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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

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Wild and crazy plants: so much fun to grow and show
By April (Aunt_A)

Don't you just love a plant that makes you smile? Is a plant ever funny? I think so. Ready for a smile or two? I am not making these up. You will fall in love with these unusual plants.

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Fractals in Nature - The Big(ger) Picture!
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Now we'll move on to a larger scale than ground level plants and animals. I'm talking about mountains, clouds, rivers, valleys, and the like. Fractals play a vital role in the manifestation of all of these. So let's start exploring . . .

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

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Salvia - How to Grow the Easiest Plant in the World
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Would you like to grow the easiest and best plant to grow worldwide? Well ok, so maybe there are other plants that might be better world over, but this is one of the top plants. No matter where you live or how you garden, there is a salvia for you!

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Monday, December 15, 2008

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Iris enchantment
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Irises are an obsession, addiction, and compulsion on par with daylilies, brugmansias and tropicals. But why? What is all the fuss?

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

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Use of Tillandsia as decorative art
By Hetty Ford (Dutchlady1)

Tillandsia – or ‘airplants’ as they are frequently called – are a group of epiphytic bromeliads, found in the woodlands and mountains of South and Central America, Mexico and the southern part of the United States. There are about 400 different species with a huge variety of colored leaves and blooms. One of the smallest varieties, found throughout the Southern United States is the plant we know as ‘Spanish Moss’ (Tillandsia usneoides)

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Teasel
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

The flowerheads of the wild teasel were once in great demand in New York state. Modern machinery has replaced the teasel, but cannot match the luxurious finish it imparts to woolen cloth.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

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Garden Photography ~ part 2
By Diana Wind (wind)

"Garden Photography ~ Part 1" asserted that photography is a treasured art that touches our lives and hearts, and it presented garden photographs from some of Dave's Garden members. "Garden Photography ~ Part 2" includes a brief discussion of how far digital camera technology has come, and it features more inspiring garden photographs by Dave's Garden members, along with tips by professional photographers Ian Adams and Claire Takacs.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

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The best trees for a cactus and succulent garden
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

In a warm, arid climate, many succulents and cacti actually need canopy protection. The following article discusses some of the best tree/shrub canopy choices for cactus and succulent gardens.

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Part Two of Hemingway's Key West Home and Gardens
By Stephanie Boles (josette63)

On Whitehead Street, in Key West, you'll find a Spanish Colonial house with big, shuttered windows and several dozen polydactyl cats wandering freely about the home and beautifully kept tropical gardens. This was once the dwelling place of Nobel Prize winning author, Ernest Hemingway. If you want to walk where he walked, then visit Key West and tour his home and gardens. This article picks up where Part One left off.

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Will the Real Cinnamon Please Stand Up?
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Imagine my surprise a few years back to discover that the cinnamon I’d been sprinkling on toast and cookies for years wasn’t the real deal! Both cinnamons are derived from tree bark, but “true cinnamon” or Ceylon Cinnamon is a different species than the cinnamon most of us know in the U.S. I’m glad I found out about the real deal cinnamon, as it’s another wonderful choice for baking and cooking!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

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Plants need calcium, too, just like teeth and bones!
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Calcium is essential for all living organisms including plants; most soils contain enough calcium but not in a form plants can use. What does that mean? Can we fix it? To understand calcium and its role in healthy plants, here's a look at some sources of calcium, and how calcium affects plants.

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Ferns for Sunny Locations
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Most gardeners know that ferns are a great addition to the shade garden. However you may be surprised to learn that many are also suitable for sunny locations! The key to success is adequate moisture. This article will introduce you to the most sun-tolerant ferns.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

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Milkweed Dreams - Growing Milkweed
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Coveted by gardeners and butterfly enthusiast alike, this simple and exotic plant is a wonderful addition to any garden. Growing this wonderful and very rewarding plant is so simple and easy… but I am getting ahead of myself.

