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 Introducing Heirlooms for the Beginner Gardener

By wildflowers
July 29, 2011

Heirlooms are a perfect choice for the beginner gardener. The seeds of many of these old cultivars have been saved and passed down for generations because of their easy-to-grow habits. They are those wonderful old fashioned flowers that your grandmother grew forever in her garden, or those delicious tasting tomatoes that you might remember eating as a child. But it doesn't stop there; as you begin to consider growing heirlooms, you will discover many unique and interesting flowers, herbs, vegetables and fruits.

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Name: Sherri
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Seray
Jul 29, 2011 9:19 AM CST
I enjoyed your article Christine! Your pictures are wonderful. I love an old climbing rose and remember my grandmother and her friends passing along "slips" of plants they received from their own grandmothers. After countless tasteless tomatoes we finally found our perfect one, Cherokee Purple, an heirloom. Sometimes old is definitely better. Thanks for reminding us to look back in time.
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Jul 29, 2011 9:56 AM CST
Hi Sherri,

Thank you! Yes, sometimes older is better LOL! And, I'll have to give Cherokee Purple a try!

I remember a neighbor from my childhood that grew climbing roses - sometimes they would trickle over onto our side of the fence Big Grin it was the scent I remember the most. I loved to go smell them. Over the years, when I saw a rose, I'd want to go smell it and all too often, it had no scent. They were pretty to look at but just not the same.
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Name: Linda Cartwright
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taters55
Jul 29, 2011 10:42 AM CST
I agree with Sherri. Your article is great, as well as your photo's! I did not know the term for Heirlooms either. I just thought they were plants passed down...
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Name: Christine
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Jul 29, 2011 11:04 AM CST
Linda, thank you!!

I'm so glad you liked it and found some new info too!


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JaeRae
Jul 29, 2011 11:05 AM CST
Loved it Christine! Now tell me...did Johnny Appleseed spread Granny Smith?
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Name: Christine
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Jul 29, 2011 11:20 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing

Thank you, Jamie! Glad you liked it. Big Grin

Actually, I think it was a little old lady named Smith, in Australia that first grew the Granny Smith apple. Hilarious!
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Name: Dorothy Mitchell
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LaVonne
Jul 29, 2011 11:44 AM CST
Wonderful article Christine, loaded with information...keep up the good work....would love to see a follow up article in the future.
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Name: Christine
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Jul 29, 2011 12:17 PM CST

Oh great, Dorothy!! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read it.. I surely will write a follow up article!
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Name: Connie
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Jul 29, 2011 5:09 PM CST
A great article, Christine--- it was 'sow' interesting, with lots of good information, and pretty photos to go along with it!
Good job!! Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Christine
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Jul 29, 2011 5:33 PM CST
Hi Connie!!

I'm so glad to see you!

Thank you for reading the article, I'm glad you found it sow interesting Big Grin

Hope you're staying cool. It's really been hot up here... they say we may get some rain this weekend but only a 20% chance. sigh! I think that tropical storm out in the gulf will go west. but like I always say.... "we have to be careful what we wish for, it may very well come true."

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skellogg
Jul 30, 2011 8:34 PM CST
Great article Christine! I now have some ideas on new plants to add, thanks to you! Never thought much about the fragrance aspect, but it is so true! I will be searching for heirloom flowers to be adding, along with the veggies!
Name: Christine
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Jul 31, 2011 6:37 AM CST
Hi Sandi,

What pretty roses in your avatar! I love the color!

And thank you, I'm happy to know I was able to enable you to think of some new plants to add to your garden! HA!

Thank you for stopping by & reading my article. Angel
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Name: Cheryl White
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denimangle
Aug 1, 2011 5:47 PM CST
great article is right Hurray!
makes me want to go out in the garden ..
well maybe not today 108* nothing has lived in my garden this year Sad
Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Aug 1, 2011 6:27 PM CST
Hi Cheryl,

Thank you, glad you liked the article. It's very hot and dry here too... not much can take it!! But stay inspired!! This too shall pass.... right?! Blinking
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denimangle
Aug 1, 2011 8:00 PM CST
We can only hope this winter when it hangs in the 30s or snows . we will have t remember it could be hot again .. Rolling on the floor laughing
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dahlianut
Aug 2, 2011 9:57 AM CST
What a totally fabby article wildflowers Thumbs up Yes pretty please for more articles; maybe some that are plant specific? and the history of some of the heirlooms? Angel
Name: Christine
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Aug 2, 2011 11:41 AM CST
Oh thank you Dahl!! Very good ideas for fun articles Thumbs up I will write more! Big Grin

Cheryl, you are so right... the snow will be here again soon enough! Rolling on the floor laughing
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