Plant Database forum: Time for the winter 2018 Comments Drive, with a contest by zuzu!

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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Permaculture Raises cows
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dave
Feb 16, 2018 8:13 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

This is going to be fun Fun FUN! Hurray!

Our resident acorn tycoon @zuzu is offering up a special incentive to encourage comments in our database in the form of a fun contest.

Starting now and ending this Thursday at 7:00pm Central Time, all comments in the database will receive DOUBLE acorns (one from the system and then at the end of the week I'll give you an extra acorn for each comment you posted.)

Then on Friday we will have the big drawing - every comment is a ticket to win. I'll then randomly draw one lucky winner who will then receive a whopping 250 acorns from zuzu! What will you do with 250 acorns? That's your business! Buy shiny new microbadges, purchase tickets in future raffles, give them as tips to other members, or hoard them for a future use!

Now, please, keep a few things in mind:

1) Don't post one-line comments. I reserve the right to exclude your comments from the contest if you're abusing it (not that anyone here would do that, of course. Green Grin! ) Comments should be informative, educational and helpful to the other users of the database. Also, avoid personal notes ("I grow this over by the barn where I can see it from my workshop where I paint and make glassworks.") Smiling

2) Proofread your comments at least once before you finally submit them. Reading your comment always helps you find any little errors that need correcting (this is something I need to do more!)

3) Don't post the same comment (or nearly the same) to multiple plants. Make sure each comment is unique and specific to the entry. If your comment applies to all cultivars of a certain kind of plant, then post the comment to the non-cultivar version of that plant.

4) Don't ask questions about the plant in the comments. Questions should be asked in the forums and our Ask a Question area.

5) Don't link to other websites in your comment. External links often become broken over the years and they give a bad experience to future readers of your comment.

I'm not planning on doing a video of the drawing BUT if we get more than 250 comments during the coming week then we'll do a video and make a bigger deal out of it. Smiling

Have fun!

Edited to add: We have more people stepping up to provide 250 acorn packages for prizes. Current list of 250 Acorn prizes offered:

@zuzu
@Calif_Sue
@Baja_Costero
@robertduval14
@KentPfeiffer
@eclayne
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bgrmom1980
Feb 17, 2018 8:18 AM CST
One of my favorite plants , here in the Pacific Northwest is Black Elderberry( Sambucca)
I have it planted in an Eastern exposure. It has beautiful pink flowers in June against the Black leaves of the Plant.
It is almost disease/pest resisitant. Deers do not touch it .
My specimen is over 7 years old and by the end of Summer, I cut it down for winter , it is nearly 20 feet high and 6 feet wide.
It is easy to prune and shape.
Great for a place in your garden you just want to leave and let grow, great for privacy screening as well.
Cher83
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Permaculture Raises cows
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dave
Feb 17, 2018 8:45 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

Make sure you post it to the plant in our database, not here in the forums. Smiling

Click on Plants Database in the menubar at the top, then click on "Search by name". Search elderberry and it'll come right up. You'll see the link on that page to "Post a comment".
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Plant Database Moderator Region: California Cottage Gardener Roses Irises Clematis
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Calif_Sue
Feb 17, 2018 10:02 AM CST

Plants Admin

Tossing in another 250 acorns to add to the pool. Thumbs up
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Feb 17, 2018 10:19 AM CST
Hurray! I better get started, I'm having cataract surgery onTuesday morning and I'm not sure how well I'll be able to focus until the second eye is done next month! Green Grin!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Permaculture Raises cows
Beekeeper Vermiculture Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Plant Identifier Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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dave
Feb 17, 2018 12:29 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

@Baja_Costero has also kicked in 250 acorns.

