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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Dwarf Alberta Spruce

I know in my head that it usually takes a period of time for a plant to develop a problem. But it seems to me that one of my little dwarf Alberta spruces turned entirely brown overnight. Thinking it was a goner, I figured it was time to shop for a new tree, and also time to figure out what happened to the brown one...

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The first time I encountered Liriope , I thought it was a grass. The leaves were about as wide as a blade of crabgrass and dark green. Then I read that a common name for this plant is lilyturf. But it is not a grass, nor is it a lily. Liriope is a genus native to East Asia. Thi...

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I have a tendency to collect plants. Something about certain plants that have dozens of species and cultivars makes me want to have every one of them in my garden. My husband argues that this is not healthy behavior, and that there should be a twelve stem program for 'plant addicts'. Any gardener knows this is totally normal behavior. Thyme is one of those plants that trigge...

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Cucumbers are a crop I don't ever remember my parents having difficulty growing in the garden. From a young age, I remember helping my mom pick lots of cucumbers to make into refrigerator pickles, still a favorite of mine today. You may not think of cucumber as "exotic", so it may surprise you to learn that cucumbers are believed to originate in...

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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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