Your All Things Plants weekly news

for December 18, 2015

The most popular images last week from our plant database:

Photo of Lifesaver Plant (Huernia zebrina)
By Ursula:

Photo of Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Blue Oasis')
By lovemyhouse:

Photo of Lesser Yellow Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum)
By foraygardengirl:

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Jolly Hearts')
By Orsola:

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Giewont')
By Orsola:

Photo of King Begonia (Begonia 'Fireworks')
By Christine:

Photo of Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla vulgaris)
By 4susiesjoy:

Photo of Dahlia (Dahlia 'Wizard of Oz')
By Anne:

Photo of Crocosmia (Crocosmia 'Lucifer')
By Bonehead:

The most popular Multi-Plant Photos from last week:

Photo by Paul2032:
Photo by Paul2032:
Photo by Paul2032:
Photo by greene:
Photo by plantmanager:
Photo by plantmanager:
Photo by greene:
Photo by greene:
Photo by Kathy547:

Noteworthy acorn tips given this week:

27 people gave for post #1008754 in "Banner for December 16, 2015 by dirtdorphins" by dirtdorphins

4 people gave for post #1006496 in "Photo critique thread: I'll show you mine if you show me yours..." by evermorelawnless

2 people gave for post #1009028 in "Clean sweep" by evermorelawnless

2 people gave for post #1009143 in "Daylily of the Day: Starman's Quest" by DogsNDaylilies

2 people gave for a photo of Tropical Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) by plantmanager

2 people gave for a photo of Clematis (Clematis Filigreeā„¢) by lovemyhouse

2 people gave for a blog post by threegardeners

2 people gave for post #1006596 in "Daylily of the Day: Roses in Snow" by blue23rose

2 people gave for post #1009711 in "Notification to original poster" by blue23rose

2 people gave for post #1008848 in "Daylily of the Day: Gram's Dream" by petruske

The most active threads this week:

Subject OP Area Replies
Mystery Iris .. is this normal?XeramtheumIrises forum39
Banner for December 16, 2015 by dirtdorphinsdirtdorphinsSite Banners forum39
Fees for Future SwapDogsNDayliliesThe ATP Beta "First Swap" Swap39
Photo critique thread: I'll show you mine if you show me yours...evermorelawnlessPhotography forum37
It must be ChristmasHorntoadThe ATP Beta "First Swap" Swap28
Are you compelled to collect all varieties in a series?jvdubbAll Things Gardening forum27
Just Browsing @Home DepotShadyGreenThumbAll Things Gardening forum26
QUESTION ABOUT Louisiana Irisesdeejay49Irises forum25
Seed Viability (older seeds)HoosierHarvesterDnD's All Seeds Swap25

Some new reviews from the ATP Green Pages:

DavidLMO recommended Seedaholic and wrote:

Seedaholic includes the best descriptive and growing information for seeds of ANY company I have ever dealt with. And that is hundreds. The information is thorough. And when a hint is needed - she adds it. Some trick needed for germination? She tells you. And customer service is superb. Highly suggest you check them out.

springcolor recommended Seedaholic and wrote:

Just received my order from Seedaholic, located in Ireland. Seeds were shipped fast and arrived in perfect shape. The beautiful information cards stapled to each seed package were a wonderful surprise. Wonderful description and picture of the plant, growing conditions, and plant size on the front. Sowing instructions, transplanting and cultivation directions on the back. My order was placed December 7, 2015 and was on my doorstep December 16, 2015. Will be ordering again from this company. Postage from Ireland was 9.78. Thank you, Seedaholic, for a fabulous order.

LynneHTx recommended Buchanan's Native Plants and wrote:

Buchanan's has a great selection. Great gift shop. They carry vegetables, fruit trees, landscape plants and natives. Orchids are in the bungalow. If you make it this way, combine a visit to Buchanan's with a stop at Joshua's (mostly natives), Another Place in Time, and Zone 9 Tropicals (if tropicals are of interest to you). All 4 nurseries are within a mile of each other in the Heights.

CountryGardens recommended Jordan Seeds, Inc. and wrote:

This is a very good company for people buying large amounts of seeds. Most are what you would call bulk quantities. Prices are very reasonable. Large selection of varieties. Also sell supplies of all kinds. Vegetable machinery such as mulch layers, planters of all kinds, hand and tractor powered. I have bought from them for over 30 years.

CountryGardens recommended Stokes Seeds Ltd and wrote:

I have bought from Stokes for years. Last year tried a pickling cucumber called Puccini. Needs to be isolated, but is fantastic. Produced for a long time. Other purchases over the years have always been decent. They have lots of varieties that can't be found other places.

DavidLMO recommended and wrote:

I have ordered from them a couple of times and been quite pleased. They have a very extensive selection of seeds - some hard to find. They have an ongoing special that many may not be aware of. I wasn't and found it by accident. 95 cent packages. Smaller in size but enough for most. Not every seed known to mankind, but enough to make it worth your time to check it out at least for value. They can be found here:

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