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Hibiscus Celebration WrapupHibiscus Celebration Wrapup
By dave, September 4, 2015

We're nearing the end of our amazing Hibiscus Celebration Week, and it was another great one! Let's have a look at the highlights from the week.

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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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By greene on Sep 3, 2015 8:51 PM, concerning plant: Alp Lily (Gagea serotina)

The plant was named in honor of Edward Llwyd also spelled Lhuyd, a Welsh botanist. The accepted name for Lloydia serotina was changed to Gagea serotina. Here is a bit of information about Edward Llwyd.
http://www.ukwildflowers.com/Web_pages/gagea_serotina_snowdo...
http://wbo.llgc.org.uk/en/s-LHUY-EDW-1660.html

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By agreenerside on Sep 3, 2015 8:21 PM, concerning plant: Butterfly Ginger (Hedychium coronarium)

This plant is fascinating, and captivating when in bloom, otherwise people think it's weird lookin corn. Rhizomes on the surface may freeze out but they survive from tips underground in zone 7 just fine. I would imagine zone 6 with mulch would be fine. Always looks stressed in full sun without ample water.
They are showing flowering heads as of September1

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By agreenerside on Sep 3, 2015 8:03 PM, concerning plant: Butterfly Ginger (Hedychium coronarium)

This plant is fascinating, and captivating when in bloom, otherwise people think it's weird lookin corn. Rhizomes on the surface may freeze out but they survive from tips underground in zone 7 just fine. I would imagine zone 6 with mulch would be fine. Always looks stressed in full sun without ample water.
They are showing flowering heads as of September1

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By agreenerside on Sep 3, 2015 7:53 PM, concerning plant: Japanese Fiber Banana (Musa basjoo)

Survived the coldest recent winter of -3f with only a sheet of plastic over it which in reality does not thermally insulate, it only allows it to leaf out earlier and sheds water away from the crown, which is beneficial as for to not rot out.
They love nitrogen and "moisture" to go along with it. I gave copious amounts of blood in midsummer and was rewarded with rich green leaves urea is very efficient also. Anytime I've seen these struggle is from drying out and lack of nitrogen.
As their crown rises to the surface each growing season reveals more winter exposure to surface freezing on the mother plant, which may result in only pups arising in spring.
Makes a great sacrifice to the first frost and may even put out another new leaf before first freeze

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By agreenerside on Sep 3, 2015 7:24 PM, concerning plant: Calla Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Hercules')

Awesome mottled for lack of better term spotted leaves, lack of chlorophyll in isolated circular spots on membrane. Will one day be a mainstay in many gardens. Severely underrated and unknown beautiful form that will be known to many soon enough. I may consider digging mine this winter if I had the time just so I could more easily divide the whole clump without having to yank suckers off the side, which in either case has been very successful four times of the which I have one that is doing the best and out of the other shared three, of which one has "gone dormant" rather early this year due to drying out, over exposure, and mainly poor siting... Not sure if it can get enough water and often my main clump is in a flood zone during winter.

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