Your All Things Plants newsletter for October 6, 2012

Some numbers from last week:
News from dave:
Our daylilies database recently saw a huge milestone: we have surpassed more than 50,000 photos! Daylilies are by far the most popular plant at All Things Plants and to celebrate this event, we are naming this coming week as Daylilies Week at ATP!

All week long we will feature articles all about daylilies. We are also honoring our top contributors: those members who have uploaded more than 1,000 daylily photos will each receive a new book, Landscaping with Daylilies by the American Hemerocallis Society. Those top contributors are Joy, Vic, Calif_Sue, Newyorkrita and tink3472.

Additionally, this week we will have a raffle for that same book (courtesy of Juli), and the 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive AHS memberships, courtesy of Char.

If you love daylilies, make sure you visit the site each day this week and participate in the excitement!

The most popular images this week from our database:

Photo of Lily (Lilium lancifolium 'Flore Pleno') by LarryR:
Image from plant ID 150174

Photo of Lace Flower (Alsobia dianthiflora) by LarryR:
Image from plant ID 86912

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Moonlit Masquerade') by farmerbell:
Image from plant ID 15566

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Crystal Smith') by tink3472:
Image from plant ID 184355

Photo of Eastern Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'Green Envy') by LarryR:
Image from plant ID 229955

There were 6 new gardening ideas posted last week:

Winterizing roses in the extremes

By Joannabanana
October 6, 2012
Winterizing roses in the extremes

For a number of years I have been growing hybrid teas, floribundas, miniatures and of course hardy shrubs. Mid October to mid November is the time to put the roses to bed for the winter. (542 words - Read the full article)


Honey bee castes

By Mindy03
October 5, 2012
Honey bee castes

Like all organisms that live in a social culture, honey bees have different types of members. For honey bees it's a queen, drones and workers. Let's take a look at each group and see what makes them important to the survival of their colony. (995 words - Read the full article)


Garden makeovers:  Moon Garden

By Sharon
October 4, 2012
Garden makeovers: Moon Garden

Did you ever think about giving your gardens a total makeover? My newest garden is probably ten years old and over the years it has had additions randomly tucked in here and there. I've been thinking about a change and I think I'll start with white. How about a Moon Garden where an old patchwork garden used to be? (1,696 words - Read the full article)


Repelling weevils in your kitchen

By Marylyn
October 2, 2012
Repelling weevils in your kitchen

We were fighting weevils in our kitchen cabinets for a long stretch. We'd get rid of a batch of food, scour the cabinets, put everything back neatly, and a week or so later there were holes in the new flour bag - again! Aargh! I heard somewhere that rosemary would repel them, so I pruned my bush and put a few tips at the very back of each shelf of the cabinets. No more weevils! Every once in a while I sweep out the dry rosemary needles and put fresh tips in.


Looking for magic:  Basil

By Sharon
October 1, 2012
Looking for magic: Basil

Aunt Bett always said, "Look for the magic that hides in plants, look real close and you'll find it." Most of the time we don't have to look very far; most of the time we can find magic in our own herb gardens. (1,340 words - Read the full article)


Seed saving tip

By paulgrow
September 30, 2012
Seed saving tip

This is an easy way to sort seeds. (65 words - Read the full article)