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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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An All Things Plants Favorite: GarlicAn All Things Plants Favorite: Garlic
By dave, August 27, 2015

What is the absolute easiest edible plant you can grow? I spent my entire morning contemplating that question, and nothing came to mind that beats garlic. As everyone knows, it's a bulb, planted in the fall, grown through the winter, and harvested in very early summer. It requires no special care during the growing season, and has absolutely innumerable uses. Let's talk about this incredible plant.

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 Make Your Ponds More Inviting to Frogs Make Your Ponds More Inviting to Frogs
By Newyorkrita, August 26, 2015

Ever wonder why some ponds have frogs and others don't? Help the frogs out with pond plants.

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Homemade Humidity Trays for Multiple OrchidsHomemade Humidity Trays for Multiple Orchids
By chris1948, August 25, 2015

These are inexpensive, very easy to make, and only take a few minutes for each one. They work very well, especially with all the orchids I have in my greenhouse.

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By TBGDN on Sep 1, 2015 6:54 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Janice Brown')

I am not a "specialist" in any one genus of plants. However, with my limited knowledge of Hemerocallis I find they form an important anchor in many perennial gardens. One of the very best for me is Janice Brown. It is a good looking daylily, easily transforming any drab corner of the garden. And it requires minimal care as long as the drainage and soil are fairly good. She withstands some of the worst possible weather conditions, ranging from bitterly oppressive winters to suffocating, humid, scorching summers. I highly recommend this cultivar for difficult climates similar to mine.

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By BabyK on Sep 1, 2015 3:02 PM, concerning plant: Strawberry Tree (Muntingia calabura)

Muntingia calabura is the sole species of the genus Muntingia.

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By stilldew on Sep 1, 2015 2:52 PM, concerning plant: Blanket Flower (Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Sunset Cutie')

Sunset Cutie has bloomed all summer for me in a container. Still going strong on Sept. 1. Plant to move it to the ground before frost and hope it makes it through the winter. Still only about 9" tall.

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By terrafirma on Sep 1, 2015 11:54 AM, concerning plant: Sweet Almond Bush (Aloysia virgata)

The Sweet Almond bush has the most amazing vanilla/almond fragrance. No matter the time of day, I go out to the yard and a waft of fragrance surrounds me. Ours has been in the ground about 2 years now. It has reached a height of about 12 feet, with a width that I'd estimate to be about 8 feet. The more room you can give it, the better. As has been said earlier, the bees adore this plant.
I would love to hear whether you have had experience with limbing this up, and creating a tree.

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By jmorth on Sep 1, 2015 11:48 AM, concerning plant: Trumpet Daffodil (Narcissus 'Spellbinder')

This classic trumpet daffodil has unique and striking color. Awarded multiple times by the RHS. Awards include 4 Award of Merits, 2 First Class Certificates, and Award of Garden Merit (1993). The AGM was rescinded by the RHS in 2012.
Spellbinder has been utilized by in breeding programs around the world, 20 times as seed parent, 25 times as a pollen parent from 1949 till 2011.

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