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Spring Pollinator Plants

Finding plants for pollinators in springtime can be a bit frustrating. While there are lots of trees and shrubs, not to mention natives, blooming around you, it can be difficult to discover exactly which plant is best suited for your own pollinator paradise. And spring blooming flower
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Favorite Natives: A Look Through the Author’s Garden

Since I was a youngster, native plants of both the prairie and the woodlands have been with me. I hunted them in my family’s native prairie pastures and wandered the woods. They have inspired me more and more through my years. And now, I sit on the board of directors of the Kans
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Plants for Children’s Gardens

For those of who both garden and have young children, we know what a delight it can be to see them exploring in the garden, finding snails or caterpillars or flowers. My son Luke, age 4, loves to touch and feel everything. This is how he learns and copes with the world around him. He
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Top Plants for Bees/Butterflies: June-July Part II

Welcome back! The glorious Independence Day is over and summer is bearing down upon us. I am always so busy getting things done for the holidays, that I hardly have time to put posts together. The second half of the season has started and we need some flower power to steer us through.
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Year in Review – Annual Color Program

What a year this has been! We have had a lot of ups and downs with the weather, and a long dry spell through the summer. The annuals we put in have had to be tough and most of them looked awesome through summer and late fall. I did not get very many photos of bulbs and spring annuals,
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Diversifying for Pollinators

It is very interesting how insects, birds, and plants can coexist naturally and amazingly, without killing each other off the planet entirely. Insects are around us, literally everywhere. While I can generally identify some 50 species of insects or more, there are another 200 lurking
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