Your All Things Plants newsletter for April 30, 2012

Some numbers from last week:
News from Trish:
Next week is Wear your ATP shirt in public week!
The rules are simple- take, or have taken, a picture of yourself in public wearing your ATP shirt, and post it to this thread:
Deadline is May 6th for the prize of 25 acorns! One reward per person :)

The most popular images this week from our database:

Photo of Giant Granadilla (Passiflora quadrangularis) by dyzzypyxxy:
Image from plant ID 86939

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Picotee Prism') by Ladylovingdove:
Image from plant ID 182076

Photo of Clematis (Clematis 'Rebecca') by venu209:
Image from plant ID 71713

Photo of Hosta (Hosta 'Liberty') by duane456:
Image from plant ID 77018

Photo of Spanish Lavender (US) (Lavandula stoechas 'Otto Quast') by bonitin:
Image from plant ID 119782

There were 2 new articles published last week:

Article for Garden Tours: kqcrna
By Sharon Brown on April 29, 2012

We are going to Ohio this week to spend some time with Karen (kqcrna) in her lovely gardens. Be sure to click on each image so you don't miss a thing. You will love all the color combinations. (26 comments)

Article for Knowing the names of plants that share your world
By Kathleen M. Tenpas on April 26, 2012

To know the names of the plants with which you live, is to have an intimacy with the land that few find. (8 comments)

Daily Gardening Tips from this week:

Gardening tip for April 30, 2012 April 30, 2012:
Got earwigs? Nope, folks, not small toupee’s one wears on their ear bones but rather small brown bugs, usually scary looking because they sport pincers on their hind end. Although they normally eat decaying plant matter and certain insects they’re also known for feeding on lettuce, corn and potatoes. Try trapping them in a section of bamboo laid in the garden. They’ll crawl inside for cover and then you can dispose of them any way you choose.

Tip by Horseshoe
Photo by gardengus - (10 comments)

Gardening tip for April 29, 2012 April 29, 2012:
Hang empty aluminium pie plates around your vegetable garden to deter birds and rodents.

Tip and photo by threegardeners - (3 comments)

Gardening tip for April 28, 2012 April 28, 2012:
Be sure to take a container of water with you when taking cuttings for rooting. Throw the cuttings in the water to keep them from getting dehydrated.

Tip and photo by flaflwrgrl - (3 comments)

Gardening tip for April 27, 2012 April 27, 2012:
For no-fade labels, use an Industrial Sharpie Marker (more UV resistant than a standard Sharpie, which will fade in the sun). An oil based paint pen also works. This is especially important on those winter sowing jugs, so you don't end up with thousands of mystery seedlings!

Tip and photo by critterologist - (6 comments)

Gardening tip for April 26, 2012 April 26, 2012:
Grow a pineapple plant. Twist the top off a fresh pineapple and remove the lower leaves. Let the bottom part of the pineapple dry out for several weeks. then plant. Be warned that the leaves do have sharp thorns on the ends.

Tip and photo by rocklady - (20 comments)

Gardening tip for April 25, 2012 April 25, 2012:
Dry your hydrangea blooms for a winter arrangement. Cut the blooms when they are fully mature, leaving a stem. Pull all the leaves off the stem and place stems in a vase -- no water, and the hydrangea bloom will soon dry and can be used in an arrangement.

Tip and photo by rocklady - (7 comments)

Gardening tip for April 24, 2012 April 24, 2012:
Nitrile-coated gloves like these Atlas 370 garden gloves go through the wash just fine. They'll be OK in the dryer, too, but they will last longer if you hang them to dry.

Tip and photo by critterologist - (11 comments)