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Tales from a Plant Addict

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


We may be surrounded by flowers, but nothing says spring to me quite like the first taste of fresh asparagus. I've always wanted to try growing my own, and now that I have my own home I finally get my chance! In talking to fellow gardeners about growing asparagus, they seem to fall into two camps: those who failed at growing asparagus and say it's too much work to try again, and those successfu...

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Easter Lily-- Lilium longiflorum

What do Bermuda, World Wars I and II, and Japan have to do with Easter lilies? As it turns out, they have quite a lot to do with the lilies we associate with Easter. Historically, lilies have appeared in art, mythology, and literature, particularly the Bible, as a symbol of purity, hope, and life. Traditionally, Christian churches have used the lily in great numbers at Easter, to symbol...

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I learn a lot while writing these columns each week. Probably the number one lesson I wish everyone could learn is be cautious when identifying plants with common names. Very often, more than one plant may be referred to by the same common name in different parts of the world. Throw in translating names from other languages, and identifying a particular plant can become very complex. A...

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Gloxinia (Sinningia speciosa)

If spring fever has struck your household but your soil is a bit too wet to work, consider starting tender bulbs and tubers indoors to satisfy that itch to garden. Gloxinia is a great choice, and you may actually prefer to grow it indoors as a houseplant. Gloxinias belong to a large group of plants called gesneriads. Maybe you've never heard the term gesneriads, but I would guess that...

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