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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...

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....
The ABC’s of Lawn Care

The ABC’s of Lawn Care

It is a huge morale booster when our lawns magically green up overnight. And once this happens, there are a few things we can do. First, assess your lawn. Start by looking for bare patches and then make a plan to deal with them.

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The Spring March of Flowers

The Spring March of Flowers

The weather can be fickle this time of year, but I can stand it knowing that the merry month of May is not far away. And I often measure the march of spring by the sequence of flowering shrubs.

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Mid Spring Seed Starting

Mid Spring Seed Starting

There are good reasons to grow vegetables from seed. There are so many more choices when you’re buying seeds. For instance, the Garden Center stocks 50 varieties of tomato seedlings. If you look at seeds though, you can choose from 134 cherries, currants, slicers and pastes.

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Shrubs We’re Dreaming About

Shrubs We’re Dreaming About

Are you thinking that your yard doesn’t have room 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 always provided very fertile ground for dreaming.

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Memories of Springs Past

Memories of Springs Past

Imagine an old-fashioned garden. Maybe you can feel the warm spring breezes on your face. As you settle into the fantasy, is there a fragrance that comes to mind? I’d bet that you’re breathing in the memory of a lilac in full bloom.

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Try Leaving Your Own Backyard for Spring Inspiration

Try Leaving Your Own Backyard for Spring Inspiration

Botanical gardens are valuable resources for gardeners. Not only do they maintain large collections of living plants in well-designed displays, but also provide opportunities for research, conservation, and education. Botanic gardens are home to millions of plants all over the world.

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Gearing Up for Spring Gardening!

Gearing Up for Spring Gardening!

As winter recedes, each sign of spring seems more symbolic than the last. And the season’s teasing tone always makes us a little crazy. We’re longing for thunderstorms instead of snow showers.

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