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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Coneflower-- Echinacea

Mention coneflowers, and most gardeners think of a purple-petaled prairie flower resembling a daisy. Experts recognize 9 different species of coneflower, all in the genus Echinacea. They all resemble daisies, but colors range from white to pink, purple, and one species, Echinacea paradoxa , is yellow. Native to the North American prairie and open woodlands, some species of...

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I'm struggling with the reality that right now I don't have as much time to devote to my garden as I'd like. As mom of a toddler, most of my "gardening time" is spent trying to make sure my son doesn't eat too much soil, and doesn't run into the street or otherwise injure himself. Feeling completely defeated at the weedy overgrown state of much of my garden, I'm trying to find the silver lining...

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Whether you plan on harvesting their fruit or not, blueberry bushes are a star in the landscape. Their white flowers in the spring and blazing red fall color provide for multiple seasons of interest. If you want to grow a truly American crop, grow blueberries. The only place they are found in the wild is in Eastern North America. Native Americans ate the fruits fresh and dried, but also...

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Dwarf Alberta Spruce

Dwarf Alberta spruce, Picea glauca var. Albertiana 'Conica', is a dwarf cultivar of the Alberta White spruce, Picea glauca var. Albertiana . The spruce genus, Picea , is derived from the word pix or pitch, meaning the sticky resin in the tree's bark. The species name, glauca , means "glaucous", in reference to the lighter color of the tree's ne...

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