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!
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]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Lupines!
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!
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]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Fireflies or Lightning bugs?
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]
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.
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!
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]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Hummingbirds
The little garden jewel, the hummingbird, the bestower of Joy…
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]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: The Monarch Highway and habitat
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.
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]