While attending a marriage seminar on communication, Tom and his wife Peg listened to the instructor declare, "It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other." He asked Tom, "Can you describe your wife's favorite flower?" Tom leaned over, touched his wife's arm gently and whispered, "Pillsbury All-Purpose, isn't it?" The rest of the story is not pleasant. —Author unknown

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Birthdays and 'Burning Hearts'

Celebrate plantswoman Mary Walters’ birthday with long-lasting Dicentra ‘Burning Hearts’ bleeding hearts

We're eating more beets! Edible gardening on the increase

Perhaps we really ARE eating more beets. Or tomatoes. Or lettuce, at least. The Garden Writers Association just released the 2009 Edibles Gardening Trends Research Report showing an increase in the number of people growing more edibles.

Baptisia, the Perennial Plant of the Year

New, when it comes to plants, is not always better. Take, for example, the selection of Baptisia australis as the 2010 Perennial Plant of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association. It’s a gorgeous, easy-care North American native plant with year-round interest.

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