Thursday, February 28, 2008

Gardening Tips

Gardens Alive

Caring for Your Plantings While Conserving Water

Efficient Water Use on Outdoor Plantings.

The use of water has become more and more of an issue for many communities. All across the country we see rationing and restrictions. And why not? Water takes valuable resources to process and make potable. Have we become much too reliant on a cheap source of clean water? We water our lawns to keep them fresh and green. We use chemical fertilizers that increase the amount of water required and do it, with little regard to how, when and why we water our plants.

What can we do?

Here are some tips to make the most of our water use.

Watering Lawns

1. Allow your lawn to experience natural cycles. Well established lawn grasses are tough and resilient. It is their nature to become dormant under drought conditions. Watering keeps them active and dependant upon an artificial source. In addition, if done incorrectly, it will encourage roots to grow nearer to the surface where they are unable to seek moisture effectively. If outdoor watering is limited to the extent that it is not possible to irrigate the lawn properly, it would be advisable not to water at all and to allow the lawn to go dormant.

2. Only seed your lawn in the fall. Seed and new grass require almost constant moisture. Often times spring is too short or dry to provide what is needed. In addition, weed germination is at a height in the spring and competition is fierce.

3. If you are inclined to water your lawn, water slow, long and deep. A sprinkler should spread water evenly and slowly. Run off is considered very detrimental to your water use as well as your soil.

Lawns require an inch of water weekly for best growth, either from rain or irrigation or both. Inexpensive rain gauges may be purchased, or a coffee can be used to measure the amount of water applied. It takes about 625 gallons of water to apply an inch to 1,000 square feet of lawn area. The soil should be saturated with water to a depth of 3 to 4 inches.

Use of a good organic fertilizer is recommended. Chemical fertilizers draw roots shallower and reduce valuable microbes that your grass needs for survival. This combination greatly increases thatch, an ideal condition for disease.

Watering Trees, Shrubs and Flower Gardens During dry seasons, watering is necessary to maintain healthy plants. Water is more important for new planting than for established ones.

Established trees and shrubs do not require as much water as new plantings, but during extended dry spells some watering may be necessary. Some principles of watering are as follows:

• Watering with a hose and nozzle is not recommended. Merely syringing the plants and soil is of little value to the root system through which water is absorbed.

• An open hose placed at the base of a tree with the water flowing slowly will provide needed water to the root zone. If the water is allowed to trickle into the soil gradually, it will seep down and saturate the area around the roots. Since the composition of soils varies, the rate of absorption will vary, but the water pressure should be as high as possible without surface run-off.

• By saturating the soil around the plants, less frequent watering will be necessary. Each plant or bed should be saturated approximately once every two weeks or less depending on the weather.

New plantings will require more frequent watering than established plants. The same type of saturating should be exercised, but once a week may be necessary for new plants.

A ring of soil around newly planted trees and shrubs in the form of a saucer is recommended. This could be built from gravel or excess soil after planting. Fill the ring at each watering to allow gradual seepage into the soil. For the first month, water new plantings twice a week, then weekly for the rest of the season.

Mulching can help to reduce water loss. The use of mulch on new or established plantings is an excellent method of conserving water. Beds, which are exposed to the sun, and drying winds without cover will dry out rapidly. Trying to keep these areas moist by watering is not adequate, and a great deal of water is wasted.

Some of the more common materials used for mulching are peat moss, wood chips, straw, salt march hay, sawdust, pine needles, hay, leaf mold, compost, dried bark, leaves and many others. Much less water will be required to maintain vigorous plants with the use of a 2-inch mulch.

Overall Watering Program for Outdoor Plants.In trying to conserve water and to realize greatest benefit from water used, it is wise to set up a regularly scheduled program.

• Do not try to water all planted areas at each watering.

• Section off your areas, and concentrate on these areas individually for maximum benefit.

• Saturate each area, and then allow to dry out before watering again.• Plan to use mulch around all planted areas to reduce water loss.

• Do not allow plants to wilt before beginning a watering program.

• Remember—two hoses at low pressure without a nozzle is the best method of watering.

