Your weekly news

for April 23, 2016

News from dave:

This past week, we re-launched our website as the National Gardening Association, and moved to our new home at We're the same wonderful community of people, only our name has changed!

Cast Concrete Leaves

By HollyAnnS
April 23, 2016
Cast Concrete Leaves

Are you in need of a nice birdbath or fountain? Maybe you need a present for a friend or family member? Do you have some rather large leaves and don't know what to do with them? Maybe some nice big Hosta, Canna, Castor Bean, or tropical plant leaves? Well I have an idea: Let's make some cast concrete leaves. (723 words - Read the full article)

Preventing Premature Orchid Bloom Drop

By TheOrchidGirl
April 22, 2016
Preventing Premature Orchid Bloom Drop

Have you ever bought an orchid in bloom, only to see its flowers fall off a few days later? If so, read on! :D (51 words - Read the full article)

Staking Tall Delphiniums

By foraygardengirl
April 21, 2016
Staking Tall Delphiniums

Nothing is worse than watching your lovely tall spikes of blooming delphiniums get flattened by rain and wind. (583 words - Read the full article)

Juliet Grape Tomatoes. Productive and Foolproof

By Newyorkrita
April 20, 2016
Juliet Grape Tomatoes. Productive and Foolproof

Try these remarkably carefree and productive grape-shaped tomatoes for salads or for eating fresh. (240 words - Read the full article)

Custom Planter Box

By tropicgirl
April 19, 2016
Custom Planter Box

I had an awkward space and wanted to block a garbage can, so I decided to build a custom planter box. (168 words - Read the full article)

PVC & Vinyl Lattice Garden Arch/Trellis

By Brinybay
April 18, 2016
PVC & Vinyl Lattice Garden Arch/Trellis

For those who don't have technical skills or the patience to draw plans. (565 words - Read the full article)

Adenium Repotting

By drdawg
April 17, 2016
Adenium Repotting

Adeniums are grown not only for their beautiful flowers, but also for their unusual caudex formation. Manipulating the plants when young might produce different caudex results. (341 words - Read the full article)

The most popular images last week from our plant database:

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Sue Vrooman')
By Clmasse:

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Tango Amigo')
By iciris:

Photo of Rose (Rosa 'Scentimental')
By dave:

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Tropical Treasure')
By Calif_Sue:

Photo of Arilbred Iris (Iris 'Striped Butterfly')
By Henhouse:

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Arno's Bow Tie')
By mainstreet:

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Blackbird Landing')
By Lestv:

Photo of Hellebore (Helleborus x hybridus Frostkissā„¢ Penny's Pink)
By William:

Photo of Intermediate Bearded Iris (Iris 'End Zone')
By redhead:

The most popular Multi-Plant Photos from last week:

Photo by ge1836:
Photo by sunnyvalley:
Photo by GrammaChar:
Photo by kniphofia:
Photo by sunnyvalley:
Photo by jmorth:
Photo by William:
Photo by Carriep27:

Noteworthy acorn tips given this week:

9 people gave for the idea "PVC & Vinyl Lattice Garden Arch/Trellis" by Brinybay

6 people gave for post #1122977 in "ATP will soon be the NGA" by Seedfork

5 people gave for post #1121991 in "For Polly Kinsman" by lovemyhouse

5 people gave for the idea "Custom Planter Box" by tropicgirl

4 people gave for the idea "Staking Tall Delphiniums" by foraygardengirl

4 people gave for the Multi-Plant Photo #4524 by sunnyvalley

3 people gave for post #1121357 in "Daylily of the Day: Meggie's Smile" by Ahead

3 people gave for the idea "Juliet Grape Tomatoes. Productive and Foolproof" by Newyorkrita

3 people gave for post #1123610 in "ATP will soon be the NGA" by William

3 people gave for post #1118597 in "Victory Seeds" by Kevs

The most active threads this week:

