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The Slipper Orchids, by Sharon Brown

They were small strange blooms, looking very much like ballet shoes to me. We didn't gather many of them, and never the flower. We waited until it had bloomed and the plant was dying down before we gathered the root. It was to be made into a liquid that would ease the pain of a toothache.

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PlantFiles: Daylily 'Primal Scream' (Hemerocallis )

Daylily 'Primal Scream'

(Hemerocallis )

Orange tangerine self with green throat. (Tangerine Parfait Mauna Loa) AHS has announced 'Primal Scream' has won President's...
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Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.

Review by tmrwhalens:

Most of the seed we have purchased from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co have had bad germination rates, or the fruit (ie, black...
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BirdFiles: Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)

Bar-tailed Godwit

(Limosa lapponica)

Yesterday was a special experience observing the mild behaviour and habits of this migrating bird assembling at Kaiawa on...
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BugFiles: Monarch (Danaus  plexippus)


(Danaus plexippus)

There's an invasive milkweed relative called swallow wort (Cynanchum), increasingly common here, that monarchs will lay their...
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

A Nearly Native Nursery

5 stars
I wandered into Nearly Native Nursery feeling absolutely lost about gardening; however, the beautiful gardens were calming...
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Gardening Book: 200 Years and Growing: The Story of Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co.

200 Years and Growing: The Story of Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co.

Review by StarkBrosDeals:

Fascinating book about the folks who grew the "ancestors" of all of my fruit trees. A miracle they are still in business....
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  Today in history: May 31  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Before you clear the brush from the back of your property and make a burn pile, make sure your family all knows what poison ivy and oak look like. No one wants to cap off this task with a trip to the ER.

1676: Caleb Threlkeld, Scottish-born botanist, was born at Kei-bergh, Cumberland. He would author the first book on the flora of Ireland.

1819: Walter (Walt) Whitman, American poet and journalist, was born on Long Island, New York. Whitman is best known for his poetry collection, Leaves of Grass.

1852: Richard Julius Petri, German bacteriologist for whom the Petri dish is named, was born.

1906: Alice Eastwood botanized an area called Bimini Baths (now downtown Los Angeles), California and collected 23 plants. Many species are named for her.

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