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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

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day– December 15th

We can find reassurance that our world will be OK in many ways. One way is to establish a quiet, comfortable place to read. Plant companions are of your choice.  These camellias provide the light fragrance, deep evergreen shiny foliage, and blooms that continue for a month or more.  Up close, the common hardy Camellia japonica shrub … 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

Decorate for the Holidays with your Plants

We can create our home version of “Holiday Beautiful” with the plants around us from the growing season.  Sometimes ornamental grasses have a second life. It continues to move in the wind as a dried plant in winter. Lights add a festive look at night. Eastern red cedar boughs, some with green berries, stay fresh … Continue reading

Holiday Wishes

At Plant Exchange blog, nature walks are a seasonal touchstone in these times. In late fall, we see tree bark instead of leaves, evergreens are more prominent, and areas look different as undergrowth disappears. We shuffle through the spice of fallen leaves and think about what is dear to us. A few weeks back, we … Continue reading

Another Look at Late Bloomers

By late September here on the Northern Plains, most plants have had the big flower or fall color reveal. If not, like many maples this year, red leaf color started and halted with hard frosts; crunchy brown leaves remain. Most locust trees had their golden color. Sunflowers had a fine season of showy blooms. Goldenrod … Continue reading

Fall Retreats

As the end of growing season, golden cottonwood leaves define our path as plants get ready for winter. Some of the giant Siouxland cottonwoods, prairie aspen, haven’t lost leaves yet. Ash tree leaves are already matted beneath trees and maples are just beginning to lose their fall green. Little bluestem and other native grasses burn … Continue reading

Celebrating Fall

At Plant Exchange blog, let’s celebrate a relaxing weekend together in early fall with nature’s paintbrush of yellow and red on October 12th, Native American Day in South Dakota. Fall Moment On our rare Monday morning walk, deep blue asters salute orange flames of Indian grass along the Missouri River breaks deer path.  Parting big … Continue reading

Transition to Fall

Today, let’s look at plants in transition on the Northern Plains, here at Plant Exchange blog. Trees are beginning to turn fall colors. Sunflowers are still in bloom at the edge of fields, in flowerbeds, and containers. Pollinators enjoy Agastache and other flowers in bloom. We begin to bring in plants that overwinter indoors about … Continue reading