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Monday, June 23, 2008

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The Big Ears - Spotlight on the Alocasia macrorrhizos group
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

This is, perhaps, the most diverse group of "Big Ears". Most EE fanciers are familiar with at least one of these, and may have one or more in their collections or gardens. Alocasia 'Borneo Giant', a notable member of the group, is among the largest of the large Alocasia species. Read on for a real "Earful". . .

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

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The Solanaceae, what a family!
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

For today we will pay a short visit to a special botanical family which hosts plants used daily as food, condiment or mild drugs as well as plants which contain some of the most effective poisons amongst green kingdom but also a very important number of species used as ornamentals either in the tropics or temperate areas, therefore a prominent family but to be met with circumspection!

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

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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, June 20, 2008

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Visiting Longwood Gardens- Something for Every Dave's Gardener
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Spring has been frustratingly cool and wet this year for most of the Mid Atlantic region, but happily there was warm sun on May 17th, 2008. That was the day a bunch of Dave’s Garden Mid-Atlantic Forum members met to tour Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square Pennsylvania. A jovial gang of green thumbs and friends discovered that Longwood Gardens has something to appeal to any gardener. Read here for an overview and plan your own visit. Can't get to Pennsylvania? Take this virtual tour and then use the Go Gardening database to find a special garden near you.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

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PawPaws, Anyone??
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

With a name like PawPaw, the fruit must have something incredible going for it. It took me awhile to try the fruit of the PawPaw tree, it's blooms have a nasty smell, and the fruit is nothing to look at. But after that first bite, ahhhhhhhh, the flavor.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

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Survivors! Trees and plants that will remain after the storm passes
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

When the winds stop howling and you can venture outside, what will you see? Will your trees and plants still be there, a bit tattered but none the worse for wear, or will you find utter chaos and unrecognizable twisted remains? Here I'll share about landscape choices you can make so when you go outside after the storm, most of what you clean up will be from other people's landscapes, not yours!

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What is that unusual small pinkish-red fruit with the luscious white flesh? Lychee!
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Growing up in south Florida, we often ate dinner at Chinese restaurants where we would sometimes be served a dessert that was a white, almost gelatinous blob called a Lychee, presented in a clear syrup. I was not impressed. Then as a young adult I was invited to dinner with a couple who served fresh lychees from their own trees and I was hooked!

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ShoeTree. Tell us; What Does It Mean To You?
By April (Aunt_A)

Have you ever, ever, ever in your long legged life, seen a long legged Shoe Tree and his long legged wife? Have you seen a Shoe Tree? What do you think about Shoe Trees? What feeling does a Shoe Tree give you?

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

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Hepatica
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

I was eleven years old before I scared Aunt Bett to death. Even my asphidity bag was no help when I stumbled upon something in the mountains that I was never supposed to even know about. But all's well that ends well, and not only did I learn a cure, but boy did I ever learn a lesson!

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Monday, June 16, 2008

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El Cheapo Redneck Pond Tutorial
By Jocelyn Wyatt (crimsontsavo)

How would you like to have a crystal clear pond that cost you less than $50.00? What about $5.00? Or...FREE? Keep reading!

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Oxalis- the most evil weed of succulent and cactus cultivation
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

There are many species of Oxalis and some are even ones I have acquired on purpose- those are ones I don't consider 'weeds' and of course they are also the ones that die on me. But Oxalis stricta, aka Common Yellow Woodsorrel, Lemon Clover, Yellow Oxalis etc., is difficult to kill and nearly impossible to eradicate. It shows up anywhere and everywhere as if by spontaneous generation. It is one of the most annoying and difficult weeds to control in a cactus and succulent collection (and probably any plant collection for that matter). The article offers few solutions, but at least discusses some of ones options including personal experiences and failures.

