Filed under Trees and Shrubs

Beginning Good-Bye to Winter

Good-byes to winter begin. Yesterday the force of extreme prairie breezes lifted stocking caps and waves pushed blocks of ice onto shore at Lewis & Clark Lake on the Missouri River. It’s 40 degrees F. and much calmer today. We go for a walk at Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, USDA 4-5a. Much too soon … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day February 15th

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog! We’re USDA Zone 4-5a on the Northern Plains, currently emerging from yesterday’s frigid Arctic winds. Before noon the temperature is above freezing and may climb to 40 degrees F. Not bad for mid-February. The vase of roses in bloom is from a celebration of Valentine’s Day. No other blooms in … Continue reading

Not Yet Spring Thaw

A receding Arctic blast reminds us that Spring thaw is many weeks away. It’s evident when trying to retrieve a bit of last season’s potting soil for a houseplant. It’s stored outdoors. Not only is the loose potting soil frozen solid, but the scoop is hard frozen in the mixture too! We can still think … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

EVENT is canceled. Grow With Us at the Siouxland Garden Show! Friday, April 3 · 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday, April 4 · 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Marriott Center, 385 East 4th St., South Sioux City, NE (New name, same great space!) $5 daily admission – Children 12 and under free Gardeners (or gardening … Continue reading

Bouquet of Ideas

It’s a snowy day at Plant Exchange Blog. The kind of day to think about the yard and flowerbeds for next season and enjoy a peony bouquet of ideas. Below is a suburban city lot in the Midwest. The homeowner skillfully created a soil berm in the flat yard that displays all the flowerbed plants … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day January 15th

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog, USDA Zone 4b-5a, on the Northern Plains. It’s 10 degrees F. this morning with prairie breezes, brief snow showers, and an occasional ground blizzard. Indoors it’s warm and sunny. Our growing amaryllis is a promise of spring just as we near the midpoint of winter. Once blooming, it responds well … Continue reading

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!

What’s Global Warming to Lilacs?

Lilacs in bloom across northern states are a reliable marker of spring. The common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) is so predictable in the plant’s adjustment to seasonal conditions before it presents its spring bloom, that lilacs have been studied nationally since the 1970’s as a harbinger of spring. Here’s a photo from this spring of local … Continue reading

A Few Dibbles And Bits

Reason to prune trees, chickens as a pesticide alternative, and a plant labeling tip are this week’s Plant Exchange Blog topics. We are grateful to all who share plant-relative information, ideas, and tips from experience that come from professionals and experienced gardeners of the region such as these below. Trees that are properly pruned have … Continue reading

Breathless Autumn

Cottonwoods reach a golden yellow in this daily shift of fall color. Sumac has peaked and softly declines. Norway maple begins to turn. It’s time to find a tree and look up. Thanks from Plant Exchange Blog. Have a memorable day.