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What’s Doing the Blooming? Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 12:00am
Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’

This week’s “What’s Doing the Blooming?” is full of a classic grace. It is none other than Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ and has been awarded the prestigious title, “The Perennial Plant of the Year” by the Perennial Plant Association.  Each year, the PPA is presented with approximately 400 perennial nominations for this award. This year’s selection has impeccable timing! Anemone are commonly called Windflower.  Honorine Jobert produces lush, dark green plants with clean, attractive textural foliage from spring through fall. As our summer bloomers begin to fade, strong, wiry stems appear and rise up sporting delicate buds with a slight blush. The buds unfold to pure white, 2-3” petaled flowers, surrounding rich golden centers. The stems sway and nod gracefully in the late summer breeze, above that beautiful blanket of dark foliage that I mentioned before.

Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’, The Perennial Plant of the Year 2016

Anemone performs best in partial shade but can tolerate full sun in the right soil conditions. They require moist, well drained, organic rich soil. Too wet or too dry, and your plants will quickly lose vigor. When in bloom, Honorine Jobert reaches heights of as much as 3-4′. This historic plant has graced gardens around the world for centuries and made its way to America via England before the American Civil War. Its popularity has grown along with it. You can’t go wrong with a classic selection such as this.

Windflower ‘Honorine Jobert’

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My Woodland Garden – August 18th

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 7:33pm
Mulch washed across the rock path

Mother Nature was not kind this past week in my Woodland Garden. We received over 7 inches of rain during the storms of last week with 5 1/2 of those coming within a short 3 hour window on Friday afternoon.  It was a time when I said I was sure glad we lived 130 feet above the Cannon River.

Mulch in the lawn

The land to the east of us is slightly uphill meaning that with this large amount of water, it all runs through our yard on its way to the

river below.  One of our flower beds was washed out.  I lost about a third of the flowers which I assume are floating down the Cannon somewhere and the others I had to replant.  There was a lot of mulch from our landscape beds that washed into the driveway, down into the ravine and out in the yard.  We have a few areas left to rake.

We will have to apply another few yards of mulch, and about a yard of soil to the one annual bed and sit back and just sigh.  It is still a beautiful place to live – in the woods with the peace, quiet and all of the wildlife.

Rudbeckia Goldstrum

The Rudbeckia (Black Eyed Susan) is blooming prolifically and is just awesome.  You can see from the picture that this is now almost in full shade.  My Cole’s Prostrate Weeping Hemlock which is now almost 12 years old in this spot sits to the right of the Rudbeckia.  This slow growing shade evergreen just creeps out over the boulders in the wall.  There is really no maintenance to it other than to take the leaf blower in the fall and blow the leaves away.  The shrub on the bottom is one of our Golden Yews which is has a little more dull cast of yellow later now in the season.

Hosta Flower

Yesterday, after the rain from the night before, I marveled at the droplets of rain that cling to the hosta flowers and the dew that clings to the spider webs.  Stop and look around your garden at all of the unplanned pleasures.  I guess Mother Nature wasn’t so bad after all!

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What’s Doing the Blooming? Fall Blooming Mums!

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 9:22pm
Copper colored Fall Blooming Mum

It is with great joy that this week’s, “What’s doing the blooming” blog, is about fall blooming mums. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ready to let summer go! I have a great fondness for tan lines, lightning bugs, kids running through the sprinkler, and red, sun warmed tomatoes, fresh off the vine.

Yellow Fall Blooming Mum Red Fall Blooming Mum Fall blooming mums in a mixed planter.

But, no matter what the season, the thought of lengthening afternoon shadows, high school football, having a seat on a straw bale, and our Minnesota Grown fall blooming mums fills me with a warm apple cider feeling. Once again, we will offer both decorative and Minnesota hardy mums in all your favorite colors. While the decorative mums are perfect for refilling your tired annual planters and baskets, the hardy mums are a great choice in perennial beds and landscape borders where an end of summer or fall pop of color is what you need. As many of you have learned in the past, we carry the good stuff! Our mums are grown in 8.5” pots, they are full and loaded with buds! They will go quickly so stop in soon for the best color selection.

Rust Fall Blooming Mums

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Immunity to Emerald Ash Borer

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 4:41pm
Mountain Ash berries

The threat of Emerald Ash Borer to our native and urban forests has been in the news a great deal in recent years, and the threat is real and growing.  Only time will tell how devastating Emerald Ash Borers will become, and if efforts to control this destructive insect will help at least to some degree.

