Your National Gardening Association weekly news for November 19, 2016

News from the gardening community

All-America Selections Announces 2017 AAS Winners

All-America Selections, the only non-profit trialing organization for plants that demonstrate great garden performance throughout North America, presents eleven exciting new AAS Winners for the 2017 garden season. Each of the following varieties was trialed in North America by professional, independent, volunteer judges during one growing season. Each was trialed next to comparison varieties that are considered best-in-class among those currently on the market.

2016 National Gardening Association Photo Contest Open for Entries

It's time for the annual photo contest! The photo contest begins now, and you have until the evening of November 24th to enter your photos. There are 17 categories and you can submit up to 5 photos per category.

Articles you may enjoy:

Sprout Your Own Edible Seeds!

Pansies for Cool Weather Color

Overwinter your Herbs

Mildew Threatening Columbines

Gardening Ideas from other NGA Members:

Recycle ... Reuse

By Suga
November 19, 2016
Recycle ... Reuse

Broken items can find a place in your garden. (103 words - Read the full article)

Broken Pots, Little Plants, and Some Imagination

By SarasotaPatty
November 17, 2016
Broken Pots, Little Plants, and Some Imagination

I have a pile of broken pots that I can't bear to throw away, a plastic container full of garden "miniatures" that I started collecting a long time ago, and lots of "baby" and small plants filling my shelves.Today I stirred in some creativity and it all came together! (284 words - Read the full article)

Tomatoes Cozy in Low Tunnel

By SteveandJeannie
November 15, 2016
Tomatoes Cozy in Low Tunnel

We took a cutting from what we observed to be a cold-tolerant summer 2015 tomato plant and put it fully rooted into a low tunnel in our zone 8b south-facing garden. It was still happy after some 28-degree nights in the beginning of February 2016. (293 words - Read the full article)

Growing African Violets

By Paul2032
November 13, 2016
Growing African Violets

I love working in my garden, but each year the weather turns sometime in Oct/Nov as winter approaches. The only thing left to do on an occasional good day is raking leaves or cutting back perennials. This is when houseplants become important to me. (457 words - Read the full article)

The most popular images last week from our plant database:

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Pond Lily')
By SherriRaye:

Photo of Chinese Peony (Paeonia lactiflora 'Festiva Maxima')
By Orsola:

Photo of Zinnia (Zinnia 'Zig Zag')
By ZenMan:

Photo of Species X Iris (Iris 'Ally Oops')
By Mikey:

Photo of Adeniums (Adenium)
By GrammaChar:

Photo of Thelymitra nervosa
By bootandall:

Photo of Zinnia (Zinnia 'Zig Zag')
By ZenMan:

Photo of Firewheel Tree (Stenocarpus sinuatus)
By greene:

Photo of Christmas Senna (Senna bicapsularis)
By sunkissed:

Photo of Adeniums (Adenium)
By Gerris2:

The most popular Landscape Photos from last week:

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Noteworthy acorn tips given this week:

10 people gave for post #1319074 in "Banner for November 16, 2016 by Char" by Char

8 people gave for the idea "Broken Pots, Little Plants, and Some Imagination" by SarasotaPatty

4 people gave for the idea "Growing African Violets" by Paul2032

4 people gave for post #1317529 in "Share Your Photos" by Rose1656

4 people gave for post #1317485 in "Banner for November 13, 2016 by Baja_Costero" by Baja_Costero

3 people gave for post #1318974 in "Bee Friends And Other Garden Guests - Chapter 6" by GrammaChar

3 people gave for post #1317583 in "Share Your Photos" by JamesAcclaims

3 people gave for the Landscape Photo #5420 by GrammaChar

2 people gave for post #1320076 in "November 2016 Butterflies, Moths & Larva" by LindaTX8

2 people gave for post #1319780 in "Siberian Iris" by vanozzi

The most active threads this week:

Subject OP Area Replies
Parsnip type weed growing everywhereJackiecgPlant ID forum28
Trying to avoid the compost pile in 2017spunky1Daylilies forum27
Banner for November 16, 2016 by CharCharSite Banners forum23
Plant ID helpjmtoniHouseplants forum20
Aloe entry needs merging/deletionBaja_CosteroPlant Database forum17
Can you "resoil" a plant?RezAsk a Question forum16
Difficulty identifying these plants.ErickAyalaPlant ID forum16
Amendments: Turface, Coir, etc, sources/comments?sallygMid Atlantic Gardening forum16
Sunshine and colors... a call for opinions.tcstoehrSempervivum and Jovibarba forum15

Some new reviews from the Green Pages:

Lalambchop1 recommended Seedaholic and wrote:

I just recieved my first order from Seedaholic and as mentioned by other reviewers, I was blown away. The datasheets that come with each packet of seeds are beautiful and VERY informative. I have ordered from many plant companies and have never gotten so much information with my plants/seeds. I'm going to start a notebook so I can keep the information sheets I got. I heartily recommend this company and will be ordering from them again. They have a big selection and lots of things we don't usually see in the states.

annie5 recommended Get Green Aus and wrote:

Bought some plants about 2 months ago from Get Green Aus online, and to my surprise they arrived just a few days later. I planted them with the help of my husband, and they are looking surprisingly good. Best plant nursery company that I ever used. Highly recommended!!!

Check out these numbers from last week: