We like to think every issue of Northern Gardener is inspiring (and they are!) but 2015 may be our best year yet, and we are kicking it off with a January/February issue that is packed with ideas, inspiration and information about gardening in the North.
That gorgeous orange tulip on the cover is from Susan Davis Price’s article about bringing variety to your early spring blooms. Susan suggests a wide range of bulbs and ephemerals to plant that will create a sequence of bloom from the moment the snow melts until the June burst of bloom that occurs every year. She suggests some old favorites, like Siberian squill, as well as some less-known plants such as creeping mahonia and celandine poppies. Susan’s photos and plant descriptions will get gardeners excited for spring.
But first, we have to get through winter, and my favorite way to do that is by making a visit or two to the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park. The conservatory will be celebrating its 100th birthday in late 2015, and we marked it with an article about visiting the conservatory in winter.
We’ve got several articles to get you started on spring planning. Gail Brown Hudson recommends some of the new foliage-centric begonias as replacements for impatiens, designer Martin Stern suggests ways to go mulchless in the garden and Samantha Johnson gives a rundown of 10 spring vegetables that can go in the garden early. If you are a houseplant person, you’ll definitely want to check out Nancy Leasman’s profile of Daiv Freeman, the cacti guy of Long Prairie, Mn.