While the list of counties with infestations of Emerald Ash Borer has been gradually growing (not yet found in Rice County, but verified in Dakota County), we are able to sell a lovely tree that carries the ash name, and is resistant to the Emerald Ash Borer.  Our Minnesota native Showy Mountain Ash produces beautiful white flowers in late spring and by late summer, displays loads of colorful, orange/red berry clusters that are long lasting, and a favored food for a number of wild bird varieties.

The catch here is that Showy Mountain Ash is immune to the Emerald Ash Borer because it is a member of a completely different genus of trees than the Green Ash, White Ash or Black Ash currently being killed by the Emerald Ash Borer.  Showy Mountain Ash belongs to the genus ‘Sorbus’, while the White, Green and Black Ash trees are part of the ‘Fraxnus’ genus of trees.  Emerald Ash Borers do not attack the Showy Mountain Ash trees.

Showy Mountain Ash trees grow to modest heights of 20′-30′ in most cases which makes them an excellent choice for smaller spaces when a full sized shade tree might be too big.  For best results plant the Showy Mountain Ash tree in well-drained soil, and avoid compacted, poorly drained areas.  Showy Mountain Ash prefer 1/2 day to full day sun.  The colorful clusters of orange berries decorate the tree throughout the winter, or until they are eaten by hungry birds.  Showy Mountain Ash have become one of my favorite Minnesota native trees.

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My Woodland Garden – August 9th

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 12:05pm
Before

Today was maintenance day!  I prepared myself for the mosquitoes and grabbed my pruners and began.  The hostas all bloom at different times and I’m starting to prune off the spent flowers.  It makes such a difference and takes just a little time.

After

I’m still waiting for the late season hosta bloomers to start to blossom.  My Irish Luck hosta which is right next to these, is full of tight blossoms which will hopefully be open within the week.

 

 

My Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart has now entered dormancy.  It is always a sad time as it is signaling  that Fall is fast approaching.    I clipped it down and applied a light coating of mulch.  I moved a planter of begonias over and it now anchors this bed of annuals.    There were two large toads hiding under the bleeding heart whom now have to find a new home.  They disappeared over under some of the hydrangeas.

Before After

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About six weeks ago, our resident doe had eaten the tops, including the blossoms, off of my Garden Phlox in our main perennial bed.  Don’t tell her that they set more blossoms are now absolutely beautiful – and so fragrant.    I was surprised that they set so many new blossoms, but my guess is that it was early enough in the season that there was plenty of time.

Garden Phlox

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What’s Doing the Blooming? Ornamental Grasses

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 2:38am
‘Karl Foerster’ Feather Reedgrass

Ornamental grasses in bloom? Yes indeed! It’s easy to forget that the attractive seed heads of the ornamental grasses are the result of flowers! Ornamental grasses add a soft texture and grace to our beds and borders from late summer through winter. Grasses are the anchors of our late summer bloomers, such as, coneflower, black-eyed-susans, and hydrangea. With the crisp air of autumn, their graceful stems and foliage take on vivid golds, purples and reds, providing the perfect accent to fall blooming mums, asters and sedum. Then against winter’s snow, ornamental grasses provide much needed interest with their persistent seed heads hanging on well into winter.

Each grass possesses a unique beauty and habit all it’s own. Feathery plumes of flame grass, airy blooms of switch grass, nodding tufts of the native little blue stem and the ever popular wheat colored spires of feather reed grass. These are just a few of the many beautiful varieties of ornamental grass that could grace your garden.

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My Woodland Garden – August 3rd

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 7:56pm

Delight and despair.  All winter long we feed the birds (and not intentionally) the squirrels from multiple feeders.  I pull the weeds in the spring from the seed that spills and I missed a sunflower that was coming up in among my hosta.  This week, we had a beautiful yellow sunflower reaching toward the sun.  It just makes you smile.

We have been fighting the battle of the moles/voles for years now.  This year with all of the moisture, there have been very few problems.  I assume that its because there are plenty of grubs elsewhere in the woods.  I was out watering the baskets and planters and right by our deck there was a mole mound.  I am not happy.  I flattened it out and raked it flat.  We have a dog and cats so we don’t use traps or poison – just put up with it for now.

Hillside Creeper

We have this absolutely gorgeous Hillside Creeper in the front of the house.  It’s been there for years.  True to its name – it continues to creep.  There are a few blades of grass that have migrated into the shrub and yesterday, I gently parted the branches and stepped in and did the weeding.  I adjusted a few things – and was pleased with the work.  Refer to the paragraph above about the mole hill.