• Over watering can be more harmful to plants than under watering. Roots need air as well as water. Do not keep soil saturated with water continuously.


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Friday, February 22, 2008

1. Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol!
2. Studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for peiople with Type II diabetes..
3. In some cases cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections.
4. In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
5. It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
6. In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.
7. When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
8. One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
9. Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.
10. It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium
Here are 20 reasons to add turmeric (spice) to your diet:
1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
2. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.
3. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.
4. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.
5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
6. Is a natural liver detoxifier.
7. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.
8. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.
9. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
10. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.
11. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
12. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
13. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
14. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
15. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.
16. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.
17. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.
18. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
19. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.
20. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Turmeric can be taken in powder or pill form. It is available in pill form in most health food stores, usually in 250-500mg capsules.

Once you start using turmeric on a regular basis, it's fun to find new ways to use it in recipes. My favorite way to use it is to add a pinch of it to egg salad. It adds a nice flavor and gives the egg salad a rich yellow hue.

Contraindications: Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction. Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.
Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper is one of nature's most healing and therapeutic foods. I put it in many of my recipes not only because I love spicy food, but because of its healing and therapeutic properties. You've probably heard of capsaicin. It's the main ingredient of cayenne pepper and is used topically to treat everything from osteoarthritis to cancer. According to the University of Maryland:

Native Americans have used cayenne (or red pepper) as both food and medicine for at least 9,000 years. The hot and spicy taste of cayenne pepper is primarily due to an ingredient known as capsaicin. Although it tastes hot, capsaicin actually stimulates a region of the brain that lowers body temperature.

Taken internally or applied topically, capsaicin is a great natural healing remedy. To read more about the health properties of cayenne pepper and capsaicin, read the rest of the University of Maryland article.

Cayenne has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, diuretic, analgesic, expectorant, and diaphoretic properties. Cayenne is used worldwide to treat a variety of health conditions, including weak digestion, chronic pain, shingles, heart disease, sore throats, headaches, high cholesterol levels, poor circulation, and toothache. Capsaicin in cayenne pepper has very powerful pain-relieving properties when applied to the surface of the skin. Applied topically, cayenne cream eases pain by providing diversionary discomfort and by depleting the body's supply of substance P. External preparations are used to reduce arthritic pain and inflammation and to relieve symptoms of bursitis, fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy, and nerve pain that often follows shingles. Cayenne cream or ointment is particularly effective in easing the joint discomfort of arthritis. Applying cayenne cream to irritated areas may help psoriasis sufferers.

Cayenne is the most useful of the systemic stimulants. It stimulates blood flow, strengthening the heart, arteries, capillaries and nerves. Cayenne is used to regulate blood flow and to strengthen the heart, arteries and capillaries. Cayenne is been used as an overall digestive aid and is considered to improve the entire circulatory system and act as one of the best stimulants. When taken internally, cayenne soothes the digestive tract and stimulates the flow of saliva and stomach secretions. These secretions contain substances that help digest food. Cayenne is also used to relieve constipation as it stimulates gastric secretions, thereby activating a sluggish gastrointestinal tract. Cayenne can be an effective remedy for relieving congestion and coughs. It acts to thin mucus, thus improving the flow of body fluids. It is also used to boost energy and relieve stress-related fatigue and depression. Cayenne has a revitalizing effect on both the mind and body, dispelling tiredness, lethargy, and depression, mainly by opening passageways and dilating blood vessels. Cayenne may reduce the risk of heart attacks. It has been shown to lower cholesterol levels and the risk of blood clots.

Side effects, precautions, interactionsCayenne should not be used by children under two years of age. Topical cayenne ointments should not be used for more than two consecutive days in children. Capsaicin cream may cause an itching, burning sensation on the skin, but these symptoms tend to subside quickly. Capsaicin capsules may cause stomach irritation. Applying too much cayenne cream may produce coughing, sneezing, teary eyes and a scratchy throat. Large internal doses of cayenne may produce vomiting and/or stomach pain. Using capsaicin cream on the skin may increase the risk of cough associated with angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.
Garlic - strenghtens immune system; helps prevent heart disease by reducing high blood pressure and lowering cholesterol; fights infections; digestive aid; alleviates gas; anti-inflammatory.