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Who invented veggie soups anyway??
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

I wonder about a lot of things, most of them trivial, but now that the weather is getting a bit dreary, and heat is good wherever we find it, I've been fixated on vegetable soups. I like to know the source of the food I eat, so here are my thoughts on this warm comfort food.

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Fractals in Nature - Leaves and Blooms
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Plants are the most conspicuous source of fractal structures, some of which are very similar to those generated from the Mandelbrot Set. Leaves, too, show the fractal structure clearly in some instances. So the geometry is there, hidden, yet manifest at times in nature and tantalizing us with questions . . .

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Monday, December 8, 2008

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How to use the Dave's Garden Blog feature
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Whether you love to blog or don't even know what one is, the Dave's Garden Blog feature is just about as easy as jotting down a note in a blank notebook with good ole pen and paper. The difference is, you can't misplace your blog on Dave's! Read on to get started using this great tool today.

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

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Countertop Compostables Containers
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

From Porsche to penny-wise, let's look at the choices for collecting kitchen compostables.

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

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Philodendrons - Spotlight on the Creepers
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

This group of Philodendron plants is among the most ornamental of all, having a variety of leaf textures, colors and shapes that are rivaled only by the climbing members of the genus. If you like these plants, you owe it to yourself to obtain some of these for your collection . . .

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Friday, December 5, 2008

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So you don't like fruitcake...
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

...and I don't blame you one bit! But before you turn the page on this article, I really do think you might enjoy this one.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

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The Importance of Microbes in Soil
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

We have all heard of microbes… acidophilus in yogurt, yeast in bread dough, scrubbing bubbles in the bathtub, and even beneficial microbes for our soil. We hear probiotics are good for our health, and antibiotics cure infections, but what’s the real deal on microbes and our soil?

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

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Theme Gardens
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Tired of all the boring and normal looking gardens? Are you ready for an adventure that will take you into the depths of the soul of gardening and whimsy? Pull up a chair and get ready for the wonderful and exciting world of theme gardens.

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Black Locust
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

This is not one of my typical stories, but one that is important in its own way. It involves the relationship that developed between me and the black locust that grew in my mother's front yard.

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

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Beautiful corporate plantings
By April (Aunt_A)

Do you work in an office without windows? Does your office or shop have windows but the view is boring? Have you ever felt shut-in or trapped every day when you would really rather be home working in your garden? If your employer will not make the outside of your work place beautiful, maybe you can find a way to add a lovely display. Click to see beautiful commercial property pictures and ideas to help brighten your corner.

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

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Philodendrons - An Introduction to the "Tree Lovers"
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

The name "Philodendron" means literally "tree loving", which most likely refers to the tree hugging/climbing habit characteristic of many Philodendron species. However, not all members of this genus hug or climb trees, but many of them are eminently suitable as indoor or house plants. And if you are fortunate enough to live where you can grow these in your garden, well . . .

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

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Unusual and Bizarre Plants - The Incredible Parrot Flower
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Money doesn't grow on trees, but if you look quickly at the thumbnail picture here, you'll get the idea that birds might! As amazing as this may seem, it is a real bloom on a real plant and the photo has not been retouched or tampered with in any way. The story is, as you might expect, quite a winding road. Read on to learn more . . .

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

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Investment Planting the Exotic Way
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Can you enjoy growing rare, exotic plants on a small scale and make a little money, too? This article is not about how to start, operate or manage a nursery, or how to make a profit doing so. I honestly know nothing about the business of horticulture. Nor does this article discuss the more common plants most Dave's Garden readers know and grow. I know next to nothing about most of those kinds of plants either, or whether any would be a good investment. This article simply discusses some of the things I have discovered about the potential investment possibilities of collecting, owning and someday reselling a private collection of exotic plants. Some, it turns out, may actually be decent financial investments.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

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Salix - How to Grow Willow Trees
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

There is little that is more romantic than the couple together in a little boat on the edge of a pond under a massive weeping willow. But how do you get that little whip you bought to grow into the big tree you long for? Look no farther--here are your answers.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

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Beginner pumpkins
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Just getting started in gardening? Try pumpkins! A sunny spot and pumpkin seeds are almost all you need to grow a harvest pumpkin for yourself. Well, you might want a little more information...

