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holidays in bloom

Gardening in late November? Are we crazy? Most everyone we know is consumed with holiday decorating, shopping for gifts and trying to plan for one more year of a reconfigured Thanksgiving dinner traditions. But you can still squeeze in a little winter gardening and...

o christmas tree! o christmas tree!

Close on the heels of our Thanksgiving celebrations, comes one of the most harrowing of all the winter holiday experiences - the Selection of the Christmas Tree. Luckily, we live smack in the middle of tree central.  Of the 13,000 or so Christmas tree farms in the...

let temperatures guide your pond chores

Despite the upcoming warm weather, the night temperatures are cooling and coloring leaves will be falling soon from most of our trees. Colder weather is certainly on its way. It’s time to get your ponds and water features ready for the frosty temperatures to come. If...

get ready for old man winter

Wow. It’s November and we’re seeing forecasted temps in the upper 50s. Lilacs are blooming. So are Iris! The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting a chilly and snowy winter for the lower Great Lakes region. I’m excited to see what the next couple weeks will bring. If you...

and in this corner? LED vs incandescent

There’s no snow forecasted in our immediate future. Heck, our fall color isn’t even close to peaking. But these beautiful late fall days are perfect for getting a jump on outdoor holiday decorating. Why not start with hanging your Christmas lights? There’s no rule...

the slow slide from fall to winter

At long last. It’s time to take a deep breath because the physical work, and often frenetic pace of the growing season looks to be winding down. Not having a million things to accomplish in the garden may find some folks feeling a bit bereft, but others are pretty...

time to put your veg garden to bed

October can be such a confusing time for gardeners. This year is no exception. Some areas saw a very early frost and then? Right back up to the high 70s and low 80s! And no night temperatures below 40 degrees are forecasted until the last week of the month. Some...

forcing bulbs-a trick and a treat!

Forcing spring bulbs into winter bloom was the rage in the 1800s. Hyacinths were especially popular. But there are others to try, too. I love pots of showy amaryllis during the holidays. Though fragrant paperwhites are not my favorite, they are very easy to force in...

what makes a bulb a bulb?

Are you confused when it comes to fall-planted bulbs? Lots of gardeners are. What are bulbs, and how, and when should they be planted are questions that we often hear at the Plant Desk in late summer and early autumn. Adding bulbs to your borders is simple and...

time to get houseplants indoors

October can be such a transitional time, especially for gardeners.  Our borders and beds teeter on the edge of a climatic cliff. Colors change as deep green foliage morphs into mellow butter yellow or fiery scarlet. Forms change as plants drop their leafy garb to...
holidays in bloom

holidays in bloom

written by Lisa Briggs
The tradition of bringing holiday plants and greenery into the home has been around for centuries. It helps us deny the winter’s snow and dark days. But who cares why when the plants are so lush and beautiful? Try a couple to brighten your holiday.

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o christmas tree! o christmas tree!

o christmas tree! o christmas tree!

written by Lisa Briggs
What type of tree is best? The popularity of Christmas trees varies geographically. Here in Dane County, the overwhelming favorite is the Fraser Fir, with its dark green needles highlighted by silvery-blue undersides, sturdy branches and superb needle retention.

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get ready for old man winter

get ready for old man winter

written by Lisa Briggs
Wow. It’s November and we’re seeing forecasted temps in the upper 50s. Lilacs are blooming. So are Iris! The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting a chilly and snowy winter for the lower Great Lakes region. I’m excited to see what the next couple weeks will bring.

read more
and in this corner? LED vs incandescent

and in this corner? LED vs incandescent

written by Lisa Briggs
These beautiful late fall days are perfect for getting a jump on outdoor holiday decorating. Why not start with hanging your Christmas lights? There’s no rule that says they need to be lit right away and it’s so much easier to put them up now.

read more
time to put your veg garden to bed

time to put your veg garden to bed

written by Lisa Briggs
Fall is the time of year for two of my favorite garden activities-harvest and reflection. Without harvest, you can’t reap the rewards of a summer well spent. And without reflection, I can’t learn from my mistakes, as well as the successes.

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forcing bulbs-a trick and a treat!

forcing bulbs-a trick and a treat!

written by Lisa Briggs
I love pots of showy amaryllis during the holidays. Though fragrant paperwhites are not my favorite, they are very easy to force in vases. And with a little prep time, you can have pots of tulips and daffodils blooming in your kitchen in late February.

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what makes a bulb a bulb?

what makes a bulb a bulb?

written by Lisa Briggs
We call them all bulbs, but bulbs, rhizomes, corms and tubers are essentially storage organs that contain flower buds. The structure feeds the developing flower as it grows to maturity and blooms.

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time to get houseplants indoors

time to get houseplants indoors

written by Lisa Briggs
We’ve got a couple of chilly nights under our belts, with the night temps as low as 45 degrees. So it’s time to get your houseplants that have spent the summer months outdoors ready for their move back inside.

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