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Posted by & filed under Design, Design elements, Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Swimming pools, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson   My daughter recently lamented that swimming pools are the new toilet paper this summer  —  not to be found anywhere. She moaned that she missed being outdoors, enjoying her surroundings and dangling her feet in the water while the kids splashed and played. Granted, she was talking about a kiddie pool …

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Posted by & filed under Daylilies, Designing with Daylilies, Drought tolerant plants, Dry gardens, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson       Daylilies         An almost perfect perennial for the Midwestern garden.   Don’t be fooled by their delicate appearance; daylilies are truly tough plants. They tolerate a variety of soil conditions from dry to wet and rich to rocky. They grow in full sun, partial sun and …

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Posted by & filed under Butterfly Gardens, Pollinator Gardens, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson   In the last few years I have come to understand how important it is to make my garden inviting for pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Pollination by bees help support the four crops that make up 90% of the world’s food production while butterflies also act as pollinators and are …

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Posted by & filed under Bees, Pollinator Gardens, Uncategorized

  By Sandra Nelson   The more I read about bees and their relatives, wasps and flies, the more fascinated I become with these tiny powerhouses and the more I understand why people are so passionate about providing for them and protecting them.As we mentioned in last week’s blog, honeybees may be the most well-known bee, …

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Posted by & filed under Butterfly Gardens, Pollinator Gardens, Uncategorized

  With all the Buzz about pollinators in the news lately (sorry, just couldn’t resist it), I thought that this might be a good time to think about adding a pollinator garden to the landscape.       For the past few years, flower and gardening magazines, websites and even home improvement television shows have …

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Posted by & filed under American holly, Uncategorized

  By Sandra Nelson       “National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them. Thirteen years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent …

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Posted by & filed under Design, Drought tolerant plants, Grounds Maintenance, landscape management, No-mow yards, Turfgrass Alternatives, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson   As much as I love gardening, I absolutely HATE the mindless, time-consuming and oftentimes expensive routine maintenance chores involved in taking care of a traditionally landscaped yard.  Rather than a place to relax and unwind, the idealized suburban landscape of perfectly manicured turf, neatly edged walkways and precisely pruned shrubs can easily …

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