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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The Seed Catalogs Have Arrived!

On a day when the high temperatures here in Minnesota will likely not get about minus-15 and the wind is making the garden look like an Arctic landscape, seed catalogs are like a cup of hot chocolate or a warm fire — comforting, reliable and cheering. The seed catalogs have been arriving since just after…

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What’s Blooming in Mid-October?

We have yet to have frost in the Twin Cities, but the weather feels distinctly fall-ish this week. So what’s blooming in mid-October? We found annuals hanging on and still looking good, asters (of course), bright berries and one very tenacious tomato. What’s blooming in your garden?

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What's Blooming at the End of September?

It’s hard to believe we will be in October by the middle of next week. This past month has been remarkably pleasant for Minnesota gardeners. Lots of sun, rain at just the right times and some very beautiful blooms. What’s blooming at the end of September? The various sedums look especially attractive this time of…

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What's Blooming in September?

The Minnesota State Fair is over, the kids are back in school and the sun is setting way too early. Despite the signs, we’re not ready for fall, and fortunately, there are plenty of plants offering color in the garden. So, what’s blooming this first week of September? Three plants that we’ve seen a lot…

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What's Blooming? Purple Prairie Plants

August is the season when prairie plants, including the many pretty purple prairie plants, bloom. We’ve seen purple prairie clovers, Joe Pye weed, anise hyssop and lots of purple coneflowers in bloom this past week. Prairie plants are wonderful for attracting pollinators such as bees and butterflies. What prairie plants are blooming in your garden?

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What's Blooming? Prickly Pear

During several garden tours recently, I’ve spotted one of the few Minnesota-hardy cacti–Opuntia macrorhiza, which is commonly called plains prickly pear. It’s a native Minnesota wildflower that thrives in rock gardens and other dry sites. Optunia is a plant you can’t miss in a flower border or bed. It has a strong paddle shape (the…

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What's Blooming on July 4?

The better question might be: What isn’t blooming this Independence Day? After our slow, slow start to the gardening season, the plants are finally getting the sun they need. Here are just a few plants we’ve seen in bloom this week:    

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What's Blooming Now? Everything!

The better question might be: What’s not blooming? After our very slow and cold spring, we finally are getting some sun and heat and the plants have responded with enthusiasm. During a quick walk around the neighborhood, I spied peonies, roses, irises, hardy geraniums, wiegelas, baptisia and lupine. The tomatoes that were set out early…

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