The perfect autumn centerpiece is here! These Pumpkin Succulent Gardens will add beauty to all of your fall celebrations, but the best part may be that the succulents can last much longer. With proper care, you can replant these little beauties and enjoy them for months, if not longer. First, you must mist the Pumpkin Succulent Garden daily with clean water. The succulent roots will begin growing into the moss, and eventually into the pumpkin itself as the shell softens.…
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Posted by Sarah on November 28th 2017 in
Christmas Tree 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…
Posted by Sarah on November 11th 2017 in
Protecting Tender Plants 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…
Posted by Sarah on November 9th 2017 in
Scented Greens 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,…
Posted by Sarah on October 31st 2017 in
Ceramic Pots 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…
Posted by Sarah on October 25th 2017 in
Tree Tops 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…
Posted by Sarah on October 19th 2017 in
How to Overwinter Roses 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…