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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Ten Signs of a Compulsive Gardener

Not that it’s bad or anything, but I’ve hit all these signs of garden addiction. What are your 10 Signs of Compulsive Gardening?

1. Buy a house based solely on the suitability of the yard for gardening.

2. Remove winter mulch on the first 60-degree day, even when you know there’s another 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost-free day.

3. Head to the garden center to buy a new hose and come back with a trunk full of plants. But no hose.

4. Must have a plant just because it has a cute name or a moniker that makes you want to give it to a friend (such as ‘Elvis Lives’ or ‘Oh Cindy’ hostas.)

5. Assume the book/movie title is “Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants” because you move them around so often.

6. Plan your vacation destination around public gardens.

7. Enter contests to name plants.

8. Assume everyone’s a gardener, and start conversations with such fail-safe lines as “So, what’s your favorite heirloom tomato?”

9. Own a personalized trowel. And flaunt it.

10. Covet deer fences.

Planting Queen Tip: You’re not alone. Check out Daffodil Planter’s top 10 signs.

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