How To Shop For The Best Geraniums

Have you bought your geraniums yet? May is the month when most geraniums are bought and sold as we fill our pots, planters and containers. But there’s a secret to buying the best type. There are two main classes of geraniums, based on how they are propagated and grown. One group is grown from seed, the other…
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Plants Injured By Cool Spring Temps

When spring hits, most of us are ready to plant with reckless abandon. But in late April and early May weather is often cool, even if the nights are frost-free. Some plants resent these cool days. Although we’re excited to get pots, planters, and containers growing, certain plant types can be damaged or stunted when…
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Beautiful Hardy New Hydrangea

The good old days of gardening weren’t always so good. Especially considering the availability of new plants. One of the hottest shrubs that’s a recent newcomer to the plant world is Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea. It’s beautiful. Best of all it’s winter hardy and well-adapted to the Upper Midwest in our Hardiness Zones 3 and 4.…
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How To Tell If A Tree Or Shrub Is Dead Or Still Dormant

Trees and shrubs can be slow to leaf out in spring. Are they alive, dead, or just stubborn? There are several ways to tell, and a little detective work can determine whether the woody plant is dead and we should consider replacement, or if there’s life and we need patience. First, bend twigs gently. Dead…
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The Importance Of Fertilizing Tulips Each Spring

There’s a key step to keeping tulips and other spring bulbs healthy and blooming year after year. Tulips and other bulbs usually bloom spectacularly the first spring following planting. But if their flowers aren’t quite as bountiful the next year, it’s usually because they lacked the proper nutrition the previous year. I’ll refer to tulips, but all…
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