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The Big Ears - Spotlight on Alocasia odora
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

The archetypal Alocasia odora is among the hardiest of the Big Ears. Of course, when discussing tropical greenery, "hardy" is a relative term. Here I mean that a frost or light freeze will not kill the plant, and that this species can survive in subtropical climates without extraordinary protection. It is in working with this group, though, that I've learned that the lines between species can be blurrier than one might imagine. . .

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Carpenter Bees: All Bluff
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

First, the good news--as bold and buzzy as they seem, those big black bees that challenge you will not hurt you! Despite the nuisance of buzzing you or producing a little sawdust here and there, Carpenter Bees are important pollinators of trees and flowers.

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

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Gingers of Reunion Island
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Gingers are a well-known genus amongst exotic plant lovers and they certainly are great plants either as individuals with stunning flowers or as mass planting to give a ‘junglish’ touch to any garden. As I did for a recent article on members of the Convolvulaceae family I will introduce some gingers introduced on Reunion.

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Florida Butterfly Garden: Selecting native plants to attract butterflies
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

There is something magical about butterflies. I have yet to meet a person in the garden that does not smile when one glides by, landing on the nearest bloom. Butterflies are just one more living thing in the garden that brings happiness to young and old alike. For the older of us, they bring back sweet childhood memories. For the youngest of us, they encourage imagination and launch them into a ballet dance through the garden. To me, butterflies represent youth, memories and happiness. For this reason, I'd like to create a place they can visit and grow from one generation to the next.

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

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Japanese Maples for Containers
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Do you love Japanese maples but don't have the space? Why not try growing them in conatiners! There are many dwarf to semi-dwarf cultivars that lend themselves beautifully to growing in pots. Nothing looks more elegant than a potted Japanese maple in a secluded courtyard or enclosed deck or just about anywhere! Read on to learn how to grow them and which selection work best.

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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, June 13, 2008

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I'm a Garden Design Thief — And Proud of It!
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

If you're lost for garden design ideas, don't fret… a public garden can help save the day! Take a day trip to a local display garden to see new plants and design options you might never have though about using.

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The Ziplock® Orchard
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

For many people, the greatest drawback to growing fruit in their garden is the necessity to spray, spray, spray in order to keep pests from spoiling the fruit. One solution is bagging the fruit instead.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

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How to Plant a Tree: Getting It Out of the Nursery Pot and Into Your Yard
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

You just bought a beautiful tree in a pot, and you have the perfect spot for it in your yard. What’s the best way to plant it? This step by step photo tutorial answers some common questions about planting trees.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

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Let your plants help your home be hurricane safe!
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Have you ever considered how your plants and trees can actually protect your home from damage in severe storms? Rather than being a danger to your home, your landscaping can help protect your home, taking the brunt of the storm on your behalf. Read on to see how. . .

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

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Remembering Plumbago
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

I have always loved blue flowers. Spiderwort was my favorite until I stumbled upon a clearing in the mountains one day and discovered the beauty of Plumbago. I loved it for its sky blue color, but Aunt Bett had other ideas.

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Monday, June 9, 2008

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The Big Ears - Introduction to the large terrestrial Alocasias
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Some plants are like icons in gardens, and when crafting a tropical garden, one of the most important icons is the group of big leaved plants known by some as "Elephant Ears", or "EEs". Among these, the large terrestrial Alocasias hold the position of prominence - read on for an introduction to these behemoths of tropical splendor . . .

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How to Spray Weeds and Insects Without Killing Everything Else
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Insecticides and weed killers can be a gardener's best friend, but must be used with caution in a mature garden. I'm not a big advocate of chemical products, but even home-made solutions such as vinegar or insecticidal soaps can be lethal if used incorrectly.

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

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Cheap and Easy Succulents: Personal Recommendations
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Ever visit a nursery and be amazed and tempted by the cool and weird looking succulents being offered for sale, for just a few dollars... but didn't know which ones were easy, and which were gonna die for sure? I have many times. This article is a brief guide to some of the easy and not-so-easy succulents commonly encountered at the average nursery that will carry such plants.

