Filed under Perennials and Grasses

Consider Perennials to Plant

With the latest layers of snow mostly melted, we begin to think about what perennials we’d like to include in our gardens this season. Adding color is a lift. Echinacea cultivars add color variety and intensity. Columbine flowers add delicacy to a flowerbed. Asters bloom later in summer. Rudbeckias are a natural part of summer … Continue reading

Monarch Milkweed a Crop?

After a recent Plant Exchange Monarch butterfly feature, tidbits from Kate-Lyn Bunney’s blog related to her nonprofit MonarchJointVenture.org came to light.  She featured an article about some of the Monarch’s favorite food and habitat, milkweed.   Milkweed grows foliage and blooms in this region near the end of June when some migrating Monarchs might be headed north, … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day–February 15th

Most animals are smarter than we give them credit, including wild turkeys near our country home. The temperature was -26 degrees F.  this morning. These turkeys break their daily pattern on worn trails through fields on cold, snowy days.  They walk on less vehicle-traveled roads instead of slogging through snow. You came to Plant Exchange on the … Continue reading

Beloved Monarchs

Many recognize Monarch butterflies on garden flowers in spring as they arrive, or in late summer, on their way south to Mexico or beyond. Our region is on the western edge of eastern monarch migration, while a western migration is along America’s west coast.  Interest in Monarchs and their wellbeing can be a marker of the … Continue reading

Chill Outside

In winter on the Northern Plains, everything pauses in layers of snow.  Nature highlights what is hidden.  Favorite plants around us receive ornaments. In our suspended animation, tree buds swell in the promise of coming spring.  We are so fortunate to see it.

Regional Plant-Related Event

Virtual Siouxland Garden Show Friday, February 19th at 10:00am (central) and 3:00pm (central) Through Friday, March 26th at 10:00am (central) and 3:00pm (central) Go to www.siouxlandgardenshow.org or  or call 712.276.2157 for more information and a weekly listing of topics and speakers. Sessions on Facebook and YouTube Sponsors : Iowa State University Extension, Woodbury County and University of Nebraska Extension

Dibbles and Bits

It’s a reflective time of year. Even bunnies are pausing a moment as they find today’s path. Plant lovers thinking about next gardening season have all the seed catalogs a table can hold and plenty online besides. At Plant Exchange, garden magazines are a hit for reading and reflection now. Articles in the January/February 2021 … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day- January 15th

Welcome to Plant Exchange blog and the snowy north. Gusting winds of 36 miles per hour and light snow make commutes more difficult today due to snow drifting and white-outs, and icy roads. But most days, the winter has been mild, allowing for invigorating walks. Wildlife such as deer and turkeys are on the go … Continue reading

A Little Myth Dispelled about Ants

Because people sometimes find common ants on a bouquet of peonies, a mythical explanation is that peonies need ants to bloom. Not true. Ants and peonies do help each other. Ants eat the sweet nectar on peony blooms, and the pugnacious ants discourage some other floral-feeding insects, to the ant and peony mutual benefit.  Ants don’t … Continue reading

How Does a Winter-Flowering Plant Make Seed?

Camellias are introduced plants from Japan and nearby Asian countries that have adapted well in the Southeast United States for more than a hundred years. In the south, camellias bloom in the fall or winter or early spring, sometimes before bulb plants. In nature, not many plants bloom at this time. Camellias are shrubs with … Continue reading