WNS and bats


Fri. Jul. 6, 2018

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Garden Bite WNS and bats 7-6-18

Bats are being threatened and not just by tennis rackets or pots and pans from a freaked out homeowner who catches them indoors!  

Is this you????

I talked about this subject a couple of years ago as a disease called White Nose Syndrome, or WNS, made it’s way west to southern Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota.

Little Brown Bat

The fungal disease has killed millions of bats as it’s moved  … [Continue reading]

Grilled lettuce


Thu. Jul. 5, 2018

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Garden Bite Grilled Lettuce 7-5-18

I would venture to guess that many of you are taking some time off during this holiday week.  Maybe a “Staycation”, perhaps some grilling out involved? In my new Northern Gardener magazine, there’s an article on grilling lettuce!  This subject has come up a few time this season. So, I’ll share what I’ve learned. Apparently it tastes REALLY good! 

Grilled romaine lettuce – photo courtesy of The Grillin Fools

Grilled Romaine  … [Continue reading]

Independence Day and ‘Fireworks’ plants


Wed. Jul. 4, 2018

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Garden Bite Fireworks 7-4-18

Today we celebrate Independence Day, the day our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence!  A new Nation!  Most of us will be celebrating with cookouts and fireworks, absorbing time with friends and family.  

In honor of this day, I looked up plants with names that evoke the celebrations. Starting with an annual ornamental grass.  ‘Fireworks’ fountain grass grows to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide.  It’s blades  … [Continue reading]

Lupines!


Tue. Jul. 3, 2018

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This is really a holiday week with tomorrow being Independence Day.  That got me thinking about a trip I took to Bayfield, Wisconsin, I was thrilled to see all the fantastic lupines blooming!

Lupines in northern MN

After coming home and doing some research, I learn there’s the purple lupinus perennis, also known as the western lupine, which is a smaller native to Minnesota and Wisconsin, and then there’s the “other one”, lupinus polyphyllus,  … [Continue reading]

Fireflies or Lightning bugs?


Mon. Jul. 2, 2018

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Depending on what part of the country you come from, they’re either fireflies or lightning bugs. In the upper midwest, we kinda like both names!  The western half prefers firefly while the southeaster mid section prefers lightning bugs. Whatever you call ‘em, I’m thrilled to see so many!

When I was little, a long time ago and in a land south of Minnesota, it seemed like the evening backyard was alive with the  … [Continue reading]

Of Poppies and Peonies


Fri. Jun. 29, 2018

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GBTK 6-29-18

Cruising my emails, one of the nurseries sent me tantalizing photos, tempting me with their oriental poppies!  I must say, these late Spring/early summer bloomers are gorgeous. Though the blooms don’t last long, they’re worth it.  

You can plant bareroot plants in the Fall. The bloom that caught my eye is a 2018 introduction called ‘Snow Goose’.  It’s a pristine white with a deep maroon center.

Poppy ‘Snow Goose’ White Flower
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Dividing Iris


Thu. Jun. 28, 2018

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GBTK 6-28-18

Are your irises rising out of the ground?  And I don’t mean floated out, as we talked rainfall yesterday, I mean they’ve been left alone for years and are now fighting for room!

Iris rhizomes by Shreiner’s iris Gardens

Generally it’s a good idea to divide your iris every 3 to 4 years. Dividing iris should be done 4 to 6  weeks after blooming, so sometime between July and early August according to the  … [Continue reading]

Hummingbirds


Wed. Jun. 27, 2018

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The little garden jewel, the hummingbird, the bestower of Joy…

Those wings are flapping so fast the camera couldn’t slow them down!

Hummingbirds have long been a part of traditional western cultures.  They represent joy and tenacity.   The hummingbird’s wing movement, which uses the up stroke as well as the down stroke for power,  appears to be the sign for infinity.  They also symbolize eternity.   In Caribbean cultures, it is believed that hummingbirds represent those we  … [Continue reading]

The Monarch Highway and habitat


Tue. Jun. 26, 2018

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Last week was Pollinator week and the Minnesota Dept of Transportation, affectionately called, MNDot, shared information on their partnership with 6 other state transportation departments to restore Monarch habitat along the Interstate 35 corridor. The Monarch Highway.

Monarch Highway Interstate 35

Monarchhighway.org

It’s a 1500 mile stretch that State departments of transportation are increasing the use of native plants on roadsides and  expanding the agency’s prescribed fire program to further enhance  … [Continue reading]

Rain, rain go away….


Mon. Jun. 25, 2018

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The rain did not let up for a week…  including the first day of Summer!  Okay, enough whining.  Many of us have experienced excess rain, but some have had a real issue with flooding….

Then there’s just really wet lawns…  check out this information from the University of MN Extension from 2010 on wet lawns

wet lawn

Some folks are seeing lots of mushrooms in their lawn… Inky Cap

Japanese Parasol aka Inky
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