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Sleeping Among the PoppiesSleeping Among the Poppies
By bennysplace, May 25, 2015

Rising from the ground in spring with its droopy fuzzy head, the corn poppy begins to work its magic. Seeds from last year’s crop remained silent through the winter and now this simple yet mysterious flower will capture the gardener’s imagination once again.

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Showy Mexican SunflowersShowy Mexican Sunflowers
By Newyorkrita, May 24, 2015

Mexican Sunflowers attract butterflies, honeybees, goldfinches, and hummingbirds to the garden. They are easily grown by seed, so give them a try in your garden this year!

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We're Celebrating Peonies!We're Celebrating Peonies!
By dave, May 23, 2015

We open the Peonies Celebration Week with a look at the top cultivars in our peonies database. Join us as we spend the week celebrating these wonderful blooms.

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Keeping the Garden GroomedKeeping the Garden Groomed
By Paul2032, May 22, 2015

A little time committed to deadheading will keep the garden looking fresher and more appealing.

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Book Review: "Roses Without Chemicals" by Peter KukielskiBook Review: "Roses Without Chemicals" by Peter Kukielski
By MargieNY, May 21, 2015

The front cover of this book offers the synopsis: "150 disease-free varieties that will change the way you grow roses." I purchased this book because I wanted to be sucessful growing roses without the use of chemicals.

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Start Replacement Summer Squash Plants To Stay Ahead of Squash Vine BorersStart Replacement Summer Squash Plants To Stay Ahead of Squash Vine Borers
By Newyorkrita, May 20, 2015

One way to stay ahead of SVB damage is the practice of succession planting to keep your squash harvest going.

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Creating a Wall of SedumCreating a Wall of Sedum
By Cookies4kids, May 19, 2015

Creating a beautiful "green" wall in your yard is easy, and it adds a new dimension to your landscaping efforts.

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You Can and Should Grow LuffasYou Can and Should Grow Luffas
By dave, May 18, 2015

It's highly ornamental, bees love it, the fruit is edible and delicious, mature fruits have many household uses, and the plant is easy to grow. What's not to love?

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The May 2015 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The May 2015 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
By dave, May 16, 2015

Time for another raffle, our biggest of the year. We have 9 companies this month, all providing great prizes. Step right up and buy your tickets! You have until Monday to enter!

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Irises Celebration Week Wrap UpIrises Celebration Week Wrap Up
By dave, May 15, 2015

In the past six days we had almost a thousand photos of irises posted to our database, along with about the same number of posts in the irises forum. Let's have a look at the best photos, along with who participated the most.

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Stop and Smell the IrisStop and Smell the Iris
By bennysplace, May 15, 2015

My ongoing love affair with the iris began when I worked for a small bank in what was once a small town. There was a separate building called the annex, where I would go to fix the staff's computers. One spring my stroll was rewarded with something magical.

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With All the Colors Available, Why Select a White Iris?With All the Colors Available, Why Select a White Iris?
By grannysgarden, May 14, 2015

According to many sources the iris takes its name from the Greek word for a rainbow, referring to the wide variety of flower colors found among the many species. If you can grow a flower in any color, or combination of colors, why grow a white one?

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ATP Podcast #89: Celebrating IrisesATP Podcast #89: Celebrating Irises
By dave, May 14, 2015

In this week's podcast we talk all about irises, sharing our favorite tips on how to grow them, and talking about the articles posted this week. Dave rants about using rusty reinforcement wire for tomato cages and Trish shares her concerns about honesty from vendors at your local farmers market.

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There Is an Iris for Every GardenThere Is an Iris for Every Garden
By gemini_sage, May 13, 2015

Irises are the largest genus of the Iridaceae family, with as many as 300 species, many of which are thought to be natural hybrids. Iris species are primarily native to the temperate northern hemisphere, the majority from Europe and Asia. The world of Irises is expansive, with species native to some of the most extreme climates, giving us an iris for just about any landscape or garden situation.

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Iris Flower PatternsIris Flower Patterns
By KentPfeiffer, May 12, 2015

The Flower Patterns field is one of the most useful, but also confusing, aspects of the Iris Database here at ATP. To help you get the most from the database, here are brief explanations of what these words mean.

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Corner Iris Garden Is Easy To MakeCorner Iris Garden Is Easy To Make
By Newyorkrita, May 11, 2015

Grouping tall bearded iris plants in a front corner added a favorite focal point to an underused spot.

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The Iris Database DemystifiedThe Iris Database Demystified
By KentPfeiffer, May 10, 2015

Many sources for information about Iris varieties are available online. But, once you understand a few aspects to how the search engine works, you will find that the Iris Database here at All Things Plants stands above the crowd.

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We're Celebrating Irises This Week!We're Celebrating Irises This Week!
By dave, May 9, 2015

We open our Irises Celebration Week with a look at the top cultivars, top comments, most thumbed images, a contest, and more!

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Watering Your Strawberry JarsWatering Your Strawberry Jars
By Eric4home, May 8, 2015

Getting your strawberry jars established with the soil intact can be challenging. I have tried various methods, such as using some coir (coconut fiber) or sphagnum moss around the transplants to hold the soil in the ports. The best method I've found is to inset a watering pipe into the center of the container as follows:

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Stock Tank PondStock Tank Pond
By Newyorkrita, May 7, 2015

Sink a stock tank in the ground and cover the edges with large flat rocks for a natural look.

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Garlic, Part IIIGarlic, Part III
By drdawg, May 6, 2015

I have covered some of the history of garlic, some of the misconceptions related to garlic, and the growing/harvesting/storage of garlic. Let's now look at some of the more readily available varieties so that we understand what characteristics they will have and how they are similar yet different in bulb/clove color, size, flavor, and pungency.

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Garlic, Part IIGarlic, Part II
By drdawg, May 5, 2015

I have grown heirloom, gourmet garlic for several years. Here is some information on garlic you might find in your grocery store, how to grow and harvest garlic, and how to store it.

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Garlic, Part IGarlic, Part I
By drdawg, May 4, 2015

I have grown heirloom, gourmet garlic for several years, and over that time have learned some of its history, some of the myths/misconceptions associated with it, and what garlic grows where. In a second article I will discuss some aspects of the particular varieties, how to grow it, and how to store it.

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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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