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Saturday, January 11, 2014

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Garden Crafts: How-to Instructions For A Macrame' Hanging Planter
By Melody Rose (melody)

Many gardeners love the look of the macramé hanging planters, but few want to spend hard-earned plant money on something that isn’t living. Macramé hangers are an expensive accessory if you have to purchase them retail. But if you are just a little bit handy, and have just a touch of your ’Inner Hippie’ still lurking deep within your heart, beautiful creations are literally within your grasp.

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Winter-Blooming Shrubs: The Short List
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

As the final blooms of summer fade and the brilliance of fall slowly drifts away on the breeze; our thoughts turn to spring gardens filled with waves of bright colors.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

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Dividing African Violets
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

African violets were the first plants I got to know as a child. My mom had lots of them on the kitchen window sill. I saw her digging the soil around the plants with a small matchstick, dividing and watering them with so much care. My mom's African violets never died or rotted and seemed the perfect plants for someone like her, who worked outside our home, and didn't have much time to take care of plants.

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How to Create a Basic Terrarium Garden
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

In just one afternoon, you can plant a magical, self-contained miniature garden: a terrarium. Terrarium gardens gained the public's attention in the mid-1800s when collecting rare and exotic plants became a middle-class past time. Growing such plants in a self-contained glass case or jar was a genteel hobby that could be enjoyed by all. Today, terrariums offer home gardeners the chance to create whimsical worlds with plants.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

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5 Important Points for Winter Horse Care
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

White stuff all across the country and, in some regions, record low temperatures. We stay inside, or bundle up to brave the elements, but our pets and livestock need some assistance to stay comfortable during bad weather. Horses usually seem not to be bothered by snow and cold weather, but check these five items to be sure your horses will stay healthy and comfortable.

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Magnificent Medinilla
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

Medinilla is one of those plants so striking that smitten gardeners like me rush out and acquire one whether or not we actually have the conditions for growing it. In the wild, the most popular type -- showy medinilla (Medinilla magnifica) -- can grow to 8 feet with 1-foot leathery leaves and dangly pink flower clusters up to 18 inches long.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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Winter Feeding Tips for Our Feathered Friends
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

The buffet is open and our feathered friends are most heartily welcome. Feeding and caring for birds in winter can help save their lives and enhance your wild life viewing experience.

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Sherry--What it is, How it's Made, and How to Use it
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Basic definitions: wine is fermented grape juice, right? So sherry is fermented grape juice that is fortified with more fermented grape juice (like brandy). Sherry is more alcoholic than wine, but its mild warm flavor may virtually transport you to Mediterranean Spain. Connoisseurs consider sherry to be an under-appreciated type of wine. Sherry spans the spectrum from dry, light and crisp to dark and sweet. Maybe it's time you gave sherry a try.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

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Cats versus House Plants
By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)

Do you wage a constant war trying to protect your house plants from your cats? Is there a dustpan in every room? Do you hear falling clay pots on a regular basis? This article will examine some of the ways to help keep kitty at bay.

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Hosta an Asparagaceae? Are You Kidding?
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Several shifts in taxonomy in recent years have sent those of us who try to keep abreast with such changes into a tailspin. Some of the most surprising changes have happened in the Asparagaceae family.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

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Amaryllis on the Rocks: Growing Hippeastrum in Water
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

I recently decided to try growing an amaryllis (Hippeastrum) in water. I was so happy with my first attempt that I began preparing a new bulb every two to three weeks. With nothing more than a glass container, a bulb and a few stones, big beautiful blooms can be yours with a minimum of muss and fuss.

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Useful Ways to Reuse Old Catalogs
By April Dowling (ADowling)

Believe it or not, you can do more with a catalog than just flip through the pages. If have old catalogs accumulating around your house, consider making them into interesting crafts or purposeful items. Reusing old catalogs not only cuts down on landfill waste, but also provides great craft activities for creative children and adults alike. Catalogs are usually very colorful and, more importantly, extremely versatile in general.

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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 – 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, it’s 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, it’s 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 lovely… 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 grandmother’s 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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