gardening: Monarchs in Minnesota - 10/01/10 10:53 AM
When I first moved to Minnesota, all I knew was that I was going to be living further north than I ever have. I had no clue on what type of wildlife lived here, nor did I know what type of plants I could grow. For the previous 6 years, I had lived either on the Pacific Ocean, or the Gulf of Mexico and not had what I call "real" grass.
My mission when I started my garden was to attract butterflies, so I researched what would grow in Zone 4, the garden zone for central Minnesota. I have planted coneflowers, … (2 comments)

gardening: Melting Snow in Minnesota Brings Surprises - 03/05/10 04:03 PM
The east side of my home has had the benefit of tons of sun the last two weeks, and of course is no longer covered with snow. I checked things out a day ago to see what kind of clean up I was going to need to do, as I left some of my coneflowers up during the winter so the birds could have some seeds. You can only imagine how surprised I was to find some tulips coming up already.
And of course I was shocked to see this Pansy, just a few feet away, with green leaves and a … (8 comments)

gardening: Art in the Minnesota Garden - 08/10/07 11:06 PM

While viewing various landscapes of area homes in Prior Lake this weekend for the Pond and Landscape Tour, I ran into a couple who sprinkled their landscape with art they produce on site.
Called Artscape Lighting, they design beautiful floral sculptures which house lighting for ponds, walking paths, fences, etc. The one pictured above is a fountain into the swimming pond they built. Check out their website for more designs. They have developed a great way to camouflage lighting and make the garden more appealing!
Talking to the owner, she mentioned that the lights are also great for winter landscaping. They can … (2 comments)

gardening: Don't Miss the Twin Cities Pond and Landscape Tour - 07/26/07 11:17 PM

This is the last weekend you can attend the Twin Cities Pond and Landscape Tour, so make sure not to miss it. Tickets are $20 per person and children under 12 are free. 100% of ticket sales benefit the Children's Cancer Research Fund and the Minnesota Water Garden Society.Last weekend the tour viewed properties on the north side of the 394/94. This weekend, July 28-29, the tour will focus on properties south side of Minneapolis and St Paul. Tickets can be purchased online. Once you order online, you will be provided a list of homes on the tour.
The tour is … (2 comments)

 
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