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Frozen Plants?

Frozen Plants?

Poor, cold brugmansia. Well, we had our first frost last night, here at my house. Where are some of my houseplants? Outside, freezing. I’ve been procrastinating bringing my plants in. Why? I’m a procrastinator. There you have it. Yes, they are coming in today. It barely froze, so they should

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Amaryllis Care

Amaryllis Care

Have you bought an amaryllis bulb, had it bloom beautifully the first year, and then never see a bloom again? I have. I’ve learned it is the post-blooming care that makes the difference. Let’s start from the beginning. Buy a large, firm bulb. By this I mean, buy the largest

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Pets and Our Plants

Pets and Our Plants

Sago palm (Cycas revoluta) A few days ago I received a call regarding a family who had  lost their puppy when it ate parts of a sago palm. My brother had seen the story on his local news.  Please see the following link:   http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/news/local/kent_county/Some-houseplants-deadly-to-pets. The dog in the story

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African Violet Tree?

African Violet Tree?

Is your African violet looking more like a small tree, than a normal violet?  Does it look like the violet in the picture? I’m embarrassed to even admit that this is my violet. I have let this get too dry, then watered it too much too quickly, and should have

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Violet Safari in Ohio

Violet Safari in Ohio

Winners stage This year is the third year I’ve been to the Ohio State African Violet show and sale at Kingwood Center in Mansfield, Ohio. This event is held at one of the most beautiful botanical gardens I’ve been to. ( More about that later.) The show and sale is

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Flowering Maple

Flowering Maple

Abutilon hybrid Flowering maple, or Abutilon is a beautiful container plant. It is a profuse flowering plant, as long as it has plenty of sun. The papery bells hang down and look beautiful with the light shining through them. They can grow to be quite sizeable plants if allowed to,

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Great Grandma’s Fern

Great Grandma’s Fern

Jan. 2011 Before “surgery” When I was married in 1985, I inherited a family heirloom~a fern. My mom gave me a piece of her fern, received from my great grandma, Alice Gustafson Eldred, at her bridal shower in 1957. She still has her fern after all these years, and has

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Kissin’ Cousins

Kissin’ Cousins

Kohleria ‘Peridots Mango Martini’ Recently, I attended my African violet club meeting, and the speaker introduced us to some cousins of the African Violet. The subject was rhizomatous gesneriads and the one that I came home with is a kohleria. I love it! This is my first kohleria, but I

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