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for December 12, 2015

This Week's Gardening Ideas:

The Winners of the 2015 All Things Plants Photo Contest Are...

By dave
December 8, 2015
The Winners of the 2015 All Things Plants Photo Contest Are...

All judging and voting is finished and we are ready to unveil the Best of Show winner, along with the blue ribbon winners of each category. Come in and check it out! (150 words - Read the full article)

The most popular images last week from our plant database:

By dirtdorphins:
Image from plant ID 4961
By mainstreet:
Image from plant ID 705309
By Ursula:
Image from plant ID 116946
By tveguy3:
Image from plant ID 556544
By EdBurton:
Image from plant ID 705363
By piksihk:
Image from plant ID 71518
By GaNinFl:
Image from plant ID 531457
By Henhouse:
Image from plant ID 72669
By KentPfeiffer:
Image from plant ID 95919

The most popular Multi-Plant Photos from last week:

Photo by clintbrown:
Image by clintbrown
Photo by Kathy547:
Image by Kathy547
Photo by KentPfeiffer:
Image by KentPfeiffer
Photo by Paul2032:
Image by Paul2032
Photo by Paul2032:
Image by Paul2032
Photo by Paul2032:
Image by Paul2032
Photo by Paul2032:
Image by Paul2032
Photo by Paul2032:
Image by Paul2032
Photo by Paul2032:
Image by Paul2032

Noteworthy acorn tips given this week:

5 people gave for a photo of Hen and chicks (Sempervivum 'Vieux Green') by Zaubergarten

4 people gave for the Multi-Plant Photo #3262 by foraygardengirl

4 people gave for post #1005463 in "Beefriends(tm) and other Garden Guests - threeeeeeeee!!" by William

3 people gave for post #1001037 in "It's about to begin! Lily season 2015. The South." by dellac

3 people gave for post #1005320 in "new gardener" by RickCorey

3 people gave for post #1000000 in "Untitled" by wcgypsy

3 people gave for post #1004871 in "Mutiny at DG" by MarilynneS

3 people gave for a photo of Lifesaver Plant (Huernia zebrina) by Ursula

2 people gave for post #1001458 in "Banner for December 6, 2015 by Paul2032" by Paul2032

2 people gave for a photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Clever Girl') by ccgarden

The most active threads this week:

Subject OP Area Replies
Mutiny at DGMoonhowlSandbox forum91
Winterberry Gardens 2016 releasesUndertheSunIrises forum75
Let's make a fantasy cross............Paul2032Irises forum67
CongratswebesempsThe 2015 All Things Plants Photo Contest: Specific Plants: Cacti and Succulents: Photo by gg538
Repotting seedlingsAdeniumgirlPlumeria forum35
Chats about AdeniumsRainbowAdeniums forum33
Deadline to receive seeds arrived, not all seeds are indaveThe ATP Beta "First Swap" Swap33
Thumbnails and aspect ratioWilliamSite Talk forum26
New Seed Swaps Coming to ATPHorntoadSite Talk forum24

Some new reviews from the ATP Green Pages:

plantmanager recommended Summer Winds Nursery and wrote:

I've been shopping at SummerWinds for at least 10 years. I love everything about it, and have gotten many wonderful plants. The staff is super knowledgeable and helpful. I enjoy their Rewards Club where I get discounts on my purchases as they accrue. This is one place where I never ever leave empty-handed. I heartily recommend SummerWinds!

plantmanager recommended Berridge Nurseries and wrote:

My parents used to take me to Berridge when I was a child, many decades ago! I still love to shop there. They have very helpful staff, and they don't mind me wandering around for hours before I choose my plants. Berridge has a wonderful selection of all types of plants, and a lovely greenhouse full of goodies! They have an incredible stock of Talavera tile pots and pottery. Their staff is always helpful and willing to order plants they don't have in stock. I've always been very impressed with them, and recommend them to everyone.

IbisFla recommended Tropical Plants & More and wrote:

I just received my order of Voodoo Doll bromeliads from Ken at Tropical Plants and More. His prices were very reasonable, and since he's a regular in many of the ATP forums, I felt comfortable ordering from him. When I opened the box, I was thrilled to see such huge and healthy plants! Wow! They were well-packaged, in great condition, and much bigger than I expected. I've already planted them in my yard I'm sure I'll be ordering from him again. Thanks, Ken - it was a pleasure doing business with you!

plantmanager recommended Hibiscus Lady Nursery and wrote:

I have only ordered once from Jill. She is extremely responsive, happy to answer all questions, and packs and mails very well and very quickly. I was thrilled with the plants I received from her, and will be returning to order more.

SCButtercup recommended (IGC) and wrote:

Just ordered all my seed starting supplies from this company online, so that next month I'm not having to run out to big box stores for supplies. Due to surgery I will not be as mobile this winter. All arrived quickly, just as ordered. A great savings of my time and money since both price and quality are better when buying in bulk. I got 10 seed starting trays, with extra jiffy pots, soilless seed starting medium, domes and carry trays for less than I usually spend on half that product. Since I plan on growing more seeds this year it allows me to expand but still stay within budget.

DavidLMO recommended SeedsNow and wrote:

I was so impressed with them that I entered them into the Green Pages. Other ATP members suggested I check them out and I was enticed with their 99 cent Sample Packs. These are smaller packets of seeds, which for many people will be more than enough for planting. Not only that, but I took advantage of their Fall special 40 % off - what a bargain. Even without this discount. All of their seeds are raw, organic, untreated, and non-GMO. Many are heirlooms. While I am not jaded, I have bought seeds from so many firms that I am not easily impressed. These guys impressed me. I ordered nine types of herbs and perennials and the seeds were delivered quickly, were nicely packaged, and appear to be of very fine quality. Check them out.

We keep growing, because ATP is where all the excitement is these days! Check out these numbers from last week: