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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Lion's Head Japanese Maple

Lion's Head Japanese Maple Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira' I usually associate Japanese Maples with very lacy, even delicate foliage. I was very surprised when I saw the Lion's Head Japanese Maple recently. It is unlike any Japanese Maple I have ever seen, both in appearance and price. The leaves of the Lion's Head Japanese Maple are deep green and very...

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Prairie Trillium

Prairie Trillium Trillium recurvatum Despite its name, you won't find Prairie Trillium in open grassland. Instead, this spring wildflower prefers secluded nooks and crannies on the forest floor. If you are lucky enough to have access to woodlands, you may find the elusive Prairie Trillium. They can be inconspicuous flowers if you aren't on t...

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Wild Violets

Wild Violets As a young girl I had a different sense of what constituted a "weed". I would make gardens by transplanting various volunteer plants I found sprouting up in the garden or the yard. This got me into plenty of trouble! Most of the time what I cultivated was a carefully manicured garden of weeds, or occasionally flowers grown from seed. One of the plants I routinely...

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Tulips Nothing says spring quite like spring bulbs. Tulips offer a seemingly limitless range of color, form and bloom time. Unfortunately, they do require some additional work if you want their colorful display to continue for many years to come. It is very important to plant tulips, and other spring flowering bulbs, in well drained locations. Nothing will shorten a bulb's lif...

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Spring Mums

Spring Mums I used to think of chrysanthemums as a hardy perennial planted in the fall. My mom used to have a mum that was in our garden as long as I could remember. It was so reliably hardy, I grew up thinking all mums must be hardy. When a particularly cold winter wiped out even this super-hardy mum, I thought that we could replace it without a problem. Boy was I wrong! Several plan...

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