Daylilies: A Must Have For Your Garden

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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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Designing For Bees

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  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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Patience is the Key

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  By Sandra Nelson   One of my favorite things to do this summer is to quietly sit on my deck, watching dozens of bees and butterflies flitting through the yard enjoying the nectar buffet I’ve planted. This is the first year that I’ve had a steady stream of visitors and it feels like the …

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Celebrating Pollinators

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  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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Low Maintenance Landscaping

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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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Phenomenal Lavender: A Must Have For Your Garden

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  By Sandra Nelson     Lavender       Traditional varieties of lavender are wonderful garden plants, but the variety named “Phenomenal”  truly is phenomenal!     Lavender has been a vital part of the world’s herb gardens for over 2,000 years. Ancient Egyptians used it as they mummified their dead. Romans used lavender …

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Butterfly Milkweed: A Must Have For Your Garden

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By Sandra Nelson   Over the past few years, butterfly milkweed has become the plant poster child in the quest to save Monarch butterflies from possible extinction. The public knows its name and understands its importance to our ecological balance. What many people don’t know however, is that it is an outstanding garden plant  —  a …

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