their close relatives? By planting a variety of these plants, they can provide attractive foliage colour and form in the garden year-round as well as blooms from March through to November. Few flowering plants offer the gardener such an extended display.

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners have a keen sense of humor and we know that you'll enjoy adding your family-friendly quote or description to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

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All the Types of Lilies are Lovely
By Ms. Jacq Felis (Kaelkitty)

There are so many plants given the name of Lily. Usually these are plants with strap shaped leaves crowned by big dramatic flowers. Water lilies and Alstroemerias are, I think, about the only exceptions to this rule of thumb. Even the name confuses people as it is frequently misspelled as Lilly or Lillium! In this article I am going to narrow the focus to discuss the true lilies, that is the plants belonging to the plant genus Lilium.

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Identifying Wildflowers: Swamp Buttercup; Ranunculus hispidus var. nitidus
By Melody Rose (melody)

Many cultivated plants can trace their 'roots' to common roadside wildflowers and gardeners often assume that the wild or native form is simply an escapee from someone's garden. Wildflowers are beloved little treasures that have inspired poets, artists and storytellers from around the world and learning to recognize them and preserving their declining habitat is something all gardeners should aspire to.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

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Sparkling Sparmannia
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

Sparmannia africana, also known as cape stock rose, is one of those plants that bristles when touched. Actually, only the showy stamens of the flowers move, expanding when something brushes against them. But, if you grow the cape stock rose as a houseplant, it could cause your guests to jump back and squeal, “It’s alive!”

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Growing a Windowsill Herb Garden in Winter
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

To maintain a windowsill herb garden in winter requires a little space, sufficient light and a little vigilance to keep plants growing.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

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Can You Take It With You?
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

In a gardener's life, nothing is sadder than a move which leaves behind cherished plants. In the case of homeowners who've lived in the same place for many years, there may be no choice but to wave goodbye and move on. For those of us who "pick up sticks" every few years, the decision can be a difficult one, especially when we adore every single growing thing on the property!

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Spices From Around The World: Bay Leaves
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

This is part of a series of articles about different spices from around the globe. I thought I knew a lot about spices until I began to research these articles. Come and learn with me all about the spice, Bay Leaves.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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The Flexible Flavor of Ginger
By Amber Royer (dandylyon85)

Ginger root (which is technically a rhizome) has a distinctive, spicy flavor that lends itself to adaptation. It easily takes on the character of the dishes in which it is included, be it a sweet preparation such as gingerbread, or a savory one, like Ginger beef. But some of the most interesting takes on ginger come from foods where the ginger is the main ingredient.

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Growing Lavender From Seed
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

With its exquisitely sweet scent and colorful blue and purple blossoms, lavender has been prized by gardeners since ancient times. While most home gardeners today grow it more for its beauty and fragrance than for its perfume oils, lavender remains a popular fragrance for home and garden use. With patience and the right garden conditions, you can add lavender to your borders and flower beds inexpensively by growing it from seed.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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Low-cost compost for all
By Caleb Garvin (cgarvin)

No doubt everyone here on Dave’s Garden has heard of compost, most often it is the whispered secret between avid gardeners. You’ve probably had a few of these conversations, when you look in amazement at one of your neighbors gigantic prized tomatoes and ask “how’d you do that?”...they look all around suspiciously then lean in and whisper, “It’s my special compost.”

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Salvia leucophylla: Purple Sage
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

Life is rough in the coastal sage scrub. The soil is hard and the sun is hot. There is no rain for months at a time. It sounds like a place where nothing could grow, but the sage scrub is full of plant life. One of its members is purple sage.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

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Sansevieria, the Beginner's Houseplant
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Want to add some green to a room, but afraid you have a brown thumb? If so, the sansevieria is for you. Few other houseplants are as adaptable or as willing to endure neglect.

