Strange Insects in the Garden

Strange Insects in the Garden

I am sure you have seen some of them, strange insects in the garden, right? Sometimes the most easily explanations come from the weirdest things. And God created some very strange insects. I spend a lot of time outdoors; in the woods, along the lakes and streams, and especially in the garden. And I have […]

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Coreopsis – June Plant of the Month

Coreopsis – June Plant of the Month

Coreopsis is our June Plant of the Month for 2024. This genus of plants contains 80 some species and dozens of hybrids across North, South, and Central America. The genus Coreopsis is also its common name., although tickseed is another common name for the plant. Over the last few decades, coreopsis has become one of […]

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Thistles – The Good and Bad

Thistles – The Good and Bad

Thistles often get the worst reputation, because many are invasive in pastures and lawns. But did you know there are several native thistles which are important parts of the native ecosystem? We will go over the various thistles, both natives and nonnatives. It is always important to distinguish between the two, since there are insects […]

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Love A Tree Day

Love A Tree Day

Today, May 16th, is National Love a Tree Day. But what does that mean? Should you love a certain kind of tree, or just pick one? As I see it, you can do either. For me and today, I am just going to pick one tree. But not even my favorite. If you have read […]

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Orange Shades in the Garden

Orange Shades in the Garden

Typically, when you think about flowers, orange is not at the top of the list. But why not? Orange can make a garden feel tropical, adding heat and complexity that the more subdued flower colors lack. Most flowers in the garden are shades of pink, purple, white, or yellow. Blue is another color, like orange, […]

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Honeyberry – May Plant of the Month

Honeyberry – May Plant of the Month

Honeyberry is our 2024 May Plant of the Month. But what is a honeyberry? Also know as fly honeysuckle and haskaps, honeyberries are small, cigar shaped fruits which grow in colder climates where other berries do not thrive as much. The honeyberry is native to the boreal forests of Japan, Russia, and North America. In […]

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Fungi – Exploring the Garden

Fungi – Exploring the Garden

Mushrooms and fungi are becoming one of the biggest trends in recent years. I have been to numerous talks and shows where fungi was the main event. There are different types of mushrooms (the fruiting body of the fungus) and different types of fungi. Seeking and finding mushrooms can be one of the most rewarding […]

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Columnar Trees

Columnar Trees

What are columnar trees? In short, these are trees that have narrow, upright canopies. They are usually dense in foliage too. Columnar trees have many purposes, even though the average homeowner cannot see it when they visit the nursery. I do not get a lot of requests for these trees, but we always keep some […]

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Garden Trends

Garden Trends

What garden trends are we going to see in 2024? Well, it is National Gardening Month (April) and there is a lot of things to look at. National Gardening Month was founded in 2018 by Cool Spring Press, and announced as a national holiday at the same time. Because we have such a holiday, we […]

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