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Saturday, June 7, 2008

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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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My Favorite Squash
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Zephyr is known in Greek mythology as the god of the West Winds. To me, Zephyr means the best squash I have ever grown OR tasted.

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

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Growing Daylilies from Seed: Beautiful Blooms on a Budget
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Do you want dozens of daylilies for a border? Are you more willing to spend patience than money in order to get them? Do you like surprises? Then starting daylilies from seed is just the project for you!

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Softneck Garlic for Southern Climates
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Softneck garlics are well adapted to warmer climates. It is softneck garlic that you are likely to find in the grocery store, because softneck garlic stores and travels better than hardneck. The types of softneck garlic you are most likely to encounter are Artichokes (with a sub-group of Turbans) and Silverskins.

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Colors to Dye for.....
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

I often think that I live in the wrong century; I straddle the fence between then and now. Of course it is much easier today to run to the store and pick up a package of red dye, than to go out in the fields and find pokeberries in order to make my own. But doesn't it make you feel especially good when you make something wonderful without having to purchase a thing?

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Underplanting bonsai tutorial
By Jocelyn Wyatt (crimsontsavo)

So you've worked hard on creating the perfect miniature tree, you've potted, trimmed, nipped and tucked. Then you realize it just doesn't look like a real tree, just some plant in a pot with no true ties to nature. If this sounds like you, keep reading as I am about to introduce you to some plants you may not have thought of as bonsai accents. Sometimes they are cheap... or even free.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

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Hardneck Garlic for Northern Climates
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Are you a hardneck or a softneck kinda garlic lover? Do you know? Most of us only know the supermarket variety, which is a softneck grown for shipping qualities rather than range of flavor. Hardneck and softneck are the broadest terms used for all varieties of garlic, and there are several hundred sub-species within those varieties. We’ll look at a few of the hardnecks here, and some taste notes you might consider in growing one variety over another.

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"Do the roots in your pots go round and round?"
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Trees grown in standard nursery pots often have root systems that are a disaster waiting to happen. Why? Because in a standard nursery pot, the tree roots have no option but to follow the pot wall, around and around. Unlike the arms of an octopus, these roots cannot unwrap or unfurl once the tree is planted in the ground.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

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Deciduous Vines for the Garden
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Vines are among the most basic and simple plants to grow in the garden. They can be trained to everything, and, on the whole, they are great for whatever space you have to give them. They come back year after year and love to grow. Take a look at the world of simple to grow deciduous vines for the garden.

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Why Grow Garlic?
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

The first benefit to the home gardener is the opportunity to grow and use some of the magnificent garlic varieties seldom, if ever, found in the supermarkets and rarely even at farmer’s markets or roadside stands. Out of over 600 sub-varieties, only 2 are commonly found in grocery stores. If you like cooking and eating garlic, expand your repertoire!

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CityGreen: Broken Arrow Beauty Makeover
By April (Aunt_A)

"Free daffodils"? A medium size City in Oklahoma woke up this Spring to hundreds of Yellow Blossoms blooming in the City right-of-ways. Our landscape was changed by Citizens cooperating together the previous fall and planting donated Daffodil bulbs. You can do the same in your City.

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Monday, June 2, 2008

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Think Green: Foliage as an Alternative to Flowers
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

What does “going green” really mean to those of us who love to garden? “To be mindful and sensitive to the natural environment of your daily life” would seem to be a perfect description.

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Sunday, June 1, 2008

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Big worms with scary teeth
By Hetty Ford (Dutchlady1)

On a pleasantly sunny late summer afternoon, with no sense of impending doom, I answered the doorbell, to be greeted by THIS!!!

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Big Bugs! at the Morton Arboretum
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

See the Big Bugs! from April 25 - July 20 at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. David Rogers' huge wooden bug sculptures astonish children and fascinate adults.

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Saturday, May 31, 2008

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High Chaparral: Salvia clevelandii
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Isn’t it wonderful when you discover a plant previously unknown to you that’s both beautiful and deemed perfect for your climate?

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