Rusty patched bumblebees


Tue. Jan. 16, 2018

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Yesterday I talked about the endangered dwarf trout lily, today, I’ll take you back to the rusty patched bumblebee (Bombus affinis).  Last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the bumblebee is now protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

Over the past two decades its population has declined 87 percent.  Once common and abundant across 28 states from Connecticut to South Dakota, the rusty patched  … [Continue reading]

Dwarf trout lilies


Mon. Jan. 15, 2018

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Last weekend I had the opportunity to walk in the Big Woods State Park in Nerstrand, MN.  The frozen tundra that the Upper Midwest was locked in, gave us a glimpse of warm weather!  WHEW, we needed that respite!

Big Woods State Park

While there, a friend who lives in the area told my husband and I that the roped off areas were to protect the Minnesota dwarf trout lily, an endangered species.  Now,  … [Continue reading]

3 ways to ruin your Garden


Fri. Jan. 12, 2018

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Why on Earth would a gardener tell you HOW to ruin your Garden???  So you don’t!  😉

Only 3 ways to ruin your garden?  Oh there’s more but these are time and (some) Teri-tested methods!

  • Planting “easy spreaders” or “fills in rapidly” plants.  Better known as invasive!  These plants will take over your carefully planned garden.  There may be areas you want to plant these, you decide!   Obedient Plant (ha!) is
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Tomato shopping at 4 below


Thu. Jan. 11, 2018

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As I write this, the air temperature if 4 below zero, windchill…. I’m not even going there!  What better way to warm up than to look through my plant catalogs and choose next year’s tomato plants.  I found some new ones I want to try.  At least they’re new to me!

‘Tasti-lee’ is a lovely uniform 3 ½ inch tomato with the triple crown of great flavor, heightened nutrition and extended shelf  … [Continue reading]

Scale – it’s a living thing


Wed. Jan. 10, 2018

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That term seems odd to me for a living creature but there it is sucking the life right out of your houseplants. Scale-damaged plants look withered and sickly. Leaves turn yellow and may drop from the plant.

Scale insect

Scale insect

the scale of scale on a houseplant

the scale of scale on a houseplant

If left, they will kill it and move on to your other plants nearby.  These little nasties also secrete a sticky substance called honeydew that  … [Continue reading]

Light spectrum and bulb choices for houseplants


Tue. Jan. 9, 2018

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Yesterday I talked a little about the light spectrum for houseplants.  If you’re trying to get a houseplant to flower, ideally you’ll give it the full spectrum of light.  While you can achieve that with a combination of warm/soft bulbs and the cool/white bulbs you may consider full spectrum LED lights.   They cost more initially, but their cost savings over time makes it worth it, if you want that flowering  … [Continue reading]

Let me count the ways to kill a houseplant


Mon. Jan. 8, 2018

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Seriously, most of us can easily kill houseplants – it’s the WHY we don’t always know.

Mother-in-law tongue aka Snake Plant aka Sansevieria

For instance, in the above photo (taken at our studio), too many people are watering the plant!

This time of year I get a lot of questions about houseplants.  Why are the leaves brown, yellow or limp?  Why is my plant crunchy?

  • Poor light
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Clearing the air


Fri. Jan. 5, 2018

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The aromas of holiday cooking still linger in our minds and perhaps in the drapes too if we’ve burned anything!  Not that I would know about that!  But in case I did, I know a way to “clear the air”.  Plants!  Between 1980 and 1984 NASA, yes THAT NASA, proved plants in sealed test chambers that were exposed to volatile organic chemicals could remove them from the air.  NASA top 50 air cleaning plants … [Continue reading]

2018 AAS flower winners


Thu. Jan. 4, 2018

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We’ve perused a few new vegetables and shrubs but what about 2018 AAS flower winners???

A fantastic new heather this year was vegetatively grown.  It’s a Cuphea called ‘Floriglory Diana’.  Known as Mexican Heather, it’s ideal for borders, mass plantings and containers. FloriGlory Diana was highly praised by the AAS Judges for its larger flowers, impressive number of flowers and the darker, more intensely colored magenta flowers. The dark green foliage complements  … [Continue reading]

Cultivar wishes and Spring dreams


Wed. Jan. 3, 2018

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I can’t hardly contain myself as I peruse my plant catalogs!  I fold over so many pages as I see plants I want to try.  Now, there’s no way I could possibly put all of those in my yard.  I call it “cultivar wishes and spring dreams”, if you ever watched  Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, you’ll understand.

I found a really wonderful new dogwood shrub called ‘Neon Burst’.  That  … [Continue reading]