Your All Things Plants weekly news: February 9, 2013

News from dave:
Rose (Rosa 'Double Delight')
Photo by pixie62560:
It's Roses Week at All Things Plants!

All this coming week will be Roses Week, and that means that all our articles, ideas and tips will be roses related. In honor of the week the entire site will carry rose banners in the logo header.

Tune in mid week for our podcast which will feature an interview with Michael Shoup, the owner of the Antique Rose Emporium.

Additionally, early this week we will be hosting a huge "not a raffle raffle" with lots of great rose-related prizes, including several books and a very nice package prize from our friends at the Antique Rose Emporium. Raffle tickets can be bought with acorns rather than dollars, so it's free fun for everyone. Come to the site on Monday for more information on the raffle.

All this excitement and more is happening all week long at the world's best social media website dedicated exclusively to all things plants.

There were 8 new gardening ideas posted last week:

Rose Trivia

By dorab
February 9, 2013
Rose Trivia

This is a collection of little-known facts about the Rose, also known as the Queen of Flowers. The list was compiled by Joannabanana and dorab. (750 words - Read the full article)


The Most Loved and Beautiful of Flowers

By Mike
February 9, 2013
The Most Loved and Beautiful of Flowers

Some know it as the Queen of Flowers; others call it by its family name, Rosaceae. But most of us know it, quite simply, as the rose. Whether grown in gardens, depicted in drawings, or praised in poetry, it is one of the most loved and beautiful of all flowers. This article briefly describes its history, explains its basic classifications, and provides descriptions and photographs of some of the most interesting and diverse specimens of the rose, the most beautiful of the flowering plants. (2,160 words - Read the full article)


Seed sowing depth guide

By Joannabanana
February 8, 2013
Seed sowing depth guide

When sowing seeds, shallow is better than deep. (55 words - Read the full article)

(no comments)

Watering duties in the winter

By CindiKS
February 7, 2013
Watering duties in the winter

Don't forget to water evergreens in the winter if you live in an area with little winter precipitation.

(no comments)

ATP Podcast #5: A February Gardening Checklist of Chores

By dave
February 6, 2013
ATP Podcast #5: A February Gardening Checklist of Chores

Come hear Dave and Trish discuss all the news about ATP, gardening updates from Texas, and the main feature of today's show: late winter chores for the garden. (118 words - Read the full article)


Moss Tales

By Sharon
February 5, 2013
Moss Tales

Moss, that green slipcover on rocks and sides of trees and old shoes left outside too long; it's moss that lets us know all's well in our environment. (1,676 words - Read the full article)


Cinder block raised beds

By plantladylin
February 4, 2013
Cinder block raised beds

Have a few old cinder blocks laying around? They make great tomato or vegetable/herb planters for small spaces. Place in a sunny location, turn them on their side, fill with compost/soil and pop in your plants. The cement holds in heat around the roots.


Home Depot coupons

By Skiekitty
February 3, 2013
Home Depot coupons

Sign up with Home Depot Garden Club for online deals and coupons. You can get LOTS of free plants and coupons that way!


The most popular images last week from our plant database:

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Dentelle') by jacqueshamel58:
Image from plant ID 552083

Photo of Tall Morning Glory (Ipomoea purpurea 'Milky Way') by 4susiesjoy:
Image from plant ID 110663

Photo of Livingstone Daisy (Dorotheanthus bellidiformis) by Anne:
Image from plant ID 87399

Photo of Rollers (Jovibarba hirta 'Hedgehog') by serse:
Image from plant ID 229677

Photo of Iris (Iris 'Toucan Tango') by KentPfeiffer:
Image from plant ID 72439

Photo of Calla Lily (Zantedeschia) by jmorth:
Image from plant ID 233380

The most active threads this week:
Subject OP Area Replies
Deer eating Semps jvdubb Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum 51
Sedum 'Blue Pearl' clintbrown Sedum forum 45
Acorn count isn't incrementing Marilyn Site Talk forum 40
Moss vic Moss Tales 39
Banner for February 5, 2013 by mcash70 mcash70 Site Banners forum 38
Cinder block raised beds valleylynn Cinder block raised beds 34
February 2013 Photos & Chat Skiekitty Roses forum 33
Home Depot Coupons valleylynn Home Depot coupons 33
new pot! Dutchlady1 Containers forum 29

Some new recommendations from our members:
codiecat recommended Ontario Seed Company and wrote:

I am always very satisfied with the service and the quality of their flower and vegetable seed.
It is a 100% Canadian owned and operated business since1894
Here is a pasque flower that I grew from seed from Ontario Seed Co.
Thumb of 2013-02-08/codiecat/c23db1

SongofJoy recommended Seed Savers Exchange and wrote:

I ordered on 1/31 and received the seeds on 2/4. Great service. A large amount of seeds in the packets. Very pleased.

Thumb of 2013-02-05/SongofJoy/84276c

SongofJoy recommended Botanical Interests and wrote:

October 2012 -- Another good source for heirloom and organic, non-GMO seeds. Seed packets are loaded with more information than any I've ever seen. Good informative website too.

February 2, 2013 --
The packets are now smaller physically (to economize, I would imagine) but not the amount of seeds sent. The service is still lightning fast. I ordered on 1/28 and received my seeds on 2/1.

Thumb of 2013-02-02/SongofJoy/54cb67

vic recommended Park Seed and wrote:

I have gotten many annual seeds from Park Seed for years and they always do well.

This year, I bought two blueberry bushes. They came packed just perfectly and I had blueberries to eat first season.

I received an email from Park Seed on January 18 that my seeds had shipped. They are about 2 hours away.

When I had not received them by January 28, I called and they said they would send the seeds again.

The original seed order arrived that afternoon and because there was tracking, I assumed they would know I had received them and not send the second order.

On February 8, the second order did in fact arrive.

I called, they told me to keep both sets of seeds.

I was very thankful and this speaks to their integrity.

Some numbers from last week: