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Unforgettable Lilacs

It’s a bouquet of lilac flowers, the lowest ones in reach, shades of lavender, the kind you bury your face in, to experience the fragrance of blossoms and sun-warmed leaves. Held with two hands with a drawing, signed in big letters, is an unforgettable Mothers’ Day. When driving by the rows of lilacs against evergreens … Continue reading

Regional Plant-Related Event

Green Thumb: Summer Gardening Series Virtual from Sioux City Master Gardeners in Woodbury County are partnering with the Sioux City Public Library to provide education to the community. These sessions are free to the public and will take place virtually throughout the summer. Two sessions will be taking place in May. May 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m.: … Continue reading

Where Do Tomatoes Originate?

Welcome to a couple of “Dibbles and Bits” at Plant Exchange blog. The first is about the origin of tomatoes, followed by what influences the Ginkgo tree to live so long. The quest for the tastiest and then largest tomato is part of the garden season lore.  Finding the “roots” of tomatoes may help in … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day— April 15th

Welcome to Plant Exchange on the Northern Plains. We’re USDA Zone 4b-5a and having a couple of weeks of cool temperatures after an early spring warming. We’re featuring a few perennials and trees in bloom now. Hellebores have been in bloom since last month when it snowed, and the sturdy and droopy flowers fit this … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

Don’t Forget Desserts!

Welcome to recipes for locally grown vegetables and fruits of summer at Plant Exchange Blog. Chef Staci Pederson is executive chef at the Hy-Vee Food Store in Yankton, South Dakota. She uses her own recipes and presentation flair with vegetables and fruits in season to “Celebrate Desserts”. Today she shares simple backyard desserts with us … Continue reading