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Are you a plant addict? Sure you are! But how much of a plant addict are you? Take this quiz and find out! Give yourself one point for each "yes" answer.  If you think your answer is "YES!", that is still worth one point. A "no" answer is worth zero points but if you answer "Heavens NO!" or in some similar fashion, please make that a minus one (-1). 1. Have you ever purchased plants? (
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"She saw me!" Chance Chipmunk was out of breath and soaking wet as his chipmunk friends and family gathered around to find out what happened. "She saw me! And then she turned the hose on me and chased me as I ran and hid under the big hosta. She soaked me good." "Oh dear," said Sweet Charlene Chipmunk. "Are you sure? Well, you are soaking wet. Maybe you fell in that birdbath again trying to
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Welcome to Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day for July 2018. Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, the flowers of the season are out in full force even though it has been a hot summer, so far, and mildly dry. We could use some rain! But the lack of rain doesn't seem to be affecting the blooms. They are everywhere in the garden, delighting me at every turn. They are like old
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Garden fairies here. We are garden fairies and we are here to proclaim that Carol is the laziest gardener in the world. We have evidence! The other day, Granny 'Gus' McGarden came crying out of the vegetable garden because the lettuce was flowering. Now, normally, the presence of flowers is something to celebrate, but not when it is lettuce flowers. As Granny knows, once a vegetable plant
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Fortune cookies for gardeners: "All your weeds are wildflowers." "Dig deep for the secret to happiness in your garden." "A well-pruned garden is the sign of a gardener with too much time." "All wildflowers are not weeds. All weeds, sadly, are not wildflowers." "You will have flowers in your garden if you sow the right seeds." "She who eats from her garden will never go hungry." "To find
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You wonder as you stand there watering flowers because it is hot and dry and there hasn't been enough rain, is gardening worth it? You look at the plants you thought you were taking good care of, and find that once again some of them look crispy around the edges like you've never watered them before and others look as limp as a pile of old, green rags. Is gardening worth it? You go inside
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'Tis a lovely morning in the garden when the hybrid hyssop, Agastache 'Blue Fortune', is just beginning to bloom and the bees have already discovered it. It sure didn't take long. This lovely flower is definitely one of the top bee magnets in my garden. Bees love it! Of course, naturally, maybe oops, not oops, I planted it by the sidewalk so people walking by can see the pretty flowers
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I am pleased to report that my first book, Potted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life, has been awarded a Silver Medal of Achievement as part of the 2018 GWA Media Awards. This makes it eligible for a Gold Medal. Winners of those will be announced in August at the annual conference of GWA: The Association of Garden Communicators. I am thrilled and delighted. I am over the garden happy. I am
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Garden fairies here. We are garden fairies and we have decided enough is enough, it is time to provide an update on The Vegetable Garden Cathedral because apparently if we don't do it, no one (Carol) will do it. Well, the first thing we have to report... let's get this bad news over with first... Granny 'Gus' McGarden is just beside herself with worry.  The 'German Johnson' tomatoes, which
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You can also listen to this post: When I'm out in the garden, and especially when I'm mowing the lawn, I feel like a movie star. Sometimes, I channel Sally Field in "Places in the Heart" when she played the part of Edna Spalding, the young widow in Texas who had to take over the farm after her husband died and harvest the cotton so she could pay the mortgage. Remember those scenes when
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