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Tales from a Plant Addict

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


Just one look at a Wisteria in bloom reveals why many gardeners want this plant in their garden. Large, pendulous flowers cover this deciduous vine each spring in shades of white, pink, or blue-purple, providing a beautiful display that few other plants can match. Unfortunately, growing...

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Spring Houseplant Care

Despite the recent 80 degree weather, we still consider the official frost free date for central Illinois to be around Mother's Day. It is awfully tempting when we see all the warm weather plants available in stores already—bedding plants, tomatoes and peppers to name a few. But there is still a strong chance that we will see a frosty night or two. There is a saying that says "if you pla...

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Seven Sons Tree

When I met my husband Chris, his thumbs were not even the slightest shade of green. He started to show some interest in topics related to gardening as time went on, but his budding interest really blossomed when we bought our home, and a year later bought the lot next door. The agreement when we purc...

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I've always been a big fan of flowering plants for indoors, but all too often these plants require a level of care that I cannot provide consistently. That doesn't stop me from buying them of course, having convinced myself that I will certainly find the time to provide them the proper care they need. Then reality strikes, and I am busy beyond belief and I forget to water my plants. Or I forget...

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