Garden Time

May is the month to begin again. Diane Dickes of Diane’s Greenhouse, summarizes pointers that will carry you through the season. One of her ideas is to plant a butterfly garden. Butterflies choose flowers with the nectar and pollen they want. Painted lady butterflies, so especially plentiful last season, chose milkweed as one of their … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day May 15th

Welcome to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day at Plant Exchange! Spring has arrived in South Dakota. We are USDA Zone 4 – 5a and the cool, wet spring yields beautiful flowers. We invite you to see a few of our May blooming plants. The northern magnolia bloomed late and quickly but we cherished the blooms. Daffodils … Continue reading

Garden Diaries

“Garden Diaries” is a new addition to Plant Exchange. Readers are invited to share short, timely plant-related ideas they are doing or planning and give helpful details in case someone might want to try it. Thanks to the following readers who share their garden diary entries about cannas and hummingbirds, moving perennial ornamental grasses, saving … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Coteau Prairie Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale will be held Sat. May 19, from 9:00 until 11:00 or sold out, at the Codington County Extension Complex in Watertown, SD, 1910 West Kemp Avenue.  Use west entrance off 21st St. W, Entrance H.  The Coteau Prairie Master Gardeners will be selling annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, houseplants … Continue reading

Bring On the Annuals!

We’re attracted to colorful blooms when we visit area greenhouses. We want annuals that fit our color and size interest and match our growing conditions. Horticulturist Lisa Kortan has been planting annuals as well as other plants for the City of Yankton for years. She selects the flowers that bloom all summer on the main … Continue reading

Gardening Can Be Unpredictable

Welcome to Plant Exchange where we try to garden but it doesn’t always work out!  It’s the middle of April, and the spring weather is unsettled. Below is an idea which the writer implemented in mid-March. She planted three pots and waited. Crunchy pod snow peas are a favorite, but getting the garden ready soon … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Tulip Festival Orange City, Iowa May 17, 18, and 19th “Where flowers bloom, so does hope!” Immerse in the Dutch heritage with tulips and other flowers in bloom, community dancers in authentic costumes, foods, shoe carving, quilt show, horse drawn trolleys, parade, carnival, arts and crafts, road race, cruise-in cars and antique tractors and more. … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Yankton Community Library Science Club K – 5th graders May 17th, 3:00 – 4:45p.m. Yankton Community Library 515 Walnut St. Contact: Amanda Raiche, Youth Services Librarian    605.668.5276 Youth gardeners will learn what it takes to make a garden flourish. Youth will get to plant their own 5-gallon garden. Class led by Yankton County 4-H … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day April 15th

Welcome to Plant Exchange participation in “Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.” Garden bloggers across the United States and in other countries post what’s in bloom each 15th day of the month. Plant Exchange is located in South Dakota on the Northern Plains and is USDA Zone 4-5a in our region. This is what it looks like … Continue reading