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F4P 2018

After a testy winter that seemed never-ending, the 2018 growing season is upon us with gusto! This year, we’ll be testing the same 30 annual flower varieties as in 2017 and at the same locations – Morris horticulture display garden, … Continue reading

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F4P @ HMR: Summer 2018

This summer we will be planting the Flowers for Pollinators (F4P) project in two very diverse sites at HMR Farms. One will be a repeat of last year – we will plant near the spa house (below, left), which is … Continue reading

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F4P @ HMR Farm: Summer 2017

This summer seemed to fly by at HMR Farm! I like to think it’s because I had SO much fun documenting pollinators in the F4P plot. The annuals in the study did not get as big here as they did … Continue reading

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How pollinator-friendly is your landscape?

Creating a better world for pollinators starts in your own backyard. Pollinator-friendly landscapes benefit our food systems, increase biodiversity, and beautify what we see every day. How pollinator-friendly is your yard and garden right now? Join the 120 MN State … Continue reading

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Painted Ladies in the Garden

A boom in painted lady butterflies has occurred not just in the St. Paul F4P site, but also my own home garden, my neighbor’s garden and fellow gardeners’ too. They are abundant and beautiful! There must still be nectar rewards … Continue reading

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Stem nesting

When deadheading flowers, leave stems about 18″ long; in other words,  don’t cut them down you the ground.  Many bees can use them for as nesting sites. They will lay an egg in the stem and then pack it with … Continue reading

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A garden is a changing thing

Annual flowers change throughout the season. At the Flowers for Pollinators St. Paul site, some flowers have been quite slow to flush out a decent bloom (cosmos, white swan sage, lemon queen sunflowers, Rudbeckias, Twizzle Penstemon) while others were amazing … Continue reading

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