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Square Foot Gardening

Square Foot Gardening=Maximum Yield

Posted by on May 16th 2016 in blog

Nothing brings me as much joy as the process of growing food in my own yard. For the last handful of years, I have been using the square foot gardening method to organize and grow my garden. I am amazed by the yield and I love the aesthetics—half archeological dig and half patchwork quilt tidiness. I have an old, sun-faded copy of Mel Bartholomew’s book, Square Foot Gardening, which I…

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Peonies

Itoh Peony

Posted by on May 9th 2016 in News

A note from Monrovia Growers about Itoh Peonies. Named for Toichi Itoh, the first hybridizer to successfully cross a tree Peony with an herbaceous Peony in the 1940’s, these popular gems are in high demand, prized for their huge, beautiful blooms and lush green foliage. Historically, Itohs were challenging to grow and thus hard to find and rather expensive. But that’s all changed. We are proud to partner with leading…

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Container Design

Posted by on May 4th 2016 in blog, Featured

Classic geranium design with some bold accents. If you don’t love geraniums, you should.  Geraniums are big, bright, drought tolerant and easy to get to bloom. This recipe calls for: Geraniums, Kimberly Queen fern, Algerian Ivy, Spanish lavender, purple pansies (or sub purple Supertunias), & dark leaf dracaena spike.

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Begonia Hanging Baskets

Hanging Baskets

Posted by on April 19th 2016 in Featured, News

It’s spring in Minnesota, which means we’re wearing a sweater one day, and flip flops the next.  At the garden center, we are full-speed ahead preparing for the nice sunny days of May. Our greenhouses are full to the tippy-top with tropical plants, blooming annuals, potted succulents, and hanging baskets full of beautiful flowers! Our hanging baskets are some of the best in town, grown by local guys, and cared for by…

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Pansies

Pansymonium

Posted by on April 14th 2016 in blog, News

If you’ve ever experienced Pansymonium, you know the view is beautiful! We encourage everyone to visit Sunnyside Gardens and get a first-hand look. Pansies come in almost every color available under the sun – from blues and purples to reds, yellows, and pinks. Our tables are filled with pansies, kale, lettuce, and a bouquet of cool accent plants and decorative sticks.  If you aren’t feeling so creative, you can always…

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Spring Arrangement

Spring Container With Hellebores

Posted by on March 30th 2016 in blog, Featured, News

This cool weather, cottage garden style piece of art is available now at Sunnyside.  Lenten Roses, or Hellebores bloom in early early spring showing off some of the most remarkable flower shapes and colors.  Martha Stewart turned me on to Hellebores some years back and now I share her fascination with how the plant looks and how different the flowers can be.  Come see for yourself.  We have arrangements with…

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A job that comes with a cool t-shirt!

Posted by on March 2nd 2016 in blog

Can you be a Sunnyside Gardens staffer? Each spring, before the ground thaws, we ask for the garden savvy to come out from hibernation and apply to work for us. We are interested in hiring those of you who deem yourself the hard working, fun loving type–who happen to also share a passion for flowers and foliage. Introduce yourself to us and show off your passion and talent. http://sunnyside-gardens.com/contact-location/employment-opportunities/

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Live outdoors!

Posted by on December 22nd 2015 in blog, News

Thanks to REI for starting the Live Outdoors campaign. Winter is the best time to apply the live outdoors philosophy. Fresh air, even cold brisk air, can help change your mood and awaken your body and mind! As northern dwelling folk, in the winter we shuffle from inside spaces to inside spaces and barely stop to feel the elements. Dress warm, step outside, take a deep breath and count to…

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The most popular garland, BCP.

Posted by on December 9th 2015 in blog, News

BCP-Balsam/Cedar/Pine This is the most popular garland that we sell at Sunnyside Gardens. The Balsam element is fluffy, fragrant and true green. The accent pieces of Cedar and Pine add texture and color dimension to the roping. All of our garland is sold in 25 foot rolls and can easily frame a standard doorway, single or double doors. The featured garland in the picture has added pieces of magnolia and…

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Glazed Pottery-Question of the Week

Posted by on November 12th 2015 in blog, News

Can you leave ceramic pots, glazed or unglazed, out in the MN winter? Sunnyside Gardens recommends you not leave them out.  If you have to keep them out because of size or because you decorate with them, for the former, I suggest you try to remove soil and/or let them get as dry as you can.  I’ve seen some people cover them in plastic too.  If you do get splits…

