Yesterday's Flowers for Today's Gardens

September 18, 2018

“Queen of the Lilies”

“Queen of the Lilies” Lilium auratum Gold Band lily They called it “Queen of the Lilies” in Victorian England. Red spots decorate its recurved pristine white petals with a yellow stripe down the middle of each petal. Queens wear only the best perfume. In late summer its sweet fragrance wafts yards and yards away. A […]

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August 30, 2018

Want to feed the bees now?

It’s a buzz with bees. Now – late summer and fall are a particularly important time to feed bees. This is the VERY BEST shrub /small tree to feed bees at this time. It flowers now when few other shrubs bloom, then turns its white flowers into red calyxes lasting into October. There’s also the […]

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August 15, 2018

Happy Birthday Meriwether Lewis!

You might think of Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809) as the leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and you would be right. But Jefferson tasked Lewis, on the journey, with finding plants. Lewis, with occasional help from William Clark, Sacagawea, and others, found and collected more than 250 plants on the trip from Camp Dubois near […]

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July 31, 2018

Too late to plant?

IS IT TOO LATE TO PLANT? This is for us folks north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Those of you who can grow tropical plants outside in December please ignore this. You can laugh if you want but we can grow Peonies and you can’t so there. Several people here in south-eastern Wisconsin (Z 5) in […]

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June 28, 2018

5 Favorite Perennials for the Dog Days of Summer

Spring is over. Peonies, Anemones, Bleeding hearts gone, done, sayonara until next spring. All’s not lost. Many flowers can color your garden in the coming dog days. Here are some of our favorites. Gaillardia aristata  Blanket Flower.  Yellow and red daisy petals surround red cones non-stop, June-October, a true winner.           […]

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June 12, 2018

Wanna get more plants?

WANNA GET MORE PLANTS? when to collect seed? NOW – sometimes People figure they need to wait until fall to collect seed. That’s only true for some plants. Plants that flower in spring make seed in late spring or early summer. If you don’t collect them now they will have scattered before you know it. […]

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May 4, 2018


 or what kind of wood would a wood chip chip…. Heritage Flower Farm uses LOTS AND LOTS of wood chips. Why we use wood chips: They are free (chase wood chip trucks, ask your municipality, or make friends with a tree guy. Thank you Calvin, our tree guy). They reduce weeds. They add organic matter […]

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April 11, 2018

Round Two – Happy Birthday Mr. President

Some think of him as the author of the Declaration of Independence or advocate of religious freedom or state’s rights but to me he was the greatest president-gardener. By now you’ve probably guessed – Thomas Jefferson, born 275 years ago this Friday the 13th. Obsessive, compulsive, perfectionist, curious, persistent all describe Jefferson as some of […]

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