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Saturday, March 8, 2014

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Home and Garden Shows; A Spot of Green for Weary Gardeners
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners in cold-winter areas have been tested to their limits this winter. Snow, ice and bitter cold have seemed worse than usual. Weíre all desperate for a bit of green and fortunately for us, thereís Home and Garden shows to help us endure the last dregs of a winter that seems to keep hanging on.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

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Spices of the World: Cloves
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, Cloves

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Types of Garden Protectors
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Cloches, row covers and cold frames can save your next season's crop. Get a jump start on gardening with a variety of garden protectors.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

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Worst Winter Weeds: Hairy Bittercress
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Spring is in the air, little green things are popping up all over, and we all heave a sigh of relief that the blanket of white stuff is finally gone. But beneath the snow that stopped everything in its tracks lurks a hardy, robust little puff of tiny green leaves that virtually grows before your eyes.

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Shamrock, Symbol of Ireland
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

The association of Ireland and the shamrock is an ancient one. It may have begun when a 5th century Christian missionary named Patrick visited the island to spread the gospel.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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Sprekelia: The Fiery Aztec Queen
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Red hot Sprekelia is commonly known as the Aztec Lily or Jacobean Lily, but it isnít a lily at all. This scorching babe, actually a member of the Amaryllis family, will add a bright dash of crimson to your yard.

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Monocots and Whaticots? Eudicots?
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Until recently scientists accepted two major classifications of flowering plants. Most of us were taught that angiosperms (flowering plants) were either a monocot (monocotyledon) or dicot (dicotyledon). Today scientists prefer the terms monocot and eudicot (eudicotyledon). Horticulturists and gardeners are encouraged to get on board with the latest findings.

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Starting Spring Seeds
By Mary Frucelli (MFrucelli)

Seed starting is not an exact science, however, I have always read on seed packets to start your seeds 6 to 8 weeks before your last frost. So, when is your last frost?

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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Spanish Moss - Adding that Southern Touch, and More!
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

If there is any image that can be considered iconic of the Deep South, it must surely be the sight of Spanish Moss drooping lazily from a Live Oak tree. I remember seeing this sight when I was much younger, and even remember seeing this adaptable bromeliad festooning power lines as well. Alas, it seems that one doesn't see the plant around as much as before, and there is a sobering reason. Read on for more . . .

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A Charming Ratís Nest
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Do not run away, we are not going to get entangled in a real ratís nest. In fact, it is quite the opposite, as today is a pleasant stroll through a most wonderful tiny island off the Australian Western coast.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

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Dodecatheon: Shooting Stars
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

With their swept-back petals, shooting stars (Dodecatheon species) flowers resemble those of the cyclamen. These charming flowers form a cluster at the end of a leafless stem and can be from a few inches to two feet tall. The flower stalk grows from a basal rosette of light green leaves which is up to ten inches in diameter.

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How Does Your Chocolate Grow?
By Amber Royer (dandylyon85)

What is your favorite kind of chocolate? Be it white, milk, or dark, all chocolate comes from theobroma cacao, evergreen tropical trees. One of the most memorable trips Iíve ever taken included a visit to a cacao plantation in Samana, Dominican Republic. We were able to taste the sweet-tart pineapply pulp straight out of the pod as we hiked on a path where the trees were growing wild all the way to a beautiful waterfall.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

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How to have a Fabby Cottage Garden!
By Annie Hayes, Annie's Annuals & Perennials (AnnieHayes)

I adore cottage gardens because theyíre so freeing in terms of design. You can change them around every year or every season if you want to.

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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, March 1, 2014

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My Love Affair With a Swing
By Cathy M Wallace (cathy4)

Who would think that a simple swing could be the source of so much love? For 50 years, there has been a swing somewhere in my life, starting way back with my Grandfather.

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The Annual Garden Watchdog Top 5 Awards
By Melody Rose (melody)

The New Year has arrived and with it comes the award shows. We have the Golden Globes, Oscars and Grammy Awards, but did you know that Daveís Garden has awards too? Each New Year we announce the Top 5 companies in each Garden Watchdog category. The vendors anxiously await the results and a Top 5 badge is as coveted as any golden statue. Weíd like to take this time to honor the vendors that you, the customers voted as the very best.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

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Free-flowering Yellow Flax
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

Yellow flax was one of the first houseplants I grew back in the dark ages when I was a young and beginning gardener. Being such an amiable and free-flowering species, it bloomed its head off under my grow lights in the dead of winter, feeding my delusion that I had a green thumb. It was, in fact, one of the few species Iíve ever seen that bloomed as well in person -- er, in plant -- as it did in the catalog photo. I would learn shortly that not all flowers are as easy to please!

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The Mittleider Method of Gardening
By Kathleen Marshall (KRMarshall)

The Mittleider Method of gardening is controversial. Some people swear by it while others feel it just isn't natural. What do you think?

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

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Winter Blues
By Kathleen M. Tenpas (Kathleen)

I started to write an article on the winter blues, but I got depressed.

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Resident Canada Geese
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

What are resident geese? It's not hard to figure out: a resident is one who lives in a particular place for a length of time. Usually, geese fly north and south with the seasons. However, resident geese do not migrate; they are here to stay. You have probably seen them at your local park. Here is their story.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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Blooming and perfuming - Wintersweet, Chimonanthes praecox, is a fragrant, winter blooming shrub
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

This shrub has one exquisite quality: it blooms in the cold of winter with a delectable, summery fragrance. This one tantalizing trait of perfect perfume is all the plant needs to earn its place in the garden.

