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Monarch Butterfly
by: Doug Green

Butterfly gardens require several things to be successful: plants, water, and the right gardening attitude.

We can easily create lists of plants that butterflies love. Consider planting Asters, Joe-Pye weed, Black-eyed Susans, Lantana, Butterfly Bush, Butterfly Weed, Liatris, Pentas, Coreopsis and Purple Coneflowers. These are gorgeous plants and butterflies will flock to them in large numbers.

Gardeners can easily provide water by soaking the ground in an area next to favorite plants or by having small dishes/birdbaths with water in the garden. By providing water, you’ll attract butterflies. If you have a small pond, lay a stick on the edge so one end is in the water and one end on the shore. This will provide an easy entrance way for both butterflies and frogs. It also looks more realistic than bare edged ponds.

And finally, we need to create a gardening aButterfly Bokehttitude that says that in order to get those gorgeous butterflies, we need to feed the caterpillars that hatch out to be butterflies. It is OK to plant specific plants these immature insects require and it is OK if they chew them up. You have to have food in your garden for all phases of this creature if you want to attract them. The tip is to plant the following plants at the back of the garden so you wont’ see the damage. Plant Wild Asters, Clover, Hollyhocks, Lupines, Mallows, Marigolds, Milkweed, Nettles and Thistles, Parsley, Passionflower (in baskets) Plantain, Snapdragons, Sorrel, Turtlehead and Violets.

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Doug Green, award winning garden author of 7 books, answers gardening questions in his free newsletter at

Photo: Monarch Butterfly by Creativity+ Timothy K Hamilton, on Flickr

Originally posted 2009-05-15 13:43:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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I think Yolanda’s videos have good and accurate garden information that get’s right to the point. Here she explains pruning hydrangeas, which as you probably know can be a little confusing…

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Prune hydrangeas after they have finished blooming in the fall by trimming the branches back one-third each year. Avoid pruning hydrangeas back past the little tips with the buds by considering ins…

Originally posted 2009-05-11 09:18:41. 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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Knowing everything you can about  Poison Ivy  will help you to  Treat  it properly.

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

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Native Plants for balance

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I am a big fan of native plant gardening…which helps to develope and restore the natural ecosystem of where you live…so remember to include a few native plants into your landscape! Here is an awesome video that explains why native plant gardening is important and a good thing to do.

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Using native plants to restore balance to the ecosystem in your backyard and attract wildlife

Originally posted 2009-05-25 09:34:30. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Even though I usually only recommend perennials I have to make an exception with this spectacular flower! Talk about attracting hummingbirds! This plant is wonderful and airy and prolific, even if it is not a perennial in the northern states. Just spend a few bucks and get this one in your garden…you won’t regret it!
Here is Yolanda telling it like it is! Enjoy…
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Scarlet sage, or salvia splendens, is an herb that is a member of the mint family. Discover why the scarlet sage plant cannot handle freezes with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video on flower gardening and plant care.

Originally posted 2009-05-18 07:56:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Caring For Orchids

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by Jan Hartman

Photo by Thai Jasmine

Orchids are beautiful, exotic plants that are temperamental, but can be successfully grown indoors as a decorative houseplant Orchids are not that complicated and if you understand caring for orchids and their needs you can grow these exotic and beautiful plants

Orchids are beautiful, exotic plants that are temperamental, but can be successfully grown indoors as a decorative houseplant. Orchids are not that complicated and if you understand caring for orchids and their needs you can grow these exotic and beautiful plants. Read More→

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Walnut tree
Photo by cizauskas
A few years ago I lived in an old victorian house in Ann Arbor, Michigan that had a handful of stately old 100 foot tall Walnut trees (juglans regia). I quickly discovered that there were a number of plants that simply died or started to die as soon as I planted them under that tree – petunias, peonies, roses, impatiens to name just an unfortunate few. I was beginning to think perhaps I was not as good a gardener as I thought myself to be.

After asking around a bit I discovered that walnut trees are considered a gardening challenge because there are a number of plants that simply can not survive under them. This is due to a poisonous substance that leaches from the walnut trees called juglone-I sure would not be eating any veggies or herbs grown near or under a walnut tree( I heard somewhere that it was an ingredient in rat poison many years ago…not sure if that is true or just some kind of urban legend). So if you have hanging plants under a giant and elegant tree that keep dying and you do not know why, try looking up to see if that tree is a walnut tree. If it is then that is one garden problem you can consider solved! Read More→

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