Autumn

Autumn in the Garden

Fall is officially here with the weather this week! We had 2 inches of snow, a hard freeze to 28 degrees and much cooler temperatures. As autumn finally begins to turn the pages of the landscape, we begin to assess and think about what we can do different in our gardens next year. Thi
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6 Great Shrubs for Autumn Color

Fall is almost here and I am chomping at the bit to put in our autumn arrangements. My wife has been decorating for fall in the house and I will be adding all sorts of goodies to the porch and yard. Flags to go up, mums brought in, and pumpkins galore. In these last few weeks of summe
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Color the Yard Purple

Autumn is a time for color, lots of color. Just mentioning the word autumn evokes a sense of feeling of colors, of sweeping reds and oranges, brilliant yellows, and glowing bronzes. But what of the color purple? The color of royalty? It can be difficult at best to find something purpl
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Choosing a Tree to Plant

Autumn is the time for fall color. When a lot of people start thinking about autumn color, their minds travel to photos they have seen of New England, with old churches and barns among the Catskills and Adirondack Mountains, a burst in colors of red, purple, yellow, bronze, gold, and
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What To Do About Autumn

As the rain beats steadily against the windows of our office, I sit and think about the upcoming season. This is my 6th season as the Maintenance Foreman at Grimm’s Gardens, I look forward to even more to come. Autumn always brings about a relief and dread. I love to see the col
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Mums the Word

Autumn is here! After spring, this is my favorite time of year. Hayrack rides, fall potlucks, the bounty of gardens spilling across the table, jelly making, and my family’s annual pumpkin carve party brings in the bounty of the autumnal season. And of course, chrysanthemums bloo
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Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks Our world is filled with amazing things. We get to see the world change in full circle each year. From the deep snows winter to the sweet blossoms of springtime to the colors of summer to the autumn crispness and back to winter again every year. Many countries and people
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Leave those Leaves!

It is that time of year again, when leaves are falling from the trees and making a mess of your beautiful yard and gardens. They are littering up your sidewalks and drives,  and piling up in your window-wells. While they are beautiful in colors, providing a fun place to play for kids
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Welcome to Autumn

This is most people’s favorite time of year. Seeing the leaves change color, picking pumpkins and apples, and scaring their friends on Halloween. While it may not be my favorite, I still love autumn for many reasons.   Autumn decorating is my favorite thing to do this time of yea
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Plant Showcase: Deciduous Conifers for the Central Great Plains

Ginkgo biloba
What is a conifer? A conifer is defined as a plant that produces naked seeds in cones or single naked seeds. We think of conifers with cones as pine, spruce, fir, juniper, yew, and arborvitae, but there are four deciduous conifers that we can grow in our region. An evergreen that lose
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Time to Plant Spring Bulbs

Tulip mass around edge of bed.
One of my favorite parts of springtime is watching the spring bulbs suddenly appear and then flower.  There is nothing that says spring quite like a new crocus or tulip. This is the point where a little effort this fall will pay off huge dividends this spring.  I love cutting some blo
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Mum’s the Word

Fall is such a lovely time of year! I love watching the birds look for berries, the wind blowing red, yellow, and orange leaves across the drive. I even enjoy raking leaves. The rich earthy hues that the world takes on are so wonderful. I like watching the sway of grasses in the wind,
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Using Nature for Fall Crafting

  One of the best things for sparking children’s imaginations is crafts.  Using the products nature provides helps them learn to be resourceful and thrifty.  Pressed leaves, milkweed pod ornaments, nut crafts, dried flowers, and seed designs are just a few of the projects that ca
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Autumn Pots

Autumn has arrived! The cool rains, winds, and cloudy skies remind me just how much I really love autumn! With each changing year, I become more and more aware of the beauty that surrounds me. I see sunsets, leaf color, and fall decorations with a new and enlightened heart each time.
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How to Cut Garden Flowers for Floral Arrangements: Fall Floral Design

Ever wonder how to use your landscape to create beautiful floral designs?  Follow the step by step guide in this second edition of How to Cut Garden Flowers for Floral Arrangements. (See first edition here) Materials: Vase Scissors Permission to cut plants in the landscape Water 6 or
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Fall Garden Tips for an Easy Spring

  Crips autumn breezes and leaves beginning to change color have a mystical way of drawing us outside or to our windows to enjoy the season.  We are so blessed to be able to experience the dynamic changes that quietly happen all around.  Soon it will be winter and the ground cove
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Native Grasses

Native Grasses Living in the Great Plains regions brings all sorts of joy-the ability to grow a wide variety of plants, wide open spaces, and grasses blowing in the wind. Here we have the luxury of being able to enjoy some of the prettiest grass in the country, with little or no input
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Plant Bulbs in Fall for Spring Color!

Fall is the Time to Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs!   Even as leaves begin to change color and our fall perennials are blooming best, we have to think about next year’s spring color. Spring flowering bulbs really gear me up for my late spring and summer gardening. They show me that
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10 Super Shrubs

10 Super Shrubs Each year about this time I get questions in the nursery about what shrubs/trees have the best fall color display.  And it’s something I think about too when planning my garden each year, but I include three or four season interest in my choices, not merely fall
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Autumn Color with Annual Planters

Autumn Color with Annual Planters Aster ‘Wood’s Purple’The first thing I think about is the plants. There may be some summer flowering annuals or perennials (I often use perennials in pots) that will still bloom or look good through autumn. Some examples that can be
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