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By wcgypsy on Nov 21, 2011 1:48 PM, concerning plant: Alligator Pear (Persea americana 'Fuerte')

The California Avocado Commission describes the Fuerte Avocado as being:

Pear-shaped
Medium sized seed
Medium large fruit, 5-14 ounces
Easily peeled
Smooth green skinned
Creamy, pale green fleshed
Harvested late Fall-Spring

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By pardalinum on Nov 21, 2011 12:37 PM, concerning plant: Lily (Lilium 'First Lady')

There appears to be three different versions of lilies named 'First Lady'. The registered version is a white upfacing lily.

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By saltmarsh on Nov 21, 2011 12:19 PM, concerning plant: Sweet Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Garden Sunshine')

Compact bell pepper well suited for planting in pots or in ground. Fruits are bell shaped up to 8" long and ripen from yellow to orange then red.

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By saltmarsh on Nov 21, 2011 12:08 PM, concerning plant: Rutabaga (Brassica napus 'American Purple Top')

When I plant these, I sow them too thick on purpose. The small greens are an excellent addition to fresh salads, much appreciated by friends and neighbors. I initially thin to about 2 inches apart as I harvest the salad greens, then when the rutabaga leaves are about 8 - 10 inches I thin them to 12 inches apart. The greens harvested at this stage have better flavor than turnip greens. These can be cooked and put in the freezer for a quick heat and eat dish. I leave the mature rutabegas in the ground covered with tree leaves and harvest thru the winter as needed.

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By saltmarsh on Nov 21, 2011 11:47 AM, concerning plant: Mustard Greens (Brassica juncea 'Florida Broadleaf')

Excellent Mustard Green cooked by itself or as a flavor enhancer mixed with other greens such as rutabaga greens.

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By ViolaAnn on Nov 21, 2011 11:37 AM, concerning plant: Hosta 'Grand Prize'

Just slightly smaller than 'Grand Tiara'

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By saltmarsh on Nov 21, 2011 11:37 AM, concerning plant: Turnip (Brassica rapa subsp. rapa 'Seven Top')

I planted these as a trap crop between rows of lima beans. Worked well in keeping lice from the bean vines, also makes a good eating green, but roots are inedible.

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By ViolaAnn on Nov 21, 2011 11:10 AM, concerning plant: Hosta 'Fujibotan'

Very, very tall flower scapes on this plant are covered with double lavender flowers.

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By ViolaAnn on Nov 21, 2011 11:03 AM, concerning plant: Hosta 'Fortunei Aureomarginata'

This is a real "oldie but goodie". A real show stopper in my garden, that I love. Give it time to mature and enough moisture and light and it does very well.

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By ViolaAnn on Nov 21, 2011 11:01 AM, concerning plant: Hosta 'Fair Maiden'

I had difficulty with this one which I tried to grow for several years. More often that not, it really looked not so "Fair".

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By ViolaAnn on Nov 21, 2011 10:59 AM, concerning plant: Hosta 'Emerald Ruff Cut'

This one is doing well in my garden and holds up well into the season even in a bad slug year.

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By ViolaAnn on Nov 21, 2011 10:34 AM, concerning plant: Hosta 'Center of Attention'

Very, very pretty early in the season, but mine always was in tatters before the middle of July. Finally got rid of it in 2009.

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By SongofJoy on Nov 21, 2011 10:18 AM, concerning plant: Pink Pussy Willow (Salix caprea 'French Pink')

Colored catkins begin forming in the Fall and provide winter interest. A very cold-hardy shrub/tree that is not prone to pests. Cut back yearly to produce long shoots. The branches with catkins make lovely cut floral displays.

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By SongofJoy on Nov 21, 2011 9:55 AM, concerning plant: Sedum (Petrosedum rupestre subsp. rupestre 'Angelina')

A vigorous, mat-forming sedum that holds its color through the heat of summer.

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By SongofJoy on Nov 21, 2011 9:29 AM, concerning plant: Florist Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)

Extremely easy to root from stem or tip cuttings. Tolerant of dry indoor conditions. Available in several flower colors including yellow, red, pink, and white.

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By KentPfeiffer on Nov 21, 2011 9:12 AM, concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Rapture in Blue')

Rapture In Blue is a very interesting older cultivar. The flower opens an ordinary shade of light blue and then gradually fades, perhaps "transforms" would be a better description, to an ethereal shade of silver blue. Normally, flowers changing color wouldn't be considered a good thing, but in this case it really makes 'Rapture In Blue' a special iris.

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By SongofJoy on Nov 21, 2011 7:21 AM, concerning plant: Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia uvaria)

Prolific, great for planting a row run. Choose planting location carefully as groundhogs relish them.

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By SongofJoy on Nov 21, 2011 6:57 AM, concerning plant: Stonecrop (Phedimus spurius 'John Creech')

Easy-to-grow ground cover named for the former director of the US National Arboretum who discovered the plant in 1971.

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By jmorth on Nov 21, 2011 3:17 AM, concerning plant: Hybrid Gladiola (Gladiolus 'Flevo Smile')

Intermediate variety. North of Z 7 must lift and protect from cold. Staking usually not needed.

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By jmorth on Nov 21, 2011 3:11 AM, concerning plant: Hybrid Gladiola (Gladiolus 'Flevo Focus')

North of zone 7 must lift and protect over winter.
Considered an intermediate sized variety. Staking usually not necessary.

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