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Chrysanthemums

 

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener

 

 

I love when the leaves start to change color and the fall weather brings us cooler temperatures.  Although I enjoy the warmth of summer, the change from heat and humidity feels good.  Speaking of fall color, the chrysanthemum is prized for infusing the landscape with vibrant color long after other flowers have faded.  As I am sure you well know, mums come in an assortment of different bloom shapes, colors and sizes.

For chrysanthemums, or mums for short, to survive the winter, make sure you purchase a hardy or garden mum, not a florist mum.  The production of ...

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Winter Storage of Tender Plants

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener   Before we know it, it is going to be time to dig up and store those tender plants such as Cannas, Dahlias, Tuberous Begonias, Gladiolus and Elephant’s Ears.  These summer bulbs need to be lifted from the soil and stored in a cool area indoors for their …

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Dividing Iris

    by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       The iris is one of the oldest garden flowers and can often be seen as a remnant of a long ago abandoned garden. Most iris spread by way of underground stems that are called rhizomes.  These rhizomes can become too crowded over a period …

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8 Things to Love About the Shipshewana Corn Maze

this blog was originally posted on shipshewanatradingplace.com  By Lora Gates What’s your favorite part about fall? Is it the cooling temperatures? The changing colors? The pumpkin pie and apple cider?   For us folks in Shipshewana, Indiana, it’s spending quality time at the Shipshewana Corn Maze – a family-friendly place to spend the perfect fall day!  And best of …

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Snow on the Mountain

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       I am always on the look-out for “new” plants to add to my garden collection.  Several years ago a plant in the garden of my “egg lady” caught my eye.  Looking at it from the road I thought it had beautiful white flowers.  I mentioned …

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15 Best Things to Do in Shipshewana, Indiana

this blog was originally posted on shipshewanatradingplace.com  By Anna Pasquali Shipshewana brings simple living, Amish hospitality, amazing shopping, and fun activites to Northern Indiana.   Take in the area’s best attractions including shopping the Midwest’s Largest Flea Market, catching a musical at the Blue Gate Theatre,  or eating a home-cooked Amish meal. (All group-friendly!) You’ll want to …

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African Violet Care

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       African violets are one of my favorite houseplants.  Their care takes little effort, they do not take up a lot of space and they bless me during the winter with beautiful blooms. A pleasing temperature for these houseplants is 65 to 80 degrees.  Anything above or …

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Road Trip Season

Summer is almost over… that’s right, I said it. I’m not happy about it either. But the keyword here is “almost.” That means you still have time to get those last minute summer plans in that you didn’t have time to do before. I know somewhere on that list of things you want to do …

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Ornamental Grasses

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       For me ornamental grasses rank at the top of the easy to grow list.  Most grasses require minimal care, are very adaptable and will grow in poorer soils.  Grasses are so easy to use in many different areas of the landscape and garden as screens, accents …

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