Tag: Reba Gilliand

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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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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October Blooms

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October Blooms

Beautiful autumn flower-gardens are rare. Come September, we look to the yellows, reds, and oranges of turning leaves to bring the landscape to life. The Zimmerman gardens are an exception.

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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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Shrubs Are Mainstay of the Landscape

Filed in Landscaping by on May 3, 2014
Shrubs Are Mainstay of the Landscape

Shrubs provide a framework around which to design a garden. Whether planting a border, woodland, around your house or drive, or some other landscape space…

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Be Prepared to do Battle Against Weeds

Filed in Gardening by on April 19, 2014
Be Prepared to do Battle Against Weeds

Gertrude Stein is famous for saying, “A rose is a rose is a rose.” I say, “A weed is a weed is a weed.” (Who the heck is Gertrude Stein anyway?)

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So Many Choices with the Versatile Hosta

Filed in Gardening by on April 15, 2014
So Many Choices with the Versatile Hosta

What is the most versatile plant in the garden? If you said hosta, I agree. Long a star in the shade garden, the hosta now has a place in the sun as well.

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