Blue Blooms for the End of May

The garden seems quieter now that the Tulips and Daffodils are gone.  It’s starting to transition from spring to summer, and for some reason blue flowers become more prominent at this time.

The Thing About Peonies

I suspect that Peonies deliberately synchronize their flowering to coincide with gardeners’ trips away from home. Given that the average Peony plant has a very fleeting period of bloom, this means that many gardeners get to see the swelling buds of their… Read More

Bloom Day for May

Tomorrow is Bloom Day, a chance for us to give a monthly overview of everything in flower in their gardens. Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is hosted by May Dreams Gardens, where you can find a link to Bloom Day posts from around… Read More

A Top 5 List for Midwestern Gardens

Richard Hawke is the Plant Evaluation Manager for the Chicago Botanic Garden, so it’s fair to say he knows a lot about plants. Recently I was interested to see a post he wrote for CBG’s blog entitled “What Are the Best Plants… Read More

Bluebells and Bleeding Hearts

Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) and Old-Fashioned Bleeding Hearts (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) are among the most endearing blooms of spring.

Winter Interest, My Ass

Current events are not doing much to put me in a holiday mood, and the garden isn’t really helping. That’s because this year the whole “winter interest”  thing has been a big dud.

A Garden Summit in St. Paul

  Summit Avenue is one of the most historic streets in St. Paul, Minnesota.  

Noerenberg Memorial Garden

So another Minneapolis-area spot that we discovered thanks to the Garden Bloggers Fling is the Noerenberg Memorial Garden.

A Gardening Couple’s Magnificent Obsession

As an obsessed gardener, I can sense right away when I am visiting a garden belonging to fellow fanatics. Dianne and Dan Latham’s garden gave me that feeling right away during the visit that took place as part of the Minneapolis Garden… Read More

Lyndale Park Gardens

Another place we visited during the Minneapolis Fling was the Lyndale Park Gardens. This is a Minneapolis public park with multiple gardens that collectively include quite a few diversions for people who love plants.