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Edible Perennials

Reading through my weekly Perennial Pulse newsletter written by Paul Pilon, I came across a great little article about incorporating some edible perennials into the landscape this year. We think of perennials as mostly being ornamental in our landscape, but why not add some edible perennials to the mix! Here are a...

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Valentine’s Day Cut Flower Care

So you received some beautiful flowers from a special someone this Valentine’s Day? Lucky you! They are probably looking gorgeous on your desk or dining room table right now. But have you thought about how long those flowers will last? Here are a couple of tips to help lengthen the life of your blooming beauties. 1.       Change the water frequently Bacteria sta...

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Think Green Plants This Valentine's Day

Earlier this week I discussed the amazing mood improving effects of flowers, but are you thinking of giving a gift that lasts a bit longer? Blooming plants are a great option then! Here are a few blooming plants that can help bring anyone out of the winter blues: 1. Kal...

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Winter Snow and Ice Damage to Trees

Posted by Candice Hart - Trees

Here in the northwestern corner of Illinois, we got about 15 inches of snow this past weekend. This amount of snow definitely causes some road and travel problems, but what does that much snow mean for trees and shrubs? It means there is a lot of weight on the branches! Especially this particular snow, which was very wet and heavy. Heavy snow and ice storms can cause quite a bit of dama...

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Brighten Someone’s Mood With Flowers This Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day may just well be one of my favorite times of year. Probably because I'm a floral designer and horticulturist and anytime flowers or plants are the focus of a holiday, I'm ecstatic! It's the busiest time of year for florists across the country. They are busy designing thousands and thousands of flower arrangements in the hopes that every person who receives flowers on thi...

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