Your National Gardening Association weekly news for November 26, 2016

It's Time to Vote for the 2016 Photo Contest!

What a huge response to our photo contest! Over 3,000 photos were submitted into our 17 categories. With such a large collection of beautiful photos, judging would be especially hard. Thankfully this is a job that is spread out among all the members! That's right, YOU are the judge of our photo contest. Members will go into each category, view the various photos, pick out their favorites and then cast their votes for the photos they think should win. It's a lot of fun browsing and looking, and you are invited to participate!

Head on over to our photo contest homepage and you will find instructions on how to view the entries, and how to cast your votes. You have until this Wednesday evening to view the pictures and vote for your favorites. You do need to be logged in with your username to vote. Have fun, and now enjoy the rest of the newsletter!

Articles you may enjoy:

Mums For Fall

Make Use of Fallen Leaves in Your Garden

Prepare For Frost

Time to Think Compost

All About Hostas

Grow Your Herbs Indoors

Gardening Ideas from other NGA Members:

All About American Beautyberry

By wildflowers
November 25, 2016
All About American Beautyberry

I really look forward to fall when so many plants change into their colorful fall wardrobes; it's such a beautiful sight. The American Beautyberry is one such plant that makes quite a showing, boasting bright magenta berries that look much like bracelets of amethyst beads glistening in clusters along drooping branches. (1,285 words - Read the full article)

Fall Flower Garden Clean-Up

By goldfinch4
November 23, 2016
Fall Flower Garden Clean-Up

If you're like me and live in a cool climate, your gardening season will soon be coming to an end for another year. You've either got loads of work ahead of you cleaning out your flower gardens or you are ready to sit back and relax and leave the clean-up until spring. (596 words - Read the full article)

Collect Curbside Fall Leaves for Free Mulch

By Newyorkrita
November 21, 2016
Collect Curbside Fall Leaves for Free Mulch

Each fall the last task to put the garden to sleep is to mulch everything with a thick blanket of fallen leaves. If you are like me, you don't have enough of your own to go on all of your beds. So, I go around my neighborhood and collect the bagged leaves put out by the curb. (127 words - Read the full article)

The most popular images last week from our plant database:

Photo of Gazania (Gazania rigens 'Sunshine Mix')
By maxmaggen:

Photo of Bromeliad (Neoregelia 'Skotak's Orange Crush')
By ScotTi:

Photo of Dahlia (Dahlia 'Tartan')
By Carolyn22:

Photo of Meconopsis betonicifolia
By bootandall:

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

Photo of Angel's Tears (Billbergia 'Windii')
By TexasPlumeria87:

Photo of Intermediate Bearded Iris (Iris 'Oklahoma Bandit')
By Lestv:

Photo of Rose (Rosa 'Ghislaine de Feligonde')
By Calif_Sue:

Photo of Firewheel Tree (Stenocarpus sinuatus)
By greene:

Photo of Rose (Rosa 'Heritage')
By HemNorth:

The most popular Landscape Photos from last week:

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

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Photo by Paul2032:
Photo by Legalily:
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Photo by HemNorth:
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Noteworthy acorn tips given this week:

3 people gave for a photo of St. John's Wort (Hypericum Hypearls™ Madelon) by Calif_Sue

3 people gave for post #1320611 in "November 2016 Butterflies, Moths & Larva" by LindaTX8

3 people gave for post #1320880 in "Sharon Brown (Sharon)" by billyporter

3 people gave for a photo of Meconopsis betonicifolia by bootandall

3 people gave for a photo of Firewheel Tree (Stenocarpus sinuatus) by greene

2 people gave for post #1324186 in "Share Your Photos" by GoatDriver

2 people gave for post #1321873 in "Could anyone ID this flower?" by Vivi0912

2 people gave for the idea "Recycle ... Reuse" by Suga

2 people gave for the idea "Collect Curbside Fall Leaves for Free Mulch" by Newyorkrita

2 people gave for post #1321945 in "Bee Friends And Other Garden Guests - Chapter 6" by wildflowers

The most active threads this week:

Subject OP Area Replies
I know this has been discussed before, ....profesoraDaylilies forum40
Adding awards and recognition to plant database entriescsandtPlant Database forum33
Please Share Your Best Itoh Peony PicskousaPeonies forum25
Drip Algebra QuestionPhilipwonelAsk a Question forum21
Mulch for peonies in the winterjoannakatPeonies forum19
Elevated raised bed.PhilipwonelAsk a Question forum18
Here is my "Baby1BadmerkHouseplants forum17
Growing Brugs in TexasneedrainTexas Gardening forum16
What plant is this?lb2612Plant ID forum15

Some new reviews from the Green Pages:

greenthumb99 recommended Watermark Woods and wrote:

Native plant nursery specializing in plants native to the Virginia Piedmont and mountains. Knowledgeable, dedicated owner. Wide selection of species.

Check out these numbers from last week: