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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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Posted by Jennifer Nelson (Schultz) at 12:00AM on 7/20/2014
Categories: Ornamentals

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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Posted by Jennifer Nelson (Schultz) at 12:00AM on 7/13/2014
Categories: Fruits, Veggies & Herbs Gardening Guidelines Ornamentals

Pruning Blackberries vs Raspberries

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Posted by Jennifer Nelson (Schultz) at 12:00AM on 7/6/2014
Categories: Gardening Guidelines

Coneflower-- Echinacea

Mention coneflowers, and most gardeners think of a purple-petaled prairie flower resembling a daisy. Experts recognize 9 different species of coneflower, all in the genus Echinacea. They all resemble daisies, but colors range from white to pink, purple, and one species, Echinacea paradoxa , is yellow. Native to the North American prairie and open woodlands, some species of...

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Posted by Jennifer Nelson (Schultz) at 12:00AM on 6/29/2014
Categories: Ornamentals

Lavender

I'm struggling with the reality that right now I don't have as much time to devote to my garden as I'd like. As mom of a toddler, most of my "gardening time" is spent trying to make sure my son doesn't eat too much soil, and doesn't run into the street or otherwise injure himself. Feeling completely defeated at the weedy overgrown state of much of my garden, I'm trying to find the silver lining...

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Posted by Jennifer Nelson (Schultz) at 12:00AM on 6/22/2014
Categories: Fruits, Veggies & Herbs Ornamentals

Blueberries

Whether you plan on harvesting their fruit or not, blueberry bushes are a star in the landscape. Their white flowers in the spring and blazing red fall color provide for multiple seasons of interest. If you want to grow a truly American crop, grow blueberries. The only place they are found in the wild is in Eastern North America. Native Americans ate the fruits fresh and dried, but also...

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Posted by Jennifer Nelson (Schultz) at 12:00AM on 6/15/2014
Categories: Fruits, Veggies & Herbs Gardening Guidelines

Dwarf Alberta Spruce

Dwarf Alberta spruce, Picea glauca var. Albertiana 'Conica', is a dwarf cultivar of the Alberta White spruce, Picea glauca var. Albertiana . The spruce genus, Picea , is derived from the word pix or pitch, meaning the sticky resin in the tree's bark. The species name, glauca , means "glaucous", in reference to the lighter color of the tree's ne...

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Posted by Jennifer Nelson (Schultz) at 12:00AM on 6/8/2014
Categories: Gardening Guidelines Ornamentals