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for May 21, 2016

Making Your Own Standard Roses

By sunnyvalley
May 18, 2016
Making Your Own Standard Roses

This last winter wasn’t as cold as most, at least not for us, but you may still have some roses that have not survived. Sometimes you only lose the grafted rose and come spring all you see are suckers from the rootstock. Depressing, but look on the bright side - those suckers are ideal for making your own standard roses! (656 words - Read the full article)

The May 2016 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!

By dave
May 16, 2016
The May 2016 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!

Finally, this month's raffle is ready! We have some great prizes lined up, come in and check it out. (657 words - Read the full article)

The most popular images last week from our plant database:

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Just Too Mauvelous')
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Photo of Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Orange Obsession')
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Photo of Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'In Cahoots')
By Muddymitts:

Photo of Intermediate Bearded Iris (Iris 'Londonderry')

Photo of Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Leopard Print')
By tveguy3:

Photo of Miniature Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Among Friends')

Photo of Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Mordor')
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Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Yaquina Blue')
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Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Bach Cantata')
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Noteworthy acorn tips given this week:

9 people gave for the idea "Making Your Own Standard Roses" by sunnyvalley

3 people gave for post #1149876 in "Banner for May 16, 2016 by aspenhill" by aspenhill

3 people gave for post #1149859 in "Bird photos - May 2016" by mcash70

3 people gave for post #1152899 in "Trouble driving being directionally challenged" by ShadyGreenThumb

3 people gave for post #1150686 in "Bird photos - May 2016" by wildflowers

3 people gave for post #1147936 in "Giving up" by stilldew

2 people gave for post #1148932 in "Giving up" by dirtdorphins

2 people gave for post #1151710 in "First Tree Peony Bloom 2016" by magnolialover

2 people gave for post #1149852 in "So where did YOUR interest in Lilies start........?? add yourself..." by pardalinum

2 people gave for post #1150107 in "So where did YOUR interest in Lilies start........?? add yourself..." by freezengirl

The most active threads this week:

Subject OP Area Replies
My trip to Thelma's iris patch in Winston-Salem NCMisawa77Irises forum65
I'm patiently waiting !!MoePlumeria forum37
Is there a certain color in the garden you just don't like?FrillylilyAll Things Gardening forum34
Summer heat problem in a greenhouseThomas75Greenhouses forum30
It's a Dead Heat for 2016!tveguy3Irises forum28
I'm newRhafers87Daylilies forum23
Poultry grit and/or paver base as "soil?"gasrocksCactus and Tender Succulents forum20
Best tips for showing dayliliesbluegrassmomDaylilies forum20
Good luck to me!HemophobicThe May 2016 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!19

Some new reviews from the Green Pages:

stilldew recommended Great Garden Plants and wrote:

Just received a box from Great Garden Plants today. Agree with everything others have said in the earlier recommendations. Great job of packing and very healthy plants. I received 3 clematises and a daisy, plus a free bonus sedum. All were in quart containers. Here they are, just out of the box:

kchd recommended Prairie Moon Nursery and wrote:

Outstanding resource for native plant seeds, 1st year plants, and bare root plants.

PlantMania recommended The Arbor Gate and wrote:

Year round, The Arbor Gate is our favorite nursery to visit. Beverly always seems to have informative classes, podcasts, appreciation days, etc. going on throughout each season. For us, it is a thirty-minute drive, but well worth it. We have purchased many items, from small herbs to trees, and have always been pleased with the results.

texaskitty111 recommended Willhite Seed Inc. and wrote:

I ordered seeds from Willhite Seed and received them within a few days. Unfortunately, I left them on the porch temporarily and the sprinkler got the shipping bag wet, BUT look how they are packed. Nothing got wet! Also, all the seeds seem to be coated with fungicide, which is wonderful as most are for this fall or next year.

mom2cjemma recommended Woodhenge Gardens (Jim Murphy's Piedmont Perennials) and wrote:

I am beyond amazed with what arrived in my box today! I ordered 3 daylily plants and was expecting double fans. Instead, I received large clumps of each of the plants! They arrived neatly wrapped in slightly moist paper, looking beyond healthy and clean. In addition, I received a very nice bonus plant, also a very nice size. I will definitely be looking to Woodhenge for future Daylily purchases.

critterologist recommended A.D.R. Bulbs and wrote:

I've used ADR multiple times to supply local-delivery group buys for our mid-atlantic gardening forum folks. We've done tulips, daffodils, crocus, amaryllis etc. in fall and lilies, dahlias, glads, and bare root perennials in spring. They have always made sure we're more than happy, although we occasionally have some juggling at the end. We've had excellent results with their bulbs, but mixed results with bare root perennials (which come from another grower, not from the family farms in Holland). They have a $200 minimum purchase, but if you want to host a group buy that's not hard to meet LOL. They are a wholesale supplier but love to work with garden clubs. We love getting outstanding bulbs at 1/3-1/2 of retail prices! We look forward to doing business with them for years to come!

critterologist recommended Ednie Flower Bulb, Inc. and wrote:

They supplied a group buy for lily bulbs for our mid-atlantic group this spring (local pick-up). We had an excellent experience, from ordering to delivery! My sales contact is Dave Dowling, and he definitely went the extra mile with customer service, ensuring that we were more than pleased. I'm sure we don't end up spending less $, but their wholesale prices let us buy a lot more bulbs for our bucks!

critterologist recommended Tropical Plants & More and wrote:

Adding my enthusiastic endorsement of Ken and his beautiful plants! I've ordered Plumeria cuttings and Tillandsias from him. He couldn't be more helpful, packing and shipping are excellent, and the plants are fantastic, at excellent prices. Plus, he has a lovely habit of offering special deals on the sales and group buys forum here. Thanks, Ken!!

Australis recommended Hill View Rare Plants and wrote:

Purchased some lilium seeds from Hill View this year. Marcus at Hill View kept me up to date by email with my order and was also happy to answer questions. Seeds arrived in good condition and are germinating well. Highly recommend and will buy from in future.

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