Basil (Ocimum sp.) has a long culinary history throughout the world and is not difficult to grow and enjoy in our gardens during the warmer portions of the growing season.  As I’ve been selecting those types that we’ll be offering at our Spring Plant Sale (Mother’s Day weekend!), I’m continually amazed by the sheer, Read More

Ornamental millets (Pennisetum glaucum) have been on my radar for over 16 years when the variety ‘Purple Majesty’ won an  All-America Selections (AAS) award in 2003.  This maroon-leaved selection was first noticed in Nebraska by Dr. David Andrews (a grain breeder) from the University of Nebraska and he was encouraged to introduce this exciting, Read More

I love using the annual black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata)!  Directly above and below is the beautiful variety ‘Amber Eyes’.  This twining, annual vine (hardy in zones 10 and 11) will grow 3′-8′ in a single season and blooms heavily from summer well in to fall.  Preferring rich, fertile soils that are moist but, Read More

After a couple hours of shoveling snow this morning (thankfully light and fluffy!), I’m back to ordering seeds.  Above are some of the seeds coming in (check out Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds if you haven’t yet!) including many for our Spring Plant Sale on Mother’s Day weekend.  As I order seeds, everything goes in, Read More

The National Garden Bureau has named 2019 as the Year of the Snapdragon!  ALL of the text below is from their website which includes awesome links to additional information.  See https://ngb.org/year-of-the-snapdragon/ for more information on this awesome plant.   All of the photos are mine as I’ve long been an admirer of snapdragons and about 10, Read More

The yellowhorn (Xanthoceras sorbifolium) is surprisingly underutilized in our Midwest landscapes although it’s availability is certainly associated with its obscurity (and vice versa).  Also called goldenhorn, this native of northern China is hardy in zones 4-7 and our specimen at the gardens has thrived for over 25 years.  First collected in 1830, this member, Read More

The day was beautifully sunny outside and the 7″ of snow from last night was quickly cleared by Larry H., Big John and Dennis.  Dick H. did the plowing yesterday (popped in today too) and we also saw Mark S., Janice, Mary Kay, Cathy, Mocha (cute dog) and Zorro (cute dog).  I continue to, Read More

Aside from my consistent alliteration with blog titles, the primary goal of this posting is to offer some color on cold winter day.  After dealing with plenty of snow (although it was beautiful outside!), I wanted to share some past photos of dahlias that I’ve taken over the years.  Nice shot of ‘Melody Gipsy’, Read More

The Perennial Plant of the Year® as selected by the Perennial Plant Association (PPA) for 2019 is ‘Hummelo’ wood betony (Stachys monieri) which is a spectacular plant in my opinion and worthy of this distinction.  The Perennial Plant of the Year® (PPOY) program began in 1990 to showcase a perennial that is a standout, Read More

With only Sunday to go, the first two days of the 2019 Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) Garden & Landscape Expo has gone well. Our booth, after being set-up early Friday morning by Big John, Mark S. and me, has been visited consistently from folks interested in picking up more information on the gardens and our, Read More