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Tales from a Plant Addict

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


Working out in the yard may not be the first thing that comes to mind this time of year, but it is the perfect time for pruning many woody plants in the landscape. But before you run out and start pruning everything in your yard, there are some general guidelines to consider. It is also worth doing some research on the specific plants you plan to prune, especially if the plant in question has n...

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It seems to me that everything old is new again. This fall, I attended a workshop on building terrariums. I vaguely remember my grandma having a terrarium at some point in the 1970's, but really haven't seen many since. People at the workshop (including me!) were so interested and excited about building their terrariums, I think there is some truth to the saying "everything old is new again"....

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I imagine that a fair number of people reading this column are also enjoying a cup of coffee at the same time. Enjoying the Sunday paper over a cup (or two) of coffee is one of life's simple pleasures in my opinion. Coffee has been a popular beverage at least since the 9 th century when it was discovered in the highlands of...

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Snowrose or Tree of a Thousand Stars (Serissa foetida)

Gardeners are a stubborn lot. I've heard it said that you should kill a plant at least three times before concluding you cannot grow it. When a plant dies in my house or in the garden, there is this nagging feeling that somehow if I just had one more chance at growing that particular plant I could figure out what went wrong and be rewarded with a beautiful result. And so it...

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