18 May 2011

GARDEN TOUR AND PLANT SALE: May 26-27 and May 28

NEW! GARDEN TOUR AND PERENNIAL SALE Garden tour and perennials for sale from two classic landscape gardens featured in the St Paul Pioneer Press, Mpls Star/Trib and Upper Midwest Garden magazines. You will see the plants available for sale in their idealized settings. Perennials include sun and shade GROUND COVERS (Canadian and European ginger, Iris cristata, Lysimachia 'aurea', Sedum 'communis',sweet woodruff); WOODLAND PLANTS (Brunnera, Celandine poppy, Jack-in-the pulpit, Jacob's ladder, maiden hair fern, Mayapple, sensitive...

08 May 2011

The Significance of May 10 in our Minnesota Gardens

This has been a difficult Spring thus far.....wet, cold, windy, following a long, long, Winter....thawless until midMarch. So what  does May 10 have to do with the complaining? May 10 is the average date of the last frost of the cold season in the Twin City, Minnesota area....How is that for good news! Keep in mind that October 10 is the average date of the first frost of the coming cold season each year. Experts...

03 May 2011

A Report on Spring 2011

May first is the normal time for Leonard Messel or Dr. Merrill Magnolias to begin blooming in my landscape garden.   Normal meaning over the past thirty years.   Normal meaning this year....despite the relatively miserable Spring....more accurate ......the absent Spring  thus far. Dutch bulbs have done well.   At last my Siberian Squill have weeded enough to cover masses of space with the most beautiful blue matching any in the world.   For you beginning your landscape garden...