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Peonies are the quintessential cottage garden flower— they have big blooms with big fragrance, and they are beautiful without being boastful.
Nothing lends a touch of romance to the garden like herbaceous peonies. In late spring, they are the rock stars of the garden, taking center stage and flaunting their sumptuous...
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These fluttery flowers evoke dainty ballerinas.
Old-fashioned cottage gardens are not complete without columbines dancing in spring. These familiar and charming flowers have seeded themselves for generations, breeding promiscuously...
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Learn how to tell if it's still viable
I rarely use an entire packet of vegetable seeds every year. Garden seed gets expensive so I hang onto them, thinking I’ll use them again the next year but I’m never sure if they’ll...
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Plant a rustic tool caddy with daffodils and other flowers for a portable breath of spring.
To plant your own springtime daffodil garden in a container, you’ll need: • Tool caddy (or other container) • Hand drill • Rocks (for drainage) •...
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An Illinois couple tested the market and found a clear direction for their farm
Chris Wyant had a dream of owning a farm to provide food for the family and live off the land. He and his wife Audra and their young son had been living in town, but got to a point where they were...
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A dozen roses are a classic expression of love on Valentine's Day, but wouldn't forget-me-nots tucked into a nest of love-in-a-mist say more? Here are 10 plants that owe their names to...
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While tulips rock in bouquets, they also star in the spring garden. Celebrate cheerful and elegant tulips in potted containers, garden beds, or borders. Fortunately, a handful of tulip bulbs are...
Plant at a glance: Tulip Botanical name: Tulipa Height: Varies from 4–5 inches for species up to 26 inches for hybrids Colors: Flowers in all colors except blue and...
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There are several methods for preserving your favorite blooms
I love fall, but it’s sad to see my flowers fade and die. Drying these beauties is a perfect way to preserve and hang on to them. David Trinklein is an Extension floriculture specialist at...
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Gourds, nuts, fall flowers, and squashes take center stage in these easy tabletop accents. Using seasonal ingredients, you can create a stunning centerpiece or gift that reflects autumn’s splendor.
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The colors of Fall are almost here! Check out these five fall-blooming flowers that will give your garden an extra pop of color.

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