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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 jmorth on Sep 5, 2015 12:11 AM, concerning plant: Trumpet Daffodil (Narcissus 'York Minster')

Brent and Becky's Bulb's provided the following comment on York Minister -
'55 mph that can be seen from a distance; over-lapping perianth segments and smooth texture will make a winner on the show bench and terrific in the garden; easy forcer. 14-18"; early - mid spring'.

I forced it successfully in 2013. Nice display quality.

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By jmorth on Sep 4, 2015 11:15 PM, concerning plant: Trumpet Daffodil (Narcissus 'Henry Irving')

Every spring in the quaint old parterre garden at Keukenhof, Holland’s wonderland of bulbs, this charming antique trumpet launches the show. And who was Henry Irving? Visit http://www.theirvingsociety.org.uk to learn more about the Victorian actor who still has a fan club 100 years after his death. 1 Y-Y, 15-16”, zones 4-8aS/10WC,
Comment courtesy of Old House Gardens

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By jmorth on Sep 4, 2015 10:55 PM, concerning plant: Jonquilla Daffodil (Narcissus 'Golden Sceptre')

Sublimely fragrant, this tough, free-flowering jonquil “has settled into Southern life,” says Scott Ogden in Garden Bulbs for the South. In 1930, Philadelphia master horticulturist John Wister praised its toughness, saying it “stays in bloom sometimes for two to three weeks in spite of storms or hot weather.” 7 Y-Y, 18-20” early/mid-season blooming, zones 6-8bS/10WC.
Compliments of Old House Gardens

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By jmorth on Sep 4, 2015 10:29 PM, concerning plant: Large Cupped Daffodil (Narcissus 'Folly')

Quote from Old House Gardens:
$50! At an ADS auction a couple of years ago, that was the winning bid for three bulbs of this vivid, sun-proof, blue-ribbon charmer that E.A. Bowles praised as the epitome of “brilliancy, gaiety, and refinement.” We really want you to grow it! 2 W-O, 18-20”, zones 5a-7b/9WC,

Interesting history note at the ADS site.

Has been used prolifically in breeding programs.

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By Weedwhacker on Sep 4, 2015 7:57 PM, concerning plant: Dry Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris 'Limelight')

According to Heritage Harvest Seed Company, Limelight was first released in 1968. It was developed as a "lima bean for the north," maturing in 70-80 days for dry beans. They are useful as both fresh "shelly beans" and as dry beans. This was my first year to grow them and I had only an 8-foot-long row, so I harvested most of the pods for seed; however, I did pick enough to give the shelly beans a try and found them very easy to shell out and quite similar to baby lima beans. I don't know why this variety went out of favor with the commercial companies, but I will definitely continue to grow it and save my own seeds.

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