• The Dawning of a New Day in Echinaceas

    Posted on October 22, 2006 by Kelly Norris in plant profiles, Uncategorized.

    Echinacea ‘Sunrise’ is a good plant. Such a blunt and lackluster statement bears further explanation. Much excitement surrounds the genus Echinaceaat the moment and why wouldn’t it with such a tremendous effort in expounding on its natural diversity? However, one need bear in mind a vow of temperance when evaluating the outputs of these breeding […]

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  • November Brings Herbaceous Perennials to Iowa State

    Posted on October 11, 2006 by Kelly Norris in Uncategorized.

    As November approaches and thoughts of fall give way to those of winter, an annual event sponsored by Iowa State University‚Äôs Department of Horticulture takes place that no gardener should miss. Herbaceous Perennials Weekend is an nine year tradition that features headliner horticulturists from around the country and gardening experts from the Midwest region. The […]

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  • The Gold Fountain of Rudbeckias

    Posted on September 20, 2006 by Kelly Norris in plant profiles, Uncategorized.

    My first encounter with Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Goldquelle’ was in front of my great-grandma’s garage. The mass of five foot tall, cane-like stems bearing sizzling, double yellow flowers towered over me and drew an unfamiliar phrase from my lips: “What the hell is that?” In rural Stratford, Iowa grew this unfamiliar plant whose presence I had […]

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  • Outstanding grass sale to be held

    Posted on September 19, 2006 by Kelly Norris in Uncategorized.

    It might be of interest to Iowa readers that the Iowa Arboretum is holding its annual grass sale this Saturday, September 23. Many hardy ornamental grasses will be featured as will guest speaker Dr. Lois Girton. For more information check out the Iowa Arboretum’s website and click on “Events”. You can count on seeing me […]

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  • In Praise of Michigan Lily

    Posted on September 18, 2006 by Kelly Norris in plant profiles, Uncategorized.

    One of our most beautiful and elegant native lilies rarely appears in American gardens. Lilium michiganense or Michigan lily is native to much of central and eastern North America calling prairies, savannas, and woodland margins its home. I have monitored several colonies in wild areas not far from my home in southwest Iowa for about […]

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  • A Virtuous Violet

    Posted on September 8, 2006 by Kelly Norris in plant profiles, Uncategorized.

    “This unusual and beautiful violet was the first of the American violets to awaken the admiration of the European botanists.”–Viola Brainerd Baird in Wild Violets of North America1942. A virtuous plant worth noting is the Bird’s foot violet or Viola pedata. This little gem of dry prairies makes a spectacular garden plant not only for […]

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  • E-Garden Almanac goes live!

    Posted on September 7, 2006 by Kelly Norris in Uncategorized.

    Finally after much deliberation and procrastination, I have decided to go live with a new concept which you see is called the E-Garden Almanac. The purpose is stated above in the blog description. Some of the features that you will come to enjoy will be: Plants Worth NotingGarden & Nursery Events that Every Gardener Should […]

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