Your National Gardening Association weekly news for September 17, 2016

Gardening Ideas from other NGA Members:

Keeping Track of Your Garden Beds and Plants Using a Camera

By beckygardener
September 16, 2016
Keeping Track of Your Garden Beds and Plants Using a Camera

Many gardeners need a way to easily keep track of their garden beds as well as their plants (especially if they are hybridizing). With camera in hand, I came up with two ideas that have worked for me. (698 words - Read the full article)

The September 2016 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!

By dave
September 12, 2016
The September 2016 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!

Get out your acorns!! (1,179 words - Read the full article)

The most popular images last week from our plant database:

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Dark Drama')
By Islandview:

Photo of Iris (Iris 'Vathi Sands')
By cliftoncat:

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Big Rose Platter')
By profesora:

Photo of Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
By GrammaChar:

Photo of Moon Valley (Pilea mollis)
By HamiltonSquare:

Photo of Golden Dew Drop (Duranta erecta)
By sunkissed:

Photo of Dahlia (Dahlia 'Jowey Mirella')
By kniphofia:

Photo of Century Plant (Agave applanata 'Cream Spike')
By Baja_Costero:

Photo of Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Pacific Blue Ice')
By ge1836:

Photo of Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Besame Mucho')
By valleylynn:

The most popular Landscape Photos from last week:

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Noteworthy acorn tips given this week:

5 people gave for post #1270783 in "'Pink Flavour' hybrid tiger lily" by Leftwood

5 people gave for the idea "Keeping Track of Your Garden Beds and Plants Using a Camera" by beckygardener

3 people gave for post #1273570 in "You Know You Are Old When...." by MISSINGROSIE

3 people gave for post #1270992 in "September 2016 Butterflies, Moths & Larva" by jmorth

3 people gave for post #1272871 in "Bee Friends And Other Garden Guests - Chapter 5" by GrammaChar

2 people gave for a photo of Golden Dew Drop (Duranta erecta) by sunkissed

2 people gave for post #1273089 in "Bee Friends And Other Garden Guests - Chapter 5" by dirtdorphins

2 people gave for post #1272381 in "September 2016 Butterflies, Moths & Larva" by flaflwrgrl

2 people gave for post #1270383 in "Identification and information" by stone

2 people gave for post #1270646 in "What are you adding for 2016?" by Mayo62

The most active threads this week:

Subject OP Area Replies
The NEXT swap...DogsNDayliliesDnD's ALL SEEDS SWAP (Int'l)77
Show off your photos!luvsgrtdanesIpomoea forum72
What Permanent Labeling Is Best For Irises?TBGDNIrises forum34
We're in the Money $$$$$.....$$$$$ we're in the money $$$$$$HollyAnnSMid Atlantic Gardening forum26
any ideas idrosieann99Cactus and Tender Succulents forum22
Daylily of the Day: Frankly ScarletbeckygardenerDaylilies forum21
One hybridizer I'd love to see is..............Lalambchop1Daylilies forum21
Lest we forget ...............MarilynneSSandbox forum17
The September 2016 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!valleylynnThe September 2016 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!16

Some new reviews from the Green Pages:

tx_flower_child recommended North Haven Gardens and wrote:

North Haven Gardens (NHG) is a locally owned garden center in Dallas, Texas. Over the years I have watched as NHG has become more organic and has carried more native plants. It even has large bins for recycling garden pots. The staff is great - friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. NHG has its own vegetable garden for display and teaching purposes. And there are classes, seminars and other events almost every weekend. New this 2015 -16 season is the addition of a small art gallery and a cafe. Their website has a wealth of information, plus they publish a bi-monthly newsletter. Many of the local garden clubs hold their monthly meetings in NHG's classroom. They're on Facebook and respond to all questions in no time at all. Check them out if you're in Dallas. And do check out their website.

GardenNutty recommended Secret Garden Growers and wrote:

I was so thrilled to have discovered Secret Garden Growers when I was searching for a dancing crane ginger plant. They have so many unique plants to choose from. Not only did I get 3 awesome ginger plants, but I also bought 8 other very cool plants. They were so nice and knowledgable and answered all of the questions that I had. This is definitely one of my favorite places to buy beautiful plants!!

Lalambchop1 recommended Caladium Bulbs 4 Less and wrote:

I ordered from Caladium Bulbs 4 Less in Bill's super fall sale. He gave me a GREAT price and the bulbs arrived quickly. Customer service was unusually good. I planted and was amazed how fast the bulbs sent up shoots. I'm going to get more in the spring. Recommend!

GaNinFl recommended Dragon's Mead Daylily Garden and wrote:

Visited with Randy and Cindy Fleming at Dragon's Mead Daylily Garden yesterday. The gardens at Dragon's Mead are beautiful even out of bloom. Picked up some plants that were ordered and a few extras that were on my list. I even got the DW to pick another three. Very nice folks and wonderful to chat with as you wander through the gardens. We will be visiting with them again.

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