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February's Flower: Violas (Violets and Pansies)February's Flower: Violas (Violets and Pansies)
By dave, February 1, 2016

February's Birth Flower is Violets. Let's learn about these dainty little spring blooming plants.

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The Top 10 Hand Tools Every Gardener NeedsThe Top 10 Hand Tools Every Gardener Needs
By Trish, January 29, 2016

We put the question to our members: what's your favorite hand tools? They responded with all their favorites, and after combing through all the nominations we now present the list of the top hand tools from the ATP members!

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Tell us your Favorite Shade PlantsTell us your Favorite Shade Plants
By dave, January 20, 2016

We're putting together a list of the ATP members' favorite shade plants! Come on in and read how to nominate your favorites! We will later publish a final article on the top picks.

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Tell us your Favorite Hand ToolsTell us your Favorite Hand Tools
By dave, January 11, 2016

We're putting together a list of the ATP members' favorite hand tools. Nominate your favorite tools this week, and soon afterwards we will have a special vote where the members will decide which are the ATP Favorite Hand Tools. This is going to be a fun activity.

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Post your Multi-Plant PhotosPost your Multi-Plant Photos
By dave, January 4, 2016

In an effort to promote our Multi-Plant Photos feature, Paul2032 is giving bonus acorns to the next 10 different members who post a photo to this area of the site. Update: The activity is now over!

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Three Group Seed Swaps You Should Check OutThree Group Seed Swaps You Should Check Out
By dave, December 21, 2015

There are three group seed swaps currently recruiting members. The idea is that a large group of members get together, and each person lists the seeds they have. They then each call dibs on each other's seeds and at the end each person mails what was dibbed to a central person, who then mails each person's items back out. It's a fantastic way to get a huge amount of new seeds. Click to find out more!

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The Contest is Over! Associating Forum Images with Plants was a Huge Success!The Contest is Over! Associating Forum Images with Plants was a Huge Success!
By dave, December 20, 2015

For the past week, we've been holding a fun activity where members associated images in the forums with plants in the database. It was wildly successful. Open to find out more.

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Contest: Associate Forum Images with PlantsContest: Associate Forum Images with Plants
By dave, December 12, 2015

It's December and we're holding a fun activity that will have you exploring the forums, finding photos that have been posted, and associating those photos with plants in the database. Open to find out more!

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The Winners of the 2015 All Things Plants Photo Contest Are...The Winners of the 2015 All Things Plants Photo Contest Are...
By dave, December 8, 2015

All judging and voting is finished and we are ready to unveil the Best of Show winner, along with the blue ribbon winners of each category. Come in and check it out!

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By Marilyn on Feb 5, 2016 10:00 PM, concerning plant: Sage (Salvia 'Elk Ruby Ruby')

Flowers By The Sea of Elk, CA, has a new introduction that looks to be another exciting and 'must have' salvia. The flowers are a deep ruby red color that are stunning.

Listed as hardy to zone 7, I've grown some of his Elk named salvias and found that they are hardy to my zone 6a garden and were grown in containers, to which I'm very happy. I hope to be adding this new one to my garden this year. Looks like "another winner of a salvia".

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By valleylynn on Feb 5, 2016 5:53 PM, concerning plant: Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Rosa Spumanti')

A comment by Truls Jensen:

Rosa Spumanti and Spumanti are siblings but individual cultivars. Spumanti was a volunteer seedling that was profusely netted and that produced many small offsets so that when grown in a container it appears to be foaming over, hence the name Spumanti (foam or sparkling in Italian). Rosa Spumanti is similar except the rosettes are slightly larger and blushed with red and not quite as 'sparkly'.

I'll take a look at the chapter this evening.

Truls
Wild Ginger Farm
24000 Schuebel School Rd
Beavercreek, OR 97004

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By valleylynn on Feb 5, 2016 5:52 PM, concerning plant: Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Spumanti')

A comment by Truls Jensen:

Rosa Spumanti and Spumanti are siblings but individual cultivars. Spumanti was a volunteer seedling that was profusely netted and that produced many small offsets so that when grown in a container it appears to be foaming over, hence the name Spumanti (foam or sparkling in Italian). Rosa Spumanti is similar except the rosettes are slightly larger and blushed with red and not quite as 'sparkly'.

I'll take a look at the chapter this evening.

Truls
Wild Ginger Farm
24000 Schuebel School Rd
Beavercreek, OR 97004

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By kniphofia on Feb 4, 2016 10:52 AM, concerning plant: Spurge (Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii)

This is a superb perennial. I grew it in my Yorkshire garden many years ago and absolutely loved it. It really is stunning and highly recommended. The bracts are a wonderful chartreuse yellow colour. The stems grow one year and in the second year produce the large showy bracts. I wish I had room to grow it again.

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By Bonehead on Feb 3, 2016 2:09 PM, concerning plant: Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

There seems to be some question whether this is a native or invasive plant in the PNW. I do know I have a lot of it in my damp lower field, and my local Conservation folks would like to discourage its spread. Since it is growing along a fish-bearing stream, their suggestion is to simply plant larger natives where the canary grass is growing, cut the grass back, and eventually the shade from the natives will overpower the grass. I don't mind the canary grass, it looks really pretty in the wind, and I assume the deer snack on it (I know my dog does).

http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/graminoid/phaaru/a...

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