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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Streptocarpus

The weather this time of year is challenging whether you consider yourself a gardener or not. After a long cold winter, we're ready for spring. Personally, I dislike the month of March more than the cold snowy days of January. At least white snow is brighter than the muddy brown landscape that is revealed once the snow melts by March. Dreary brown rainy days of March make m...

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Blue Roses

In the 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 otherwise try to convince myself they really are blue...

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Ornamental Grasses

Some of the first plants I purchased when we bought our home a few years ago were ornamental grasses. They are going into their fifth growing season and are going strong without much extra care. When choosing ornamental grasses for your home landscape, it will save you time and frustration to know a little about the two basic growth habits of grasses. Incidentally, these gr...

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Vegetable Garden Design

As a person that has been in a vegetable garden every year since she could hold a trowel, I found it humorous that according to a 2008 survey by the Garden Writers Association, vegetable gardening is a "significant new trend" among American gardeners. I guess my family was trendy without even realizing it! They had also surveyed American gardeners in spring 2007 and found vegetable gar...

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Pruning

Working out in the yard may not be the first thing that comes to mind this time of year, but it is the perfect time for pruning many woody plants in the landscape. But before you run out and start pruning everything in your yard, there are some general guidelines to consider. It is also worth doing some research on the specific plants you plan to prune, especially if the plant in question has n...

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