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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Daffodil, Narcissus, or Jonquil?

My favorite spring flowering bulb is the daffodil. They multiply effortlessly, and squirrels and deer detest their taste. What more could a person ask for in a bulb? My investment in hundreds of daffodil bulbs last fall, and relentless digging in my yard will not have to be repeated this year, and the numbers of bright blooms will increase with each year. Of course, I probably will find some ne...

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Saffron

As I look around and finally spy the signs of spring creeping up on us, it seems appropriate to look closer at one of the earliest spring bulbs, the crocus. They are so eager for spring it is not unusual to spy their bright blooms against a background of late-season snow. Not only are crocus a welcome sight after a long dreary winter, but one species is the source of one of the most expensive n...

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Shamrocks

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, it seems appropriate to discuss what many associate with him, the shamrock. Many also wrongly assume that the shamrock is the official symbol of Ireland as well. In fact, the Celtic harp is the official symbol. But the shamrock does hold special meaning for Ireland, dating ba...

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Seeds are Surprising

Gardeners get very anxious this time of year. It is time to start seeds for their gardens. Many have already started the process, eager to see tender young shoots that hold within them the promise of sunny days and warm weather. Stop and consider what a truly amazing structure a seed is. It is for all practical purposes nature's own suspended animation system. Most seeds have some sort...

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