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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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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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By lovesblooms on Sep 3, 2015 10:59 AM, concerning plant: Hardy Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos 'Blue River II')

The main thing I don't like about hibiscus flowers is the red eye. It's not that it's ugly, it's just so commonplace with lighter colored hibiscuses--and it reminds me of Rose of Sharon, which are even more common here.

I winter sowed three of these last year from open-pollinated seed I was fast enough to grab in a group swap, and they all sprouted. Although they attempted to grow, I wasn't attentive enough to keeping away the groundhogs and deer, and they kept being chewed back. This year, though, I was much more protective--and also anxious to discover whether they would come true from seed. I was very excited when the first bloom opened pure white! I got a beautiful show from June to July. I may have gotten a longer bloom if I watered more regularly when we hit a dry spell through July, but I was happy with what I got. I did not spray these but had no rust, although some Lady Baltimore offspring (didn't come true to color) nearby did rust somewhat, in shadier conditions, and I worried it could spread.

They're still out there, getting watered more regularly, although I don't really expect more blooms. Can't wait till next year!

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By jmorth on Sep 3, 2015 10:25 AM, concerning plant: Jonquilla Daffodil (Narcissus 'Yellow Pearl')

Yellow Pearl - division 7, jonquilla; a soft yellow selection of N. rupicola from Walter Blom in Oregon; mid spring; 3"-4"....from Brent and Becky's bulbs

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By jmorth on Sep 3, 2015 10:14 AM, concerning plant: Bulbocodium Daffodil (Narcissus romieuxii 'Julia Jane')

Brent and Becky's Bulbs remark:
Julia Jane - division 10, other daffodils; a selection from wild collected N. romieuxii from Morocco; pale greenish yellow; later blooming than N. cantabricus; early spring; (12/14cm); 4"-6".

A Hoop Petticoat type miniature daffodil.

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By jmorth on Sep 3, 2015 9:36 AM, concerning plant: Bulbocodium Daffodil (Narcissus 'Spoirot')

Spoirot - lovely straw colored bulbocodium-type flowers that are perfect for natural areas, fronts of borders and the the ADS show bench; whz 4-8; 4"-6".
Brent and Becky's description.

A miniature hoop petticoat type daffodil.

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By jmorth on Sep 3, 2015 8:48 AM, concerning plant: Daffodil (Narcissus 'Diamond Ring')

Diamond Ring - division 13, 'bulbocodium; a selection of bulbocodium obesus, a larger form of bulbocodium; this is lovely and rare; (8/10cm); 3"-5"; mid spring'
Complements of Brent and Becky's Bulbs.

This dwarf daffodil can have 4 to 8 buds possible on each bulb.
A selection from N. bulbocodium subsp. obesus.

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