The easiest plants to care for in the human world are often the ones we remember seeing all through our childhood in friends’ homes, in businesses and doctor’s offices. Easy care house plants have quietly been a part of our existence for so long partly because things haven’t changed a whole lot from the 1900s to now as far as ease of plant care. We’ve selected one plant to be the “go to” for first time houseplant owners who…
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Posted by Sarah on July 27th 2017 in
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…
Posted by Sarah on July 25th 2017 in
When I was in college a friend gave me a beautiful necklace with a preserved shiny green beetle as the pendant! How cool for a flower/biology nerd! Bugs and flowers go hand in hand, unless they’re not friendly with each other like a plague of locusts or that seemingly harmless Japanese Beetle. Now I know what’s up with that beautiful little beetle guy. It was indeed a Japanese Beetle, while…
Posted by Sarah on July 22nd 2017 in
Houseplant 101- A Cane Dracaena is a common, tall houseplant that is easy to grow and striking to behold. A Dracaena can tolerate sun to part sun and require watering every week or two. The “Cane” versions of dracaena have long trunks with lush foliage topping their ends. Fertilize when the sun is the strongest in the sky (May-July) and wipe off leaves every month or so as they will…
Posted by Sarah on July 20th 2017 in
Design simple, stunning bouquets with plants from your own garden. A landscape can be more than just curb appeal and trees for shade. Consider how you like to enjoy your beautiful home on the inside. You spend time arranging throw pillows, framed art, family photos, and cherished nik nacks. When it comes time to celebrate in the indoors, you purchase flowers from the farmers market or grocery store to make…
Posted by Sarah on July 19th 2017 in
Summer is in full swing! How is your garden looking? By now, there should be many mid-summer blooms starting to appear! Learn more about ten mid-summer blooming perennials that have the most success in a Minnesota garden. 1. Garden Phlox – This perennial plant will definitely bring some color to your garden! Some varieties of garden phlox begin to bloom in mid-summer. Tall garden phlox can grow to be 2-3 feet…
Posted by Sarah on July 12th 2017 in
From sunny locations to shady corners, this traditional shrub is a cottage garden essential. The large white pompom flowers cover the plant from late June into August. The blossoms begin apple green, turn to white and then to brown. If the flowers are removed and the season is warm enough, the shoots will send out a second flower. Feed well once a year with an acid fertilizer. Cut back to…