Kathy Purdy

Smoke On A Rope: Wildflower Wednesday

– Posted in: Native/Invasive
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Driving down country roads on the way to town, I noticed what looked like brown fur in many of the shrubs along the road. I finally realized that the "fur" was actually the seedheads of Virgin's bower, Clematis virginiana, which Prairie Moon Nursery fittingly calls "prairie smoke on a rope." Virgin's bower is a native [...]

How to Fortify Your Roses Against the Cold

– Posted in: Roses
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Jack Falker is a rose enthusiast who gardens in Minnesota. Minnesota--in case you don't have the USDA Hardiness Map memorized--is entirely a cold climate state, consisting of Zone 3 and 4. (Okay, there is a teeny bit of Zone 5 in the most recent map, but still.) One can't grow roses in Minnesota without knowing [...]

Bright Spots and Lots of Texture: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day September 2014

– Posted in: What's up/blooming
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Unlike mid-summer when there are large drifts of color in the garden, the late summer garden has bright spots and lots of texture," says my friend Layanee, and I couldn't agree more. Many plants have finished blooming, their foliage and seedheads now providing texture, some plants are just reaching their peak, and still others are [...]

How Does A Colchicum Know When To Bloom?

– Posted in: Colchicums
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I've grown colchicums for more than two dozen years. I've tried more than two dozen kinds, and I still grow most of them. I've read everything about colchicums I could get my hands on. But there's still one thing about them I don't know and would like to: what combination of factors induces them to [...]

White Turtlehead: Wildflower Wednesday

– Posted in: Native/Invasive
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White turtlehead (Chelone glabra) is one of those wildflowers that is easy to overlook. For one thing, when it blooms, much showier plants such as Joe Pye Weed, goldenrod, and flat-topped white aster are also blooming, and they tend to steal the spotlight. Also, by the time it blooms, the plants may not look so [...]