Butterfly Gardens

Butterfly Gardens

We all love the “jewels of the garden”, butterflies. One very important life stage to support are the caterpillars. These little…sometimes huge…larva will become future butterflies. Many of us become distraught over the “damage” they may cause to many of our precious plants. Caterpillars are basically eating machines. Their sole purpose in life is to…

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LONG LASTING FRESH FAVORITES-Alstroemeria

LONG LASTING FRESH FAVORITES-Alstroemeria

Often in the flowershop we are asked the same question over and over-Which flower will last the longest?  Hands down, one of the most beautiful varieties, paired with a long vase life is the Alstroemeria.  Pronounced  all-stro-mer-ee-uh, also known as a Peruvian lily.  They are available in a rainbow of colors.  What makes this variety unique are…

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Hosta Diseases

Hosta Diseases

I came across this great free publication about pests and diseases of Hostas recently and thought I’d share it with everyone.  You can download it from IA State here: Diseases and pests of hostas

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Growing Vegetables in the Shade

Growing Vegetables in the Shade

Mother Earth News often has some of the best articles for gardeners. Here is another gem for those of you who have challenging gardens and are interested in growing your own food. http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/vegetables-to-grow-in-shade-zm0z11zsto.aspx#axzz3OFKYatjD

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3 Basic Needs of Backyard Birds

3 Basic Needs of Backyard Birds

Like every other created thing in the animal world, birds have three basic needs: food, water, and shelter. By providing these, we have a great opportunity to attract a wide variety of these beautiful winged creatures to our yards. Let’s start with the last, first, shelter. ADEQUATE SHELTER According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology…

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How to Choose a Bird Feeder

Today, there is such a marvelous selection of feeders available to those who love birds. Therefore, you may be asking: What kind of feeder should I use? Is there a difference? Do my feeder decisions influence what kind of birds will come to my yard? Those are great questions to ask, so let’s answer them…

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Introducing ‘Corinthian Bells’ Windchimes

Corinthian Bells windchimes are the first in a new generation of chimes to combine excellence in design with incredible tones and resonance. These are visually and acoustically exceptional chimes; we believe that they are the best chimes on the market today. The centrally suspended heavy-walled aluminum tubes along with the high density striker give these chimes their…

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Birds Need More Calories in the Winter

“In much of North America, winter can be a difficult time for birds. The days are short, and nights are often cold and long. The natural food supply has been consumed or is hidden by snow. Most insects are dead or dormant. Water can be hard to find, and food needed to provide the energy…

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