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May 21, 2015 12:17 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover
I just came on to find this system message:

In honor of your helpful posts to the Plant ID forum, you have been awarded the coveted Plant Identifier microbadge. Congratulations!

HOW COOL! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Thank you!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others. ~~ Sharon Brown
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May 21, 2015 12:22 PM CST
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Composter Daylilies Garden Photography Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Region: Alabama
Yes, me too. Thought it was a mistake! Thanks !
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May 21, 2015 12:23 PM CST
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
Forum moderator Region: Pacific Northwest Sedums Sempervivums Lilies Hybridizer
Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member Pollen collector Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Same here! I didn't think I had contributed all that much... so many are more informed than I at ID. Thanks Hurray!
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May 21, 2015 12:32 PM CST

Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Forum moderator
Region: Florida Cat Lover Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Tropicals Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
Ditto - I'm having a really good week Big Grin
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May 21, 2015 12:37 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database.
Congratulations and thanks to everyone who IDs plants!

(Dave: GREAT idea for an earned badge.)
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May 21, 2015 12:56 PM CST
Garden.org Admin
Name: Dave Whitinger
Southlake, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Garden Research Contributor Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Region: Ukraine Garden Sages Plant Identifier Avid Green Pages Reviewer Vermiculture The WITWIT Badge
I made that badge a long time ago and awarded it at that time to those few who had been fairly prolific posters in that forum. Since then I haven't revisited it, until today. It works based on thumbs received. The most thumbed posters in the Plant ID forum (thumbs given to their posts inside that specific forum) get the badge.
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May 21, 2015 1:12 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database.
Thanks again:


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May 21, 2015 2:11 PM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
Annuals Native Plants and Wildflowers Keeps Horses Dog Lover Daylilies Region: Canadian
Butterflies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Thank You! I got one too Smiling I was glad to see this thread because I wasn't sure who to thank.
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May 21, 2015 2:59 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover
sooby said: Thank You! I got one too Smiling I was glad to see this thread because I wasn't sure who to thank.


Always thank the Wizard of ATP aka Dave. Smiling
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others. ~~ Sharon Brown
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May 21, 2015 4:37 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database.
Note the server hardware that serves as the Back 40 part of Dave's brain:

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(Or is that something like "Permaculture Zone 3"?)

But here's his real secret:


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May 21, 2015 5:16 PM CST
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Raises cows Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Texas Plant Identifier
I got one as well. Thanks. I'm pretty sure it hasn't truly been earned, though.
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May 21, 2015 6:05 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover
needrain said:I got one as well. Thanks. I'm pretty sure it hasn't truly been earned, though.


I feel the same way Donald. It seems like I'm asking for ID's far more than I've ever ID'd.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others. ~~ Sharon Brown
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May 21, 2015 7:43 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
I have no use for internet bullies!
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower Rabbit Keeper Frugal Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level
Plant Identifier Region: Georgia Native Plants and Wildflowers Composter Garden Sages Bookworm
Wow, I got one of those nifty badges, too!! Hurray!
It sure feels special to be included with such a great group of 'know-it-alls' Rolling on the floor laughing even though many times I am just guessing. Whistling
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"
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May 21, 2015 8:03 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b and Fl
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Keeps Horses Hummingbirder Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
Thank You!

I was surprised, but it made my day. Thumbs up
Cottage Gardening

Newest Interest: Rock Gardens


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May 21, 2015 9:36 PM CST
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator Hummingbirder Salvias Butterflies Birds
Plant Identifier Vegetable Grower Container Gardener Seed Starter Cat Lover Region: Georgia
I got one, too! Very excited! Thanks! Hurray!

Not only is it fun to share and help people out on the Plant ID Forum but, like I've mentioned before, it's also a bit like playing a game of botanical JEOPARDY! Hilarious! (which is entertaining to my geeky little self. Green Grin! ) Gotta challenge those brain cells!

I also really like the Plant ID threads, like many of bonitin's, where I'm exposed to really obscure plants that I've never seen before. Overall, it's just a great forum! Lovey dubby
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May 23, 2015 6:47 AM CST
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Butterflies Garden Ideas: Master Level Forum moderator
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Birds Cat Lover
I got one also, and was very surprised. Thank you Dave and all who thumbed my posts Smiling
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
Gardening with Texas Native Plants and Wildflowers.
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May 27, 2015 12:39 PM CST
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator Hummingbirder Salvias Butterflies Birds
Plant Identifier Vegetable Grower Container Gardener Seed Starter Cat Lover Region: Georgia
Well, here's a funny coincidence. The very next episode of 'JEOPARDY!' aired after I made my post about it contained a big botanical error in ones of the clues.

In the "South Dakota" category, the person in the video clue said "All-natural soap made right here in South Dakota with Salvia officinalis, this native aromatic herb that wise men know grows wild on the prairie" while holding up a dried plant. Obviously, Salvia officinalis isn't native to the South Dakota prairie since it is actually native to the Mediterranean area (not even on the right continent, silly clue writers!) The native "sages" of that area used as herbs are species of Artemisia which aren't even in the same family as Salvias. Rolling my eyes.

Has anyone else noticed how ridiculously bad American (USA) television is at getting their botanical references correct? I'm always noticing obvious errors, even in gardening shows like 'Garden Smart' and such. It seems odd that with on-staff fact checkers and the resources of the internet that so many errors should find their way into the final product. However, I'm usually pleasantly surprised when I watch shows produced in the UK (including dramas, mysteries, etc) because they usually have their botanical facts straight.

Perhaps we need to market our collective skills as botanical fact checkers for the television industry. Hilarious!
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May 27, 2015 1:17 PM CST
Plants Admin
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Region: Ukraine Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis
Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Sages Plant Database Moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level
I saw a case of this recently. Important evidence was discovered in an episode of "Backstrom" when one of their "experts" identified the bouquet of roses delivered to the murder victim as Ebb Tide, which he called a "rare varietal, available only in a few specialty shops." There's nothing "rare" about Ebb Tide. Hilarious!
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May 27, 2015 2:03 PM CST
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator Hummingbirder Salvias Butterflies Birds
Plant Identifier Vegetable Grower Container Gardener Seed Starter Cat Lover Region: Georgia
Zuzu,
Not being familiar with it, I had to google 'Ebb Tide'. Well, the very first result was a link for Michigan Bulb. If Michigan Bulb is selling it then it surely isn't a rare variety! However, if you managed to get a correctly labeled and LIVING plant from Michigan Bulb, then that would be rare indeed! Hilarious!
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May 27, 2015 2:41 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
I have no use for internet bullies!
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower Rabbit Keeper Frugal Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level
Plant Identifier Region: Georgia Native Plants and Wildflowers Composter Garden Sages Bookworm
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Michigan Bulb + Living plant = rare. Thumbs up I agree I am LMBO. Whistling Good one!!!

There is a group called Botanical Accuracy that fights for this very thing. Like when an image of the wrong plant appears on herbal tea, etc.

http://www.botanicalaccuracy.c...
also on Facebook (I hate Facebook)
https://www.facebook.com/pages...
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"

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