Garden Bloggers Bloom Day November 15th

Welcome to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. At Plant Exchange Blog on the Northern Plains, we’ve had a little snow, ice, and a morning or two of frozen water on window panes so far in November. Indoors, camellia, a standard pink Camellia japonica, is in bloom. Shiny dark green leaves and a compact shrub are other … Continue reading

Season Favorites

About four inches of snow fell overnight; a reminder that Fall wanes as the holidays approach. Just thinking about a few moments of the past season. The half on/half off leaves of our Japanese maple was a marker for yesterday. A year ago, an early Fall cold event caused the leaves to turn from green … Continue reading

What do You do with Your Dream Place?

“I told Jen one time, if the house ever came for sale and if we were able to do it financially, that this house would be a dream,” Andy Holst said. Andy and his wife Jen Holst of Embroidery & Screen Works, Inc.  in Yankton, South Dakota, got the chance. Their home is on the … Continue reading

Fall Color in the Yard

It’s the mid-fall pumpkin time of year. Here at Plant Exchange Blog, it’s an excuse to look for color in the yard and enjoy the cinnamon-pepper air. Our no-special-variety Japanese maple gets to dress in red this year. Sometimes the chill of fall comes too early before the leaves turn. Sunshine and leaves go together. … Continue reading

Flowers Attract People

Even in a city without a hurried pace, it’s a challenge to get people to slow down to see a storefront’s display the business offers. Rita Houska doesn’t sell flowers in her store, but the flowers at the front and employee entrances of her business allow her and anyone to see something beautiful as they … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day October 15th

Welcome to South Dakota! Plant Exchange Blog is in USDA Zone 4-5a. We have begun Fall with cool down nights below frost and days warming up to the 60’s here on the Northern Plains. Recent rain adds color to muted hues of Autumn prairie grasses. We had an early snow yesterday. Norway maples are still … Continue reading

More Garden Diaries

These are some “Garden Diaries” or plant ideas being tried and shared by these gardeners of the region: Kathy Jorgensen, Janette Marker, Marlys Hauck-Fenner, Gary Idt, Gary and Cynthia Jensen, and Marilyn Kratz. Topics include tips for raising sweet potatoes in our region, wonders of easy-to-grow ornamental catmint, propagating and growing prized grapes, living ground … Continue reading

Rocks, Plants and a Dream Yard in Progress

In this week’s Plant Exchange, homeowner Tom Christensen shares how he includes his passion for timeless beauty and variety of rocks he has collected into his plant landscape. Tom and Loretta Christensen live in Yankton’s Historic District in an 1870’s home. Tom continues to renovate their yard, in keeping with the character and craftsmanship of … Continue reading

Look in the Greenhouse at Change of Season

Here at Plant Exchange it’s the end of September and this year the first frost could be within a couple of weeks. Outdoors in this USDA Zone 4-5a region, monarchs and other pollinators are busy gathering nectar in native Agastache, butterfly bush, some zennias, and asters in bloom around the yard. Soon we need to … Continue reading