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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-- Lilium longiflorum

This Easter, 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, Christian churches...

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Spring Houseplant Care

Despite the recent mild weather, we still consider the official frost free date for central Illinois to be around Mother's Day/May 15th. Some early spring plants, like pansies, broccoli, and cabbage can survive light frost. More and more over the years I've noticed warm weather plants popping up in stores well before Mother's Day— tomatoes and peppers for example. These warm weather plants are...

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Passion Flower

My first encounter with a passion flower plant was back in high school when I succumbed to a display at my local garden center. The display promised beautiful passion flower plants easily grown from seed, and prominently featured was a gorgeous picture of a passion flower. I remember the seeds were packaged in yellow plastic eggs, and the package showed a cartoon of a very happy gardener and a...

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Plants and the Weather

I've lost track of how many times people have remarked to me about having had basically all four seasons in the past weeks. From nearly 70 degrees and sunny to blizzard conditions that closed down the interstate for a time, this sure has been a wild week! You may wonder how this weather will affect the garden. As of this writing I think our swings in temperature and conditions have been quick e...

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