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7 Gardening Tips for Spring7 Gardening Tips for Spring
By PAgirl63, April 19, 2015

With springtime here now, here are seven gardening tips that might seem weird, but they actually do work!

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The April 2015 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Extravaganza!The April 2015 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Extravaganza!
By dave, April 18, 2015

It's everyone's favorite time, a raffle contest and this one is huge. We have 8, count 'em, 8 prizes for 8 lucky ATP winners. Open up your acorn wallet, buy your tickets, and get a chance to win one of them. Good luck!

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Celebrating the Best Rhododendron Photos from This WeekCelebrating the Best Rhododendron Photos from This Week
By dave, April 17, 2015

Let's finish off our Celebrating Azaleas week with a look at some of the most thumbed pictures in our Rhododendron Database.

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Top 5 Reasons You Should Grow AzaleasTop 5 Reasons You Should Grow Azaleas
By Trish, April 16, 2015

I think everyone should grow Azaleas and Rhododendrons! Here are my top 5 reasons why they belong in your garden.

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ATP Podcast #86: Azaleas and Rhododendrons and So Much MoreATP Podcast #86: Azaleas and Rhododendrons and So Much More
By dave, April 15, 2015

We packed a lot into this episode. The first half is about rhododendrons and the second half is about a whole mix of different topics, especially about the plants database at ATP and our various plants we grow here, and much more.

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Azalea: Spectacular Shrub of the SouthAzalea: Spectacular Shrub of the South
By SongofJoy, April 14, 2015

One of the most popular shrubs in the South, the Azalea is spectacular when in bloom.

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A Photo Tour of the Best Rhododendron Photos on ATPA Photo Tour of the Best Rhododendron Photos on ATP
By dave, April 12, 2015

Our Rhododendron Database has over 700 photos, and most of them are beautiful and worth viewing. Come on in and check out the top 20 most thumbed images in the rhododendron database, and learn about a mini contest for this week!

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The Top Azaleas and RhododendronsThe Top Azaleas and Rhododendrons
By dave, April 11, 2015

It's Rhododendrons Celebration Week! Let's open it up with a look at the top species and cultivars from among this collection of vibrant and beautiful plants.

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Try out Malabar SpinachTry out Malabar Spinach
By dave, April 10, 2015

There's so much to love about this useful plant. Let's look at Malabar Spinach, how to grow it, why you should grow it, and all the wonderful qualities it brings to your garden.

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By mellielong on Apr 18, 2015 5:52 PM, concerning plant: Butterfly Pea (Clitoria ternatea)

I found this plant at Lowe's a few years ago and it was the only one left. Naturally, I had to buy it. Not only because it was beautiful, but because I knew it would serve as a host plant for the Long-Tailed Skipper butterfly. And sure enough, they come and lay their eggs year after year and roll the leaves to make shelters. The caterpillars are known as "bean leaf rollers" because of their leaf rolling habit and because they tend to eat most things in the bean family (like green beans) so this is a good alternative to put the caterpillars on if you don't want them in your vegetable garden. They never seem to do much damage to the plant as I think the lizards have discovered their method of "hiding". The plant loses its leaves in the winter but comes back each spring. This year I started saving seeds just in case we have a very hard freeze and I also cover the plant with blankets. Mostly, I protect it so it will come back sooner and be ready to feed my caterpillars. I have this one planted right in front of the house in full Florida sun with poor Florida soil. It keeps coming back so I guess it likes where it is.

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By farmerdill on Apr 18, 2015 4:31 PM, concerning plant: Broccoli (Brassica oleracea 'Lieutenant')

Erect plant that develops few side shoots. Dark green smooth heads.

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By mellielong on Apr 17, 2015 11:23 PM, concerning plant: Arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia)

The book "How to Know the Wildflowers" (1922) by Mrs William Starr Dana uses the synonym Sagittaria variabilis. She remarks that "among our water-flowers none are more delicately lovely than those of the arrow-head". However, she gets a little sexist, proclaiming that it is fortunate the "ugly and inconspicuous female flowers grow on the lower whorls, while the male ones, with their snowy petals and golden centers, are arranged about the upper part of the scape."

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By mellielong on Apr 17, 2015 11:12 PM, concerning plant: Nodding Lady's Tresses (Spiranthes cernua)

The book "How to Know the Wildflowers" (1922) by Mrs William Starr Dana says this orchid is found in great abundance in September and October. While the author notes that "botany relegates it to wet places," she has spotted it in dry upland pastures and low-lying swamps. She uses the common name of "Ladies' Tresses" but says the plant's former English name was actually "Ladies' Traces" due to a resemblance "between its twisted clusters and the lacings which played so important a part in the feminine toilet." She also says that in parts of New England, people call it "Wild Hyacinth."

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By mellielong on Apr 17, 2015 11:07 PM, concerning plant: Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris)

The book "How to Know the Wildflowers" (1922) by Mrs William Starr Dana notes the invasive quality of this species even back in 1922. The author states the plant was brought from Europe and first naturalized near Boston. At the time of the book's publishing, the plant had become wild in different parts of the country, "quite over-running some of the farm-lands which border the Hudson River, and whitening the roadsides of Berkshire."

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