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‘Is the retail florist still relevant?’

Yes, I do know that it is the middle of winter, and that we are about five months from being able to cut flowers in the garden. How I look forward to that! Yes, I do have flowers every day. … Continue reading

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It’s chrysanthemum time

Yes, until the late 1940s and 1950s, October, November and December were chrysanthemum time. That was when the flower bloomed naturally. You see, in order to flower, the chrysanthemum needs to have several weeks of at least nine hours of … Continue reading

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My war on slugs and bugs

So now you have brought in all those plants that you brought out of doors for the summer, or at least I hope you have. And along with them, you have brought in any number of slugs, insects and insect … 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 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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Shower time can help houseplants

Today, I want to I want to spend a few moments talking about autumn houseplant care. Taking a little time right now with the plants you love so much will keep them healthier throughout the season. They’ll give you fewer … Continue reading

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More tips for drying flowers

I thought we would do one more column on how to dry flowers, so you can make attractive bouquets that will last through the winter months. That’s right: Most of them will give you several months of beauty, but you … Continue reading

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How to preserve flowers for the winter

As the sun moves south and the nights get colder, and we realize that it will not be long before a killing frost, we begin to remember the good things about summer: the warm nights, not the storms and wind. … Continue reading

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What’s in an olive?

Have you ever thought of an answer to that question: What is in an olive? Yes, the pit is there, but so are a lot of nutritious things, minerals, oils and vitamins. Can you imagine where they come from? A … Continue reading

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