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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.

        The funeral for former U.S. Rep. Mark Souder will be held on Oct. 8. The Republican who represented northeastern Indiana in Congress for more than 15 years died Monday. He was 72. Souder disclosed in January that he had inoperable pancreatic cancer. He said a biopsy taken during surgery revealed a large cancerous mass on his pancreas. His funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 8 at Emmanuel Community Church in Fort Wayne.

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