The Ficus lyrata, commonly called the fiddle-leaf fig, is a perfect indoor specimen plant. The plant features very large, heavily veined, and violin-shaped leaves that grow upright on a tall plant. These plants are native to the tropics, where they thrive in very warm and wet conditions. This makes them somewhat more challenging for the home grower, who is likely to have trouble duplicating these steamy conditions, but they are fortunately relatively tough plants also that can withstand less-than-perfect conditions…
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Posted by Sarah on May 16th 2017 in
There is MUCH on the garden to do list for May. May is for Mulch as well as planting flowers. May is a busy time in the garden center because it’s a busy time in your yard for everything that’s growing. You are planting, creating, and relaxing in your garden space. The season for bulbs is ending and perennials are rapidly taking their place. Weeds are also taking hold and…
Posted by Sarah on May 9th 2017 in
Always a favorite, this combo is sure to impress and it’s easy to care for. The main ingredients are a colorful croton, a red leaf big begonia, trailing lysmachia, tall straight blue juncus, and a yellow edged coleus (we used trusty rusty). If you’re looking for a major statement piece and your pot is larger than 12″, consider using the lemon lace elderberry as the background plant. Plant in fresh…
Posted by Sarah on April 8th 2017 in
Turf 101 To get started right away on a great looking lawn, lightly rake to loosen up dead grass and thatch from the previous year. Add soil and peat moss to low spots that need filling or add soil to dog spots to help amend the pH before seeding. The next step you take will determine what fertilizer you use. Please fertilize your lawn! If you put down grass…
Posted by Sunny D on March 14th 2017 in
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…
Posted by Sarah on March 7th 2017 in
This crazy spring weather has us in t-shirts one day and sub zero gear the next. It’s more mild out than usual and that means things like trees and shrubs have swollen buds, pussy willow are blooming and the dormant grass is totally visible. While we are incredibly excited to get things rolling, we must remain calm! After all, we are Minnesotans and we know spring weather can be fickle.…
Posted by Sarah on December 1st 2016 in
Know how to care for your Christmas Tree. Once you’ve made the journey to the tree lot, walked up and down the rows sizing up the season’s best, twirled and danced the perfect tree around, consider the next couple steps the most important. Remember to give your Sunnyside tree sales person the OK to cut 2″-3″ off the bottom. This fresh cut will allow the exposure of fresh, unstuck capillaries that…