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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

New Guinea Impatiens Impatiens hawkeri ‘Sonic Pink Magic’

New Guinea Impatiens Impatiens hawkeri 'Sonic Pink Magic' Gardeners are a stubborn lot. For many it takes several failures for them to declare a particular plant is not suited for the location they are trying to grow it in. I am no exception. For much of graduate school I tried to grow New Guinea Impatiens on my apartment balcony, but all that grew was my frustration. Finally I had to...

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Gazania rigens ‘Gazoo Clear Vanilla’

Gazania rigens 'Gazoo Clear Vanilla' No matter what you grow, gardening really is a series of trial and error. That is very true for me this year as I get to know my new yard. At my parent's house and my apartment, I was used to seeking out plants that would tolerate partial or nearly total shade. My new yard is a totally different beast, enduring blazing sun all day long. Un...

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Peace Rose

Peace Rose The Peace rose was the first rose plant I bought back in high school, with some of my hard-earned babysitting money. It was and still is one of my favorite roses, but sadly my original plant fell victim to my dad and his riding lawnmower. I recently purchased a new Peace rose, and learned that this rose has a history that makes me love it even more. Develo...

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Clematis ‘Jackmanii Superba’

Clematis 'Jackmanii Superba' Clematis is a great perennial vine to use in your garden as both a colorful and vertical element. With so many new colorful hybrids available each year, it may be tempting to pass on the "typical" purple cultivars. No matter what new colors are released, to me nothing matches a bright purple clematis in full bloom. An established clematis...

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Marigolds Marigolds are one of the first flowers I remember growing from seed. I recall collecting the dried flowers to use the seeds for the next year's garden. But sometime during high school, I forgot about marigolds. I thought they were too boring. I wanted the exotic, unique plants staring at me from the seed catalogs. Anything was more exciting to me at that time besides marigol...

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