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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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F4P Morris Hort Night!

It is fun to see the Morris F4P study garden – and visitors to the annual Horticulture Night in the Display garden were intrigued by the flowers. Many loved the Suntastic Bicolor Pink sunflower, and I saw a lot of … Continue reading

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Hot and breezy

I stepped out of my office late this afternoon into the wicked heat wave to check the plants in the St. Paul Display garden. I am worried the Japanese beetles will find our zinnias (not yet – they are still … Continue reading

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Pink Suntastic Bicolor sunflower … pollen-less, yet attractive

Though advertised as pollen-less, bees are still finding this sunflower irresistible. Perhaps there are nectar rewards. I watched the bee for quite a while to see if it stopped for a “big gulp”, but it seemed to just be searching … Continue reading

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