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Bravo Brave Gardener!

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Courage: a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear(1)

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Come spring as we begin our fearless foray into peoples messy untamed garden jungles; surrounded by piles of menacing dead branches, unsightly beds filled with brown and wilted vegetation, cracked and broken pots, old abandoned sharp tools left to rust lying in a grey and mucky menagerie-
We climb mountains of boulders which can be slippery and precarious, we forage streams of spring run-off and deep pooling water, we have to hack our way through dangerous raspberry patches, and we sometimes get mangled by sharp clawing rose vines. We clear giant tree branches, shovel mountains of mud, and haul piles of debris. It’s hard, back breaking work…and we do it!

We encounter wild animals on land; squirrels, chipmunks, salamanders….the occasional worm. Cougars! Don’t laugh, it’s true…One can never be too careful, I say to myself when fear creeps up my spine on that rare occasion that I find myself no longer in the formal garden but suddenly in the woods…out back…yep, scary stuff.

And don’t forget to keep an eye on the sky! Many a gardener has been attacked from above by angry and venomous wasps. I myself have had to fight and claw off an angry swarm of stinging mud daubers. My only salvation was to dive head long into the swimming pool. “I don’t believe it!”, you say. Well, believe it! It’s a mad jungle out there. And the only thing between you and that beautiful garden is a BRAVE gardener!

And brave is what we are. We are Garden Hero’s, come to save the day! We accept our accolades with a humble sense of “just doing our job, mam, sir!” “All in a days work!” and then we quietly return the job at hand.

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Originally posted 2009-02-13 17:47:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Author: nlwest21
Poison ivy – also best-known as toxicodendron radicans – is a kind of plant that is regarded to be apart of the Anacardiaceae family. Many of us learned about this plant when we were children and were taught to keep as far away from it as we possibly could. Those of us who did not listen to the rule soon discovered about the rash that it would induce and which would leave us in pain for a week.  This plant is not really an ivy – but is instead a wooden vine that can to develop the content urushiol. This is a kind of skin irritant that causes the rash to come out on anyone who tries to feel it. This rash can make the person incredibly itchy. It must be dealt with unique creams.  You will be able to recognize the poison ivy plant by its common ‘leaves of three’. All of the blades are almond shaped and is the one feature that truly separates it from different plants. The plant will likewise have berries that are a gray-white color and which are consumed by birds during the winter months.  The younger plants will have light green leaves and as they mature this color will turn into a dark green. The blades are between 3 to 12 centimeters long and will have a few teeth on the edges of it. Along the vine you will observe that the leaves are grown clustered together.   These plants will never be discovered growing in desert or arid regions. Rather they are ofttimes developing in the woody areas. This is why they are oftentimes tricky to spot because they have the ability to merge in well with the plants that surround them.  People find it very tricky to do away with the  poison ivy plant  because it has the power to produce both sexually and vegetatively. The vines will push out adventitious roots or the plant will plainly spread from the root crowns. The seeds has the ability to be distributed by the animals in the area after they have consumed parts of it and then had it come out of their system.

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Originally posted 2009-04-30 14:05:07. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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You Flinch & I'm Gone!!
By William J. Hurst

Birds can be an important addition to any landscape. Selecting the best ornamental plants that help improve the habitat of your back yard should be chosen for features that provide birds with food and shelter.

Viburnums provide excellent food and shelter for bird habitats.
Viburnum tinus

Viburnums are attractive, versatile, adaptable shrubs for any landscape in which you want to improve your bird habitat.. They can be used as hedges or screens and in mixed perennial and shrub borders. They can stand alone as specimen plants or in clusters. They usually take the form of shrubs, but some species can become small ornamental trees. They range in size from the Dwarf American Cranberry at 2 feet tall by 2 feet wide, to the Siebold at over 15 feet tall.
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Originally posted 2009-06-05 07:15:43. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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