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Five Weird and Unusual Containers to Grow Small Plants In
By April Dowling (ADowling)

Traditional growing pots are convenient and efficient, but theyíre not always the most visually interesting objects. You can choose from a wide variety of unique containers to grow small plants in, adding visual interest or even humor to your indoor or outdoor space.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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Silver Belles
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Anyone who's studied landscaping knows the value of silver-leafed plants. Mostly, they serve to brighten a dark area, but can also provide a lovely contrast to purple foliage plants.

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Mud Season is the fifth season of the year in the Northeast part of the United States
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

We all know New England is famous for its fall foliage, winter skiing, spring maple-sugaring and summer black flies. But In Vermont and other New England states, Mud Season is longer and almost more important than the other four seasons.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

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Dragobete, a Romanian Valentine's Day
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Valentine's Day is well-known and celebrated on February 14. It's a big day and a big celebration of love. Dragobete's Day is also celebrated in February, but on the 24th and even if it's not such as well-known, it's also a big celebration, with fun and so much love! So why not have two days to celebrate love, just before spring, when nature comes to life, the birds are singing and everyone feels rejuvenated?

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Grow Your Own Food Indoors
By Kathleen Marshall (KRMarshall)

Indoor gardening doesn't have to mean just African violets and peace lilies. An indoor garden can actually grow some of your food. Really!

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

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Coral Bells: An introduction to Heuchera cultivars
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

If you donít have Coral Bells (Heuchera) in your gardening repertoire, you are missing out on a vast palette of purples, chartreuses, grays and oranges in your yard. Also known as Alum Root, Heuchera (pronounced HEW-ker-uh) is a beautiful genus of perennial foliage plants that will add a punch of color to any spot in your garden. Heucheras come in all sorts of colors, shapes, sizes and growing needs. Some do well in shade; others can thrive in full sun. They are drought tolerant, very cold hardy (Zone 4), and many of them will even stay evergreen through the winter. Here is a brief overview of some Heuchera cultivars you might want to try.

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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, February 22, 2014

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Chocolate Lily Is a Wildflower Treat
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

The chocolate lily (Fritillaria biflora) is special to me for several reasons. Though it is not overly showy, it is a very attractive plant, even described as "the Cleopatra of the Fritillaries - the darkest and the loveliest" [1]. It is not a particularly common plant, and rarity makes things more precious. Also, it is one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring, and for me is the herald of the wildflower season.

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Plant Profiles for New Gardeners: Caladiums
By Melody Rose (melody)

Many new gardeners are starting to plan their first adventure into our crazy, wonderful world. Without a little guidance from seasoned veterans, they often choose seeds and plants that are more challenging than their budding skills can handle. These plant profiles will feature time-tested seeds and plants that are easy to grow, but produce a great show.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

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Displays in the Standard Flower Show
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

A previous article discussed collections in the Standard Flower Show. This article is similar, but its focus is on displays, which differ from collections in several important ways.

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Evergreen Plants to Brighten Your Winter Landscape
By Kathleen Marshall (KRMarshall)

If this long winter has seemed like nothing but gray, dreary days, keep in mind that even the deepest, darkest winter can seem brighter if you add a little color.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

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The Landscape in Winter
By Kathleen M. Tenpas (Kathleen)

The calligraphy of tree shadows across morning snow tells old stories, new each day.

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February Garden Planning
By Mary Frucelli (MFrucelli)

Once the groundhog has rendered his verdict, the anticipation of spring begins, even though the calendar shows its arrival is still weeks away. For gardeners, February can be a particularly difficult month: it's too cold to work outside, too early to start seeds for many of us, and the days are still too short and gloomy to do much of anything except slowly count down the days until warm weather returns. Here's one gardener's musings on the long, cold days of winter.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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Space Violets
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

In 1984, African violet seeds were sent into space to test the effects of radiation and zero gravity on them as part of the 'Seeds in Space' experiment. It was intended that they remain in space for 11 months. Due to schedule delays, they ended up in space for almost 6 years. The seeds were germinated and some showed favorable mutations. The result was Optimara's EverFloris line of African violets.

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Growing Jasmine as a House Plant
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

Jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum) grown as a house plant offers unparalleled fragrance. These exotic, sweetly scented plants hail from China, and are related to many species of jasmine vines.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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The San Diego Zoo: Not just for animals
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

The San Diego Zoo is one of the more popular tourist destinations in the U.S., but hardly anyone notices their fantastic plant collection. It has a magnificent botanical gardens as well, but since it exists in, among, and around the animal collection, it is sometimes easy to miss. This article is an introduction to this amazing collection.

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Time to Prune Your Fruit Trees
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Pruning fruit trees is a challenge, especially for someone who doesn't have a professional background in gardening. It takes lots of research, reading and watching videos, but it can be done. My fruit trees are living proof!

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Monday, February 17, 2014

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Mendel and His Peas
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Gregor Mendel is a name which may be familiar to some. Mendel was born 1822 in German-speaking Eastern Europe. While you may remember that he was a monk-botanist, he was (for much of his life) a church administrator. So what's the big deal about Mendel and peas? Let me explain.

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Garden Visitor: The Dark-Eyed Junco
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Cold weather brings its own delights for bird watchers. Now is the perfect time to observe the handsome little dark-eyed junco, whose contrasting colors sparkle against the winter backdrop.

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