Gardening

Filed in Gardening by on March 11, 2014

One of our favorite things to do on the lake is spend time in the garden. Whether it is a potted planter on the patio, a massive edible garden, or something in between, growing and tending to our gardens is a part of the lake lifestyle.

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Hydrangeas: Showiest of Flowering Shrubs

Filed in Gardening by on December 13, 2015
Hydrangeas: Showiest of Flowering Shrubs

Hydrangeas are among the showiest of flowering shrubs with long lasting-flowerheads that bloom mid- summer to autumn when few other shrubs are blooming. These beautiful shrubs are easy to grow, untroubled by pests…

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Is a Butterfly Garden in Your Future?

Filed in Gardening by on August 9, 2015
Is a Butterfly Garden in Your Future?

How about planting a butterfly garden? Brightly-colored winged creatures would flit about your yard sipping flower nectar.

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Raindrops on Rooftops

Filed in Gardening by on June 1, 2015
Raindrops on Rooftops

For centuries, Japanese homes and businesses have utilized rain cups and chains to capture overflow water from rooftops. Unique custom made gutters and water collection systems are another popular alternative for homeowners.

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Bees Are the Bee’s Knees

Filed in Gardening by on June 1, 2015
Bees Are the Bee’s Knees

Back in the 1920s, the “bee’s knees” was a fashionable phrase. Nonsensical as it was, the expression was most often used to denote excellence. I’ve never understood the phrase, but I can tell you it describes bees well…

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A Garden Nears Perfection on Otter Tail Lake

Filed in Gardening by on April 2, 2015
A Garden Nears Perfection on Otter Tail Lake

On the south shore of Otter Tail Lake is a place that was once Tanglewood Camp, Otter Tail Lake’s first resort. By the time Rollie Mann acquired the property in the 1970s…

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The Rain Garden

Filed in Gardening by on February 3, 2015
The Rain Garden

Rain gardens not only enhance the beauty of homes and neighborhoods, they help protect one of our most valuable resources – water.

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Three Plants to Bring Holiday Cheer

Filed in Gardening by on November 15, 2014
Three Plants to Bring Holiday Cheer

Blooming plants are welcome at my house during the holiday season. Whether welcome as guests or housemates depends on how easy the plans are to care for after they bloom…

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Autumn Planting Brings Spring Rewards

Filed in Gardening by on September 17, 2014
Autumn Planting Brings Spring Rewards

When the Midwest turns red and gold, it’s time to get out a garden spade. Autumn is the ideal time for planting trees, shrubs, and bulbs.

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Branching Out

Filed in Gardening by on August 9, 2014
Branching Out

Trees serve a number of important functions, and one of the most important is enhancing home and landscape.

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Splendor on Pickerel Lake

Filed in Gardening by on June 17, 2014
Splendor on Pickerel Lake

On the south shore of Pickerel Lake in Otter Tail County is Floyd and Nellda Lehne’s home. It is also the home of Nellda’s splendid gardens.

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