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A man named David Fairchild

Have you ever wondered, as you wander through the aisles in the produce section at your supermarket, where all those exotic fruits and vegetables come from? Of course, the usual answers will be Mexico or Chile, even Australia. Those are … Continue reading

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More on arranging flowers

I ended last week explaining the soaking of water-holding foam, Oasis. I neglected to mention that the water you are soaking it in should have flower food in it, whether it be the packet that came with the flowers or … Continue reading

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A primer on arranging flowers

Can it be the begining of September already? This has been a summer to remember. We really did set some records for days above 90 degrees as well as days without rain. Overall, it has been a pretty good season. … Continue reading

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A sour subject, vinegar comes in many varieties

I remember, when I was a kid of 8 or 9, my mom would give me a grocery list. I would walk the three or four blocks to the Market Basket on the corner of Genesee and Van Patten to … Continue reading

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Catching up at the midpoint of summer

Here we are, right at the midpoint of summer. How did we get here so quickly? Today, I want to give most of this week’s column over to some of the things we need to be doing right now. Actually, … Continue reading

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Where are the flowers?

I looked back, and it has been five or six years since I wrote about where flowers come from, and during that time there have been tremendous changes in the marketplace. New growing areas have come on the scene and … Continue reading

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Some history of houseplants and their study

As we begin our new season of houseplant care, I think this would be a good time to explore how we got all of those beautiful foliage and flowering houseplants. They certainly aren’t native to our land. Many of them … Continue reading

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The significance of lucky bamboo stems

First of all, I do want to thank the several readers who pointed out an error in last week’s column about lucky bamboo. It seems that I left a “Y” off an important word. It read “luck bamboo,” not “lucky … Continue reading

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A bamboo that is not a bamboo

Yes, I want to spend this week talking about that ever-popular plant that we see more and more of this time of year. But before I begin, I want to give a big “thank you” to a whole group of … Continue reading

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A guide to arranging houseplants

As we start to look forward to those long, dreary winter days, my thoughts turn to houseplants, those green living things that brighten the home and give us hope that the spring green will soon be appearing. In case you … Continue reading

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