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Edible Arrangements

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Edible Arrangements
When I hear about edible plants I think herbs....Wrong!  I have plants in my garden that I chose for their beautiful flowers. I wouldn’t have guessed you could eat them too. Borage – Borago officinalis. Borage blue flowers with silvery-green, cucumber flavored leaves.  Beneficial insects and humans find it hard to resist. Use the petals in cold drinks or to decorate ice cubes or just top a blueberry or blackberry dessert. Pot Marigolds – Calendula officinalis. An ol...
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Succulent Mania

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Succulent Mania
I’ll have to admit that I’m completely enchanted when I gaze into a sea of succulents at the garden center.  These plants first cast their spell on me many years ago but no plant variety has come bursting back on the scene in recent years quite like succulents.  Once a niche plant, you can now find succulents used everywhere, from office buildings to home gardens.  There are many reasons why the succulent has become such a popular plant.  First, they are extremely...
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Mother Nature Did Most of the Work

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Mother Nature Did Most of the Work
Working at the Missouri Botanical Garden has proven to have many benefits but one of the best is being able to get out and walk this world-class garden on a regular basis.  The changing seasons brings a new perspective to the landscape and fall is assuredly one of our most beautiful in St. Louis.  While strolling near Henry Shaw’s mausoleum, I stopped to admire several very large bur oaks (Quercus macrocarpa) and the sea of unusual acorns they produce.  After collecting a fe...
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