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 August 7th 2016 in
Just arrived at sunnyside is a tasty blueberry that isn’t anything BLUE but is everything you want in a berry. Sweet. Hardy. Self-Pollinating. Pink and plump. Great fall color. The Pink Popcorn Blueberry will make your mouth come alive with each little chomp. Creamy white/pink berries mature after a flush of spring white blossoms cover the plant. Unlike other blueberries, this one doesn’t need to cross pollinate and will thrive…
Posted by Sarah on August 3rd 2016 in
Sneak a peek at some of the great gardens in your neighborhood, keep in mind it might be your garden, and take note of the August bloomers. Things we are seeing around town are hazy purple Smokebush, gazillions of Hydrangeas of all shapes and sizes, Rudbeckia blossoms big and small, white sprays of Baby’s Breath and orange pillows of Butterfly Weed. The ornamental grasses are growing tall, wide and thinking…
Posted by Sarah on July 20th 2016 in
Theyyyy’re Baaaack! Japanese beetles took a break the last few years from most gardens after suffering great decline in numbers from the COLD 2013-2014 winter. These shimmery, shiny garden pests love to hang onto your vines, roses, apple trees and other garden tasty treats. With a shake of a branch or a spray of a hose, Japanese beetles will drop to the ground, play dead and then go right back…
Posted by Sarah on July 11th 2016 in
It’s time to check in on your container plants and newly planted perennials and shrubs. I feel bad when I see people/plant relationships go bad. Here’s a solution for you to try on your own. It seems that not just your children need attention, but your plants do too. Fertilizer and water are on the menu for the day and NO ONE’s complaining. So often you pick out a…
Posted by Sarah on June 23rd 2016 in
Recognize pollinators this week by planting something you know they’re going to enjoy. Butterflies and hummingbirds enjoy the color and fragrance of lantana plants. In the tropical summer climate of Minnesota these delightful flowers are used in containers and hanging baskets for reliable color. Lantana draw the attention of people, hummingbirds and butterflies alike. Lantana are available in a variety of colors, grow well in full sun and enjoy regular,…
Posted by Sarah on June 12th 2016 in
We have always enjoyed planting flowers that attract beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds, and now with the concern turned toward our treasured pollinators, the bees, we are planting things that bees really enjoy too. Many of the perennial flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds are also great pollinators for bees. These garden friends that we are creating an environment for need both pollen and nectar. Nectar is the sweet fluid produced by flowers.…