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All The Wonderful Colors of an Autumn Garden

By: Lisa Briggs | September 12th, 2019 As summer wanes and autumn approaches, birds congregate in the trees and on overhead wires. The air is sweetly scented with ripening fruit. The light changes, becoming more golden. Everything seems ready to burst. Not in the...

We’ve Got Your Fall Gardening Checklist Right Here!

By: Lisa Briggs | September 11th, 2019 For many gardeners, Labor Day marks the end of summer and the beginning of the autumn lawn care season. Cooler temperatures and more regular rainfall make this an excellent time to start a new lawn or repair an existing one. The...

Fall Gardening Has Arrived! Here’s What You Need To Know…

By: Lisa Briggs | August 29th, 2019 What a difference a year makes! Under 3-inches of rain. No floods. Just 2 days with temps warmer than 85 degrees. August 2019 was a much quieter month weather-wise than August of 2018. And since the Autumnal Equinox is 25 days away,...

Confused When It Comes to Planting Fall Bulbs? Let Us Help!

By: Lisa Briggs | August 28th, 2019 Are you confused when it comes to fall-planted bulbs? Lots of gardeners are. What, exactly, is a bulb? How, and when should bulbs be planted? These are questions that frequently heard at the Plant Desk. Adding spring-flowering bulbs...

Gardening Tips As Summer Draws To An End

By: Lisa Briggs | August 15th, 2019 Seesawing temperatures are the usual clue that we’re nearing the end of summer. But long-range weather forecasters predict that temperatures will hover in the very pleasant upper 70s and low 80s for the next 30 days, giving us lots...

The Hydrangea ABC’s

By: Lisa Briggs | August 14th, 2019 As the days shorten, it’s time to look at what late summer has to offer our gardens. And our number, go-to shrub for a fabulous display is that summertime staple, the hydrangea. Luckily, there is a variety for every garden, whether...

Late Summer Gardening Tips You Need to Know

By: Lisa Briggs | August 1st, 2019 The Dog Days began later than usual and don’t end until August 20th, so there’s still plenty of summer weather to come. Cicadas and crickets have been singing us to sleep, but nights, though still warm, are noticeably longer. And...

The Perfect Prairie Plants for Your Yard & Garden

By: Lisa Briggs | July 31st, 2019 The hot, dry weather that is typical of late July and early August can be hard on your garden plants. Many look a little bedraggled, and your borders might seem a bit boring after the stunning color of May and June. But it doesn’t...

‘A Midsummer Night’s’ Gardening Tips (7/18/19)

By: Lisa Briggs | July 18th, 2019 No one wants to be the first to say it, but here we go. The Solstice was four weeks ago and even though the heat of the dog days is in full effect, summer is on the wane. Of course, there are still plenty of things to do in the...

Summer Vegetable Gardening – What You’ll Need to Know

By: Lisa Briggs | July 17th, 2019 The popularity of vegetable gardening shows no signs of plateauing, making your goal of eating in a more seasonal and local way easier than ever. Growers are introducing lots of new, and old, varieties. Designers are reworking...
All The Wonderful Colors of an Autumn Garden

All The Wonderful Colors of an Autumn Garden

As summer wanes and autumn approaches, birds congregate in the trees and on overhead wires. The air is sweetly scented with ripening fruit. The light changes, becoming more golden. Everything seems ready to burst. Not in the tender, life is beginning way of spring, but in a more poignant manner that hints life in the garden is starting to fade.

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Fall Gardening Has Arrived! Here’s What You Need To Know…

Fall Gardening Has Arrived! Here’s What You Need To Know…

What a difference a year makes! Under 3-inches of rain. No floods. Just 2 days with temps warmer than 85 degrees. August 2019 was a much quieter month weather-wise than August of 2018. And since the Autumnal Equinox is 25 days away, it’s time to turn our gardening thoughts to winter preparedness.

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Gardening Tips As Summer Draws To An End

Gardening Tips As Summer Draws To An End

Seesawing temperatures are the usual clue that we’re nearing the end of summer. But long-range weather forecasters predict that temperatures will hover in the very pleasant upper 70s and low 80s for the next 30 days, giving us lots of time to plant some fall veg and late-blooming annuals. So pretend for a moment that you’re just like the kids heading off to school. Think of your garden like a new box of crayons and add some color!

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The Hydrangea ABC’s

The Hydrangea ABC’s

As the days shorten, it’s time to look at what late summer has to offer our gardens. And our number, go-to shrub for a fabulous display is that summertime staple, the hydrangea. Luckily, there is a variety for every garden, whether your garden is full sun or full shade and your boat is floated by the big, blowsy mop-heads or the more delicate lace-caps.

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Late Summer Gardening Tips You Need to Know

Late Summer Gardening Tips You Need to Know

The Dog Days began later than usual and don’t end until August 20th, so there’s still plenty of summer weather to come. Cicadas and crickets have been singing us to sleep, but nights, though still warm, are noticeably longer. And sadly, summer days shorten. The season never seems long enough, but it’s time for gardeners everywhere to reap what they have sown.

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The Perfect Prairie Plants for Your Yard & Garden

The Perfect Prairie Plants for Your Yard & Garden

The hot, dry weather that is typical of late July and early August can be hard on your garden plants. Many look a little bedraggled, and your borders might seem a bit boring after the stunning color of May and June. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are plenty of beautiful, colorful plants that are at their peak in mid to late summer.

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‘A Midsummer Night’s’ Gardening Tips (7/18/19)

‘A Midsummer Night’s’ Gardening Tips (7/18/19)

You can give your garden borders and containers a quick update by replacing those tired looking Impatiens and Geraniums with plants that will thrive in the cooler temperatures to come. Brown Eyed Susans, annual Grasses and Amaranths can do double duty.  

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