Top 4 Annual Flowers for Pollinators

Top 4 Annual Flowers for Pollinators

The top 4 annual flowers for pollinators list actually took awhile to compile. Each spring, summer, and autumn, I spend countless hours observing and photographing insects. These photos are transferred to external drives where I can spend time identifying and separating them into categories. Once I have everything identified and categorized, then I can go […]

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Definitions of Common Gardening Terms

Definitions of Common Gardening Terms

There are many words used in gardening posts and blogs that people may not know the meaning of. Well, this post is the place to be if you really want to know what something mean. I will be defining to the best of my knowledge (and a dictionary) the following terms. Enjoy and I hope […]

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2020 Year in Review – Annual Color

2020 Year in Review – Annual Color

Each year I love doing annual color plantings more and more. In the past, I used to hate annuals, but I have learned how much of an impact and statement they can make. With our ever-changing weather patterns, it can be difficult to choose annuals that will withstand heat, drought, flooding, and cool spells. However, […]

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Plant of the Week: Helenium Dakota Gold

Plant of the Week: Helenium Dakota Gold

Helenium Dakota Gold is our Plant of the Week for the last week of August. This annual is a powerhouse bloomer, going from June until frost. It is a cultivar of our native Helenium amarum, bitter sneezeweed. It can be found native in the Lower Great Plains and Lower Midwest. https://www.kswildflower.org/flower_details.php?flowerID=161 I do not use […]

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In the Garden: Tips for June

In the Garden: Tips for June

June is the start of summer vacation, when America’s kids come to the garden to play, to romp, to enjoy life! June can be a very rewarding month for all of us, with strawberries ripening and cherries red, ripe, and plump. It can also stress us gardeners out, as it is the “last” good month […]

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In the Garden: Tips for April

In the Garden: Tips for April

Welcome to another spring in the garden! April is right around the corner and I have some tips for you. April is when the world around us erupts in colors of pinks, whites, lavenders, and light greens as flowers bloom and leaves push forth. Use these tips to get ahead of the game. Annuals Prepare […]

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Top Annuals for Northeast Kansas Gardens

Over the last 8 years, I have been planting and evaluating annual flowers in public and private gardens in Northeast Kansas. While K-State has its Prairie Star flower list, I make my own conclusions based on weather, performance, durability, and pest tolerance. The following annual flowers are the best for Northeast Kansas gardens, in 8 […]

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Year in Review: Annual Color

Year in Review: Annual Color

It is that time of year again, time to go through everything and see how this year stacks up against the previous ones. First on the agenda is annual flower power. Annual color is enjoyed by nearly everyone across the country. I only know of one client who dislikes annuals. Annuals can provide a bit […]

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