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Choose Your Sweetest Flowers

What is the sweetest flower of all? Answer that question and I can probably tell what’s growing in your garden. Of all our senses, I think smell is the one most closely linked to memory. A single whiff of a flower instantly transports you back to a time and place when you encountered it as a child.

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Blimey! This New Lilac Takes the Heat!

When Northerners move to the South, there’s no doubt about the plant they mourn the most — their beloved lilac. Lilacs just don’t bloom here due to our short, mild winters. But now I hear a new lilac is blooming well all the way down to the Gulf Coast! Could this be true?

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What’s Wrong With My Plants? Grumpy Knows

It’s that favorite time of year when the air grows crisp, wreaths and Christmas lights appear, families gather together as one, and folks gripe about their stupid plants. “My stinking hydrangea won’t bloom.” “Do I have to prune my crummy crepe myrtle?” “Will moldy, 10-year-old bulbs I found in the garage still grow?” “My lousy pet badgers keep killing my […]

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Is the South Too Hot for Lilacs?

When Northerners move to the South, the plant they miss most is lilac. They want to know why they can’t buy one or if they can, why it won’t bloom. Here’s a typical question about lilac from Jim in northern Florida. “We live close to Jacksonville and have been looking for a lilac. At one nursery we went to, the guy didn’t […]

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