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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Easter Lily

Easter will be here soon, and many people will buy an Easter lily or two. What do Bermuda, World Wars I and II, and Japan have to do with Easter lilies? As it turns out, they have quite a lot to do with the lilies we associate with Easter. Historically, lilies have appeared in art, mythology, and literature, particularly the Bible, as a symbol of purity, hope, and life. Traditionally, C...

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Spring Lawn Care

I love the first warm days of spring after a long cold winter. Looking around my neighborhood, sidewalks and yards that once resembled a ghost town are suddenly crawling with adults and children alike. People begin poking around in their yards, eager to find the first green sprouts that are a sure sign of spring. Sooner or later most homeowners' attention turns to their lawn...

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Microgreens

One of the best parts of working for University of Illinois Extension is being able to learn something new literally every day. A few weeks ago, one of our Master Gardeners brought in a tray of seedlings that were planted extremely thick, way too close together for typical garden use. What were they?...

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Lithops

As long as I can remember, I've loved learning about nature. As a young girl, I remember checking out large stacks of books from the children's section at our local library about any kind of plant or animal I could get my hands on. When I was a little older, as a freshman in high school, I recall a book on cacti and succulents that triggered my plant collecting instincts. T...

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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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