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Look but dont touch

Look but don't touch

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The spiny, unforgiving orbs of the golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii) seem to soften when cushioned by a plush carpet of blue chalksticks (Senecio serpens), but don't be fooled. This study...

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Far above the Hudsons waters

Far above the Hudson's waters

We don't normally associate the urban environment with rich loam, lush vegetables, and brilliant flowers, but the community garden plots in West Harlem's Riverbank State Park are visual proof that...

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READER PHOTOS! Wildlife in a California garden

READER PHOTOS! Wildlife in a California garden

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A couple of weeks ago, I asked you to send in photos of wildlife in your garden, and Pam Wittenberg from Santa Rosa, California, had a bunch to share! She says, "Here are some pics of the wildlife in...

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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays to all.

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The Garden in Winter, Day #5

The Garden in Winter, Day #5

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A rare dusting of snow in Dallas turns an angel into... a snow angel, of course. Today's photo is from Joanne Pospisil in Carrollton, Texas. She said, "It rarely snows in Dallas, Texas, but when it does ...... it's magical!!"

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The Garden in Winter, Day #4

The Garden in Winter, Day #4

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Surreal? The alchemy of frost and snow turns ordinary plants into something altogether mesmerizing. Today's photo is another photo from Mike Lane in Victoria, B.C. He said, "There's beauty to be found in the garden, even in winter. This cabbage looked so beautiful after a frost that I...

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The Garden in Winter, Day #3

The Garden in Winter, Day #3

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Today's photo has the feel of a 19th-century postcard: soft-edged and restrained. It's another winner from last year's winter garden photography contest, and it's from Dennis Kruse in Virginia. He said, "Gardening is my wife’s passion, but I have become caught up in her enthusiasm. I enjoy photographing the flowers that she tends. While visiting France in 2008, we toured gardens in Loire and Provence. We fell in love with the garden pergolas we saw at various hotels and gardens. We wanted...

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The Garden in Winter, Day #2

The Garden in Winter, Day #2

In a frozen landscape, color is a rare treat. Even shriveled with cold, this forgotten fruit lifts the spirits. Today's photo was another winner from last year's winter garden photography contest, and it's from Mike Lane in Victoria, B.C. He said, "I'm a retired forester who has always been passionate about the outdoors, so my love of gardening flows from that. My garden here in Victoria, BC is in Zone 8 and averages 287 frost free days a year. Growing English roses has been my specialty for some years, however my love of photography has caused me to begin making changes in the garden. Now I'm planting more varieties that photograph...

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Garden in Winter photo contest!

Garden in Winter photo contest!

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The new Garden in Winter photo contest is now on in our online photo gallery! Check out the details here. We started this tradition last year, when we asked our readers to send us photos of the...

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The Great Rose Garden Cover Up

The Great Rose Garden Cover Up

Mulch has many qualities including weed suppression, decorative, keeping the soil most and disease prevention. Did I say disease prevention?!

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READER PHOTO! Now thats some wildlife

READER PHOTO! Now that's some wildlife

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In response to Monday's post (Feed the birds), Denise Dyko of Millbrook, New York, sent in these photos of some wildlife in her garden. She says, "If you provide enough of a feast for the birds, you...

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Did Vertical Gardening Start During The Gold Rush?

Did Vertical Gardening Start During The Gold Rush?

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The eastern face of Telegraph Hill looked wild and inaccessible, like El Capitan rising from the floor of Yosemite Valley. The rock face cascaded with ribbons of green, framed by the shimmering golden foliage of poplar trees. Fortunately, we weren't going to need a Sherpa or oxygen masks to mount our assault - we'd hoof it a couple of blocks to the Filbert Steps and take the more civilized route.

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There must be a word for this

There must be a word for this

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What is it called when a plant has three different leaf shapes at once? I can't figure it out, but that's what going on with sassafras (Sassafras albidum, USDA Hardiness Zones 4-8). Sassafras is an...

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Poisonous Plant Quiz

Poisonous Plant Quiz

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So you think you are an expert gardener, but do you know what plants are dangerous to you and your family? Take this quiz and test your skills.

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A perfect pairing...

A perfect pairing...

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...of plant and hardscape. Could this combo get any better? The stems of the Black Lace elderberry (Sambucus nigra 'Eva', USDA Hardiness Zones 4-7) match the rusty fencing perfectly, and their...

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Feed the birds

Feed the birds

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I took this photo at a children's garden in Raleigh, North Carolina, last fall. This drooping, end-of-the-season sunflower personified how I felt after a long, tough gardening season, and then a few...

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READER PHOTO! A water-wise entryway garden in Denver

READER PHOTO! A water-wise entryway garden in Denver

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Today's photo is from Sheila Schultz in Denver, Colorado. She says, "What do you do with a tiny front yard in Denver with zero visual interest?  I created a rock garden with a winding...

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The Two Camps Begin To Emerge

The Two Camps Begin To Emerge

Roses begin to be divided into those for the garden and those for exhibition.

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Baby in the veggie patch!

Baby in the veggie patch!

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What happens when a newly mobile one-year-old spots an open garden gate and scoots in?

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An unusual English ivy

An unusual English ivy

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Ever gone online and seen the selection of English ivies that are for sale these days? It's mindblowing! They come in all shapes and sizes, and in a multitude of shades. But this little ivy has...

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