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It’s been a quiet winter season here in Lake Wobegon. Oh wait! We’re in Dane county, but the sentiment still applies. After a particularly mild start we finally have snow. Which we love, by the way. There hasn’t been anything that can remotely be called a Polar...

to prune or not to prune

The frantic pace of the holidays has a way of giving in to the quiet contemplation of mid-winter, making it a great time to settle in and nurture some spring projects. The recent snowy weather certainly encourages introspection. Preferably indoors, under a pile of...

a few of our favorite traditions

Every family has their particular holiday traditions that are practiced, and enjoyed, year after year. We bundle up and head get to the same place to get the tree. We bake cookies from the same family recipes. We watch the same holiday special on television. My family...

let it snow! let it snow!

Baby, it’s been cold outside, so winter is definitely here, just ignore the last couple of days. Outside, seeds and buds are settling in for their seasonal nap. The earth is still. Inside our homes, we’re warm and happy in rooms sparkling with bright lights, views of...

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...
to prune or not to prune

to prune or not to prune

written by Lisa Briggs
If you’re itching to do some active gardening at this time of year, mid-January into February is an excellent time to do a bit of pruning, especially when we get that odd mild day or two.

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a few of our favorite traditions

a few of our favorite traditions

written by Lisa Briggs
Every family has their particular holiday traditions that are practiced, and enjoyed, year after year. But there are some time-honored traditions that everyone practices. Have you ever wondered how some of them got started?

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let it snow! let it snow!

let it snow! let it snow!

written by Lisa Briggs
Baby, it’s been cold outside, so winter is definitely here, if you can just ignore the last couple of days. Outside, seeds and buds are settling in for their seasonal nap.

read more
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

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