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for May 7, 2016

The most popular images last week from our plant database:

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Plot Line')
By Lestv:

Photo of Clematis (Clematis 'H.F. Young')
By ArtD:

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'High Desert')
By Patty:

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Making Time')
By Patty:

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Enter the Dragon')
By Lestv:

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Rare Find')
By Lestv:

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Artistic Web')
By Patty:

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Celtic Thunder')
By Patty:

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Snaparazzi')
By arilbred:

The most popular Multi-Plant Photos from last week:

Photo by Calif_Sue:
Photo by ge1836:
Photo by Calif_Sue:
Photo by GrammaChar:
Photo by Catmint20906:
Photo by csandt:
Photo by RuuddeBlock:
Photo by ge1836:
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Noteworthy acorn tips given this week:

6 people gave for post #1138519 in "Banner for May 5, 2016 by Fleur569" by Fleur569

4 people gave for post #1136651 in "Badges" by IJsbrandtGA

3 people gave for post #1136942 in "Fleurs de Mar" by Muddymitts

3 people gave for the idea "Delightful Miniature Gardening" by beckygardener

2 people gave for post #1136585 in "Daylily of the Day: Unending Melody" by blue23rose

2 people gave for post #1134611 in "OT ~ The Porch Swing" by Charlemagne

2 people gave for a photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Mauna Loa Fire') by UndertheSun

2 people gave for post #1132975 in "Seedling For April 2016" by spunky1

2 people gave for post #1139629 in "Bloom Season 2016" by Lestv

2 people gave for post #1137847 in "Not really a tropical" by Ursula

The most active threads this week:

Subject OP Area Replies
Please help with id.CLAYBYRDPlant ID forum155
Bird photos - May 2016krobraGardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum136
Our Orchid blooms in May 2016UrsulaOrchids forum96
How many is too many?FrillylilyDaylilies forum86
May blooms 2016scflowersDaylilies forum60
May 2016 Butterflies, Moths & LarvamellielongGardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum57
May 2016 -- Photos and ChatzuzuRoses forum55
OT ~ The Porch SwingCharDaylilies forum51
Seedlings for May 2016spunky1Daylilies forum35

Some new reviews from the Green Pages:

AmaryllisAnnie recommended White Flower Farm and wrote:

In mid-February, I ordered 8 Amaryllis bulbs from White Flower Farm. The bulbs arrived in one box with each bulb in a small brown bag with 'id stick' to use at planting. Each bulb was firm, heavy, with wonderful root structure. My plan was to give one the bulbs to my sister-in-law who has also contracted "amaryllis-itis." Unfortunately, the bulb I gave her was mislabeled and they were out of stock on the one I ordered. I almost didn't get a chance to tell the operator what the problem was! I received a very genuine apology; a note that as soon as the fall bulbs were received I would have 2 sent to my home to replace hers and one for me for the trouble. I almost didn't write this review because the interaction with White Flower Farm was due to a problem, but I think that gardeners need to know how customer service is handled. In this case, it was handled most graciously in 5 minutes or less! Their products are not cheap, but you get the quality you pay for. This applies to every interaction with the staff, including answering questions that show my gardener naiveté. Their bulbs can't be called cheap, but you can be sure of being a happy customer.

JamesAcclaims recommended Tropical Plants & More and wrote:

I ordered two Orchids and a plumeria cutting (one I desperately wanted) from Tropical Plants & More. I cannot say enough kind things about Ken or his shop. My plants arrived very quickly, in wonderful condition, and with super precise packaging. Now I like Ken, not only as a person, but also as a vendor/merchant. He was extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and answered every question I could possibly have. Ken's prices are competitively well priced for a small business, and you can be assured that his plants are extremely well taken care of and grown with care. You can tell that he truly loves what he does! Picture of the two orchids fresh out of the box (up front in photo):

Lilydaydreamer recommended The Sempervivum Patch and wrote:

I have purchased from the Sempervivum Patch for the last couple of years and will continue to purchase from her as the semps are healthy and well packaged. Love the acrylic markers as they look great without detracting from the plant.

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