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Tales from a Plant Addict

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


Zinnias have their own "rags to riches" story in the plant world. Their native range starts in the Southwestern U.S. and stretches to South America. Zinnias are a common wildflower in Mexico, but you probably wouldn't recognize it. There are about a dozen different species of Zinnia , bu...

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Jacob's Ladder

I am a sucker for plants with variegated foliage. Somehow they always tend to come home with me, especially if they will work in my small shade garden. Since I live in a new subdivision, most plants I grow must be able to tolerate scorching sun and thrashing winds. I have one little protected nook on the north side of our home which can sustain shade loving plants. Variegated Jacob's Ladders ha...

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If it ever stops raining long enough to get in my garden, one of the plants sitting on my driveway patiently waiting to be planted is Calibrachoa , also called Million Bells. Up until a few years ago, I didn't really use this plant in my annual beds and containers. But the more I use it, the more I love it. Calibrachoa , like Petunia, is a genus in...

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Container Gardening

Hopefully, you've already figured out a gift for mom this Mother's Day. If not, consider creating a container garden for her. While bouquets of flowers are nice, a pot of colorful annuals should last well into the summer, if not longer. Mother's Day, or approximately May 15th is also considered the safe "frost free" date for the area. So annuals will be flying off store shelves this weekend....

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The only apricots I ever ate were dried until fairly recently. I always liked the dried ones, but for some reason never considered that it would be possible to eat fresh ones. Strangely enough I never encountered fresh apricots until after I was married. Now I wish I would have found them sooner. They are wonderful. Apricots are native to...

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