Welcome to the Dave's Garden Newsletter for November 14, 2011

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There's only one way to fail, and that's to quit. -- Brian Hays

  Plant of the Week  
European Fan Palm
Chamaerops humilis

Members from around the world find Chamaerops humilis easy to grow and attractive. Native to the hills around the Mediterranean Sea basin from Turkey to Morocco, this small, clump forming palm is drought and cold tolerant, making it a favorite landscape addition in challenging areas. It withstands cold snaps low as 20F (-6.66C) and is quick to bounce back if its fronds are frostbit. Plant in a sunny, well-drained location, taking care to avoid boggy or marshy areas. Do not plant in high traffic areas or playgrounds as the fronds and stems have painful, sharp spines. The European Fan Palm is an excellent container plant and a good choice for urban conditions as well.

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5 vendors have this plant for sale.

Type of plant: Shrubs, Palms

Bloom color: Pale Green, Cream/Tan

Bloom time of year: Blooms repeatedly

Sun requirements: Full Sun

Cold hardiness: Zone 8a to Zone 11

Height: 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m), 8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m), 10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m), 12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing: 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m), 8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

  Latin Word of the Week  

The specific epithet tenuifolia is from the Latin tenu ("slender") and foli ("leaves") and used to describe plants with narrow or slender leaves. The lovely fern leaf peony; Paeonia tenuifolia is an excellent example. Characterized by airy, lacy foliage, it stands out in the garden with its unique appearance.

Visit Botanary for more botanical words, their meanings and pronunciation help.

This Week's Articles

Monday, November 14, 2011
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Monet's Gardens: Living Works of Art
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

Autumn brings us many gifts, particularly in the realm of color. On November 14, 1840, we were presented with a uniquely colorful gift: the artist, Oscar-Claude Monet. I believe part of my long fascination with the works of Monet is rooted in the fact that he bore such an obvious love for nature and gardens.

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Harvesting Apples
By Lois Tilton (LTilton)

Fall is apple picking time! Whether you have your own fruit trees or visit a "Pick Your Own" orchard, the best apples are the ones you pick yourself, fresh from the tree. Here are some tips for successful apple picking.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011
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Fun feature: 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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'Botanical' Tulips - Go Wild!
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

We are all familiar with the classic tulip, but not all of us have grown the wild counterparts or 'botanical' tulips. They deserve more attention as they are often longer-lived and more carefree than the high breed standard tulips. There are a surprising number of 'wild' tulips in the trade, along with selections/hybrids from the dwarf T. kaufmanniana, T. greigii and T. fosteriana. This article will hopefully peak your interest in trying some of these 'botanical' tulips or to expand on those you currently grow.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011
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The Frugal Gardener: Money Saving Projects and Tips
By Melody Rose (melody)

Frugal Gardeners are found world-wide and we constantly search for money-saving ways to stretch our garden budget. This Saturday feature will spotlight projects gardeners can create for inexpensive garden art and gifts. We hope our projects will inspire you to become a Frugal Gardener too!

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Poinsettias- their initial care, and year after year
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Now that Christmas time is nearing, you will undoubtedly start seeing these beautiful plants for sale again, as they have become an important holiday tradition. One of the frustrating things about these plants is keeping them healthy and blooming throughout the entire holiday season, or just plain keeping them alive. The following is a brief overview of this plant and not only how to take care of these plants this winter, but keep them year after year.

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Friday, November 11, 2011
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The Great Black Blizzard - farming techniques and the Dust Bowl of the1930s
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

On November 11, 1933, the first giant dust storm, dubbed "The Great Black Blizzard," hit the Great Plains. What caused this phenomenon and the increasingly frequent dust storms of the 1930s in the United States? Were they preventable, predictable, man-made, or flukes of nature? A look at United States history from a gardener's perspective can shed some interesting light. (NB: this is NOT your U.S. history class from high school!)

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In Flanders Fields the Poppies Grow
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

As a child, I was given a small red poppy on the Sunday before Memorial Day during Sunday school. I wore that little plastic poppy all day Monday proudly. My grandfather explained to me the significance of the poppy and why there was such a thing as memorial day. I recall seeing veterans marching in a parade and each had a red poppy just like mine attached to their lapel.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011
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Rejuvenate Your Soil With Cover Crops
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

Cover crops are grasses, legumes or small grains grown between regular crop production periods for the purpose of protecting and improving the soil

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Hot breakfast pastries and tubers with rot - What can make them both better?
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

If you guessed "cinnamon", you're right! Hot cinnamon rolls are great for breakfast and cinnamon powder is amazingly effective for stopping rot in stored tubers, rhizomes or corms. Plus, it smells good! Read on . . .

