The weekly newsletter for June 22, 2019.
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June 22, 2019 - Issue #414

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Pollinator Week is Here

June 17th begins pollinator week, where NGA gets taken over by the important creatures that pollinator our flowers and provide a critically important part in our food supply.

Squash Bug

Squash bugs are found throughout the United States. Adult bugs are flat-backed, brown, about 1/2 inch long; the immature nymphs are shaped like adults but are whitish with black legs.

Edible Landscaping - How to: Start an Edible Garden with Your Child

One of the joys of having an edible landscape and edible gardens is to share them with your children and grand children. When experienced gardeners look back at how and when they got started gardening, it often involved a parent, aunt, uncle, or grandparent taking them under their wing in the garden.

Gardening with Butterflies in Mind

Gardening for butterflies is a suspenseful art, a bit like holding a picnic and wondering if your invited guests will show up. It's because butterflies are choosy insects. Any gardener can have aphids, but red admirals, painted ladies and tiger swallowtails insist upon certain amenities, such as sunshine and shelter from wind.

Plant Milkweed to Help Monarch Butterflies

Monarch butterflies are amazing creatures. These strikingly colored, orange, white, and black butterflies migrate up to three thousand miles every year to spend the winter roosting in large groups in mild winter areas of Mexico and California. Unfortunately, they are also in deep trouble. Over the past twenty years, the number of monarchs has dropped precipitously due in large part to loss of habitat.

Grow These Annuals to Attract Pollinators

These annuals are easy to grow, look great in any garden, are easily found, and loved by pollinators of all kinds. Bees, birds, bugs, and butterflies all benefit from the list below. These beautiful flowers serve as host plants and/or as food for the pollinators.

Attract Butterflies With the Right Plants

Large or small, ages 1 to 99, butterflies painted with diverse colors and patterns are a welcome sight. You can increase your butterfly viewing opportunities by creating spaces more attractive to them.

Growing Herbs Under Lights

Even with a bright sunroom, sun-loving herbs will need 12 to 16 hours a day of supplemental light. You have two choices: fluorescent or high-intensity discharge (HID).

Butterfly Plants Especially For the North and West

Perennials and Shrubs especially suited to the Northern and Western regions of the United States.

Planting a Pollinator Garden

Ants -- Although ants like pollen and nectar, they aren't good pollinators, so many flowers have sticky hairs or other mechanisms to keep them out.

Butterfly Gardening

Growing plants that attract butterflies is not as difficult as you may think. The first step is understanding what makes butterflies tick at different stages of their life cycle.

Plant List for Hummingbirds, Butterflies and Bees

There is a nearly endless list of plants that gardeners can grow to attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies to their gardens. We have put together a list of some of our favorite easy-to-grow plants for you to add to your own garden.

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Lovely new photos from this week
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'First Prize')
by Lestv:

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Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylis)
by dirtdorphins:

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Dahlias (Dahlia)
by jmorth:

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Rose (Rosa 'Rhapsody in Blue')
by dirtdorphins:

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Allium 'Ambassador'
by cliftoncat:

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Milk and Wine Lily (Crinum fimbriatulum)
by tabbycat:

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Tall Phlox (Phlox paniculata)
by luvsgrtdanes:

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Rue Anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides 'Cameo')
by SL_gardener:

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Billbergia (Billbergia pyramidalis 'Kyoto')
by ScotTi:

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Rose (Rosa 'Marie Pavie')
by dirtdorphins:

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Active discussions from our forums
Subject Area Replies
Dendrobium Nestor, anosmum 'Little Scent' discussionOrchids forum30
Bee pods...have you collected any?Irises forum29
tree bark vs coconut coirCactus and Succulents forum22
Here's some 2019 favorites so farRoses forum22
purpleinopp aka Tiffany ?Ask a Question forum19
Banner for June 15, 2019 by greenappleagnesSite Banners forum18
Cantaloupe 2019Vegetables and Fruit forum17
Home page rearrangedSite Talk forum17
How do I post a quote to show on all my postsAsk a Question forum16
The numbers from last week:
1,044 members joined.
5,390 posts written in our forums.
1,557 photos posted to the plant database.
782 plants added to personal inventory lists.
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