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Tales from a Plant Addict

Fun (& a few serious) facts, tips and tricks for every gardener, new and old.

Spring Mums

Spring Mums I used to think of chrysanthemums as a hardy perennial planted in the fall. My mom used to have a mum that was in our garden as long as I could remember. It was so reliably hardy, I grew up thinking all mums must be hardy. When a particularly cold winter wiped out even this super-hardy mum, I thought that we could replace it without a problem. Boy was I wrong! Several plan...

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Crab Apple

Crab Apple Malus spp. One of my favorite things about spring is flowering trees. I remember back in junior high during my long school bus ride each day, we were always on the lookout for the best "pretty trees" in the area. I didn't know much about what kind of trees the...

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Grow a Pineapple!

Grow a Pineapple! I've always been one to experiment with plants, trying to see what I can grow, the more exotic the better. I had tried growing pineapple as a child, but the plant always ended up a soggy rotten mess. I didn't realize that while it is true you can grow a pineapple plant from the green leafy top of a pineapple fruit, any fruit left on the top of the plant will promote ro...

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Himalayan Blue Poppy

Himalayan Blue Poppy Meconopsis 'Lingholm' In world of flower breeding, the color blue is the "Holy Grail" of flower colors. Many spend their lives searching for this elusive flower color, but few find the real thing. I've purchased many flowers labeled as "blue" only to be disappointed when they bloom and look purple to my eyes no matter how much I squint or otherwis...

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