So we currently have 3 packages of 250 acorns each coming from Zuzu, Calif_Sue and now Baja_Costero. What fun! Hurray!
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Deer Organic Gardener Ferns Herbs Dragonflies
Spiders! Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Birds Fruit Growers Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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Bonehead
Feb 17, 2018 12:46 PM CST
One of my 'winter chores' is to systematically go through My List and update data information and add a comment (if not already done). Keeps me on my toes.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Rob Duval
Mason, New Hampshire (Zone 5b)
Region: New Hampshire Vegetable Grower Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1 Tomato Heads
Annuals Hostas Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Spiders! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US
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robertduval14
Feb 17, 2018 4:15 PM CST

Plants Admin

Make that another 250 acorns from me as well @Dave! Good luck everyone and have fun!
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator Plant Identifier Region: Nebraska Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Irises Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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KentPfeiffer
Feb 17, 2018 7:08 PM CST

Plants Admin

You are welcome to 250 of my acorns as well, Dave. Thumbs up
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Feb 17, 2018 7:16 PM CST
I predict that some members are gonna be rolling in Acorn Acorn Acorn Acorn Acorn 's!
garden.org is such a wonderful place of friendship and generosity Lovey dubby
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Aroids Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tropicals Vermiculture
Foliage Fan Bulbs Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Composter Plant Database Moderator
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eclayne
Feb 17, 2018 10:10 PM CST

Plants Admin

Count me in for another 250 Dave.
Evan
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Permaculture Raises cows
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dave
Feb 18, 2018 8:28 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

I edited my top post to show all the prize Acorn packages being offered. So far we have 6 of them. That's a lot of acorns being offered! Smiling

Sheri_lee2
Feb 18, 2018 3:07 PM CST
Here in the beautiful Ozarks, I am known as the Rose Lady, growing beautiful roses of various genus around our home. The scent greets us and visitors as we linger on the front porch. Of all roses, my very favorite is the one I fondly call the Lavender Tea Lady. Such exquisite color and scent!
In the Winter, rather than pruning all the way back, I gently trim all my lovelies only a few inches, encouraging regrowth in the Spring, while honoring their lovely foliage. Seven powder protects them from unwanted varmits and fungus. I plan on starting some from seed this coming month, because I was offered the opportunity to purchase seeds that came with instructions. Will let you know how it goes! Welcome! :welcome:
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Feb 18, 2018 3:15 PM CST
Sheri, what a wonderful comment about growing roses but you should copy and paste it to the database entry for Roses (Rosa) where it will always be seen. Just look on the left side of that page and click where it says Post a comment; write your comment or copy/paste your above comment, click on preview and then submit.
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~



Sheri_lee2
Feb 18, 2018 3:27 PM CST
Indoors our home is a plethera of plants, from newbie chives started from onion roots to a Grand Flame Violet; succulents to bonsai, Indian Begonia to Lucky Bamboo. So many to choose from, it would be impossible to select a favorite.

Pictured here is a small grouping on our bedroom dresser. From 👉 to ←, my Flame Violent, two succulents in an old ice cream maker scored at a city wide yard sale last year, chives (background), and more succulents peeking out from my lady bear.

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Sheri_lee2
Feb 18, 2018 3:31 PM CST
Sadly I cannot copy paste on my phone! *Blush*
Mentor on the Lake, Ohio (Zone 5b)
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Samlav
Feb 19, 2018 6:05 PM CST
Thank You! for your generous offers of acorns Hurray! nodding in post #1642351!
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Garden Photography Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: United States of America
Region: Indiana Garden Art Annuals Clematis Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 2
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blue23rose
Feb 20, 2018 6:09 AM CST
Very thankful to all who are putting on this contest! So glad I happened upon the thread.

@dave: I do have a question about a comment I posted on the Casa Blanca lily that did not receive an acorn on. No biggie, just wondering why so I don't make the same mistake.

Lily (Lilium 'Casa Blanca')
Vickie
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Permaculture Raises cows
Beekeeper Vermiculture Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Plant Identifier Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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dave
Feb 20, 2018 7:07 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

blue23rose said: I do have a question about a comment I posted on the Casa Blanca lily that did not receive an acorn on. No biggie, just wondering why so I don't make the same mistake.

Lily (Lilium 'Casa Blanca')


That comment was just under the limit for length. Short comments of only a few sentences do not get acorn awards. You will get the bonus acorn at the end of the week for that comment, though, and will be entered for the drawing.
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Plant Database Moderator Region: California Cottage Gardener Roses Irises Clematis
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Calif_Sue
Feb 20, 2018 9:43 AM CST

Plants Admin

@dave, her comment was a good length, were you perhaps looking at the one above it by lovesblooms?
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