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Sunday, January 5, 2014

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Unusual and Bizarre Plants - Rafflesia, the World's Largest Flower
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

One would think that the world's largest flower would be found on a plant of considerable size, if only to support the flowers! In reality, the world's largest flower has no roots, leaves, or stems; read on to find out how this is possible . . .

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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, January 4, 2014

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Once Upon a Lawn: The History of Grass
By (GCox)

Once upon a time, on a lawn far away, the gardens of the future began to come into existence. Over time the lawn grew in significance, its uses ranging far and wide, until one day there came a new dawn for the humble lawn Ė the age of artificial grass.

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Identifying Wildflowers: Spring Beauty; Claytonia virginica
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, January 3, 2014

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Alternatives to Turf
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

There are certain conditions to which grass is almost impossible to grow. Do not despair; there are alternatives which you can use to create a beautiful landscape.

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Winter Care for Exterior Plants
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Watering plants isn't just for summer. Tips and tricks for keeping healthy winter plants in the home exterior.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

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Winter Poems
By Kathleen M. Tenpas (Kathleen)

Winter is a long season here in the hills to the east of Lake Erie. It sometimes starts in October and lasts until May, but it always takes all of December and January and February, filling the shortest days and then the lengthening days with cold and snow. It gives me time to consider the season.

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Winter Plant Protection Tips
By Gene Henson (GeneHenson)

Winter has officially come to the Northern Hemisphere. With its arrival comes the increased danger of frost and freeze damage to our garden plants, whether we live in the coldest zones, or those that border on sub-tropical weather. Many of us tend to grow plants that are on the edge of hardiness for our climate, so when the coldest days and nights arrive, it's time to arrange for a little added protection for them.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

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Make Cookies with Leftover Champagne
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

The New Year's Eve party is over and the New Year has started. You're probably sleepy after the long night party between the years and lurking on your couch, watching TV. I'm sure you won't want to see any beverage anytime soon after such a party, especially champagne - the sweet drink with many bubbles you like so much. You might still have some left over in a bottle, somewhere in your fridge, which will still be there three months from now. You won't want to drink it anymore nor throw it away - but what if you can use it for making cookies? I got your attention, didn't I?

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Hoppin' John or black-eyed peas -- a lucky meal for New Year's Day
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

When my father lived with us, we had rules for everything. One of the rules was that you had to have one bite of every dish served for dinner, no matter how noxious. That rule changed the day my mother served black-eyed peas for New Year's Day. One could hardly expect that a snob like my father would condescend to eat something so mundane as black-eyed peas. He didn't know what he was missing!

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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Outdoor Winter Decorating
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

When fall is over and winter is fast approaching, brighten up the outside of your home with these easy ideas.

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My Friends, the Blue Jays
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

Some say they are calling out, "Thief!" while others describe their call as if they are screaming "Jay!" I'm not so sure I agree. It's not easy to describe the Blue Jay's call in English words, but I can tell you that I recognize it when I hear it, and it makes me glad that my friends the Blue Jays are back for the winter.

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Monday, December 30, 2013

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Glace (Candied) Fruit
By Amber Royer (dandylyon85)

Candied fruit can also be referred to a crystalized fruit or glace fruit. The original purpose was to preserve the fruit, which was important before fresh fruit was readily available year round. It is still of benefit to the gardener who may have large amounts of fruit coming ripe at once. And then, of course, there is the simple beauty of the glistening jewel-like candies that result.

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Feeding Birds in Winter
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

One of the delights of living in beautiful Southern Oregon is that I get to see, hear and enjoy hummingbirds on a regular basis. Even though it is January, my tiny, colorful friends visit my feeder routinely.

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

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O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum! The Holiday's Over--What Now?
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

In 1851, the streets of New York City saw the very first retail Christmas tree lot. Over the decades, the tradition of finding the perfect tree has filled literature and song, but sadly, in our hurry-scurry world today, luxurious pre-lit artificial Christmas trees are beginning to be the norm. I know, the cut live trees are expensive, itís often difficult to find a nice one, and they drop needles all over the place. But, oh--they smell so good!

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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, December 28, 2013

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Chrysanthemums - the Wilderness Years
By (Hoehoegrow)

A personal perspective on the poor old Chrysanthemum from the heady days of the 1950's to the wilderness years and beyond...

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What's that Bug? Eight Spotted Forester, Alypia octomaculata
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, December 27, 2013

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Easy-to-Grow Satin Pothos
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

One of my favorite plants is satin pothos. While it is easy to grow and beautiful in my home, it took lots of research to discover the plant's true identity.

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History of Citrus Trees
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

The flavors of citrus and those glorious juicy balls of sunshine have an interesting back story. There is more than meets the eye in our common citrus, with an intricate evolution and a powerful cultural importance.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

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Recycle Your Christmas Tree! Make a Peanut Butter Feeder from a Section of its Trunk to Attract Birds to Your Garden
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

The Twelve Days of Christmas have come and gone. For those who had a cut tree for the holidays, itís time to haul it to the curb. It seems like there should be something more that could be done with a tree that was once so lovelyÖ Yes! You can make a peanut butter and suet feeder for your feathered friends!

