Houseplant Or Wild Jungle Native?

Before we get to this week’s mystery plant, raise your hand if you like houseplants. I’ve got both hands raised. Have you ever wondered if you hollered at your plants instead of talking to them, would they grow troubled and insecure? If you sing a happy tune will they be well-adjusted and optimistic? Do you…
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Impatiens Blooming Impatiently Indoors

Look what’s growing in our kitchen window. The double, rosebud impatiens that grew in our outdoor containers this summer were too nice to let freeze. They were growing in a filtered light location of shade mixed with a little sunshine and were covered in blossoms all summer. When cool fall weather arrived I decided to…
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Thankful Even For Gardening Mistakes

Folks who enjoy gardening, lawns, plants and watching things grow have much for which to be thankful this holiday weekend. We’re thankful when things grow the way we hoped. But we can be thankful when things go wrong, because we learn. Here’s a short sample of lessons taught by gardening mistakes. Because the cheap garden…
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Is It Too Late To Prune Trees And Shrubs?

Before we get to our pruning question, have you heard the latest breakthrough in plant breeding? A scientist successfully crossed a four-leaf clover with poison ivy. He had a rash of good luck. Joking aside, we’ve had great gardening weather this fall to get pre-winter preparations finished. But someone recently asked if it’s too late…
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Is It A Thanksgiving Cactus Or A Christmas Cactus?

The Pilgrims should have switched marketing firms. Even the Thanksgiving cactus gets short shrift in the rush to bring on Christmas. We’ve all heard of the Christmas cactus, the beautiful succulent with stems arching over the side of its pot that bursts into bloom in December. But equally as beautiful, and hardly ever mentioned by…
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