Botanical Name: Allium Sativum

Garlic Facts
Garlic has been valued for thousands of years for therapeutic purposes. It is used for an amazing range of health preventative and treatment matters, from ear infections and tuberculosis, to prevention of heart disease and cancer. Its anti-bacterial properties help to fight infections, Its cancer-prohibiting properties help to prevent cancer, and its anticoagulant properties help contribute to good cardiovascular health.

How Garlic Works
Garlic protects against infectious organisms like viruses, bacteria and fungi, by blocking the enzymes that enable organisms to enter the tissue. It increases the enzymes that can detoxify cancer triggers. Garlic works as an anticoagulant to inhibit blood clotting and to lower blood pressure, by widening the blood vessels and encouraging good circulation.It is believed that Garlic may also facilitate less cholesterol being released into the blood. All of these factors make Garlic a good nutrient for prevention of heart disease.

Possible Benefits:
Lowers cholesterol
Works as anticoagulant to reduce blood clottingHelps fight infectionsReduces blood pressureHelps prevent hardening of the arteriesBoosts immunityMay destroy types of cancer cellsWorks as digestive aid and relieves gas

Usage Guidelines
Garlic should not be used by women who are lactating, because it may cause colic in infants. People should check with their doctor if they are taking anticoagulants or antihypertensive medications, to make sure it doesn't interfere with, or heighten their functions. Large doses could cause heartburn, gas or diarrhea.

NoteThis information is based on reputable resources and scientific research, but there is no guarantee that what we know today, will change with time. Readers should not use this information for self-diagnosis or self-treatment, but should always consult a medical professional regarding any medical problems and before undertaking any major dietary changes. This information is not meant to be substituted for medical advice. See additional disclaimer below.
Herbs & Spices

Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi)
Allspice (Pimenta dioica)
Alkanet (Anchusa arvensis)
Amchur - mango powder (Mangifera)
Angelica (Angelica archangelica)
Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
Aniseed myrtle (Syzygium anisatum)
Annatto (Bixa orellana L.)
Apple mint (Mentha suaveolens)
Artemisia vulgaris/Mugwort
Asafoetida (Ferula assafoetida)
Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Bay leaves
Bistort (Persicaria bistorta")
Black cardamom
Black cumin
Black limes
Bladder wrack (Fucus vesiculosus)
Blue Cohosh
Blue-leaved Mallee (Eucalyptus polybractea)
Bog Labrador Tea (Rhododendron groenlandicum)
Boldo (Peumus boldus)
Bolivian Coriander (Porophyllum ruderale)
Borage (Borago officinalis)
Calumba (Jateorhiza calumba)
Cananga Also known as 'Kenanga' in Malaysia.
Candle nut
Caper (Capparis spinosa)
Carob Pod
Cat's Claw
Cayenne pepper
Celastrus Paniculatus - Herb.
Celery salt
Celery seed
Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium)
Chile pepper
Chili powder
Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)
Cicely (Myrrhis odorata)
Cilantro (see Coriander) (Coriandrum sativum)
Cinnamon (and Cassia)
Cinnamon Myrtle (Backhousia myrtifolia)Clary
Common Rue
Costmary (Tanacetum balsamita)
Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris)
Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus)
Cuban Oregano (Plectranthus amboinicus)
Curry leaf (Murraya koenigii)
Damiana (Turnera aphrodisiaca, T. diffusa)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Devil's claw (Harpagophytum procumbens)
Dill seed
Dill (Anethum graveolens)
Dorrigo Pepper (Tasmannia stipitata)
Echinopanax Elatum
Eleutherococcus senticosus
Epazote (Chenopodium ambrosioides)
Eryngium foetidum
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Filé powder
Five-spice powder (Chinese)
Garam masala
Garden cress
Garlic chives
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Ginkgo biloba
Ginseng, Siberian (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
Goat's Rue (Galega officinalis)
Goada masala
Golden Rod
Golden Seal
Gotu Kola
Grains of paradise (Aframomum melegueta)
Grains of Selim (Xylopia aethiopica)
Grape seed extract
Green tea
Ground Ivy
Hawthorn (Crataegus sanguinea)
Hawthorne Tree
erbes de Provence
Holy Thistle
Horsetail (Equisetum telmateia)
Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum)
Joe Pye weed (Gravelroot)
John the Conqueror
Kaffir Lime Leaves (Citrus hystrix, C. papedia)
Kaala masala
Labrador tea
Lady's Bedstraw
Lady's Mantle
Land cress
Lavender (Lavandula spp.)
Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)
Lemon basil
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus, C. flexuosus, and other species)
Lemon Ironbark (Eucalyptus staigeriana)
Lemon mint
Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora)
Lemon Thyme
Lemon verbena (Lippia citriodora)
Licorice - adaptogen
Lime Flower
Limnophila aromatica
Long pepper
Lovage (Levisticum officinale)
Manchurian Thorn Tree (Aralia manchurica)
Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
Marrubium vulgare
Marsh Labrador Tea
Mei Yen
Melegueta pepper ( Aframomum melegueta)
Mint (Mentha spp.)
Milk thistle (Silybum)
Bergamot (Monarda didyma)
Mountain Skullcap
Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
Mustard seed
Nashia inaguensis
Nigella sativa
Nigella (Kolanji, Black caraway)
Nutmeg (and Mace) Marijuana
Oenothera (Oenothera biennis et al)
Olida (Eucalyptus olida)
Oregano (Origanum vulgare, O. heracleoticum, and other species)
Orris root
OsmorhizaOlive Leaf (used in tea and as herbal supplement)
Panax quinquefolius
Pandan leaf
Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)
Passion Flower
Pepper (black, white, and green
Peppermint Gum (Eucalyptus dives)
Ponch phoran
Poppy seed
Primrose (Primula) — candied flowers, tea
Quatre épices
Ras el-hanout
Raspberry (leaves)
Rhodiola rosea
Riberry (Syzygium luehmannii)
Roman chamomile
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Rowan Berries
Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Saigon Cinnamon
St John's Wort
Salad Burnet (Sanguisorba minor or Poterium sanguisorba)
Sichuan Pepper (Sansho)
Savory (Satureja hortensis, S. Montana)
Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis)
Scutellaria costaricana
Senna (herb)
Senna obtusifolia
Sesame seed
Sheep Sorrel
Shepherd's Purse
Siberian Chaga
Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
Siraitia grosvenorii (luohanguo)
Sloe Berries
Smudge Stick
Sorrel (Rumex spp.)
Star anise
Strawberry Leaves
Suma (Pfaffia paniculata)
Summer savory
Sutherlandia frutescens
Sweet grass
Sweet cicely (Myrrhis odorata)
Sweet woodruff
Szechuan pepper (Xanthoxylum piperitum)
Tandoori masala
Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)
Teucrium polium
Thai basil
Toor Dall
Tribulus terrestris
Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum)
Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Uva Ursi also known as Bearberry
Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia)
Vietnamese Coriander (Persicaria odorata)
Wasabi (Wasabia japonica)
Wild ginger
Wild Lettuce
Wild thyme
Winter savory
Witch Hazel
Wood Avens
Wood Betony
Yerba Buena
Zedoary Root

