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    There's a question I've been asked for years, both seriously and by people with a smirk on their face because they know it's impossible. The question is some variation of: "Can you tell me what to plant for a no-maintenance garden?"

      If someone asked you to name your favorite spring flower, what would you say? Something along the lines of daffodils, tulips, or hyacinths? Even though there are probably a thousand daffodils in my yard, my all-time favorite is the primrose.

        Years ago, when I was a newly-minted University of Illinois Extension Educator, I received a phone call one afternoon from a reporter for a Chicago-based television station. I was taken off-guard, wondering why they were calling me since Decatur is about 180 miles from Chicago.


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