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‘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...

Much Needed Early-July Summer Gardening Tips!

By: Lisa Briggs | July 3rd, 2019 The brightest of the stars in the Big Dog constellation is Sirius, the Dog Star. In the mid-summer, it can be seen rising and setting with the sun. This conjunction caused the ancients to believe that Sirius’ heat added to the heat of...

Attracting Birds with Flowers in Your Garden!

By: Lisa Briggs | July 2nd, 2019 When you’re at the Garden Center choosing summer-flowering perennials and annuals for your yard, there are probably many factors that affect your decision. The size of the plants at maturity. The color and time of bloom. Perhaps...

Native Prairie Plants Getting Set to Flower Soon

By: Lisa Briggs | June 18th, 2019 The Summer Solstice is tomorrow and that means the glorious month of June is on the wane. We’ll soon be moving into the traditional Dog Days of Summer. You may think that the sunny days in July and August are so called is because we...

Mid-June Gardening Tips!

By: Lisa Briggs | June 18th, 2019 Mid-summer is an especially nice time to start a garden journal. Our to-do lists have shortened and everything is just so beautiful. It’s helpful to make notes of particular diseases or pests that may haunt your yard year after year....

Early June Gardening Tips (6/6/19)

By: Lisa Briggs | June 6th, 2019 Although June usually ushers in the gentler garden, the kaleidoscopic colors of May might linger with us a bit longer. The Extension agents in Madison reported that we are more than 100 Growing Degree Days below average. Lots of plants...

Attracting Bright & Beautiful Pollinators this Spring

By: Lisa Briggs | June 3rd, 2019 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...

A Garden By Any Other Name Is Still A Garden

By: Lisa Briggs | May 31st, 2019 The beauty of any garden isn’t in the eye of the beholder. It’s in the eye of the garden’s creator. As I stroll through my neighborhood or drive from one place to another, I am often amazed by what constitutes a garden. And I don’t...

Early Summer Gardening Tips – 5/23/19

By: Lisa Briggs | May 23rd, 2019 Late May is usually a gardener’s favorite time of year! Every yard looks a bit like Munchkinland in technicolor. This spring’s weather has certainly delayed almost everything. So we find ourselves looking forward to a stellar June....
‘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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Much Needed Early-July Summer Gardening Tips!

Much Needed Early-July Summer Gardening Tips!

The brightest of the stars in the Big Dog constellation is Sirius, the Dog Star. In the mid-summer, it can be seen rising and setting with the sun. This conjunction caused the ancients to believe that Sirius’ heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather.

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Attracting Birds with Flowers in Your Garden!

Attracting Birds with Flowers in Your Garden!

When you’re at the Garden Center choosing summer-flowering perennials and annuals for your yard, there are probably many factors that affect your decision. The size of the plants at maturity. The color and time of bloom. Perhaps whether or not the plants will re-flower. These are all qualities that we take into consideration. But let’s throw one more factor into the mix. Do the flowers that you plant attract birds?

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Native Prairie Plants Getting Set to Flower Soon

Native Prairie Plants Getting Set to Flower Soon

Many of the native prairie plants will be starting to flower soon. Besides being drought tolerant, they attract birds and butterflies. To get a feel for the natural beauty and diversity of prairie flowers and grasses visit one of the local prairies in the Arboretum or Schumacher Prairie just east of Waunakee.

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Mid-June Gardening Tips!

Mid-June Gardening Tips!

Mid-summer is an especially nice time to start a garden journal. Our to-do lists have shortened and everything is just so beautiful. It’s helpful to make notes of particular diseases or pests that may haunt your yard year after year.

read more
Early June Gardening Tips (6/6/19)

Early June Gardening Tips (6/6/19)

Although June usually ushers in the gentler garden, the kaleidoscopic colors of May might linger with us a bit longer. The Extension agents in Madison reported that we are more than 100 Growing Degree Days below average. Lots of plants are behind, so try to be a little patient when evaluating viability.

read more
Attracting Bright & Beautiful Pollinators this Spring

Attracting Bright & Beautiful Pollinators this Spring

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, providing places to lay eggs, food plants for the caterpillars and the adults, and spots to form chrysalides.

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A Garden By Any Other Name Is Still A Garden

A Garden By Any Other Name Is Still A Garden

The beauty of any garden isn’t in the eye of the beholder. It’s in the eye of the garden’s creator. As I stroll through my neighborhood or drive from one place to another, I am often amazed by what constitutes a garden. And I don’t mean this in a manner that is judging good ideas from bad ones, but from the point of view that any place that a gardener has arranged began with a kernel of an idea and a desire to share it with passers-by.

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Early Summer Gardening Tips – 5/23/19

Early Summer Gardening Tips – 5/23/19

Late May is usually a gardener’s favorite time of year! Every yard looks a bit like Munchkinland in technicolor. This spring’s weather has certainly delayed almost everything. So we find ourselves looking forward to a stellar June.

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