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Peonies: a Spring Tradition

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Peonies: a Spring Tradition
The peony (Paeonia) has been and still is a garden favorite for a number of reasons including its good winter hardiness, large, beautiful and often fragrant flowers and great looking foliage when not in bloom.As a kid, I always remember my mom cutting some of the flowers and bringing them into the house sometime between Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. As I recall, along with Iris, it was one of the few perennials at our farm house.Here at the Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG), you&rsquo...
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An Excellent Package of Fringe Benefits

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An Excellent Package of Fringe Benefits
A package of excellent fringe benefits often puts “the frosting on the cake” when it comes to a great job. How nice it would be if you could just pick from a menu to select the fringe benefits you would like in your “job package”.When it comes to your landscape, you can select the type of plant you want and enjoy some excellent “fringe benefits” from those selections.After the long winter we just experienced and continuing with the expanding spring, the fringe...
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Dealing With Too Much Rain

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Dealing With Too Much Rain
With all the rain that we had in the last part of April, a lot of the questions that we’ve had at the Plant Doctor Desk lately have been related to plant problems caused by extended wet weather.In addition to the some of the problems in the linked FAQ message, plants in soggy wet soils often exhibit some of the same symptoms as those in drought conditions. Such was the case with a number of vegetable plants in my garden that were “wilting” on the first sunny day after all the r...
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