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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Butterfly Bush

I have a personal rule of thumb that I don't give up on growing a plant in my garden until I have killed it at least three times. It may be surprising to some readers that butterfly bush ( Buddleia sp .) was a plant I just about gave up on. The genus Buddleia (originally spelled Buddleia ) was named after a British botanist and clergyman named Reverend Adam Budd...

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Get Ready for Fall Gardening

Even though I haven't been a student for 11 years now, I still cringe when I see "Back to School" ads and aisles showing up after the 4 th of July. Summer is all too short. I'm not ready to say goodbye to it just yet. One way to extend the enjoyment of the outdoors is to plan a fall vegetable or flower garden. I know people will ask about this topic in September and October, but you c...

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Pruning Blackberries vs Raspberries

It may sound strange, but blackberries are a fruit I don't remember eating much as a child. I grew up eating raspberries in our home garden, but never blackberries. I am from northern Illinois, and most blackberries aren't reliably hardy there. A good cultivar for colder climates is 'Illini Hardy'. University of Illinois developed this very cold hardy cultivar, which produces great tasting frui...

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