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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Author Archive: Barbara Schuchart

Grow For It! Flower of Easter

What a perfect flower for the Easter season. The most common variety of Easter lilies (Lillium longiflorum) has large, white, trumpet-shaped flowers with a wonderful fragrance. They have become a cherished tradition for many families and they make a perfect gift or decoration for a home. The Easter lily is actually a native plant of […]

Grow For It! Succulents

What is a succulent? Technically, it is any plant with thick, fleshy (succulent) water-storing organs. Succulents can store water in their leaves, their stems or their roots. They have adapted to survive in arid conditions throughout the world. This has resulted in an incredible variety of interesting leaf forms and plant shapes, including paddle leaves, […]

Grow For It!: Favorite Christmas plants

Everyone loves Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima). They are the best selling potted plant in the United States and Canada. California is the top producing state of Poinsettias. There are more than 100 varieties, with red being the most popular. Other colors are white, pink, purple, yellow, salmon and multicolor. It was introduced into the United States […]

Grow For It! Becoming a Master Gardener

When I retired four years ago, I wondered what path to take next. A short time later I saw that training classes to become a Master Gardener were being held and I had my answer. I loved flowers, plants and growing them. Now I had a chance to learn more about them, plus help others […]

Grow For It! Peanut butter and jelly

Children and gardening go together like peanut butter and jelly. Why, you might ask? There are many reasons. It’s precious time that you and your child can spend together and it can be so much fun. It helps children to develop a life-long hobby. It is a healthy activity, because everyone is outside getting exercise. […]

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