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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

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Gardeners Anonymous
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Welcome to the first article ever on this wonderful and ever growing group filled with people who, for the life of themselves, cannot stop the plant bug that already is growing in their soul. Come on in and introduce yourself and let me tell you how to know if you need the services of Gardeners Anonymous.

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Don't Pick the Trillium
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

There is nothing more beautiful on an early spring morning than to come upon the lovely trillium, stretching her arms and raising her lovely face to catch a glimpse of the morning sun. But with all that beauty, it is the one thing that spoiled Aunt Bett's wedding day.

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Ever Run Through a Field of Wild Daisies? Here’s the best hybrid, Shasta!
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

The Shasta Daisy is one of the backbones of a perennial border, with long lasting 3 inch wide sparkling white blooms and yellow centers on sturdy stems that grow up to 40” tall, flowering in June through September. The flowers make wonderful cut flowers, and in the landscape they attract bees and butterflies.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

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"Invisible" Picking
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

If you have bulbs blooming in your yard or garden this spring, perhaps you have experienced the same dilemma I’ve faced in recent years: I’d love to pick some for a bouquet, but then I feel like I’m diminishing the beautiful show. I admit that this feeling may sound a bit fussy, but I’m a senior citizen now, and old garden duffers like me are allowed a bit of eccentricity now and then!

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My Wild Pavonia
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

This is the story of a wild flower I found last summer. At first I thought it was a weed, but with some care it turned out to be an attractive & hardy addition to my garden.

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Passionflowers hybridization
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Every tropical plants enthusiast nowadays knows about passionflowers, those wonderful climbers which are native (for 98%) to the New World and which have been grown by amateurs for decades both in Europe and the USA, mostly the hardy ones (P. caerulea and P. incarnata). The rest of the 650 species recorded today are to be found from Mexican deserts to the Andean high mountains and the Amazonian lowlands, plus the odd ones in Australia and South-Eastern Asia. So this is a pretty vast subject and we will restrict here to passionflowers hybridization, a peculiar aspect of this fascinating subject.

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Addicted to Blue Pots
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

We each have our own secret addictions. This is my confession: I am addicted to blue pots. Plastic, clay, terra cotta, stoneware, even the styrofoam ones look pretty good to me.

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Monday, May 5, 2008

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Palm Hardiness- the OTHER factors aside from Cold Hardiness
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

When palms are described in terms of their hardiness, almost always it is reference to their cold hardiness. This is how a palm gets a USDA number of let's say 8a, 9b or 11 etc. However there are severe limitations to this hardiness designation that pertain to the cultivation of palms (this is probably the case with many other plant species as well, but I am most familiar with palms). These other forms of hardiness can be completely overlooked if one is reading texts and referring simply to a palm's USDA hardiness rating. And serious miscalculations concerning the likelihood of a certain species ability to survive one's marginal climate can lead to disappointment and loss of potentially costly plants. The following article is a discussion of some of these other important hardiness parameters.

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The Jewel Alocasias - Spotlight on Alocasia villeneuvii
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

If you thought that the Little Queen or her royal relatives were finicky, you haven't experienced this plant. Alocasia villeneuvii has been in collections longer than many of the others, but rarely do you see an adult specimen. Read on to find out why. . .

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Growing Osteospermum, The African Daisy
By Melody Rose (melody)

Osteospermums are lovely daisy-like plants that originate in South Africa. They were virtually unknown as a landscape plant 25 years ago, but are becoming more popular as people discover these cheerful flowers. They brighten up borders and containers wherever they are grown

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Sunday, May 4, 2008

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What folly!!
By Hetty Ford (Dutchlady1)

Folly: Architecture. a whimsical or extravagant structure built to serve as a conversation piece, lend interest to a view, commemorate a person or event, etc.: found esp. in England in the 18th century.

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Boxwood ~ the Versatile Landscape Shrub
By Jan Recchio (grampapa)

Boxwood has a use in almost any garden. It can be sheared into neat geometic shapes for a formal garden setting, or left to grow into it's natural shape for a more casual look. As far as height, you will find anything from 2' to 15'. There are cultivars with variegated foliage for a different look. It is as well suited for a hedge as it is for a specimen planting. Come with me as I take a closer look at this very popular shrub.

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Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Part III – Success Stories
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

You can’t keep your kids in a bubble. At some point, they have to go out into the world without you. And when they reach school age, they spend a good deal of time out of the house. Wouldn’t you feel a little better knowing that while at school, they’re not being exposed to pests…OR harmful pesticides?

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Saturday, May 3, 2008

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Let Your Garden Tell You When to Plant
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

Your spring garden can speak to you. Are you listening?

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Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Part II: Climbing the Ladder
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

So I was sitting out on the patio one evening enjoying a lovely glass of Cabernet when my husband appeared in the back doorway. “What are you doing?” he asked, looking a tad perplexed. “I thought you were out here gardening.” “I am,” I replied. “I’m currently honing my Integrated Pest Management techniques.”

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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, May 2, 2008

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Common Houseplant Pests
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Those of us that keep plants in the house must be vigilant for the slightest sign of pests. Here are a few common house plant bugs and what to do about them.

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Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Part I - Introduction
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

As the “Go Green” trend continues to pick up speed, gardeners will be hearing more and more about something called Integrated Pest Management. In the first part of this series, we’ll define IPM and learn about the basics of using this pest control method in your garden. It’s easy, really!

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

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Top Ten Places to Add a House Plant
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

Looking around, a lot of us are lacking space for more plants inside the house and out! So what do you do when you have to start looking for new and unique places to place those new house plants? Here is a short top ten list!

