Filed under Perennials and Grasses

Snow for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from Plant Exchange Blog! Awaking to snow, wild plum branches are so distinct. The world is new. Grasses each so distinct, contrast against white. Chickadee friends depend on seeds and sometimes disperse them. We’re all in this together. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day– November 15th

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog on the Northern Plains, USDA zone 4b-5a. High temperature on this sunny day is expected to be under 60 degrees F and below freezing tonight. We’ve had the first snowfall. Tree leaves are discolored, dry and are falling. Indoors, our houseplants supply welcome green. Potted Camellia japonicas are in full … Continue reading

Milkweed Lady Mystery

Ariana Terry of Yankton revealed the mystery of milkweed plants that just appeared among door prizes for attendees at several Master Gardener sponsored public plant talks. Butterfly weed with its attractive flowers grows well in this region. This is one of the milkweeds that grow here and help protect the showy monarch. Terry shares a … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day- October 15th

Fall can be short-lived on the Northern Plains, so we enjoy the good days like today. Lewis & Clark Recreation Area on the Missouri River is a fine place for a stroll. Prominent lime cliffs are a signature along the river at the park, so plants and stonework at the entrance to the park reflect … Continue reading

Flower Photo Keepsakes

It’s Fall at Plant Exchange Blog! Just the time of season to savor flowers in the yard, admire their beauty and perhaps photograph a few to see the rest of the year. Tim Schreiner of Vermillion likes flowers is a South Dakota Master Gardener Intern and a professional photographer by trade. We invite him to … Continue reading

Wind Down Summer Tips

What’s going on with this container garden? It could be titled “Where’s the chair?” We sat with friends on the deck and I noticed that the space between people and plants had grown much smaller since August. We have had a robust growing season for these annuals. Late July was when this plant was trimmed … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day September 15th

Welcome to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day! September in this USDA Zone 4-5a region on the Northern Plains has been wetter and cooler than average. Annuals respond well to those conditions, especially zinnias in our flowerbeds and in bouquets. Perennial Echinacea cone flowers have had a long bloom season. Black-eyed Susan vine continues to bloom on … Continue reading

Yard that Celebrates Summer

Paula and Dan Hicks have generated a yard that celebrates summer. Flowers turn heads from spring to fall. Many visited their yard on the Missouri Valley Master Gardener Yard and Garden Tour in June. Salmon blossoms and bright green foliage against their white-washed red brick house, red and purple petunias cascading from a décor cart, … Continue reading

Revitalize Raised Bed Soil

Revitalizing the soil in raised beds is our Plant Exchange Blog topic today. It’s mid-August and we’re glad that butterflies are becoming more abundant. Our flowerbeds had three issues we wanted to address this spring. Garlic chives had overrun most, and part of another bed and the hoe or chemical was not enough to remove … Continue reading

Sweet as Nectar

One way to be pollinator-friendly in our neighborhood is to select plants for our own yard that supply pollinators with nectar and pollen.  So many native pollinators are at work on a sunny early summer day in the Northern Plains. Bees of all sizes are busy yet stay mostly in the background. This is true … Continue reading