Festive containers


Tue. Nov. 19, 2019

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I love creating my festive containers! I decided to do it on a weekend day that was not supposed to be THAT cold… whatever! I went to my local nursery and bought the “ingredients”, spruce tops, cedar branches and various other evergreens, and new this year for me… eucalyptus leaves!

I also used my own hydrangea flowers, ornamental grasses and berry branches from a friend who pruned for a local business. I really love using natural  … [Continue reading]

Where’s “global warming” in the Upper Midwest?


Mon. Nov. 18, 2019

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Why is it so cold here if there’s global warming? Why doesn’t that global heat come to the Upper Midwest? It’s bleepin’ cold out! Just a few things I heard last week as we experienced temperatures below zero.

One of the local meteorologists, Paul Huttner, was pondering that and explained that, while October was the warmest recorded around the globe, it certainly wasn’t in the Upper Midwest!

Huttner says one key  … [Continue reading]

Types of feeders


Fri. Nov. 15, 2019

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Yesterday was about the food, today is about the feeder!

There are numerous feeders out there.  Which ones work?  Well, they all do but which ones keep the squirrels at bay?  Ha!  None of them forever, unless you have them rigged for an electric shock when they touch it.

Someone I know actually did that!  He had fashioned a shocker that he could operate by remote control from the kitchen when the blackbirds would flock  … [Continue reading]

Foods for the birds


Thu. Nov. 14, 2019

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There’s nothing like calming your spirit after a slushy, bumper to bumper ride home than watching the brilliant Red Cardinal feasting on bird food out your window.   Bird Notes from Cornell U’s Ornithology lab is a great read on feeding birds.

For your enjoyment, make sure you locate the bird feeders where you can see them keeping in mind that birds want to feel safe.  So an area that will provide quick cover should  … [Continue reading]

Battling buckthorn


Wed. Nov. 13, 2019

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It’s that time of year…  although the cold and snow are early, the Buckthorn shrub/small tree still holds it’s leaves.  Which makes it a great target!  This terribly invasive shrub is easily visible this time of year as it holds it’s leaves and berries longer than most.

Buckthorn takes over our native plants and shrubs and is NOT good for birds. It’s not poisonous, it just doesn’t give them any nutrition as they don’t absorb it.  … [Continue reading]

Tucking the tools away and a Japanese Lilac update


Tue. Nov. 12, 2019

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Some of us have already experienced January type temperatures and snow before you had a chance to tuck your tools away! Don’t let that stop you, you still have time!

I barely made it myself with disconnecting my hoses but I have to mention, it’s a lot easier with the quick disconnect I got from Dramm.

I also love the new hose protector they came out with. I sort  … [Continue reading]

Field Exercises – Healing through nature


Mon. Nov. 11, 2019

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Today is Veterans Day and I want to honor all those who have served our Country, those gave their lives and for those who have come back from war with injuries that include PTSD, I use that term simply because most folks understand it.  I will say, however, that there are many that disagree with the Disorder piece of it, and would prefer to call it simply Post Traumatic Stress.

The stress  … [Continue reading]

Highlighting Liatris – Blazing Star


Fri. Nov. 8, 2019

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Among the native plants I purchased from my local Soil and Water Conservation District for my butterfly garden was the Liatris. This marvelous pollinator plant is also called Blazing Star or Gayfeather. 

It’s tough, it’s dependable and, among it’s species, is a monarch magnet! Yes, the monarch butterfly which favors milkweed, also adores Meadow Blazing Star. The links explain the Latin names of the plants.

Rough (or Button) Blazing Star is hardy  … [Continue reading]

Too much TLC can kill


Thu. Nov. 7, 2019

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Your tropicals you had outside all summer should be safely indoors now.   As we start turning indoors, we’re paying more attention to all of our houseplants.  Mostly that’s a good idea but too much T-L-C can kill a houseplant!

The elephant ear will go dormant. Last year I put it downstairs just to see, and I got a gorgeous plant… so, back into the basement this Winter!

Overwatering is the number one killer  … [Continue reading]

Saving your woodies over Winter


Wed. Nov. 6, 2019

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Before you start giggling… Tom, I know you are…. listen up, this is good advice!  ? A perennial topic this time of your is protecting your woodies.  Here’s the explanation! Woody plants are plants that have hard stems (thus the term, “woody“) and that have buds that survive above ground in winter. The best-known examples are trees and shrubs (bushes). These are commonly broken down further into the deciduous and  … [Continue reading]