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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Blueberries

Blueberries might seem like a topic more suited to the spring or summer, since that's when the tasty berries are in season. Their white flowers in the spring and blazing red fall color make an excellent addition to your landscape, whether you plan on harvesting their fruit or not. Blueberries are also a very appropriate topic with Thanksgiving right around the corner. According to the U...

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Rhubarb

There are certain fruits and vegetables that seem to elicit a very strong positive or negative response depending on the person. Rhubarb appears to me to be one of those vegetables. Any mention of rhubarb within earshot of my husband is answered with a resounding "YUCK!" As for me, no one in my immediate or extended family cared for rhubarb, so I grew up never eating it. When I actually had an...

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Clivia

Clivia is a genus of flowering plants native to South Africa. There are six known species. Clivia miniata is the most widely cultivated species, along with various hybrids. It is one of those plants commonly found in full bloom around the holidays or soon after. If you bought one last winter and wondering if it can be coaxed into bloom again—it can, with surprisingly little ex...

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Bulb Forcing

Although fall has barely begun, it's time to start thinking spring, at least where bulbs are concerned. This is the time of year when garden centers are flooded with dozens of varieties of spring blooming bulbs. If you don't have a yard you can plant in, consider planting bulbs in pots for forcing. It's a great way to bring a bit of spring to your balcony, patio, or even your kitchen table....

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Apples & Johnny Appleseed

September always seems to include apples—whether it's in a back-to-school ad, autumn decorations, or the first apples to hit the local farmer's market. They're everywhere this time of year. Apples may seem commonplace and anything but exotic when choosing a fruit to eat. In fact, they are native to Kazakhstan, giving them Middle-Eastern or Asian heritage. Scientists have conclud...

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Amaryllis

One of my favorite indoor blooming plants is the amaryllis, a bulb commonly sold in the fall or around the Holidays for growing in the home. Unlike a lot of flowering indoor plants, the amaryllis is easily coaxed into reblooming year after year. As an added bonus, the bulb will produce offsets, or daughter bulbs that can be individually potted to increase your collection size or given to other...

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Rosemary

I have a love-hate relationship with rosemary. I love its scent, I love its flavor in cooking, but hate that I can't seem to successfully overwinter this shrub consistently, indoors or out. The typical young plants we use in our gardens each year are rather green and succulent, but mature rosemary is a woody shrub-like evergreen plant. Part of the lure of growing rosemary is its wonderf...

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