Glow-in-the-Dark Garden Lighting

Enjoying the gardens and landscape well into the night is always a challenge as it gets dark. Yes I have solar lights and path lights here and there, but here a few less typical ideas to extend your evening.

Solar Bricks

solar brickThe site selling these recommends them for pathways, which would be really fun but I’m thinking they would be great around a pond or just strategically placed within a garden bed. They come in three different colors. They have to be attached to a solar power source, but are easy to install. When motion is detected, 4 bright LEDs automatically illuminates inside of each fixture. More info. Continue reading

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Building a Ladybug Friendly Garden

gift_gab-lady_bug4To build a garden that attracts ladybugs, you need to have more than lots of nasty aphids. Besides eating aphids, lady beetles depend on pollen as a food source and seek certain types of flowering plants. Most of their favorites are super easy to grow in Wisconsin and are a pretty addition to a flower or vegetable bed. Continue reading

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Growing Your Own Salad

edibles-lettuce-lThis blog article makes me a little nervous because typically I research and make sure I know the ins-and-outs of any gardening advice or know-how I pass on my thoughts. This is a case where I was feeling like growing lettuce and it worked… and it was easy, so I’ll share what I did. Continue reading

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Which daylilies should I add to my garden?

Aren’t daylilies the best? From the orange ditch lilies in front of every farmhouse in Wisconsin to the beauties cultivated by the Wisconsin Daylily Society, I love them all.

Easy to grow. Easy to maintain. And so many choices. I’d love to get your input on what to add to my gardens this year. Continue reading

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Folktales and Other Ladybug Trivia

ambitiously-ladybug-flying-above-fingersThey go by a variety of names, lady beetles, ladybirds, and ladybug. The French call the Ladybugs “les betes du bon Dieu” or creatures of God. The Swiss call ladybugs “Good God’s Little Fairy”.

There is even a myth which goes back to the medieval Europe. In the middle ages crops in Europe were plagued by pests and then the peasants started to pray to the Virgin Mary. As a result of their prayers, ladybugs appeared in the fields and ate all the pests, resulting in crops to prosper. From that time, people started considering these beetles sacred, and thus began calling them the “Bug of Our Lady” a reference to the Virgin Mary. Continue reading

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A Prince Amongst Anemone

ANPH_0_Anemone_Prince-HenryI bought my first Japanese Anemone, when my first born was just a toddler. Of course it had to be an Anemone (hupehensis) Prince Henry in honor of my son. This heirloom plant is also known as ‘Prinz Heinrich’ and is a winner of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

Prince Henry has deep rose-pink double flowers that about 3-4 inches across and sort of star shaped. The dark, divided vine-like leaves grow in a lush mound that can spread two or three feet across with the 18” flower stems waving out of the center. The branching stems of poppy-like flowers are superb for cutting. Continue reading

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Divide and Conquer

Dividing a hosta

Dividing a hosta

I’m not much on growing plants from seeds. I don’t have the patience or time to do it properly, so purchasing plants works better. However, I’m notorious for buying too large or mature for the space or more typically just planting without reading how big it will get some day causing crowding. Continue reading

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