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Lachenalia Soldiers On
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

I originally became interested in lachenalia -- also known as soldiers, soldier boys, or cape cowslip -- after seeing a photo of the viridiflora type. Its almost startling shade of turquoise aroused all my acquisitive instincts! That type is endangered in its native country of South Africa and tends to be one of the most expensive species, since it is so much in demand.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

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American Holly, State Tree of Delaware
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

The American Holly's charm, often hidden from view, now makes a statement among the bare deciduous trees of winter. Although this endearing native tree flourishes in many states in the U.S., I am glad that it is Delaware's state tree.

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How to Make a Fresh Herb Wreath
By Susan Patterson (spatterson)

Holiday wreaths of holly or fir and pinecones adorning front doors have high seasonal appeal. But they find their way to the garbage can all too soon. For perennial joy, make a fresh herb wreath. Hang it anywhere in the house where the herbs can refresh the air. It can slowly dry into a keepsake that you can enjoy all through the year.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

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Pelznickel, Kristkindl, and a Broomstick Tree
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

The sudden commotion outside my grandmotherís living room, where my family and I had gathered for a pre-Christmas get-together, startled me.

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Lambrequins and cornices, scroll-sawn brackets or gingerbread trim?
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Although my articles usually take the readers on trails, up trees, down gullies or into street markets, today will be slightly different. No flowers, leaves, bark, juicy fruits or breath-taking hikes, we are to focus on a specific ornamentation of Creole architecture, namely lambrequins.

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Monday, December 23, 2013

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Beautiful Festive Plants to Add Flair for the Holidays
By Susan Patterson (spatterson)

When it is freezing outside and you need some holiday cheer, welcome your guests to the warmth of your home with beautiful plants decked out for the season. Besides gaily decorated Christmas trees, there are many plants that add striking color, texture and ambiance.

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Choice evergreens add spark to home landscapes
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Evergreens are ever popular in the home landscape. The persistent winter foliage reminds us of eventual spring, and shelters songbirds on frosty nights. Explore some evergreen options beyond the ubiquitous yew and pruned privet of run-of-the-mill landscaper's specials. Your home will thank you!

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

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Be Plant-Wise for the Holidays
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Celebrating the holidays surrounded by beloved children and pets always makes this time of year sweeter. But the little darlings sure can get into trouble when your back is turned, eh? And thatís why itís important to be plant-smart about exactly what is adorning your holiday setting. Mischievous little fingers may reach for bright red berries, and curious puppies and kitties can eat anything and everything in sight. So letís run down a few popular holiday plant choices and what you should watch out for.

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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, December 21, 2013

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What the Gardener REALLY Wants for Christmas
By Lori Geistlinger (McGlory)

Note to all gardeners: Stop reading now! If you enjoy gardening, print this article and leave it where your loved ones will readily find it. We recommend the bathroom, the car, underneath the remote control, and taped to any mirror in the house. If you are not a gardener, but you have loved ones who garden on your gift list, you will find the following helpful. The gift-giving season has officially arrived. Are you ready? Do you know what your gardener really wants?

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Saving the Bats
By Carole Menser (Cville_Gardener)

Bats are in trouble in many parts of the U.S. The culprit is an infection known as white nose syndrome. New efforts are underway to help them.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

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Molasses, treacle and other sweet sticky stuff
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Molasses started out as a low-cost left-over from the production of white sugar, although currently it is a delicious ingredient in its own right. Learn where it comes from and why it trumps all the other sweet syrups out there. Molasses is the sweet flavor of the season!

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Heirloom Christmas Lima Beans
By Diana Wind (wind)

Christmas Lima Beans add nutrition to any meal any time of the year. Have you ever tried to grow old fashioned heirloom beans? Do you have a negative opinion of lima beans in particular? If yes, you may change your mind after tasting the earthy, chestnut flavor of these not-just-for-the-holiday delights.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

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Putting the Holly in Hollywood
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

Hollywood is associated with many things, from ultimate glamour to broken dreams, from material riches to moral poverty, red carpets, limos, elegant fashions, Hollywood and Vine, footprints in concrete, sunglasses, screenplays, and so on. The word Hollywood may bring to mind many things, but it's likely not one of them is holly. However, the name does have its origin in vegetative reality. According to legend, Hollywood is named after a native shrub growing in the area; Heteromeles arbutifolia, also known as California-holly.

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Spices From Around The World: Cinnamon
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, Cinnamon.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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Making a Homemade Greenery Wreath
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

There is a wealth of wreath making material to be found in one's own garden or across the fence in your neighbor's yard. Though I harvest pods and cones and greens from my own garden, many of the materials that I use come from various locations around the neighborhood.

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White House Christmas Trees
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Millions of holiday trees are cut and sold every year in the U.S. But only one magnificent evergreen is chosen to adorn the Blue Room in the president's Washington, D.C., residence. What began as a festive decoration intended for the enjoyment of the First Family has today become a symbol of the season for Americans across the country.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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The Christmas Gift
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

I had only asked for an angel for Christmas. Not a real angel, I knew better than that, but I really wanted an angel of my own. I had seen pictures of angels, I had read stories of angels, and I really needed an angel. Sometimes angels come in strange packages.

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A Christmas Flower Show
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

The Christmas luncheon is a highlight of the garden club year for my garden club. Everyone brings a covered dish, and the hostess committee provides a ham or turkey. One year the occasion was made even more festive because the garden club decided to have a Small Standard Flower Show along with the Christmas luncheon.

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