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Northern gardeners are seeing lots of spotted and yellowing leaves, prompting them to ask, "What's wrong with my tomato?"

What Is Wrong with My Tomatoes?

Like a lot of northern gardeners, my tomatoes were looking fantastic up until about a week ago. The plants were large, flowers and fruit plentiful and everything looking green and…

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These bee balm plants were about 5 feet tall and stunning.

Plant Profile: Bee Balm

We’ve written about bee balm (Monarda) on this blog before because, frankly, it’s such a star in the summer garden. It seems that every year during garden tour season, I…

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Plant Profile: Liatris

If you are searching for a beautifully colored and easy-to-grow perennial to add to your garden, Liatris is the plant for you. Liatris plants have two common names, Blazing Star…

The rock garden near the house was built in honor of Mary's mother.

Last Chance to Visit Mary’s Garden

This weekend is one of the big weekends of the year for garden tours. (Next weekend is, too.) The St. Anthony Park Garden Club tour is among those held this…

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Hot Off the Press: Cultivating Garden Style

This review appears in the July/August 2015 issue of Northern Gardener. If you’re tired of being told exactly how to create the most beautiful containers or the most efficient compost…

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Look Who’s Back! Japanese Beetles

Our editor took the picture above yesterday in a nice rose garden in the eastern Twin Cities. In case you don’t recognize it (he was not very eager to have…

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Plant Profile: Showy Lady’s Slipper

Every school child in Minnesota should be able to recognize the whimsical, shoe-like  look of the showy lady’s slipper (Cypripedium reginae), our state flower and a show-stopping orchid that is…

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Plant Profile: Ninebark

During the recent Garden Bloggers Fling, I had an opportunity to watch Sarah Nixon of My Luscious Backyard demonstrate how to make a bouquet using the flowers and foliage from…