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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Resurrection Plant or Fern

Nearly ten years ago, a sign advertising a "miracle fern" caught my eye at a garden center. The plant being advertised, Selaginella lepidophylla , doesn't look like much, just a little cluster of brown, dead looking leaves. But place it in a shallow dish of water, and overnight, like magic, the leaves unfurl, and become green. Take it out of the water, and as it dries it reverts to the...

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Mention growing Ficus , and many people assume you mean the houseplant that is a small tree native to Southeast Asia. But they're only partially right. Ficus is an enormous genus of plants containing over 800 species. Some species are trees, but others are shrubs and vines. The common name for this genus is Fig, which does include the species Ficus carica , comm...

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The scent of hyacinth in bloom is definitely a sign of spring to me. While I prefer to look at hyacinths in my garden and smell their sweet scent drifting in my windows, this time of year a pot of blooming hyacinths indoors is a welcome sight after a long dreary winter. Hyacinths are members of the genus Hyacinthus , which are bulbs formerly placed in the lily family Liliace...

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small mango


I don't remember when I first tasted a mango, but I was at least in college, which (gasp!) was about 20 years ago I'm afraid. While mangoes are a relatively new taste to me, people have been consuming this fruit in South Asia for thousands of years. Known as the "queen of fruits" and the "fruit of the gods", mangoes are an important part of the daily diet and special celebrations in man...

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Rex Begonias

This time of year I find myself craving color around my house. After all the holiday decorations come down, everything is a little dull when surrounded by the winter dreariness outside. Many stores will have great specials on indoor plants this time of year. A little greenery certainly is a pick-me-up, but what about more color? You may immediately think of flowering plants, but they ca...

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Master Gardeners Help Others Learn to Grow

The idea for the Master Gardener program began in 1971 with two overwhelmed horticulture educators from Washington State University Extension, David Gibby and Bill Scheer. Their jobs were to bring urban and commercial horticulture programming to the major metropolitan areas surrounding Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. They soon discovered that with the rapid growth of...

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Gifts for Gardeners

In my opinion, if you have a gardener to shop for this holiday season, you will find no shortage of ideas for gifts. There are many options out there, but my favorites are items that solve some common problems experienced by gardeners of any level. A great gift for your favorite gardener is a high quality pair of gardening gloves. A good pair will cost around $20 or more. I had a hard t...

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