March 30, 2019


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National Gardening Association

   Do Freesias Bloom More Than Once A Year?   

"I planted some Freesias last winter, and they came up, and are blooming beautifully (despite having been totally flattened in a wind storm!). I have been pinching off the individual blooms as they die, to maintain the appearance of the plant, but there are green seed-pod looking things below at the bases of the flowers as well. Should these be removed, or should I leave them and just let the whole plant die back? Also, the bag that the bulbs came in indicates two blooming season; one in early spring and one in late summer. Does this mean that the Freesias will bloom again later this year, or does this indicate different blooming times depending when they are planted (the bag only shows one planting season, in fall)?" - Read the answer


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"Jumping Worms"
"Jumping worms" is the new reality in Wisconsin
Winter Squash
No vegetable is more linked to the fall, winter and holidays than winter squash. "Squash" is actually taken from a Massachusetts Indian word, askutasquash, meaning "eaten raw". Although native Americas may have eaten some winter squashes raw, we enjoy cooking them in pies, cakes, curries, casseroles, cookies and soups. The variety of winter squashes available to cook with can be staggering. From huge pumpkins (technically a winter squash) to diminutive delicata squashes, there's a shape, size, color, flavor, and texture of winter squash for just about every dish.
Growing Gardenia
Gardenia is best known for their fragrant white flowers, gardenias are heat-loving evergreen shrubs that have become a gardening symbol in the Southeast. Another common name is cape jasmine.
Lamb's Ear: Growing and Caring For
Lamb's Ears is a very hardy and strong-growing perennial, with thick white-wooly foliage, valued as a dense, low growing, spreading bedding plant in the landscape.
Growing Peonies
Peonies are renowned for their large, colorful, bowl-shaped, flowers and dark green foliage. Once established, these beauties are some of the longest-lived and most reliable garden plants.
Growing Gladiolus
A classic cut flower, gladiolus produces tall flower spikes adorned with large, showy flowers. Often relegated to the cutting garden, gladiolus also suits the back of the border where the tall flowers can complement bushier plants.
Early Spring Bloomer- The Oriental Poppy
Sporting huge, cup-shaped blooms in early summer, the Oriental poppy is the most striking of the perennial poppies, and the delicate, papery flowers belie the plant's hardiness and durability.
Foxglove bears tall, dramatic spikes of tubular flowers with speckled throats. Foxglove blooms in midsummer and adds elegance to a perennial border, woodland area, or shade garden.


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