Wikibooks Cookbook has an article on Spices and herbs
List of medicinal herbs

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Yahoo! Groups
Cacti-and-succulent-seeds This group is for anyone who is looking for cacti and succulent seeds or would like to trade for other cacti and succulent seeds.
Cereus_Cacti Exchange plants and seeds and discuss anything about the genus Cereus in the family Cactacea. Discuss all cereus species and subspecies and share photos.
Fat_Plant_Exchange This is a group for discussion and exchange of fat plants or caudiciforms and their seeds. Adansonia, Adenia, Adenium, Cyphostemma, and Pachypodium are just a few.
Agave_Exchange A place to exchange agave plants and seeds, share photos and care and growing tips
Flower_Seed_Exchange Exchange flower seeds and cuttings, share photos and growing tips. Discuss anything flower related
Hot_Pepper_Exchange A place for exchanging hot pepper seeds and plants. Non-hot peppers also welcome, but we want to keep the focus on hot peppers. Some known varieties are Anaheim, Ancho or Poblano, Big Jim, Cayenne, Habanero, Fresno, Jalapeno, Pequin, Peter, Serrano, Tabasco, and Thai Dragon. Looking forward to learning about other varieties.
herb-exchange For anyone who would like to trade for other herbs.
misc-houseplant-exchange For anyone who would like to trade house plants. Particularly rapid growing plants that make new plantlets or spread like philodendrons, spider plants, wandering jew and any similar or related plants and other miscelaneous plants.
SeedsPlease1 This is a seed sharing list. For anyone who has seeds that they would like to send to anyone interested or to trade for other seeds and for anyone who has a seed wishlist.
The_Gourd_Exchange Exchange gourds and gourd seeds, craft ideas, and growing tips. Pumpkins and squash also welcome. Please post no items for sale here, trade only.
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Cactus_Collections_and_Xchange Cactus Collections and Xchange is a forum for showing off your collection, and to exchange Seeds and plants among other group members.
succulentseeds The purpose of the list is to provide a forum for the trading of all types of cactus and succulent seeds.
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dimbledale This group is dedicated to the discussion and sharing of plants in the Sedum and Sempervivum families. Also known as "hens and chicks", "living stones" and also as "living forevers".
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Seed-SwapBOX Greetings and Welcome! This list is here for those that love to garden. We share seeds, tips, recipes, and friendly chatter. This list is a seed swap round robin.
garden_exchange Garden Exchange is the best place on the web to swap and/or sell seeds and plants from your lawn and garden.
SeedExchangePlusMore A Place were all can Exchange seeds Give or get seeds for free. Also Get Ideas on seed Storage and more.
thegarden_seed_exchange The Garden and Seed Exchange is a place to not only swap your surplus seeds with others who can't find them, but we will be offering information on all aspects of gardening.
homegrownseedexchange Growing plants from seeds is challenging and worth all the time and effort we put into it. Anyone can go to the nursery and buy plants. We here, trade seeds, start them and enjoy.
exoticseedexchange Hey fellow seed collectors! Let's use the internet as a vector for spreading beautiful plant species all over the world.
SEED-SWAP A mail list for sharing seeds from your yard and garden.
Plant_Mania this is a seed list, for trading seeds, finding information on seeds, and just chatting about anything gardening related.
seedswapmeet SEED swap meet
SEEDSWAPPERS Swap seeds and garden info. Join our LATENITE chat for gardeners.
Cactus_Seeds Seed exchange list. All types of seeds may be exchanged, but the focus will be upon peppers, herbs, vegtables, and perenials.
nativeseedexchange This club is for people to trade native seeds. Please be sure to state where you are from, and where the seeds came from in posts.
GardenSwaps GardenSwaps Is a fair and honest Group We trade seeds,plants and anything has to do with gardening
Perennialsthegrandeseedexchange A place for people who love flowers to come together and trade seeds. All seeds are wecome. Perrenial seeds, rare ones are really great plants too.Lets get this board going.
IndoorGardeningYahoo Welcome too IndoorGardeningYahoo, We are here too have fun and talk about plants of any kind and too trade cuttings and seeds...
plantsfortradeorgiveaway Hey this is a place for us to trade and talk about all kinds of plants.
houseplant-fanatics A place to come to get help with plants and discuss all aspects of indoor gardening. Also to trade any type of plant. We will be discussing their care and maintenance.

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Seed Swapping

One of the most exciting things that I ran across as a gardener was to learn that other gardeners around our country participated in a seed swap. This is where you, via internet, offer your seeds for someone else's of your choosing. It is very fun! Check out sites that participate in this fun activity for gardners! Seed Exchange
The Intimate Gardener Plant and Seed Swap.
Backyard Gardener
Blossom Swap
The Gardener's Companion Seed Swap
Over the garden gate Seed Swap
Garden Mama - Seed Swap
Caudiciform Swap Meet
The Amateurs' Digest Swap and Shop - Cactus - Succulents - Caudiciforms
Karen's Garden Swap Meet
The Garden Helper Seed Exchange
Garden Passion
Dave's Garden

Monday, February 18, 2008

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All About Roses


Keith Zary
The Man Behind the World's Finest Roses.

