During the recent Garden Bloggers Fling, I had an opportunity to watch Sarah Nixon of My Luscious Backyard demonstrate how to make a bouquet using the flowers and foliage from typical gardens. Sarah runs a service in Toronto where she provides bouquets to homes and businesses every week during the growing season — sort of…

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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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Like a beautiful photograph or painting, gardens have backgrounds and foregrounds, points of emphasis and the scene in which the accents reside. In our recent St. Cloud/Sartell Garden Tour, there were many gardens that used backgrounds effectively. Take a look at this photo from an urban lot in Sauk Rapids. The deep-purple colored ninebark screens…

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