What’s in Bloom Today?

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The native Missouri wildflower commonly called Black-eyed Susan is in full bloom right now.     Known for their bursts of bright, yellow to yellow-orange blooms, black-eyed Susans, or Rudbeckia hirta, are  favorites of butterflies but avoided by deer and rabbits because of their hairy foliage. They are biennials or short-lived perennials and will easily …

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Green Spaces for Cities — Part 2: Living Walls and Green Roofs

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One of my favorite sessions from the recent Perennial Plant Conference I attended in Chicago was on Living Walls. It had been a reluctant choice at first — a lesser of two evils type of choice. Surprisingly though, after the first few minutes, I was hooked. The presenter didn’t try to teach me how, instead …

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What’s In Bloom Today?

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Russian Sage, or Perovskia atriplicifolia, is giving a spectacular show right now.     A full sun perennial, Russian sage (named in honor of the Russian general V.A. Perovski), features light lavender blooms on 2 to 4 foot stems from mid July to mid October. Easy to grow, Russian sage thrives in average, well-drained soil. It …

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Green Spaces for Cities — Part 1

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  Perspectives change over time, don’t they?   We were on I -90 headed to Chicago’s Union Station when I glanced out the window and noticed the downtown skyline. Ten years ago I would have commented on how exciting it was to see all of the sleek buildings dominating the landscape. This time the view made …

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What’s In Bloom Today?

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Allium “Millenium” is currently a show stopper in the August garden.       Just when other blooms in the garden are beginning to look summer worn, this allium variety begins to shine. Unlike its spring blooming cousins, this hybrid ornamental allium stands only 12 to 18 inches tall and blooms beginning in July and …

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This week I have the privilege of attending the National Symposium for the Perennial Plant Association in Chicago, Illinois where I’m learning so many new and exciting ideas that I can’t to share with you in the coming weeks. Have a great week!  See you next time.    

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Design Your Perfect Pathway

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My granddaughter and I were playing in the backyard the other day. One minute she was chasing me and laughing and the next she was frozen in one spot with huge tears streaming down her cheeks. I figured her brother had something to do with it (not unusual),  but it turned out that I was …

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What’s In Bloom Today?

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Liatris spicata, commonly known as blazing star, is at the height of its bloom right now in Kansas City.     A native wet prairie perennial, blazing star is easily grown in average to medium soil that is well-drained. An excellent choice for rain gardens, blazing star tolerates moist soil during the summer, but will succumb …

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Fall Migration Is Around the Corner — and Monarchs Need Our Help

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Yesterday my Monarch Waystation certification and sign came in the mail; I now officially manage the 25,045th registered stopping point for Monarchs. When we get it mounted, it will be the fourth waystation sign in our larger neighborhood and the first one on our street. I’m hoping that some of my neighbors, especially the synthetic …

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What’s in Bloom Today?

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Lagerstroemia indica, better known as Crape Myrtle, is bursting into bloom here in Kansas City.       Grown as a  4 – 6 foot upright, multi-stemmed deciduous shrub here in the Midwest, Crape Myrtles sport gorgeous rose, red, purple or white colored blooms typically beginning in July and continuing through September. In milder years however, …

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