Subject OP Area Replies
ATP will soon be the NGAdaveSite Talk forum233
Irises WANTED by ATP membersPolymerousIrises forum52
Burseens - I'll show you mine if you show me yours!!LestvIrises forum43
So when does all the fan increase happen?SeedsowerDaylilies forum38
Night shotsUndertheSunIrises forum35
Has anyone tried "Bush Goliath" tomato?pirlVegetables and Fruit forum33
I think a link is brokenCDsSisterSite Talk forum32
Wet bedBarbaleeAsk a Question forum29
Looking for the longest and fattest horns on an irisTomThumbIrises forum27

Some new reviews from the ATP Green Pages:

5601Lisa recommended Tropical Plants & More and wrote:

Enthusiastically recommend Tropical Plants and Drdawg. I ordered 6 white butterfly ginger rhizomes and 2 plumeria cuttings. Arrived in well-packed box, everything in great condition. The Plumies were exceptionally eye popping and three times bigger than those I bought at Philadelphia Flower Show. Drdawg takes pride in his business and it shows. Great quality and a great experience.

beckygardener recommended Hem Haven Daylily Nursery and wrote:

Ordered 2 smaller daylily cultivars (one miniature and one small) and also received a nice bonus daylily cultivar. Am very happy with: my order, reasonable prices, communication via email, and follow-up with tracking number when shipped. The plants arrived in good condition, had a very nice root system, and were marked with ID tags. I am very happy with my order.

plantmanager recommended Bach's Cactus Nursery and wrote:

This is an incredible place to visit if you're a cactus or succulent aficionado! I'd never been there, even though we travel through Tucson regularly. I finally decided to check them out. What a wonderful surprise to see the huge place, full of wonderful cacti and succulents....acres of them! Many of their plants must have been planted decades ago because they are so large. I didn't get to see all of the greenhouses, but there are a lot of them. I came home with a number of new species for my collection. The staff there was very helpful and knowledgeable. They packed them up really well, and they all made it back to New Mexico in fine shape. Now that I know about them, I'll be stopping every time we go through Tucson. If I lived there, I'd be there at least weekly, ...maybe more!

Kabby recommended Cheryl Daylilies and wrote:

Cheryl is the go-to girl when someone is looking for Munson daylilies. She also has a pretty significant spider UFO collection for sale, as well as others. Her Ohio daylilies do well in my climate and they usually take off without a hitch. She promptly replies to my emails and usually has the daylily that I am looking for. I don't think you will be disappointed in buying from Cheryl's Daylilies.

Kabby recommended Wynn's Daylily Garden and wrote:

I started ordering from Gene in 2004 or so, I was a big Munson daylily fanatic and he had a gold mine of those daylilies. He lived not too far from Wimberly Way, Mr Munson's daylily farm. He brought home a carload of daylilies and then started selling them to the public. I heard about him through a daylily friend, I asked for a price list and began amassing Gene's plants. The size of the roots and leaves are amazing. I've also had the good fortune to visit his and Mary's home to see his operations. You will not be disappointed with the service or plants.

Kabby recommended Brian's Botanicals and wrote:

First time ordering from Brian. I sent my order in in mid March, I knew I was late ordering so I was patient. Last week I sent an email inquiry, Brian was quick to respond about my order. He pulled my invoice and said that all the plants I ordered were in stock and my order would go out in 1-2 weeks. It came yesterday and I was very pleased with the packing and the nice sized plants. Healthy root systems, leaves were not crushed. I would buy from Brian again. A very positive experience.

mellielong recommended Mail-Order Natives and wrote:

As a native Floridian and a butterfly gardener, I love ordering from Mail-Order Natives. They have a lot of hard-to-find plants, particularly host plants for my caterpillars, which I can't find locally. I also find the prices to be very reasonable. The plants always come well packed and in good shape whether they are bare root or potted. I've had great success with the plants I've ordered from them. My latest order contained two Spicebush plants, and I was so excited to find a Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar already on one of the plants! I'm sure he had quite an adventure! Mail-Order Natives sells many plants that are native to much of the East Coast. They also have quite a selection of Rhododendrons, if that's your thing. If you're looking for quality, native plants, I can't recommend them highly enough.

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