Your All Things Plants newsletter for April 23, 2012

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

Photo of Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum 'Lacrosse') by Paul2032:
Image from plant ID 229118

Photo of African Daisy (Osteospermum ecklonis 'Serenity Rose Magic') by Paul2032:
Image from plant ID 238839

Photo of Sneezeweed (Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty') by Joy:
Image from plant ID 76779

Photo of Plumeria (Plumeria rubra 'Makaha Sunn') by Dutchlady1:
Image from plant ID 159746

Photo of Clematis (Clematis 'Miss Bateman') by chelle:
Image from plant ID 71634

There were 5 new articles published last week:

Article for Sculpted Forms: a new look for a favorite perennial
By Char on April 23, 2012

The American Hemerocallis Society, the International Cultivar Registration Authority for the genus Hemerocallis, recognizes for registration groups of daylilies with different and distinctive flower shape as Forms. Daylily form refers to the shape or structure of the flower. Currently, there are si... (one comment)

Article for Garden Tours: mcash70
By Sharon Brown on April 22, 2012

Come with us now as we travel to Canada to view the gorgeous gardens of Margaret, (mcash70). Short growing seasons and long cold winters don't seem to mar the beauty of her landscape. Be sure to click on the images to enlarge them. You are going to love what you see! (31 comments)

Article for Atlas Glove sold from Cooper Safety- A Review
By Trish Whitinger on April 20, 2012

I wear gloves around the farm about as often as I wear shoes - never. These particular gloves, however, just might make me change my mind. (61 comments)

Article for What's Blooming in April
By Larry Rettig on April 19, 2012

Like many other parts of the Midwest, our spring came early in Iowa this year, with temperatures approaching those of summer. Unfortunately, we are back to reality now, with three successive nights of temperatures in the upper 20s. Some plants suffered visible damage, but many that I expected to s... (38 comments)

Article for Camellia Forest Nursery: A Review
By Trish Whitinger on April 17, 2012

I have a beautiful, functional, and fragrant review for you today! Don't miss out on my review of Camellia Forest Nursery! (16 comments)

Daily Gardening Tips from this week:

Gardening tip for April 23, 2012 April 23, 2012:
Not sure about your saved seeds' viability? A bit of water and a few seeds placed in a resealable plastic bag can be used to test for germination. Results are usually apparent in just a few days.

Tip and photo by chelle - (no comments)

Gardening tip for April 22, 2012 April 22, 2012:
Are you tired of hand weeding tools that aren't up to the task? A pair of gloves and piece of inexpensive reinforcing rod cut into 15" sections works wonderfully! It can't break, it doesn't bend, and it won't harm the roots of your desired plants.

Tip and photo by chelle - (2 comments)

Gardening tip for April 21, 2012 April 21, 2012:
If you have to use a chemical spray, do it very early or very late in the day, when bees and other pollinators are less active.

Tip and photo by critterologist - (6 comments)

Gardening tip for April 20, 2012 April 20, 2012:
Heuchera (Coral Bell) actually like more sun that previously thought. If your Heuchera is not doing well, move it into a sunnier location and see if that helps!

Tip by Christine27360
Photo by gardengus - (no comments)

Gardening tip for April 19, 2012 April 19, 2012:
If you find squash bugs on your squash or other veggies in the garden, make it a point to look on the underside of the leaves where they have likely left eggs which will hatch in 5 to 10 days! Don't forget to remove the bugs and the eggs!

Tip and photo by wildflowers - (9 comments)

Gardening tip for April 18, 2012 April 18, 2012:
If you have chickens or other animals that like to scratch in your containers, put wire over the top of the containers.

Tip and photo by Ridesredmule - (7 comments)

Gardening tip for April 17, 2012 April 17, 2012:
If you find mealy bugs on the coleus or other plants, dab them with a q-tip dipped in alcohol. They die instantly. I keep a bottle of alcohol and q-tips near the coleus plants so I don’t need to run indoors for some.

Tip by Boopaints
Photo by gardengus - (3 comments)