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Quilled Flowers – Quirky Flaws of Nature

Quilled Flowers – Quirky Flaws of Nature

What are quilled flowers? Flower petals which are rolled or “quilled”. These petals can be found in many plants of the Aster Family, and they are one of my favorite things to collect in the garden. Already, I have several perennials with quilled flowers, and I am looking to add more soon. Nature helps the […]

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Rudbeckia – August Plant of the Month

Rudbeckia – August Plant of the Month

Rudbeckia, aka black or brown-eyed Susan, is our August Plant of the Month. Native to North America, rudbeckias are favored in both the old world (Europe) and the new (America) for their long bloom period and adaptability. There 23 species across the continent, but only 7 that we are concerned with. Black-eyed Susan’s have been […]

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Top Plants for Bees/Butterflies: June-July

Top Plants for Bees/Butterflies: June-July

Seems everywhere I go these days I hear about pollinator gardens, bee-friendly plants, and bee gardens. Everyone is finally getting into planting for bees and butterflies and not just to make their home look nice. Although it is easy to do both, have a nice looking landscape and have pollinator friendly gardens. So what pants […]

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Stacking the Deck – Heat Loving Perennials for Summer

Stacking the Deck – Heat Loving Perennials for Summer

Its hard to think about the hot, dry summer days of July and August when the temperatures outside are in the teens and twenties. But those days will come as surely as the weather changes in Kansas and Nebraska. We live in one of the harshest growing climates in the United States-it could be minus […]

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