Your National Gardening Association weekly news for April 8, 2017


Recently popular question and answer from our Q&A Archive: Transplanting an old lilac bush (now six feet tall)
"This beautiful lilac was here when I arrived 25 years ago, but in front of it was planted three Rhododendrons which pushed it back up against a fence, so that instead of a bush, it looks like a tall skinny tree with lilacs at the top. Can I transplant it? If so, do I cut it back first and what type expert would I seek to transplant it?" - Click to read the answer

Articles you may enjoy:

Hardy Kiwi

"Have you tasted these remarkable miniature kiwis yet? Every bit as delicious as the larger, more familiar fuzzy kiwi, hardy kiwis are much easier to grow and eat (skin and all). And just about every home gardener in North America can grow them."

Planting Groundcovers

"Use low-growing perennial plants and shrubs as groundcovers to cover slopes and rough ground or to replace high-maintenance lawns. Choose plants that thrive in your particular soil and climate."

April is National Garden Month!

"All gardeners know the innumerable benefits that gardening brings to people and their communities, and this is a month where we can spread that message to those who aren't directly involved."

Planting a Pollinator Garden

"By creating a garden that attracts a range of pollinators, you can provide vital oases amidst seas of buildings and concrete. Kids can play a role in digging shallow pools and mud puddles and providing piles of twigs and animal hair for nesting materials. "

All About Basil

"Basil is one of the most popular culinary herbs and is used in cooking around the world. It is very symbolic and has a rich history."

Contest Time!

The April Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!

By dave
April 7, 2017
The April Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!

Another month, another raffle! This being spring, we have a GREAT lineup of awesome prizes from some of the best companies out there. We also have a new tool being provided as a prize! (1,438 words - Read the full article)

Gardening Ideas from other NGA Members:

Daffodil Corset

By Fleur569
April 6, 2017
Daffodil Corset

After the delightful blooms of daffodils have faded and the leaves must stay on to nourish the bulbs for next year's bloom, my solution is to get their corsets out and tidy up the bulge. (163 words - Read the full article)

The most popular images last week from our plant database:

Photo of Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'California Boy')
By Lestv:

Photo of Orchid (Phalaenopsis Surf Song)
By ScotTi:

Photo of Hybrid Epiphyllum (Epiphyllum 'Wild Thing')
By RonRyan:

Photo of King Begonia (Begonia 'Escargot')
By Gerris2:

Photo of Calla Lily (Zantedeschia 'Purple Heart')
By doctorpartlow:

Photo of Tazetta Daffodil (Narcissus 'Minnow')
By Patty:

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Oso Good')
By Lestv:

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Malachite Prism')
By Dragonkeep:

Photo of Rose (Rosa 'Hot Cocoa')
By clcroses:

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Morning Mood')
By mantisOH:

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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Noteworthy acorn tips given this week:

6 people gave for post #1402683 in "Banner for April 1, 2017 by Lestv" by Lestv

4 people gave for post #1406373 in "What did you do in the Iris garden today?" by Polymerous

3 people gave for post #1406518 in "How can I start a small scale gardening business?" by Garden10

3 people gave for the idea "Daffodil Corset" by Fleur569

2 people gave for post #1407634 in "Bird Photos, April 2017" by plantladylin

2 people gave for post #1404496 in "April 2017-Photos & Chat" by zuzu

2 people gave for a photo of Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'California Boy') by Lestv

2 people gave for a photo of Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis f. multiplex) by HemNorth

2 people gave for a photo of Louisiana Iris (Iris x vinicolor) by TexasPlumeria87

2 people gave for post #1405271 in "Hummingbirds 2017" by quietyard

The most active threads this week:

Subject OP Area Replies
Where's Your Favorite Place to Sit?GrammaCharAll Things Gardening forum74
Our Orchid blooms in April 2017UrsulaOrchids forum58
April 2017-Photos & ChatCalif_SueRoses forum48
Bird Photos, April 2017mellielongGardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum47
Help Needed.laurdaleIrises forum28
I think my plant is dying (dead)MrWaltCactus and Tender Succulents forum27
identify a Tall bearded Iris with an incorrect taggolden_goddessIrises forum26
Cactus "mix" - which type is better?djinnevadaCactus and Tender Succulents forum25
April 2017 Butterflies, Moths & LarvamellielongGardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum23

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