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

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Belgian Endive
By Hetty Ford (Dutchlady1)

A vegetable that was very familiar to me growing up in Europe, and which only recently has made inroads here in the United States, is Belgian Endive – and like Brussels Sprouts – it really is from Belgium!

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

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The Diversity of Baby's-Breath
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Baby's-breath are well known to most gardeners for their 'filler' effect in the border or use as a cut-flower, but this diverse genus also contains some very desirable alpine species. This article will discuss the more traditional baby's-breath but also introduce you to some of the less well-known yet exquisite miniature species.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

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A Naturally Occurring Transgenic Organism - The Crawling Leaf!
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

The headline is more than just an attention-grabber, as you can see from the thumbnail picture. As incredible as it appears to be, this organism was not cooked up in a top-secret transgenic lab somewhere. The Crawling Leaf (Elysia chlorotica) is a naturally living and breeding life form that has been on this planet since well before humans started tinkering with recombinant DNA. Read on for the startling story . . .

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

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Under the Spreading Walnut Tree: Black Walnut
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

There is nothing as soothing as the sound of a gentle rain on a tin roof. I know because I grew up with a tin roof over my head. The problem with that soothing memory is that it carries with it the thundering sound of walnuts bouncing around on the tin roof in the rainstorm, playing hopscotch until they landed in the garden outside my window.

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Hydrolea ovata: A U.S. native that deserves a closer look
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

Hydrolea ovata is a sweet little native that will do well as a marginal or submerged plant addition to your pond.

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Coffee and conversation: the evolution of an e-community
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

As we watched houses going up in our new development, one thing that struck us was how many homes had big front porches. We took this as a good sign of neighbors who wanted to gather and talk, to enjoy a chat over a cup of coffee while the kids played together on the cul-de-sac. I was thinking about coffee the other day, and conversation, and how communities evolve. It seems to me we’ve built a community here on DG that’s every bit as vital and friendly as any geographically based neighborhood…

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

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What looks like a Shmoo and is edible? A Cushaw!
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Fall in the Southeastern U.S. means a different smell in the air, cool crisp nights that equal great sleeping weather, drives up to the Appalachian Mountains to see the “leaves” and small roadside stands selling apples, fresh apple cider, colorful potted mums, pumpkins of all sizes and the southern favorite striped cushaw squash displayed on straw bales dotted along the winding roads.

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Unusual and Bizarre Plants - Cynomorium coccineum
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Strangely different plants are also often parasitic organisms. Cynomorium, the subject of this article, is no exception. Read on to learn about a fascinating plant with a colorful history . . .

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

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Indian Tobacco - Verbesina virginica
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Indian Tobacco, otherwise called Frostweed, is a simple and forgotten plant in the garden. This plant is the first native plant that I added to my garden. The gift I received was nine rooted cuttings that became an odyssey into the world of native plants.

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About Root Cellars
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

In the beginning we dried fruit and vegetables, eventually we canned them for winter storage, then we froze them so that they could be enjoyed throughout several seasons. "Putting up" food was another term for winter storage, and for me it was the most troublesome of all the processes. I was the one who had to put all the food in the smelly, dark root cellar.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

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Macrozamias part 2: the Parazamias (smaller Macrozamias)
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This is a short article about the second group of Macrozamias, the Parazamias, or smaller Macrozamias. This article will introduce some of the more common species in cultivation.

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Tools for the woolly headed
By Summer Walla (summerkid)

Most people who catch the gardening bug go wild – they splurge on spurge and other gorgeous plants. But then these nascent gardeners face a dilemma: What are the best tools to get those plants in the ground and keep them there?

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