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All About the Black Soldier FlyAll About the Black Soldier Fly
By orchidgal, May 3, 2015

The Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens) is an insect that all gardeners should become familiar with. After my encounter with it, I did much research and I am happy to share the information that I've found with my fellow gardeners.

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Where Is That Amazing Garden?Where Is That Amazing Garden?
By JKing, May 2, 2015

Gardeners are enthusiastic about our plants and our gardens. However, we see our own garden much differently from the way our friends view it. How often do we say "you should have seen my garden last week?"

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Roses Celebration Week Wrap UpRoses Celebration Week Wrap Up
By dave, May 1, 2015

We had a good amount of activity centered around roses this week. Here is a report on some of the best photos, who posted them, who thumbed them, and how much activity was in our rose forum. We also announce today the new Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Microbadge!

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ATP Podcast #88: Celebrating RosesATP Podcast #88: Celebrating Roses
By dave, April 30, 2015

Hybrid Teas, Floribundas, Albas, Grandifloras, etc etc etc. What do they all mean? In today's episode, Trish shares from her depths of knowledge about the various kinds of roses, and you're sure to be inspired. After that we have an interesting discussion about this new fad where companies unnecessarily label their plants as "non-GMO."

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Roses and Clematises in a Small Natural GardenRoses and Clematises in a Small Natural Garden
By Jasmin, April 29, 2015

If you want your small city garden to evoke natural spaces and offer something to wildlife, a classic combination of roses and clematises is perfect for you.

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Pedro Dot and the Pernetiana RosesPedro Dot and the Pernetiana Roses
By zuzu, April 28, 2015

Pernetiana roses were in great demand in the first half of the 20th century, and although they have now been relegated to the hybrid tea class, many rosarians believe they should still be regarded as a class of their own.

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My Experience with Rose Rosette DiseaseMy Experience with Rose Rosette Disease
By gemini_sage, April 27, 2015

I moved to my current home 8 years ago, and I brought almost every plant from my garden with me, including about 50 roses. It was an exciting time, as I had lived in a wooded, shady hollow, and I was happy to give so many sun-loving plants an appropriate home. I had chosen rose varieties for shade tolerance and disease resistance, because I knew the shade and moisture would be inviting for fungal diseases. Although we experienced a terrible drought that year, the roses did respond well to the sunny, open environment, and they settled in nicely in spite of the dry growing season.

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Enjoying Roses in VasesEnjoying Roses in Vases
By Calif_Sue, April 26, 2015

Creating bouquets for the house is an added bonus to growing them in the garden, and roses usually are the main feature of my bouquets. Here are a few tips for cutting them and keeping them fresh looking.

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A Week of Celebrating RosesA Week of Celebrating Roses
By dave, April 25, 2015

It's Roses Celebration Week, a week we've been looking forward to all year! This week we'll encourage everyone to share their photos, comments and information about roses. Let's open the week with a look at the top cultivars, top comments, most thumbed images, and more!

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By Cyclaminist on May 3, 2015 3:44 AM, concerning plant: Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea)

Golden alexanders and its relative heart-leaved alexanders (Zizia aptera) are host plants for the caterpillars of the black swallowtail butterfly (Papilio polyxenes), which eat the leaves. These caterpillars will also eat parsley, even though parsley is not native to North America. Black swallowtail is a beautiful black butterfly with yellow spots and blue and red patches, and the caterpillar looks interesting, with black and green stripes and yellow dots.

If you plant golden alexanders, you can look for black swallowtail butterflies laying eggs and maybe watch a caterpillar grow to maturity, and you'll help increase the numbers of these beautiful creatures. And you can watch the short-tongued bees drinking nectar from the flowers.

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By Cyclaminist on May 3, 2015 2:54 AM, concerning plant: Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica)

In Minnesota, this is considered an invasive species. It forms thick carpets of leaves in the woods, and chokes out the native spring ephemerals. The bulbs are very hardy, despite our consistently below-freezing winters; they will survive even if they're sitting right on top of the soil and are blown on by the dry and freezing winter winds. The plants spread by seed, and seedlings bloom after 4 or 5 years. Seedlings pop up in random spots several feet away from the parent plants. There are no natural pests.

However, carpets of Siberian squill are beautiful in April when they're in full bloom; they look like sky-blue mist above the ground. So some people don't mind the fact that the plant is invasive. A spring lawn covered in Siberian squill is prettier than a lawn with just grass.

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By Cyclaminist on May 3, 2015 2:46 AM, concerning plant: Strawberry Begonia (Saxifraga stolonifera)

Surprisingly, this survives the winter in the sheltered and shady area between our house and the next, though not all plants make it through the winter. Many sources say this is hardy to zone 6 or 7, but our zone is 5 with freezing temperatures for 2 and a half months.

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By Cyclaminist on May 3, 2015 1:58 AM, concerning plant: Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)

I've planted this in a half whiskey barrel filled with compost to give it wet soil. It should do fine through the summer and fall, but the barrel needs to be buried in the ground for the winter because it gets so cold here.

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By Cyclaminist on May 2, 2015 11:39 PM, concerning plant: Korean Azalea (Rhododendron yedoense var. poukhanense)

This azalea is very winter-hardy in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I've got a plant that has sat out in a pot for two winters, and though several other plants I had in pots died last winter, this one hasn't suffered significant die-back. I need to plant the poor thing in the ground, though. It's evergreen and has lovely little leaves, pointy at the leaf-stem end and rounded at the other end, and with veins and little reddish hairs.

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