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A blog devoted to sharing timely horticulture topics and answering the questions of gardeners and homeowners.
2017-05-15 17 00 49

Plant of the Week- Blue Star Amsonia

Plant of the Week is back! It's been a bit of a hiatus, but I'm glad to be back sharing what plants I'm seeing that are noteworthy, growing in gardens across the state. This week I'm featuring  Amsonia hubrichtii, Blue Star. I was reminded of this perennial on a recent trip to the US Botanic Garden in Washington D.C. where it was growing beautif...

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2017-01-27 14 01 28

My Amaryllis Bloomed, Now What?

Amaryllis flowers are one of my absolute favorites, especially during the holiday season, but many wonder what to do with the plant once the beautiful bloom is done flowering. Do you toss it? Try to rebloom it again? Extension Master Gardener Coordinator, Sandy Mason, shared some great info on her blog several years ago...

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2012-12-01 09 28 24

Plant of the Week: Poinsettia

Do you know what today is? National Poinsettia Day! By an Act of Congress, December 12 is set aside as National Poinsettia Day. The date marks the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett, who is credited with introducing the native Mexican plant to the United States. Poinsett was an American botanist, physician and Minister to Mexico who in 1828 sent cuttings of the plant he'd...

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Extending the Life of Cut Evergreens

You've cut those evergreens to decorate your home with, but how do you get them to last?  Storage Prior to Use If the greens need to be stored prior to use, placing the greens in a bucket of water or in a cardboard box or bag in a cool location is the best way to prevent them from drying out quickly. Before bringing th...

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2016-12-04 16 23 10-2

Decorating with Evergreens for the Holidays

In my opinion, nothing screams the holidays more than the fragrance of fresh cut evergreen and for many of us, we're lucky enough to have evergreens in our own yards to harvest from. Check out a few tips below for success when harvesting your evergreens:   Which type of evergreen should I harvest? Of the many great evergreen species we grow in Illinois,...

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2016-10-17 09 19 08

Keeping Track of Your Cultivars

If you're like me, it's a struggle to remember exactly what species or cultivars you planted in the garden. Especially by the time you have hundreds of plants in! There are some plant names I'll just never forget for some reason (hello,  Solenostemon scutellarioide s) , but there are others that escape me right away. What I started doing a f...

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Forcing Paperwhites for Holiday Decor

Flowering bulbs of all kinds can be forced indoors to create a beautiful and long lasting flower display for your home and it's something I love to do every year for the holidays!   The term forcing refers to a technique that imitates the environmental conditions that bulbs encounter outdoors, thereby tricking them into flowering earlier. Essentially, it allows you to bring the outdoor beauty o...

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