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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Garden Spider, Argiope aurantia

Garden Spider Argiope aurantia I usually write about a plant each week, but this week I found a fascinating creature in my garden that sparked my curiosity. I noticed a large yellow and black spider had built a web at least two feet in diameter, anchored between my air conditioner and marigolds! I had never seen a spider so large–it was easily t...

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Plumeria

Plumeria My mom has a green thumb, and she's also very creative when it comes to plant names she doesn't remember. When she noticed my "asparagus trees" were blooming, for a moment I had no idea what she was talking about. In fact she was referring to my plumeria plants which do look a lot like giant asparagus most of the year. I bought my plumeria plants in late winter at th...

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Gladiolus

Gladiolus Just when you think that summer has spent its last bloom, gladiolus shows its colorful self. I had just about given up on mine until last week. I thought the drought had gotten the best of them until lo and behold there were flower spikes on plants that I swear had none the day before. They are just starting to bloom and are a gorgeous shade of deep purple....

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Ornamental Peppers

Ornamental Peppers Peppers are not just for eating–some cultivars make a great splash of color in the landscape and are actually bred to be used as ornamentals rather than a part of the vegetable garden. When looking at an ornamental pepper cultivar, many people wonder how one plant can produce multiple colors of peppers. Actually what you see is all the same pepper, ju...

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