Plant Profile: Martagon Lilies

Martagon season has arrived. Every year about this time — mid June to the later part of the month, the Martagon lilies bloom in all their upside down splendor. At left is Claude Shride, one of the best known of the Martagons. I fell for Martagons a few years, after being introduced to them by…

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What's Blooming in Your Garden Now?

We’ve had some beautiful weekends for gardening so far this May, and with the middle of the month here, more and more of the spring blooms are showing. Bulbs, flowering shrubs and early-season annuals are great plants to bring spring blooms to your northern garden. For an over-the-top tulip display, check out the tulip gardens…

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North Star Lily Society

“People are drawn to lilies because they are tough, hardy, relatively disease- and pest-free, and they multiply,” says Barbara Ronningen, North Star Lily Society (NSLS) member and convention chair. “They really stick with you. I have a clump of lilies I bought in 1984 still. Plus, they are beautiful.” Founded for educational and scientific purposes,…

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It's Not Too Late to Plant Bulbs

The local forecast calls for a wet and cool weekend, but it’s not too late to plant bulbs in Minnesota. Planting bulbs now will give you a great blast of color in the spring, and planting them is not difficult at all, it’s a perfect activity for a fall afternoon. A few tips on planting…

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