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twinkle, twinkle little firefly

Are they fireflies, glowworms or lightning bugs? It doesn’t really matter what you call them because one of our favorite sights of summer are those yellow-green orbs flashing against the backdrop of the garden at dusk.  Fireflies are not flies. Nor are lightning bugs,...

three cheers for june gardening

Although June usually ushers in the gentler garden, the kaleidoscopic colors of May might linger with us a bit longer. Spring temperatures seesawed up and seesawed down, but it finally feels like the weather has caught up to the calendar! Do try to be a little patient...

gardening for butterflies

Brightly colored butterflies are a welcome visitor to any garden. We value them for their usefulness as pollinators, as well as for their beauty. Attracting them involves planting shrubs and perennials that serve the needs of all life stages of the butterfly,...

the merry month of may

Late May is usually a gardener’s favorite time of year! Every yard reminds me of Technicolor Munchkinland when Dorothy leaves that fallen house. And this spring’s seesawing weather has had some crazy affects. The warm March got ornamental trees and shrubs flowering...

are my plants dead or just sleeping late?

Gardeners are not the kind of folks who enjoy being cooped up in the house all winter. When the weather finally breaks, and plants begin to emerge from dormancy, it’s understandable that we are eager to greet every new shoot and admire every swelling bud. But, we can...

spring gardening tips

“Don’t knock the weather. Nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change.” These words are can certainly be applied to the weather this spring. The roller coaster temperatures have had gardeners vacillating between the urge to get tomatoes...

drumroll please for 2021 shrub intros!

Are you thinking that your yard doesn’t have a space for another plant? Something about the promise of Spring makes us think that we can, and will, find room to plant absolutely everything. After all, there are worse things to collect than new plants. And gardens have...

the roller coaster that we call spring

Those days in the 70s gave us hope that spring would be early this year, but this week’s temperature nosedive has felt like Old Man Winter is delivering a last one-two punch. I’ve always maintained that gardeners are the most optimistic folks on earth and, no matter...

to prune or not to prune

We get a lot of questions at the Garden Center’s Plant Information Desk about when to trim what. So let’s help you take some of the mystery out of pruning. First things first. Make sure that you have the proper tools for specific jobs and that they’re sharp and in...

the ins-and-outs of starting seeds

There are good reasons to grow vegetables from seed. There are so many more choices when you’re buying seeds. Ordinarily, the Garden Center has 50 varieties of tomato seedlings on order. If you look at seeds though, you can chose from 100-plus cherries, currants,...
twinkle, twinkle little firefly

twinkle, twinkle little firefly

written by Lisa Briggs
Fireflies are not flies. Nor are lightning bugs, bugs. And no one would think that a glowworm is actually a worm. These creatures are classified as beetles and inhabit areas like meadows, open woods and of course, Midwestern backyards.

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three cheers for june gardening

three cheers for june gardening

written by Lisa Briggs
Although June usually ushers in the gentler garden, the kaleidoscopic colors of May might linger with us a bit longer. Spring temperatures seesawed up and seesawed down, but it finally feels like the weather has caught up to the calendar!

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gardening for butterflies

gardening for butterflies

written by Lisa Briggs
Butterfly gardens can be any size, from a small window box to a large, untended portion of your landscape. They can be as simple as you’d like, from a mono-planting of coneflowers to a constantly blooming border of host plants and nectar-rich perennials.

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are my plants dead or just sleeping late?

are my plants dead or just sleeping late?

written by Lisa Briggs
There are many commonly-planted trees, shrubs and perennials that are slow to emerge in the spring, especially after this roller coaster of early spring. We like to think of these plants as teenagers, lolling about in the garden bed late on a Saturday morning, while the rest of the plants in our borders are up and flaunting spring color.

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spring gardening tips

spring gardening tips

written by Lisa Briggs
Many gardeners use Mother’s Day weekend as permission from Mother Nature to plant all of their tender annuals and vegetables. But you should keep your ears tuned to your favorite forecaster.

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drumroll please for 2021 shrub intros!

drumroll please for 2021 shrub intros!

The plant buyers at the Garden Center take many things into consideration when they evaluate what new varieties to introduce to our customers. We are gardeners ourselves and are as excited as anyone when the catalogs start arriving touting the best of what’s new.

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to prune or not to prune

to prune or not to prune

We get a lot of questions at the Garden Center’s Plant Information Desk about when to trim what. So let’s help you take some of the mystery out of pruning.

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