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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Holiday Spices

Many of us find time to make a few special Holiday treats this time of year, while many more of us find time to eat them! There are so many scents and flavors associated with Holidays, especially from spices used in baked goods. It might surprise you to know what part of the plant or what corner of the world these spices call home. Vanilla: Most of us don't give vanilla a secon...

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Gifts for Gardeners

'Tis the season for gift giving. Where gifts for gardeners are concerned, there is no shortage of items marketed as holiday gardening gifts. What do you buy for the gardener that seems to have everything? Perhaps some items to aid in organization would be a welcome gift. For the last month or so, I've been working on a Christmas gift for me and my husband–cleaning and reorganizing...

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Black Walnuts

  The cold winter winds seem to have found us a bit earlier than usual this year, as has the snow. This is the perfect opportunity to bake some cookies and enjoy a warm fireplace. In my opinion this is a recipe for a great holiday season.   If you are a baker, you've probably at least seen, or may have used black walnuts in your recipes. If you are a gardener with a bla...

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Christmas Cactus

Christmas cactus is a lesser known holiday plant compared to the poinsettia, but no less spectacular in my opinion. Their flowers are truly unique, and unlike poinsettia, it is relatively easy to coax a Christmas cactus into re-blooming each year. Christmas and Thanksgiving cacti, commonly called 'holiday cacti' are named all in reference to the time of year they typically bloom. These...

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