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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Carving the Perfect Pumpkin

Traditional Jack O' Lanterns are carved as simple faces, but many creative souls have taken the Jack O' Lantern to new levels of complexity. Searching the internet for 'pumpkin carving patterns' will yield a treasure trove of patterns for carving everything from your favorite cartoon character to your favorite political candidate into the side of a pumpkin. At first glance the more comp...

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American Persimmon Diospyros virginiana

I grew up not really knowing what a persimmon was. We had plum, apple, and pear trees in our yard, but no one I knew had a persimmon tree. I first heard about persimmons my first year of graduate school, when Channel 3's Judy Fraser reported that she found lots of "spoons" in the persimmons, so be prepared for lots of snow in the coming winter. I had absolutely no idea what she was talking abou...

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Late Blooming Clematis

One thing that always catches my eye this time of year is plants that bloom in late summer and autumn. Like many other gardens, mine starts to look tired late in the season. Late bloomers give gardeners something to look forward to besides fall color. It's not surprising that many of our gardens look a little ragged and worse-for-wear late in the season. Many of our plants have been in...

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Hardy Kiwifruit

My husband jokes with me about our yard being "one giant experiment". We have planted a lot of different plants over the years, both ornamental and edible. We have had a lot of spectacular successes and failures in each category. As time goes on we have found some new favorites in the edible category. One of those is a hardy kiwifruit, Actinidia kolomikta . I love kiwifruit so the promi...

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