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Understanding a Hardiness Zone Map
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

The term hardiness refers to a plant’s ability to withstand a yearly minimum temperature average. Average is the key, as plants may experience temperatures lower than the average.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

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That’s right, Woodchuck-Chuckers – it’s GROUNDHOG DAY!
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? This is what is on most of the country’s mind today for if legend has it, if this particular groundhog sees its shadow then there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, it will be an early spring!

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners have a keen sense of humor and we know that you'll enjoy adding your family-friendly quote or description to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

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Creating Colorful Classrooms with Blooming Bulbs
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

As a teacher, I always like to have living things in my classroom (other than the children, of course!). Whenever possible, I keep fish, lizards, or even small rodents, and I always, always have plants in my classroom. Immediately after Christmas is a wonderful time to force bulbs with the kids. I have learned not to begin this project prior to Christmas, as the class misses out on the opportunity to witness the rapid growth, and sometimes even the fragrant blooms, while they are gone over Christmas break.

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What's that Bug? Eastern Black Swallowtail; Papilio polyxenes
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners often encounter unique and colorful insects in their gardens. The trick is to know which ones are friends and which ones are foes. This series of articles will help identify some of the most unusual ones and give you a peek into their lives.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

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Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia.
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

As you all know I always keep my promises, so today I will take you on a visit to Kings Park which I promised when I introduced the city of Perth. And thanks to Carrie you can now click on the images and get larger ones; enjoy!

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How to Make A Laminated Pressed Flower Bookmark
By April Dowling (ADowling)

Laminated pressed flower bookmarks make perfect gifts for gardeners, flower enthusiasts, and anyone who appreciates nature.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

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Making Snow Flowers with my Children
By Stephanie Boles (josette63)

When snow days come around and the children are bored, make snow flowers with them. It's easy and the children adore making them. You are not limited to flowers alone; there is a plethora of designs you can create in the snow. Have fun on those snow days by making gardens in the snow, and make memories with your children while you do.

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What a Gardener (This Gardener) Does in the Off-Season
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

The Off-Season: a time when the garden lies fallow, giving the hard-working gardener a well-deserved break. Considering that we all live in various climates and growing season zones, the off-season is a little different for everyone; yet for all of us, it is rapidly coming to a close!. Before the off-season turns into the "On-Season", let me tell you what the off-season is like for me.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Collections for Standard Flower Shows
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

National Garden Club Standard Flower Shows offer opportunities to exhibit and compete in many different categories of horticulture and design. In the horticulture division of a flower show, one section might offer an opportunity to exhibit a collection of plants grown by an exhibitor.

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Backyard Bird Feeding
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Having the feeders in my yard is a way to enjoy my garden throughout the winter while I am waiting for the beginning of gardening season. I count myself as one of over 55 million Americans who birdwatch. Many of us spend time afield, visiting birding hotspots and traveling with a pair of binoculars on the passenger seat. A fair number of us also stock our yards with bird feeders and bird baths and attracting birds to our yard.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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Salad Burnet
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

It was not customary to have salads in winter months because fresh vegetables were not available then. Salad dressings were only made in summer, too. The first time I ever had a salad during the cold of winter, I could not understand why neither it nor the dressing tasted like cucumber.

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Fuchsia-Flowering Gooseberry
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

Something brightens a shady spot in a chaparral canyon. Red flowers dangle like many earrings from a glossy-leaved shrub. A hummingbird guards this stash of nectar. His prize plant is the fuchsia-flowering gooseberry.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

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Snow Geese in Delaware
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

I had but one wish this winter, as I do every winter, and that is to witness a field of snow geese up close. That's what snow geese do: They fly about in search of a safe place such as a quiet field to find grain and other vegetation left on the ground from autumn. When snow geese congregate upon a wide expanse of acreage, it's a sight to see.

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Winter Pruning Guide
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

Winter is a good time to prune many of the shrubs and trees you have in and around our garden. Many of these plants are dormant, and if you wait for a relatively mild, sunny afternoon, winter can be perfect for this often strenuous but necessary work. But how do your know when and what to prune?

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