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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Pruning

This is a tough time of year for gardeners. At the first hint of warmth, gardeners far and wide are prowling around their landscapes, looking for signs of spring, itching to do something, anything in their garden. Well, it's way too early to start digging around in the garden. The ground is way too wet, and digging now will only create rock-hard soil later. But this is the perfect time of year...

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Indestructible Houseplants

We've had a bit of a respite from the cold weather this week, leaving us all chomping at the bit for spring to arrive. Having a few houseplants around can help to satisfy the desire to have something green and growing near us when winter is wearing out its welcome. I have had even experienced, accomplished gardeners lament to me that they can't keep houseplants alive. There are a lot of...

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Florigraphy (the meaning of flowers)

When sending flowers for Valentine's Day, most people automatically think of roses. In the language of florigraphy, or meanings attached to specific flowers, the rose symbolizes love and passion. Different colors and numbers of roses have slightly different meanings. But maybe you want to do something new and different this year. Or maybe an often-expensive rose arrangement just doesn't fit you...

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Winter Storms and the Landscape

As a gardener, I have a love/hate relationship with snow. I love the way my garden looks softly draped with snow and sparkling with ice, but as the winter wears on this beauty fades and I long to see something bursting into bloom in the garden. Everyone's landscape is covered in a thick blanket of snow thanks to this week's storm. This is a two-edged sword. Good in some respects, bad in others....

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