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Rabbit Damage

Invest in some rabbit-proofing

Posted by on November 1st 2015 in blog, Featured

Hey Minnesota gardeners!  Anyone have this trouble after last winter?  Seems as the snow gets higher, the rabbits snack further up on trees and shrubs in our yards.  Start training your neighborhood rabbits to stay away by applying repellents to bottoms and surrounding low branches of your arborvitae.     We recommend Liquid Fence, Shake Away and Bonide brand repellants.  All are all natural, containing extracts of stinky plants, peppery…

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Water your evergreens

Posted by on October 21st 2015 in blog

We are in the middle of a dry Fall, so I must advise everyone that you water your evergreens well this week! El niño-unseasonably warm fall weather and a warmer than usual winter on the horizon. Turn on the sprinkler and start watering those evergreens.  Arborvitae, spruce, yews, and boxwood keep photosynthesizing even on the coldest days of winter and they need water now to keep them happy.  Water your…

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Houseplants

Bringing in your outdoor plants.

Posted by on October 11th 2015 in blog, News

Time to designate your favorite sunny window for plants a plenty.  Don’t be fooled by the sun and 80 degrees this weekend, the season that comes after fall starts with a ‘W’ and isn’t kind to anything leafy and tropical.  For the best, most successful transfer of plants to the indoors consider planting your plants into new pots and adding some fresh soil.  Most potting soils available  have a light…

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2015 Pumpkin Derby

Posted by on September 29th 2015 in News

What started out as an after hours employee soiree has become an, everyone’s invited, neighborhood pumpkin celebration.  Combine your love for Fall and pumpkins with the need for speed!  Join us October 10th and bring your entry for the Pumpkin Derby.  Get creative and get fast. The rules are as follows: Your derby entry must: 1. include at least one real pumpkin (multiple pumpkins on one derby car is OK)…

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Family Gardening

Posted by on September 28th 2015 in blog, News

You may enjoy some solitary, peaceful down time in the yard, but those moments when you can get everyone involved feels really great too.  The whole family working on a project together can be a fun endeavor and a bit of a learning experience for the little guys and gals.  Before you get started it’s good to have a plan of attack and to define areas that are more conducive…

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Mini Gourds

Nature

Posted by on September 19th 2015 in blog, News

ˈnāCHər noun noun: nature; plural noun: natures the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations.   Anyone else get giddy over all the strange colors and shapes of gourds?  I can’t choose a favorite and I bet you can’t either.  It’s an exciting time here at the garden center as we…

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September Gardening

Posted by on September 2nd 2015 in blog, News

Quick garden report from last night: Yellow. Grey.  Brown.  Tried that.  Not so great any more.  Do I have any more Miracle Gro food? Can I eat that?  Is something eating that?-  September 1 So, plants around my yard are tired looking–Not all, but some.  I’m pretty excited for all the fall color, but not so excited for some of the Spring bloomers barely hanging on to life. Now that…

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Echinacea 'Maui Sunshine'

Maui Sunshine!

Posted by on August 16th 2015 in News

The best plants have the best names.  Echinacea ‘Maui Sunshine’ The name conjures up the cool, mellow, breezy warm of Maui. What’s in a name?  Well, this showy yellow Echinacea is the most fragrant we have ever seen, or rather, smelled here at Sunnyside and seems to be the one the bees are most attracted to.  It’s cool and classic with a vibrant spirit. Plant Category: Echinacea Plant Type: PRAIRIE…

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What’s Blooming in August

Posted by on August 9th 2015 in News

Has anyone seen the Russian Sage in color out in the landscape?  Russian Sage is the 3 foot tall, silver, shrubby plant with purple flower tips.  This silver foliage is unique to these sages (and some artemesias) and has a tendency to stand out in a border planting.  It’s not a shrub, but can hold the place of a 3ft x 3ft space in your garden.  This is especially important…

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Vegetable and Seed Display

Tomato Kids

Posted by on July 22nd 2015 in blog, News

What’s wrong with your tomato? I’ve seen some sad looking tomatoes photos come through the store lately and I think it’s time we had a talk. To me, talking about the proper way to grow plants is a bit reminiscent of a lecture hall course of days past.  I love making comparisons and using analogies, so how ‘bout we get weird? Let’s pretend a planted tomato is in fact a…

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