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The September Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The September Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
By dave, September 5, 2015

It seems like we just finished the August raffle, but here we are again for the September raffle, and this is another big one! Come in, check out the prizes, step up to the window and get your tickets!!

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Hibiscus Celebration WrapupHibiscus Celebration Wrapup
By dave, September 4, 2015

We're nearing the end of our amazing Hibiscus Celebration Week, and it was another great one! Let's have a look at the highlights from the week.

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Beloved Around the World: the HibiscusBeloved Around the World: the Hibiscus
By SongofJoy, September 3, 2015

Love for hibiscuses extends literally around the world. There are several hundred species in this large genus of flowering annuals and perennials. Here we'll focus on three main flower types, three species, and their distinctive characteristics.

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Hibiscus Section MuenchhusiaHibiscus Section Muenchhusia
By Horntoad, September 2, 2015

When a plant genus is large, botanists will sometimes divide the genus into sections, which are smaller groups of similar species. Hibiscus is one genus that has been divided into several sections. One of these sections is the section Muenchhusia.

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Scarlet Rose Mallow and One Dark NightScarlet Rose Mallow and One Dark Night
By Sharon, September 1, 2015

It started like this: She leaned over with her hand cupped around her mouth, and with her soft low voice against my ear, she whispered: "Wear yore darkest clothes, chile, an' meet me right here jus' 'fore dark. We're gonna git some rose maller seeds." "Aunt Bett, marshmalla seeds? Marshmallas don't . . . " That hand clamped itself over my mouth before I could say another word or even take a breath. Her next whisper was a little louder: "Hush yore mouth, chile, ya cain't grab seeds if ya cain't keep quiet!" The night got worse before it got better.

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Hibiscuses of the Continental United StatesHibiscuses of the Continental United States
By Horntoad, August 31, 2015

Many people are familiar with our native Hibiscus moscheutos. It is the source of many of the cultivars sold as Hardy Hibiscus, but there are many other species that grow here in the United States. Here is a look at the species that grow wild in the Continental United States.

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Rose Of Sharon:  What's in a Name, AnywayRose Of Sharon: What's in a Name, Anyway
By Sharon, August 30, 2015

A rose is a rose unless it's a Rose of Sharon, and then it's a hibiscus. Some say it's the name of a crocus and others swear it's the name of a tulip and then there's some confusion with the lily of the valley. Poor plant, most likely it lives in a state of constant identity crisis, never knowing on which side of the garden it should grow.

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Celebrating HibiscusesCelebrating Hibiscuses
By dave, August 29, 2015

We open the Hibiscus Celebration Week with a look at the top cultivars, top comments, most thumbed images, and more!

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Many Veggies Taste Best RawMany Veggies Taste Best Raw
By Newyorkrita, August 28, 2015

Lots of summer veggies taste great raw, straight from the garden.

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By Marilyn on Sep 4, 2015 6:25 PM, concerning plant: Dutch Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis 'Hollyhock')

Heirloom and dates to 1936.

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By Marilyn on Sep 4, 2015 6:16 PM, concerning plant: Dutch Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis 'Blue Giant')

Blue heirloom beauty dating to 1936.

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By Marilyn on Sep 4, 2015 5:59 PM, concerning plant: Dutch Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis 'Carnegie')

A favorite among Hyacinth growers, this white beauty dates to 1935.

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By Marilyn on Sep 4, 2015 5:51 PM, concerning plant: Dutch Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis 'King of the Blues')

Rare heirloom beauty dating back to 1863.

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By Marilyn on Sep 4, 2015 5:43 PM, concerning plant: Dutch Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis 'Menelik')

Rare Hyacinth dating back to 1911.

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