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  1. Fall Colors and Last Blooms

    October 7, 2007 by Jocelyn


    This picture doesn’t do this tree justice; it is a huge, gorgeous maple inside of a small, square courtyard at my old college. I looks amazing right now, and I wanted to get more pictures of it, but a big thunderstorm chased me back inside.


    There are only a few new blooms on the hydrangea bushes; this one looks like it’s almost ready!


    And some happy pink daisies!



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  2. My Hardy Annuals – GTS Pics

    September 30, 2007 by Jocelyn



    Here’s a picture of the Vincas I was talking about in my previous post. Like I said, they were by far the most hardy plant I had all summer. They are still in their containers right now blooming away, even after being scorched in a hot car, and frozen outside in the Minnesota cold.



    Oh, Alyssum. How do I love thee? These tiny little flowers never fail to give me a great showing every summer. I started them from seed, and although they looked very fragile they toughened up a lot once they were put outside. I must say, I was really impressed with myself as they were one of the few seedlings that I didn’t kill.




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  3. Busy Bugs and Big Roses

    September 23, 2007 by Jocelyn


    The bees have been out and about lately. This little guy was very nice about having his picture taken.



    I also found this grasshopper chilling out on this nice rose.



    I absolutely love these roses, they are gorgeous.



    And some lovely white roses.



    This bee was very busy. I chased him around for a few minutes before I got a decent shot of him.



    All of these roses were huge! I tried to get a good shot next to my hand to show you; this is the best one I could get with my 50mm lens.





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  4. Green Thumb Sunday!

    September 2, 2007 by Jocelyn

    My boyfriend and I took a trip to Enger Tower this past week for some pictures. The tower has a great view of the city, and some impressive shade gardens as well.

    Here’s the view of the lift bridge from the top of the tower.


    And a little bee on a Purple Coneflower.


    This is the most Coleus plants I’ve ever seen in one place at a time!


    Their Impatiens were beautiful! I love the coral colored ones. It was interesting because you could see that the ones who were in shade all day were much thicker than the ones that got some sun during the day. The difference was incredible.





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  5. Green Thumb Sunday – New Plant of the Month!

    August 26, 2007 by Jocelyn

    Yes, that’s right- Plant of the Month. I’ve decided to change it to a monthly posting, because I’d like to do more weekly posts for you that outline other important tips and ideas on gardening. Anyways, I just finished reading Blue Dahlia (In the Garden, Book 1) by Nora Roberts, which is about 3 women who work together at a large greenhouse. When she mentioned pots full of bright colored pansies, I decided to make them my next Plant of the Month (dorky, I know- but they are a great plant!)



    The great thing about Pansies is that they can be grown pretty much anywhere! It is most definitely a “plant for all seasons.” In northern states like Minnesota, we grow them as annuals through the summer. In states with warmer climates, such as California, they can be grown all year round!


    Pansies truly are wonderful flowers not only for their continuous blooms, but for the many colors and sizes you can find them in. Pansies generally fall into one of 3 size categories:

    • Large Pansies usually have flowers up to 3-4 inches in diameter. These large Pansies include Accord, Lyric, Medallion, Majestic Giant, and Swiss Giant varieties.
    • Medium Pansies grow flowers around 2-3 inches in diameter, and include Joker, Imperial, Roc, and Crown varieties.
    • Small Pansies range in diameter from 1-2 inches, and include Crystal Bowl, Universal, and Maxim varieties.


    If you’d like to start Pansies from seed, here are a few tips for you:

    • Pansy seeds should be sown carefully. It usually works best just to press them into your germinating mixture, and not bury them in the dirt. If you’d like to you can cover them with a fine layer (1/8 inch or less) of your mixture or vermiculite, which will help retain moisture.
    • Pansies don’t need darkness to germinate; the reason that many say this is because it is important to keep your germinating mixture cool, and that isn’t easy to do if your flat is sitting under warm grow lights. An easy way to germinate your Pansy seeds is to cover your flat or container with plastic, then place damp, folded newspaper on top of that. If that seems like too much for you, just make sure you put them in a cool spot, and make sure they get lots of light once they start sprouting!
    • Make sure that you check your seeds every day! Do not let them dry out, and if they need more water, use a spray bottle or anything that will lightly mist the soil.
    • The seeds should germinate within 10-20 days. Remember, keeping the growing medium cool is key here. The mixture should remain between 60-65 degrees. Room temperatures between 70-75 degrees work just fine since the mixture is usually cooler than the air temperature. Or if you just have a cool tile floor by a window, that works too.


    Once your plants are well established, and it has gotten warm enough to plant them in your outdoor garden, put them in full or partial sun. Don’t hesitate to pinch off the old blooms, this will just encourage them to bloom more profusely. Just like any plant, be careful not to over water them. The soil should be moist.



    FUN FACT: The pansy gets its name from the French word pensée meaning “thought”. It was so named because the flower resembles a human face and in August it nods forward as if deep in thought.





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