Growing Chrysanthemums


Chrysanthemums as well known as cushion mums are most rewarding fall delights. These cheerful bright flowers are the last ones to get vanished by fall frost and snow. Mums are perennial plants. Every spring little sprouts comes out of the ground and grows vigorously like green bushes all summer long. And when other flowers gets first frost bites chrysanthemums opens up to brightening our flower beds. Continue reading “Growing Chrysanthemums”

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Cinderella story on the vine


When the day of the ball came, they made such a fuss. Poor Cinderella had to rush about upstairs and downstairs. She fixed their hair in fancy waves and curls. She helped them put on their expensive new dresses. And she arranged their jewels just so. As soon as they had gone, Cinderella sat down by the fire and she said. “Oh I do wish I could go to the ball”. The next moment, standing beside her was a lovely old lady with a silver wand in here hand. “Cinderella, she said ” I am your fairy godmother and you shall go to the ball. But first you must go into the garden and pick a golden pumpkin, then bring me six mice from the mousetraps, a whiskered rat from the rat trap, and six lizards. You’ll find the lizards behind the watering can. Continue reading “Cinderella story on the vine”

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Pineapples of North Dakota

Probably thinking that I am completely lost it. But check this out! It is possible to grow pineapples in North Dakota. Well, it is not like you can plant it in you garden, but… it is still possible with some TLC.

Pineapples are tropical plants. They grow about 2′ tall. It is considered to be more grass  then  a bush.  They don’t tolerate cold temperatures below 50 F. But they are fairly easy to grow as potted plants since they root system is small. Pineapples don’t require full sun what makes them suitable for indoor growing.   Continue reading “Pineapples of North Dakota”

New Garden Shapes: Ornamental Kale

Selling plants in greenhouse I heard a lot of comments like “don’t show me these flowers, I cannot eat them”. But here is answer to this one! Ornamental kale or flowering cabbage it is absolutely stunning fall flower that you can eat if you want!

Here is a little bit information about this garden delight. Continue reading “New Garden Shapes: Ornamental Kale”

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White Disappointment

I am always into trying new things in terms of gardening. I like new shapes, new colors, new flavors. I one of my seed catalogs I found miniature white pickling cucumbers. I was fascinated of idea  to have jar of white cucumbers on cold winter day. It was advertised as never bitter variety. So I decided to try it. Continue reading “White Disappointment”

Delightful Borders of Lisianthus

Lisianthus is native plant for southern part of North America and South America. Here in cold climates we grow it as annual plant. Colors of these flowers varies for deep purple to white, yellow and pink. Most common is  florist lisianthus. It is tall almost 3 ft plant. Long lasting blossoms and rose like flowers makes it perfect cut flower. Quite few times I caught myself staring at these gorgeous blossoms in flower shop as well.  Continue reading “Delightful Borders of Lisianthus”

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This year was my personal learning curve as far as growing eggplant. I always thought that this vegetable (which botanically considered to be berry) grows in tropical climates. But for my own surprise I been introduced to possibilities to grow it here in North Dakota. Apparently our short but dry and hot summer is long enough to get nice crops. Continue reading “Eggplant”

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