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Cheryl: I know what you mean by it being sweeter than city grass. Hoping to smell any kind of newly cut grass soon, winter in Minnesota has lasted way too long.
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2014 on Mmmm...What Smells So Good? at The Garden Buzz
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Oh, math. I'm all about words, I don't do numbers. I don't buy into the stereotype, it's not about my gender, it's just not my genre! Beyond basic measuring and simple operations, I refer and defer to my husband the engineer. Or when he's home from college, the mathematical prowess of my son, the almost-engineer and general spread sheet wizard. I can hardly wait for spring, so when I had to figure out the few inches of topsoil/compost mix needed to refresh my raised beds, I turned to Tom. Like a trooper he went out in the snow ( I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at The Garden Buzz
It was fun to play in the dirt! Spring is on the way, I think.
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I know Michaela, I'm known in my family as the critter-spotter and I was unaware of them too. They are kind of cute.
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You've heard that saying "Bloom where you are planted"? Well I turned it around to "Plant where you are bloomin' stuck". I've been stuck in limbo at my daughter's house in Birmingham waiting for the roads to melt...all the way to Minneapolis. So why not plant an herb garden in the mean time? It's not a bad thing to be stuck in Birmingham, Hannah and I can go larking about, but in the end, I'm close to overstaying my welcome, she's a gal about town with things to do and places to be, without her mother tagging along. So to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at The Garden Buzz
Sue: I hope they can save it. I think local botanical gardens are so helpful for beginning and advanced gardeners, being able to see other designs and plant selections before trying them out. Plus they build community.
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Thanks for the plant ID! It's a gorgeous plant, but I bet it steals the show in every container.
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For every BIG botanical garden, be it the Huntington, Longwood, Chanticleer or Biltmore and more, there are hundreds of local, lesser known gardens. They may be smaller, but their efforts just as worthy. These gardens still need weeding and watering by hard-working volunteers. While visiting my in-laws in Spring Hill, Florida, they took me to see the Nature Coast Botanical Garden. We were walking off the delicious fish tacos from BeckyJacks Food Shack down the road in Weeki Wachee, home of the live mermaid shows. Tucked away in a residential area off the main road, it is a charming collection... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at The Garden Buzz
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Diane: Of course you know it's a blueberry in bloom, but how many others would?!
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I'll never forget when a neighbor kid saw me pull a potato out of my garden. He was amazed but said "my mom says we can just go to the grocery store."
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My husband occasionally plants trees as part of his job. All over the world. Is he an international arborist? No, he's an engineer by trade, a corporate VP who is often present at new facility openings, when trees are planted to help dedicate the building. Back in November when I was learning about the future trends and issues of horticulture at a symposium in frigid Minnesota, he was planting a tree in India. One of the topics at the symposium was "plant blindness". The speaker joked that one type of plant blindness happened when her husband let one of her... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at The Garden Buzz
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I've grown accustomed to camellias in winter. Knowing I can count on these beautiful blossoms waiting on me when I arrive in Savannah motivates me through the first part of winter. But cold happens. Unusual cold. There are a few shrubs in bloom here and there as I navigate the lanes and squares, but very few with flowers untouched by the freezing temperatures that passed through here during the Polar Vortex. Some seemed singed by the frosty temps, others are simply brown, with the buds "frozen" in time, unlikely to bloom. 2013 Camellias in fine form 2014 finds them bitten... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at The Garden Buzz
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Gardening on Mars? Apparently Minnesota shared record low temps the same as average highs for the red planet this week. All those zone 5 trees pushing the limits in my new garden? Well, it will certainly be an interesting spring waiting and watching to see if any survive this Arctic weather. There's always a lot of talk every year about planting for winter interest. That's the concept of making sure your garden has strong shapes, bold silhouettes and intriguing textures so that a variety of winter preciptation can dust, dollop and delineate those same features. A newly planted hedge down... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at The Garden Buzz
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Here I am again on Home Depot's Stretch Gardening Blog! Lynn Coulter, the head honcho of Home Depot garden blogging happened to see this charming photo of my old greenhouse decked out with lights in the snow and thought it was a great topic for this week's Garden Club posting. She asked me to share my experience, with what I called a lovely, although short-lived, luxury...a greenhouse. And as the snowflakes fall here in Minnesota, forget the sugar plums, I am remembering those visions of lemon blossoms and scented geraniums. Here's the link. Here's another tip to stretch the season:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at The Garden Buzz
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As the days get chilly I'm not quite ready to give up the garden. I'm always looking for ways to stretch the growing season and enjoy the tasty fruits of my labor just a little bit longer. Home Depot was thinking the same thing, so they've invited some of their favorite garden bloggers to share how they do it. Hey, The Garden Buzz is one of them! I decided to share my deceptively simple veggie soup formula. I love to use my autumn harvest for delicious creamy soups made with all sort of fall veggies and fruits. They warm your... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at The Garden Buzz
Diane: You too, what are you cooking up for the holidays?
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Emily Rose, thanks, that's a good idea.
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Flakes are flying outside. Of all the things growing in my garden, fresh herbs are the hardest to bid goodbye to for the winter. The thought of shelling out for those pricey plastic packets of herbs at the store motivates me to freeze a large portion of my herb harvest to enjoy through the cold months ahead. Earlier this summer I made numerous batches of pesto from my basil. I form and freeze flat pouches of it and then break off frozen bits as I need, adding the olive oil at that point depending upon the use. Now it's the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at The Garden Buzz
Hey Diane: It's really not a problem since I'm glad to share the chard. Chard pesto sounds intriguing. Thanks as always for great ideas.
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2013 on The Goldfinch and The Chard at The Garden Buzz
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Yesterday I captured the sun glowing through my Swiss chard, illuminating the leaves like fire, or perhaps stained glass. Last night's frost has put an end to that, now they droop and flag, all the wind knocked out of their veiny sails. Today I must cut them down and try, really try, to find a recipe that makes me want to eat rather than simply adore them. Like wedding cake and lattice-top pie it falls into the almost too-pretty-to-eat category for me. Yet a little birdie might feel differently. Swiss chard in my fall garden. The Garden Buzz Earlier this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2013 at The Garden Buzz
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Don't put off planting that garlic. Here's the link to a great post by fellow Master Gardener Theresa Rooney that tells you everything you ever needed to know about this great addition to your edible landscape. http://hennepinmastergardeners.org/2013/09/planting-garlic-in-minnesota/ Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at The Garden Buzz
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The other day I posted a photo of a "fall fridge", an old refrigerator now used for a fabulous display of fall flowers, gourds and goodies. What fun to see little potted plants where the eggs used to go. A perfect example of upcycling. If you love taking a discarded or out of date object and re-purposing it for something even better in your garden, this contest is for you. Check out Your Easy Garden's facebook page for details. Here's the link, https://www.facebook.com/YourEasyGarden Related articles Certify Your Garden as a Monarch Waystation Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2013 at The Garden Buzz