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Gardener Benefits of Staying Home

Staying home allows us the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of yardwork. It’s a pleasant morning to enjoy nature here at Plant Exchange blog and a second cup of coffee on the deck. The feel and result of the prairie breeze is a feature that second nature in this region. Grasses move in harmony with … Continue reading

Wildflower Garden Thoughts

Lots to consider when growing wildflower seeds so that the plants are suitable for your setting. After thinking about seed mixtures of the region or USDA Zone, what are some other options? Monarch City U.S.A. sign marks a Yankton butterfly plot on a walking trail east of the community gardens and dog park in the … Continue reading

June Garden Party

For a late June garden party, we’d be sure to invite some of these easy-to-grow annuals and perennials of this region. Planters overflowing with Supertunias draw our party guests with color to the front entrance. Annabelle hydrangeas radiate excitement after rain overnight. The Catalpa tree in bloom is abuzz with pollinators. Fragrant lanky milkweed stand … Continue reading

Window Box Container Gardening

Romans gardened with window boxes when urban habitation afforded them little growing space. Some Europeans decorate windows with containers of flowers beneath. Gardeners in the United States later adopted the window box as an outdoor decor option. As in other methods for container gardening, consider choosing the window box transplant with function in mind. At … Continue reading

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day June 15th

Welcome to spring fast approaching summer at our USDA Zone 4-5a Northern Plains location. Perennials are now about on season schedule after an unsettled, somewhat cool spring. We depend on the skills of our local nursery for early annuals such as petunias to add color while perennials wake up. Breeze and often wind is a … Continue reading

Peonies of Spring

Peony flowers are eye-catching in bloom in the yard and as cut flowers. The perennial is long-lived in this region if given adequate growing conditions and requires minimal care. Some pay respects to relatives that have passed with a visit to the cemetery about this time of year. Growing on a gentle slope by a … Continue reading

Columbines and Spring

Columbine flower is an example of spring beauty in its delicate flower detail. Yet the hardy columbine genus Aquila is Latin for “eagle” and was so named for the spurs behind the petals that may bear a resemblance to eagle’s claws. Seventy species of columbine give lots of choices for color and form. Columbine blooms … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day May 15th

Spring is here! Leaves and flowers emerge at Plant Exchange Blog. We’re USDA Zone 4-5a in this region, probably the last frost is past, and temperatures are warming. Trees and perennials seem to think so. The Japanese maple tree now has leaves, and miniature blooms are gone. Japanese maple is edge-of-zone for this region, and … Continue reading

Lilacs in Spring

Have you ever experienced a bouquet of fragrance lilacs held tightly in the arms of a child to present as a gift, maybe on Mother’s Day? Lilacs are a commonly grown, low maintenance shrub or small tree of the Northern Plains. Long abandoned farmsteads still have lilacs that bloom in early spring. Some associate the … Continue reading

Little Spring Moments

Naturalized plums, some planted by birds or left at the edges of farmer’s fields, are just beginning to bloom, with native grasses beyond. Hellebores have had two snowfalls and several nights of frost since blooming. Today they get a visit from bumblebees, a first sighting this spring. The greenhouse is filling with flower and vegetable … Continue reading