World premiere of the Pope John Paul II Rose
Available this year in a limited edition Commemorative Rose Collection.

Seasonal Rose Advice
Rose tips for every region, from the rose experts

AARS Roses
How All-America Rose Selections (AARS) winners are chosen.

Rose Classifications
What's the difference between a hybrid tea and a floribunda?

Climbing Roses
These versatile acrobats take garden color to new heights.

About J&P's New Generation Roses®
J&P's latest own root technology adds garden vigor.

The Rose Room
Extend your outdoor living space with rose architecture.

'Tis the Season For Roses
A review of new roses ready to fill your garden with color and fragrance.

Roses: Preventing Blackspot
Helpful hints on preventing the most prevalent rose disease, blackspot.
Container Gardening
The easy, trouble-free way to experiment with landscape design.

Keep Hanging Baskets Beautiful
Keep your flowing baskets overflowing with blooms.

Garden Design Guide
Get inspired in the garden —FREE with every plant order!

Drought-Tolerant Plants
Cool plants for hot days

A Rainbow of Color
The beauty of Oregon-grown Iris

And The Winner Is...
Honey Perfume, our 2004 Floribunda of the Year® Winner

Grand Prize™ - Around The World and Back
Floribunda Rose: Grand Prize™

Grower's Corner Archives
Read all of J&P horticulturist Mike Cady's articles.

Care Information
How to take care of the of the gifts from our garden.

Rose Spacing Guide
General guidelines to grow gorgeous roses.

Growing Beautiful Roses
Anyone can grow roses!Take these 3 easy steps to gorgeous roses.

Rose & Plant FAQs
Find quick answers to all your rose and perennial gardening questions.

Gardening Sites

Antique Rose Emporium
Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.
Bluestone Perennials
Brent & Becky's Bulbs
Brushwood Nursery
Buried Treasures
Chamblee's Rose Nursery
Classy Groundcovers
Diane's Flower Seeds
Direct Source Hostas
Garden Crossings LLC
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Hallson Gardens
High Country Gardens
Katz Kuntry Kuttins
Lazy S'S Farm & Nursery
Lee Valley Tools, Ltd.
Logee's Greenhouses, Ltd.
Made in the Shade Gardens
Oakes Daylilies
Old House Gardens - Heirloom Bulbs
Onalee's Home-Grown Seeds & Plants
Plant Delights Nursery
Select Seeds Antique Flowers
Sooner Plant Farm (home of Imagine Backyard Trees®)
Touch of Nature, Inc.
Gardens Alive

Onalee's Home-Grown Seeds & Plants
Goodwin Creek Gardens
Musser Forests, Inc.
Gardens North
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Angel Valley Heritage Mums (formerly Huff's)
Bloomin Designs Nursery
Beneficial Insect Co.
Garden Store-N-More
Summer Hill Seeds
Pense Nursery
Northern Tool + Equipment
Albuquerque Hydroponics & Lighting (AHL)
Mountain Valley Seed
White Flower Farm
Diane's Flower Seeds
Henry Field's Seed & Nursery
Gurney's Seed & Nursery
Bluestone Perennials
Nola's Iris Garden (Prevost Ranch and Gardens)
Zebra Gardens
Lee Valley Tools, Ltd.
Gurney's Seed & Nursery
Park Seed Company (aka Park's Gardens)
Oakes Daylilies
American Meadows
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Burpee (W. Atlee Burpee)
Jung Seed
Tomato Bob's Heirloom Tomatoes
Bluestone Perennials
Lipenwald Inc.
Audubon Workshop
Cottage Farms
Australiana Plants & Seeds
Diggers Garden
Mail-Order Natives
HostasDirect Inc.
Garden Store-N-More
Michigan Bulb
Reimer Seeds
Gurney's Seed & Nursery
Lee Valley Tools, Ltd.
Reimer Seeds
Nourse Farms Inc.
Burpee (W. Atlee Burpee)
T's Flowers & Things
Murray McMurray Hatchery
Stokes Seeds