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How to Overwinter Non-Hardy Roses

Posted by on October 19th 2017 in blog

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 Office: https://goo.gl/sgwSb7. If you…

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How to “Carve” Specialty Pumpkins and Gourds

Posted by on October 17th 2017 in blog

With their thick, tough outer shells, specialty pumpkins and gourds can be so much tougher to carve than a traditional jack o’lantern pumpkin. But they would look so cool glowing from within! Power tools to the rescue! Materials: 1. Pumpkins and gourds 2. Power drill 3. Different sizes of drill bits 4. Pumpkin carving knife and scoop 5. Votive candle or battery operated votive Method: 1. Choose your pumpkins and…

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How to Prepare Trees for Winter

Posted by on October 12th 2017 in blog

Winters in Minnesota are not only hard on humans, they are tough on plants, too. Even fully hardy plants can be affected by a variety of stressors during the winter. However, there are steps we can take to keep our plants happy and healthy. One of the main causes of winter damage to trees and shrubs is called sun scald. This happens when the sun warms up the bark or…

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DIY Succulent Pumpkin Garden

Posted by on October 11th 2017 in blog

Create a beautiful fall centerpiece with a pumpkin, squash, or gourd of your choice and some succulent clippings! Materials: Pumpkin, squash, or gourd Hot glue gun and glue Moss Succulent clippings or plugs Method: Remove or clip the stem, if you’d like. Attach the moss to the top of the pumpkin using a bit of hot glue.  Select succulents with varying colors, shapes, and heights. Cut bits of succulents and hot…

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The Pumpkin Derby!

Posted by on October 11th 2017 in blog, News

Come one, come all! The 9th Annual Sunnyside Gardens Pumpkin Derby is this coming Saturday, October 14th. Join us in celebrating the fun of fall with food, candy, crafts for the kids, and, of course, the big event, which starts at 11:00 am. There will be three one-of-a-kind trophies awarded: Most Creative Derby Pumpkin, Furthest Distance Derby Run, and Shortest Distance Derby Run. Anyone can watch the Derby, but here’s…

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Fantastic Pumpkin Varieties

Posted by on October 10th 2017 in blog

There are countless varieties of pumpkins and winter squash in this big, beautiful world. Here are just a few of the varieties we have this season at Sunnyside Gardens. Most can be used for much more than just decorating. American Tondo – This is a very beautiful pumpkin variety with green and yellow stripes. The flesh is similar in flavor to a butternut squash. Lumina – With a thin skin…

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Be a BEE habitat helper this winter

Posted by on September 28th 2017 in blog

Let’s talk about how we can help native MN bee habitats. As a quick review, native bee populations are in need of our help. Food sources for local bees are being contaminated by pesticides, their native habitat has been reduced due to agriculture and housing development, and air pollution, in general, is affecting their overall health. That’s just the tippy top of the iceberg for our native bee populations’ troubles.…

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What’s in that bag of soil?

Posted by on August 22nd 2017 in blog

Soils: Demystified Here at Sunnyside, we offer a variety of soils and soil amendments. The array of options to choose from can be daunting, but fear not! This quick guide is here to help. First, you need to know where you’re planting. Whether you’re planting in a container or in the ground makes a difference in the soil you choose. Planting in a Container If you’re planting in a container,…

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So many rabbits!

Posted by on August 15th 2017 in blog

At any given moment there are more rabbits in my yard than anyone could successfully shake a stick at. For me, the concern is winter season snacking, that time when shrubs and tree bark become buffet items for a host of hoppity creatures. Many of you are struggling with rabbits now or have been all season. They devour most anything in sight, even eat plants considered by most to be…

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Fertilizing Your Lawn and Garden

Posted by on August 15th 2017 in blog

To have the best looking lawn and garden, it is important to give them what they need. Just like humans, plants and grass are living things and need food to help them grow. Along with sunlight and water, plants gather several elements from the air and soil. Fertilizer gives them the extra elements that they are not able to gather. If you don’t feed them the necessary elements (such as…

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Seed Collecting & Vegetable Gardening

Posted by on August 9th 2017 in blog

Harvesting Vegetable Seeds Start next year’s plants from this year’s crop! Tomatoes, peppers, beans, and peas are all good candidates for harvesting seed. Cucumbers, melons, squash, and pumpkins generally do not grow true to type, meaning the plant you grow from seed will not be the same as the mother plant. When selecting plants to harvest seed from, look for open-pollinated or heirloom varieties as opposed to hybrids. Seeds from…

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Turn yard and kitchen waste into compost!

Posted by on August 3rd 2017 in blog

Composting isn’t rocket science – it can be as easy or as involved as you’d like it to be. It can be as simple as a pile of yard waste at the end of your lot or it could be a nice tumbler that you keep outside your garage. The method you choose for composting depends on how much material you have to compost, how involved you’d like to be,…

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44th and France, our Neighborhood!

Posted by on August 1st 2017 in blog

It is with great pride that we get to plant the neighborhood pots at 44th and France.  This unique neighborhood on the edge of Minneapolis and Edina boasts some top notch shops and businesses that we are excited to be a part of.  Our strong little community is thriving! Here’s a little peek at the flower candy we get to display in our hood!  In these large cement pots that…

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How to Propagate Succulents

Posted by on July 27th 2017 in blog

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…

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Japanese Beetles are here….now what?

Posted by on July 25th 2017 in blog

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…

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Dracaena Canes

Posted by on July 22nd 2017 in blog, News

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…

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Cut Flower Gardening – Planting and Decorating

Posted by on July 20th 2017 in blog

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…

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Mid-Summer Blooming Perennials for Your Minnesota Garden

Posted by on July 19th 2017 in blog

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…

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Annabelle Hydrangeas

Posted by on July 12th 2017 in blog

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…

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9 Houseplants That Clean the Air

Posted by on July 10th 2017 in blog

Decorate your home and benefit from clean air with houseplants! The NASA Clean Air Study found that many common indoor plants provide a natural way to remove toxins from the air, including benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene & more (chemicals often found in cleaners). Learn about nine plants that will make your home more attractive and give you cleaner air. Peace Lily – This beautiful houseplant is not only easy to care for – it…

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