Category Archives: Annual Flowers

Blooming in November?

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Here we are in the first week of November, with several days of 60s and 70s ahead, and my poor Minnesota garden does not know what to do. We’ve only had a couple of freezes so far, and several plants … Continue reading

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New Plants for 2016: First Impressions

I’m one of those lucky garden writers who receives plants from several plant wholesalers to test before the plants are introduced to the public. The companies—Proven Winners and Bailey Nurseries this year—use feedback from writers (and many other plant testers) … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for Seed Starting

Looking at a forecast that includes several days of 60 degree weather, in March, in Minnesota — well, it’s hard not to be thinking about seed starting. But hold off — this too may pass and, in fact, I’m hoping … Continue reading

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Final Exam for New Introductions

I’m one of those lucky garden writers who gets sent plants to try out about a year before the plants are introduced to the public. This is fun for me because they’re free (thank you, Proven Winners and Sakata!) and … Continue reading

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Best Container Plant for 2011

There’s no prize with this award, just my unending admiration for a plant that bloomed, bloomed, and bloomed again throughout the cool, hot, humid, slow-to-start, slow-to-end summer of 2011. And the winner is: Supertunia® Bordeaux petunia. I bought several of … Continue reading

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Another Fantastic Fall Bloomer

I started these gorgeous marigolds in the vegetable garden from seed back in May. They looked so pretty that I moved them to the front garden to brighten it up this fall. They survived the move and with adequate water … Continue reading

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Moon Flower at Morning

I took this photo last week, before our first freeze hit, so the foliage on this moon flower is a bit bedraggled now, though it is still blooming. Moon flower has always been a lust plant for me. There are … Continue reading

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Sunflower at Sunset

I’m kicking myself for having lost the seed packet for these sunflowers growing in the meadow behind my house. I believe they are Helianthus maximiliani Heliopsis helianthoides. Whatever their name, botanical or otherwise, they have brightened up our meadow for … Continue reading

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Sneak Peek: This Calibrachoa is a Winner

Along with about 300 other garden writers, horticulturists and bloggers, I get sent sample plants from Proven Winners each year.  PW is one of the largest plant brands in the country and introduces a couple of dozen new plants each … Continue reading

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I’m Glad I Planted Pansies

In Minnesota, pansies are a desperate gardener’s gamble. By the time spring rolls around, most of us are so hungry for color we buy as many pansies as our gardens and wallets allow. We plant them out when the weather … Continue reading

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