Your All Things Plants newsletter for April 9, 2012

Some numbers from last week:
The most popular images this week from our database:

Photo of (Allium jesdianum) by jmorth:
Image from plant ID 238858

Photo of Iris (Iris 'Romantic Lyric') by Trish:
Image from plant ID 72777

Photo of Snow on the Mountain (Euphorbia marginata) by Seedsower:
Image from plant ID 82012

Photo of Tulip (Tulipa 'Belicia') by zuzu:
Image from plant ID 240569

Photo of Clematis (Clematis 'Blue Ravine') by Sharon:
Image from plant ID 71593

There were 5 new articles published last week:

Article for Beloved around the world: the Hibiscus
By C. Tee Menser on April 9, 2012

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. (2 comments)

Article for Garden Tours: Chelle
By Sharon Brown on April 8, 2012

This is a Garden Tour you'll long remember. Chelle has done marvelous things with her 10 acres in Indiana and she will show us both the before and after photos. We think you are going to love this tour! (Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge so you'll get the full picture!) (20 comments)

Article for Planting by the light of the moon
By Sharon Brown on April 6, 2012

Aunt Bett said, "Listen to the moon. It'll tell you when to plant." I think she was real close to being right. (40 comments)

Article for Brushwood Nursery: A review
By Trish Whitinger on April 5, 2012

It is our privilege to bring to you a new feature - personal reviews of gardening companies and products. Join us as I talk about the famous Brushwood Nursery and its owner, Dan Long. While I've known Dan for quite a few years, I've never ordered from Brushwood, so it was my honor to see what all of... (13 comments)

Article for April plants for honey bees
By Margaret Tucker on April 3, 2012

April is here and beekeepers will be kept busy trying to keep up with their bees' need for extra room to store the bounty collected from the blossoms they visited. April also marks the start of swarm season, so beekeepers will be keeping an eye out for swarms to catch; or they'll be trying to keep ... (9 comments)

Daily Gardening Tips from this week:

Gardening tip for April 9, 2012 April 9, 2012:
When watering a Pitcher plant (Sarracenia or Nepenthes) it is best to use rain water or distilled water. They don't like the buildup of salt and minerals that are present in most tap water.

Tip by Dutchlady1
Photo by bree - (one comment)

Gardening tip for April 8, 2012 April 8, 2012:
Use exterior paint for plastics & decorate those rain barrels with flowers or whimsy! People will see them in a whole new light.

Tip by flaflwrgrl
Photo by Boopaints - (21 comments)

Gardening tip for April 7, 2012 April 7, 2012:
Recycle plastic trays and gallon Ziploc bags to make a mini greenhouse for rooting plants. These are especially good when using damp sphagnum moss for rooting as it tends to dry out quickly. I rinse the trays and and bags and keep a supply on hand. You can write the contents on the bag with magic marker so you won't have to guess what you're rooting. Monitoring your greenhouse is simple with the clear bags.

Tip and photo by rocklady - (2 comments)

Gardening tip for April 6, 2012 April 6, 2012:
Lawn care is made easier with flat trim next to your gardens that the lawn mower can roll over. This also helps to keep the weed-wacker away from your plants.

Tip and photo by Maridell - (7 comments)

Gardening tip for April 5, 2012 April 5, 2012:
I fill empty milk jugs with water to water baskets/plants where no hose is handy. Saves trips into the house or to the hose.

Tip and photo by gingin - (5 comments)

Gardening tip for April 4, 2012 April 4, 2012:
3 teaspoons of dish soap added to a large squirt bottle helps get rid of pests, especially aphids. Spray both sides of your plants.

Tip by Boopaints
Photo by gardengus - (17 comments)

Gardening tip for April 3, 2012 April 3, 2012:
When trying to attract butterflies to your garden , don't forget to add some ripe fruit.

Tip and photo by gardengus - (12 comments)