Growing plants from seed can be a fun and exciting project to jump-start the gardening season for the whole family. Growing seeds is a lot less difficult and time consuming than most people believe. Here are some basics to get you started: Supplies- -Containers – the most efficient, space-saving containers are the cell-based trays you will find at the garden center, generally 1″ x 1″ cells that make up a tray. Believe it or not, this is all the space…
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Posted by Sarah on May 16th 2016 in
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…
Posted by Sarah on May 9th 2016 in
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…
Posted by Sarah on May 4th 2016 in
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.
Posted by Sarah on April 19th 2016 in
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…
Posted by Sarah on April 14th 2016 in
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…
Posted by Sarah on March 30th 2016 in
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…