Your National Gardening Association weekly news for December 10, 2016

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What a relief to know I'm not the only one! -Editor

Timely articles for the season:

Keep the Pests Off Your Houseplants

Welcoming Bluebirds in Winter

Growing Holly

Caring for Houseplants During the Winter

Maintain your Hand Tools

A Gift for Gardeners

Gardening Ideas from other NGA Members:

The Miracle of a Seed

By Anderwood
December 9, 2016
The Miracle of a Seed

During this time of year, so much hope and anticipation lie ahead, all bundled up in a seed. (565 words - Read the full article)

More Concrete Hardscaping for the Garden

By beckygardener
December 7, 2016
More Concrete Hardscaping for the Garden

Concrete is my favorite medium to work with for hardscape structures. I look at concrete in various forms and try to figure out ways to use them in my garden. This is my latest idea. (734 words - Read the full article)

Rustic Raised Beds

By Englishgardener
December 5, 2016
Rustic Raised Beds

There are many benefits to using raised beds. Here's one way to make a nice attractive rustic raised bed. (369 words - Read the full article)

The most popular images last week from our plant database:

Photo of Lily (Lilium 'Flavia')
By William:

Photo of Zinnia (Zinnia)
By ZenMan:

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Mary Frances')
By William:

Photo of True Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis scorpioides)
By dirtdorphins:

Photo of Pacific Coast Iris (Iris 'Border Dispute')
By coboro:

Photo of Zinnia (Zinnia)
By ZenMan:

Photo of Bladder Senna (Colutea x media)
By RuuddeBlock:

Photo of Cranesbill (Geranium x oxonianum 'Phoebe Noble')
By KatEnns:

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Cimarron Rose')
By hemeroca7:

Photo of American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)
By sunkissed:

The most popular Landscape Photos from last week:

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The most active threads this week:

Subject OP Area Replies
Seedling 2016tveguy3Irises forum84
Weather is about to change (for the worse)drdawgAll Things Gardening forum35
Superstition Iris Garden's 2017 IntroductionsMisawa77Irises forum33
New to Texas. What kind of grass is this?chrisholmes02Plant ID forum29
Which plant is this?TheArquitectPlant ID forum26
Ponytail palmKlbrock2288Ask a Question forum24
Mandarin Tree leaves drying/curling & fruit dry and leatheryAshleyDAsk a Question forum23
What is a Trademark?TsFlowersAsk a Question forum18
Dwarf Cavendish Banana plantjnicholesAsk a Question forum15

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