Your National Gardening Association weekly news for October 29, 2016

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Corn History and How it Grows

The most popular images last week from our plant database:

Photo of Gregg's mistflower (Conoclinium greggii)
By TexasPlumeria87:

Photo of Rose (Rosa 'Cherry Parfait')
By Rebekah:

Photo of French Marigold (Tagetes patula 'Petite Mix')

Photo of Dwarf Alberta Spruce (Picea glauca var. albertiana 'Conica')
By dirtdorphins:

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Coal Seams')
By tveguy3:

Photo of Rose (Rosa 'Disneyland Rose')
By Calif_Sue:

Photo of Angel Trumpet (Brugmansia 'Angels Honeymoon')
By payton1:

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Brave Kemo Sabe')
By Gleni:

Photo of Starfish Plant (Stapelia gigantea)
By extranjera:

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Milk in My Coffee')
By Henhouse:

The most popular Landscape Photos from last week:

Click an image to view the names of the plants in each photo.

Photo by kniphofia:
Photo by Paul2032:
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Photo by GrammaChar:
Photo by Fleur569:
Photo by Gardenho:
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Photo by HemNorth:

Noteworthy acorn tips given this week:

6 people gave for a photo of Gregg's mistflower (Conoclinium greggii) by TexasPlumeria87

4 people gave for post #1303297 in "October 2016 Butterflies, Moths & Larva" by frostweed

4 people gave for post #1303649 in "Banner for October 23, 2016 by Char" by Char

4 people gave for post #1303166 in "October 2016 Butterflies, Moths & Larva" by GrammaChar

3 people gave for a photo of Dahlia (Dahlia 'Wyn's Ghostie') by mandolls

2 people gave for post #1304440 in "Acorns" by tx_flower_child

2 people gave for post #1303489 in "Raccoons" by SpringGreenThumb

2 people gave for post #1303488 in "October 2016 Butterflies, Moths & Larva" by jmorth

2 people gave for post #1305417 in "Some of my seedlings" by ediblelandscapingsc

2 people gave for a photo of French Marigold (Tagetes patula 'Petite Mix') by TBGDN

The most active threads this week:

Subject OP Area Replies
Sharing your best iris picsbluegrassmomIrises forum53
Only two days to go!joannakatThe October Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!33
soilsynefAsk a Question forum28
Living On The Edge - It Re-Bloomed!MoirisIrises forum23
And the winners of the October 2016 raffle are!!daveThe October Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!21
Growing a MG indoors this winterGerris2Ipomoea forum17
Did Anyone Order from the Peonyshop from Holland This Year?kousaPeonies forum17
Calcined clay as a growth medium for sempervivumcahdg6891Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum16
Ground coverpwadeAsk a Question forum15

Some new reviews from the Green Pages:

PotEmUp recommended Dale Hardware and wrote:

A small local hardware store opened in what was then a rural suburb of San Francisco in 1955. It grew as it went through 3 moves in a 1-block area. It is now one of the very few local nurseries in town. They have friendly, knowledgeable staff and it is a delight to shop for plants in their new covered nursery. This weekend they have a 25%-off sale, but even without that they have great prices. If you don't come to Fremont regularly, but want to shop for plants, this is worth the trip!

PotEmUp recommended Annie's Annuals & Perennials and wrote:

I can't comment on mail order because I have only purchased locally. I saw one comment about shipping costs, and I do understand how difficult it is to ship live plants such as she has. I enjoy the variety of plants. Annie always seems to find something new. Even if you can never go there, sign up for her e-mails. They are to drool over. My wife calls this kind of stuff "plant porn," but as a quilter, she gets "fabric porn."

Check out these numbers from last week: