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Christmas tree…how lovely are your branches.

Posted by on November 28th 2017 in blog, News

Holiday decorating at it’s best!  The Christmas tree can be a unique expression of you and your family.  Sentimental items hung from every branch.  Your signature lights wrapped, dangled or clipped to the branches. Memories from Christmases past ignite story telling sessions with loved ones. What’s the best type of tree to choose? It’s different for everyone. Some families like to choose the same size and variety tree every year.…

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Protecting tender plants

Posted by on November 11th 2017 in blog

Some plants aren’t as tough as others.This can be a grim fact to face for northern gardeners.We invest our sweat, lower backs and money into certain plants only to see them crumple and die by the cold hands of our Minnesota winter.Our topsy-turvy winters dish out unpredictable snow cover.Weaker plants that aren’t given added protection and do not have a substantial layer of snow pack can succumb to the frost,…

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That smelly time of year!

Posted by on November 9th 2017 in blog

Delightfully scented, that is. This pre-holiday season, late fall is known as one of the more aromatic times of the year. Indoors, scents such as cinnamon baking and rosemary roasting make you feel all cozy and warm inside. The outdoor decorating pieces each are uniquely fragrant. Juniper and the pines tingle your nose, eucalyptus and cedar are rich with nasal opening side effects. It’s all so exciting to breeze by, handle and…

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RIP petunias–Caring for Ceramic Pots

Posted by on October 31st 2017 in blog

Fall is quickly turning to winter in Minnesota, so it’s time to think about what to do with the beautiful ceramic containers that served you so well over the spring, summer, and fall. Sunnyside Gardens recommends that you DO NOT leave them out over the winter. If you must keep them out because of size, we suggest you try to remove all the soil, and keep them as dry as…

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Tree Tops are Here!

Posted by on October 25th 2017 in blog

Did you know now is the perfect time to get fresh tree tops in place, before the cold really hits? For one thing, it’s a lot more pleasant to be out designing your pots when it’s 50 degrees, instead of 5! Tree tops can also be a lovely backdrop to an autumnal arrangement – no need to break out the decorative balls and winter berries yet. Mix in some magnolia,…

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How to Overwinter Non-Hardy Roses

Posted by on October 19th 2017 in blog

Before you start to worry about whether or not your roses need winter protection, check to see if they are a Zone 3-4 hardy variety. There are many different series of rose cultivars developed both in Canada and the northern US that can make it through the winter without help from us. If you are unsure, check out this list from the University of Minnesota Extension Office: https://goo.gl/sgwSb7. If you…

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How to “Carve” Specialty Pumpkins and Gourds

Posted by on October 17th 2017 in blog

With their thick, tough outer shells, specialty pumpkins and gourds can be so much tougher to carve than a traditional jack o’lantern pumpkin. But they would look so cool glowing from within! Power tools to the rescue! Materials: 1. Pumpkins and gourds 2. Power drill 3. Different sizes of drill bits 4. Pumpkin carving knife and scoop 5. Votive candle or battery operated votive Method: 1. Choose your pumpkins and…

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How to Prepare Trees for Winter

Posted by on October 12th 2017 in blog

Winters in Minnesota are not only hard on humans, they are tough on plants, too. Even fully hardy plants can be affected by a variety of stressors during the winter. However, there are steps we can take to keep our plants happy and healthy. One of the main causes of winter damage to trees and shrubs is called sun scald. This happens when the sun warms up the bark or…

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DIY Succulent Pumpkin Garden

Posted by on October 11th 2017 in blog

Create a beautiful fall centerpiece with a pumpkin, squash, or gourd of your choice and some succulent clippings! Materials: Pumpkin, squash, or gourd Hot glue gun and glue Moss Succulent clippings or plugs Method: Remove or clip the stem, if you’d like. Attach the moss to the top of the pumpkin using a bit of hot glue.  Select succulents with varying colors, shapes, and heights. Cut bits of succulents and hot…

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The Pumpkin Derby!

Posted by on October 11th 2017 in blog, News

Come one, come all! The 9th Annual Sunnyside Gardens Pumpkin Derby is this coming Saturday, October 14th. Join us in celebrating the fun of fall with food, candy, crafts for the kids, and, of course, the big event, which starts at 11:00 am. There will be three one-of-a-kind trophies awarded: Most Creative Derby Pumpkin, Furthest Distance Derby Run, and Shortest Distance Derby Run. Anyone can watch the Derby, but here’s…

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Fantastic Pumpkin Varieties

Posted by on October 10th 2017 in blog

There are countless varieties of pumpkins and winter squash in this big, beautiful world. Here are just a few of the varieties we have this season at Sunnyside Gardens. Most can be used for much more than just decorating. American Tondo – This is a very beautiful pumpkin variety with green and yellow stripes. The flesh is similar in flavor to a butternut squash. Lumina – With a thin skin…

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How dandelions behave going into winter & other famous perennial weeds.

Posted by on October 3rd 2017 in News

Like all living things that overwinter in MN, fall is the time to start preparing to be isolated from warmth and sun. Squirrels are busy as can be packing away acorns and building winter shelters.  Evergreens are slurping in as much water as you can give them so that they can photosynthesize all winter long. Perennial plants will take up oodles of nutrients to ensure strong viable roots to start…

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Be a BEE habitat helper this winter

Posted by on September 28th 2017 in blog

Let’s talk about how we can help native MN bee habitats. As a quick review, native bee populations are in need of our help. Food sources for local bees are being contaminated by pesticides, their native habitat has been reduced due to agriculture and housing development, and air pollution, in general, is affecting their overall health. That’s just the tippy top of the iceberg for our native bee populations’ troubles.…

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What’s in that bag of soil?

Posted by on August 22nd 2017 in blog

Soils: Demystified Here at Sunnyside, we offer a variety of soils and soil amendments. The array of options to choose from can be daunting, but fear not! This quick guide is here to help. First, you need to know where you’re planting. Whether you’re planting in a container or in the ground makes a difference in the soil you choose. Planting in a Container If you’re planting in a container,…

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So many rabbits!

Posted by on August 15th 2017 in blog

At any given moment there are more rabbits in my yard than anyone could successfully shake a stick at. For me, the concern is winter season snacking, that time when shrubs and tree bark become buffet items for a host of hoppity creatures. Many of you are struggling with rabbits now or have been all season. They devour most anything in sight, even eat plants considered by most to be…

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Fertilizing Your Lawn and Garden

Posted by on August 15th 2017 in blog

To have the best looking lawn and garden, it is important to give them what they need. Just like humans, plants and grass are living things and need food to help them grow. Along with sunlight and water, plants gather several elements from the air and soil. Fertilizer gives them the extra elements that they are not able to gather. If you don’t feed them the necessary elements (such as…

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Seed Collecting & Vegetable Gardening

Posted by on August 9th 2017 in blog

Harvesting Vegetable Seeds Start next year’s plants from this year’s crop! Tomatoes, peppers, beans, and peas are all good candidates for harvesting seed. Cucumbers, melons, squash, and pumpkins generally do not grow true to type, meaning the plant you grow from seed will not be the same as the mother plant. When selecting plants to harvest seed from, look for open-pollinated or heirloom varieties as opposed to hybrids. Seeds from…

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Turn yard and kitchen waste into compost!

Posted by on August 3rd 2017 in blog

Composting isn’t rocket science – it can be as easy or as involved as you’d like it to be. It can be as simple as a pile of yard waste at the end of your lot or it could be a nice tumbler that you keep outside your garage. The method you choose for composting depends on how much material you have to compost, how involved you’d like to be,…

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44th and France, our Neighborhood!

Posted by on August 1st 2017 in blog

It is with great pride that we get to plant the neighborhood pots at 44th and France.  This unique neighborhood on the edge of Minneapolis and Edina boasts some top notch shops and businesses that we are excited to be a part of.  Our strong little community is thriving! Here’s a little peek at the flower candy we get to display in our hood!  In these large cement pots that…

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How to Propagate Succulents

Posted by on July 27th 2017 in blog

Turn one succulent plant into many! Succulent propagation is an easy and fun way to grow more succulents from the ones that you already have. Ready to make more plants? Follow these simple instructions to propagate succulents from leaves. 1. Remove the Leaf Remove the lower leaves of your succulent. Make sure you avoid ripping the leaf and leaving the base attached to the stem. You will need the entire…

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