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
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Five Easy Houseplants and How to Grow Them
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

The elegance of an attractive houseplant combined with easy care is what we all want. The following popular specimens are handsome foliage plants that are also low-maintenance and rewarding for anyone to grow.

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Frost Heave: Preparing for Winter
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

With record snow dumped on many parts of the country already this year, those of us in the northern portions of the United States can all be assured that Old Man Winter is on his way. Being prepared for freezing temperatures will help your garden survive damage from the cold and a frequent affliction in late fall and early winter: frost heave.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011
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Yellow Butterfly Vine
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Occasionally gardeners come across intriguing plants in unexpected ways. Such was the case with my first encounter with yellow butterfly vine. Clusters of yellow, orchid-like flowers about an inch in diameter shared space with chartreuse, butterfly-shaped seedpods attached to an attractive green vine. That was enough for me to purchase the plant and learn more about it.

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Aunt Bett and the Divorce Dilemma: Lobelia
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

Psychiatrists were unheard of, no one went to marriage counseling, and very few people were ever divorced in my little area of the mountains. I had heard the word and knew what it meant, but I was never more surprised than when a middle aged man knocked on Aunt Bett's door and asked for a cure for divorce.

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Blooms of the Day

  Bloom of the day for November 8, 2011  
ImageYarrow 'Summer Pastels'
(Achillea millefolium)

Type of plant: Herbs, Perennials

Bloom color: Pink, Pale Yellow, White/Near White

Bloom time of year: Late Spring/Early Summer, Mid Summer, Late Summer/Early Fall

Sun requirements: Full Sun

Cold hardiness: Zone 3a to Zone 9b

Height: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Submitted by Weezingreens on January 20, 2003

  Bloom of the day for November 9, 2011  
ImageCork-bark Passion Flower
(Passiflora suberosa)

Type of plant: Vines and Climbers

Bloom color: Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom time of year: Blooms all year

Sun requirements: Sun to Partial Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 8b to Zone 11

Height: 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m), 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Submitted by Floridian on February 21, 2002

  Bloom of the day for November 10, 2011  
ImageMiniature Ivy Geranium 'Sofie Cascade'
(Pelargonium peltatum)

Type of plant: Annuals, Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Bloom color: Coral/Apricot

Bloom time of year: Late Winter/Early Spring, Mid Spring, Late Spring/Early Summer, Mid Summer, Late Summer/Early Fall, Mid Fall, Late Fall/Early Winter, Blooms repeatedly

Sun requirements: Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 9b to Zone 11

Height: 12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing: 9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Submitted by Calif_Sue on May 20, 2010

  Bloom of the day for November 11, 2011  
ImageHybrid Tea Rose 'City of Newcastle'

Bloom color: Red

Bloom time of year: Blooms repeatedly

Cold hardiness: Zone 7a to Zone 10b

Height: 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing: 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Submitted by Colorado_Roseman on January 1, 2004

  Bloom of the day for November 12, 2011  
(Crinum macowanii)

Type of plant: Bulbs

Bloom color: Pink, White/Near White

Bloom time of year: Mid Summer, Late Summer/Early Fall

Sun requirements: Full Sun

Cold hardiness: Zone 8a to Zone 11

Height: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing: 9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Submitted by Muzikatz02 on March 16, 2004

  Bloom of the day for November 13, 2011  
ImageApple 'Honeycrisp'
(Malus x domestica)

Type of plant: Edible Fruits and Nuts, Trees

Bloom color: Pale Pink

Bloom time of year: Mid Spring

Sun requirements: Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 4a to Zone 10b

Height: 12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing: 12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Submitted by Big_Red on January 26, 2006

  Bloom of the day for November 14, 2011  
ImageFalse Queen Anne's Lace
(Ammi majus)

Type of plant: Annuals

Bloom color: White/Near White

Bloom time of year: Mid Summer, Late Summer/Early Fall

Sun requirements: Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade

Cold hardiness: Not Applicable

Height: 12-18 in. (30-45 cm), 18-24 in. (45-60 cm), 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing: 12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Submitted by LilyLover_UT on August 11, 2006

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