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Top 10 List of Pests that you might find in your Yard or Garden.
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

How many times have you walked into your garden and found a freshly sprouted seedling laying on its side, that beautiful newly opened rose bloom you went out to cut totally wasted? You’ve had some unwanted visitors and they’re not doing you any favors. I’ll tell you about some common pests and how to control them to keep your lawn and garden in great shape.

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Wonderful Wild Grapes
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

They are everywhere, climbing trees and poles, overtaking fences, trying to climb the house. The wild grape can be annoying but it is useful in many ways. Let us take a closer look at them.

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More wisdom from Bob, Master Gardener
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

The following are some more fascinating situations and clever solutions that make up the life a true master gardener like Bob.

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Have you had your (nutritious) beans today? Try Lentils!
By Darius Van d'Rhys (darius)

Lentils are one of the protein-rich legumes and said to be more easily digested than larger beans. They are one of the earliest domesticated crops but seldom grown by modern gardeners. Lentils have been found in 5,000 year old settlements in the Eastern Mediterranean and Mesopotamia, in Egyptian pyramids, Hungarian caves, Britain and Switzerland, in even earlier civilizations like the Peruvian Indians.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

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Container Gardening to The max
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

We've all used the normal containers for plants. Half barrels, window boxes, etc. Don't stop there, anything that can hold soil can be a planter.

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The Jewel Alocasias - Spotlight on Alocasia infernalis
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

This hot little number is sure to add some smoulder to your Jewel collection. Different in some ways from the other Jewel Alocasias I've discussed here, this one still requires some focused attention to keep it thriving. Read on . . .

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Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)
By Marna Towne (Mrs_Ed)

When woodland flowers make their spring debut, they are a most welcome sight for nature lovers. In my neck of the woods, no flower is as showy as the Virginia Bluebell.

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

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Gazing balls
By Hetty Ford (Dutchlady1)

Known variously as Gazing Globe, Garden Ball, Garden Globe, Victorian Ball, Ball of Happiness, Butler Globe and even Witch Ball, this enchanting piece of garden art has been around for centuries and is now making an entrance back into our outdoor spaces.

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Pot Ideas for Succulent plants
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Tired of the same old assortment of pots for your burgeoning collection of succulent plants? We were. Good choices for potting succulents are rarely available and at many standard nurseries or garden centers. The following article is a discussion of some solutions to this problem and a pictorial introduction to some of these 'other' pots.

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

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Entice Butterflies to your Garden with Shrubs
By Jan Recchio (grampapa)

Butterflies are a welcome sight in any garden. If you really want to attract the beautiful "flying flowers," you will need to provide a variety of plant material. As gardeners, we are also interested in the aesthetics of our gardens. So you will want to include some shrubs in your butterfly garden design as the backdrop for the other flowers.

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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, April 25, 2008

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Top 10 List of Plant Diseases that you might find in your Yard or Garden
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I’ve been gardening for a long time and I don’t think there’s been a year where a new disease or insect hasn’t shown up in my lawn or garden. In this first of a series I’ll give you my top 10 plant diseases that you’re most likely to see.

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Fill Your Yard with Special Memories: Plant Commemorative Trees on Arbor Day
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

Trees provide structure and “bones” for landscape design. Even a single well chosen specimen can provide a wonderful focal point or anchor a garden bed. Whether you have space for one tree or for dozens, you’ll enjoy them more if you put some thought into choosing them. Planting trees to commemorate an occasion or to remember a special person can give personal meaning to your landscape.

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Ants In Your Plants
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

Rubiaceae, the Madder or Bedstraw family houses well known genera such as the Gardenias & Coffea (coffee). It is also home to many lesser known groups like the Ant Plants. Let's take a look at these curious epiphytes & some other plants around the world that make natural dwellings for ants.

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

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Ligularia - Big, Bold and Beautiful!
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

If large imposing perennials are your thing, then you must grow Ligularia. Few garden perennials offer such decorative foliage and striking flower displays. For the back of the border, they are second to none! As long as they have steady access to soil moisture, Ligularia will provide you with the ultimate plant for Big, Bold and Beautiful!

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Mr. Squirrelah and the Ice Storm
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

When we last visited Mr. Squirrelah, he had just found a new home in the nice people’s yard. He was getting a peanut each day, and had found a comfy hole in a big tree and a nice log for sunning. Let’s check in to see how he is getting along...

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Running Out of Room for Houseplants? Try Miniature African Violets
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

So many African violets… so little shelf space! Fortunately, there’s a solution. Welcome to the charming world of MINIATURE African violets.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

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Garden Bling Bling - Garden Art
By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchF)

OK, so we all have a little garden art here and there. But how do we know when the art stops and the shock-your-family-get-you-in-a-nut-house art starts? Here we go! There are a few little tips to help you know when you have really crossed the line in the world of garden art.

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Bed Bugs, Plantago and Aunt Bett
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Of all the plants Aunt Bett and I gathered from the mountainside, Plantago was her favorite. It would cure most anything, she said. I didn't think it had much going for it as far as looks were concerned, except it came in two different sizes, fat and skinny. She called the fat one Broadleaf; the skinny one was Snakeweed. I made sure I wore my asphidity bag when we gathered the Snakeweed.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

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Great Reasons to Grow Your Own Veggies
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Life in the United States certainly has changed since I was a pup…and I’m only 45. The climate is in a state of flux, the price of gas has soared, and the amount of food being imported into our country will soon outweigh the exported. There’s never been a better time to start growing your own vegetables and fruits. Why? Let’s examine the situation a little further.

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The Day the Butterfly Came to the Edge of the City - a Story for Earth Day
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

A lot of people on Dave's Garden have butterfly gardens; there's even a forum specifically for people to discuss their love of butterflies. But we live within earshot of one of the big old cities in the Northeast. I never thought we would see a butterfly in OUR garden! Today, Earth Day 2008, seemed like the right day to tell you about it...

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