Author Archives: Julie Weisenhorn

About Julie Weisenhorn

U of MN Extension Horticulturist; Minnesota gardener; photographer; Linnaeus admirer.

2017 Flowers for Pollinators underway

“What annual flowers attract pollinators?” continues to be the focus of our Flowers for Pollinators study, now entering its 3rd season! Three sites will feature plantings of 30 different annual flower varieties including winners from 2015 and 2016. Planting sites … Continue reading

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Diverse pollinators

My past two observations have introduced me to a variety of pollinators and a few predators. It’s fun to get beyond the many tiny (albeit important) syrphid flies and see diversity in pollinators. It made sitting in compost worth it! … Continue reading

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July in the Garden

A real winning day yesterday in the St. Paul site! Bumble bees, syrphid flies, blow flies, wasps, JB (dead now), and best of all a fiery skipper (!) all visited the blooming annual flowers. The four Zinnia varieties, Salvia and … Continue reading

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St. Paul site planted!

The former biochar demonstration garden is the new location for the 2016 Flowers for Pollinators trial on the U of M campus. It was planted May 25th by MGs Claire Kari and Joan Onffroy, and EE Julie Weisenhorn – 3/5 … Continue reading

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Webinar #1 recording now available

Thanks to everyone who attended our webinar on the Flowers for Pollinator trial!  The recording is now available: Flowers for Pollinators webinar #1 A big THANKS to Andrea Rice for her help in setting up and hosting the webinar! Please … Continue reading

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Webinar May 13 for participants

Jeff Hahn and I will be hosting a webinar this Friday, May 13th, noon-1pm, for participants. We’ll go over planting, data collection and insect identification.  https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/state-seed-trial/webinars

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Starting the salvia and snaps

What annual flowers do pollinators like? Continue reading

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