When I got home from work yesterday, I noticed a mound right underneath the edge of the Hillside Creeper.  I pulled apart the branches and stomped on it and silently cursed the moles.  BUT it wasn’t moles.  It was an underground bee nest.  Bees swarmed around my feet – fortunately I jumped and didn’t get stung.  We haven’t had this happen  for several years.    The hole you see in the middle is where the entrance to the underground hive is.

This morning, Leif got out the wasp spray and aimed it at the hole.  Tonight – it is silent.  I am thankful that when I was cleaning up the bed yesterday, that I didn’t step in this area.  I was on my knees weeding and wouldn’t have been able to quickly get out of the way.

Gardening – always an adventure,

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Dog Days Sale!!!

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 10:52am

From August 3rd through August 31st – here at Knecht’s Nurseries – we have over 300 varieties of trees, shrubs and perennials on sale at huge discounts of 20% to 50% off!

Summer is a great time to put new trees, shrubs and perennials into your landscape.  Plantings done in August have time to establish somenew roots before the end of the growing season, which sets them up for a vigorous flush of new growth next spring.

Check out Knecht’s Dog Days Sale today and enjoy some big savings on over 300 varieties of landscape plant materials.  As usual, Knecht’s Nurseries has excellent inventories in stock and ready to plant.

 

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BOGO Sale Continues

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 3:42pm
Buy One Get One Free of Equal or Lesser Value.

Our Crazy Daze BOGO sale will continue through Sunday, July 31st!  Stop in and pick up some absolutely CRAZY bargains.  We have over 100 varieties of our trees, shrubs and perennials on BOGO.  Buy One Get One Free!  You can mix and match – plant of the lower cost is the free plant.

 

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Ancestry Oak Exceed Expectations

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 3:37pm
Ancestry Oak leaves

Sounds unbelievable.  An Oak tree that grows three to six feet in just three months?  An Oak tree that can also prosper even when planted in the alkaline soils commonly found in southern Minnesota when other Oak varieties struggle in these soils?  Ancestry Oaks have just the right make up to both grow quickly and in difficult clay soils, and develop into a strong and beautiful shade tree.

Ancestry Oaks are blessed with a nice mix of genetics from our native Bur Oak, the lovely English Oak and a dash of genes from other oaks.  This genetic diversity is what I believe creates the dynamic growth called hybrid vigor, that enables Ancestry Oaks to consistently produce amazing flushes of new growth in May, June and July each year.

New growth on Ancestry Oak

We expect Ancestry Oaks to develop quickly into full sized shade trees that have beautiful deep green shining leaves that look great throughout the entire growing season.  We produce Ancestry Oaks that have superior root systems by using specially designed air root pruning pots that enable the trees to develop root systems with almost perfect structure and many more fine roots for successful transplanting and rapid establishment in your landscape.

In the photo, the part of the Ancestry Oak above my hand grew 5 feet 4 inches during the three months from April 29 to July 29, 2016, and the diameter of this newly formed leader is an incredible 3/4 of an inch, and we still have 8 to 10 weeks of growing season left!  The average new growth on this year class of Ancestry Oaks is about 4 ½ feet in just 90 days.

 

Stop in and see for yourself the impressive growth on our Ancestry Oaks.  We currently have Ancestry Oaks available in #1, #7, #10, #15 and #20 pot sizes to fit any budget.  For best results, plant Ancestry Oaks in sunny areas with properly drained soils.  Avoid wet, soggy areas, follow our planting and watering guidelines, and you too can enjoy the satisfaction of watching an Ancestry Oak perform beyond expectations!

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My Woodland Garden – July 28th

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 8:33am

This is getting to be my favorite time of year!  The hydrangeas are just starting their show!  Actually some have been blossoming for a few weeks now but the others are coming on strong now!   Driving down the driveway it is dark through the woods and when we enter our yard – the hydrangeas light up like bright beacons!

Limelight Hydrangea Tree

 

Our Limelight Hydrangea tree has just started to open it’s blossoms and in another week or so will be very bright!

I have mentioned in posts through the season that we try different plants for full sun in the woods.  Some don’t work but the one that really works is our

Rudbeckia Goldsturm

Rudbeckia Goldsturm.  We have two different areas – one with about 5 hours of sun and a second area that gets only 2-3 hours of sun.  Both do exceptionally well.  Since this is one perennial that has a long bloom period – we will have bright yellow blossoms from now until the frost comes.  They self-seed and over time – have filled in along our boulder wall to the north and we have seed heads that we leave over the winter for the birds.   These have been blooming for a couple of weeks already in areas with full sun.  That is about the only trade-off I have seen – is that it takes a little longer for the blooms to appear!

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