Yesterday's Flowers for Today's Gardens

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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March 28, 2018

Best Blossoms for Bees

Colony collapse and bee decline threaten our food supply. Bees, both bees (about 4000 kinds world-wide) and honey bees, depend on nectar from flowers for food. In turn we humans depend on bees to pollinate flowering plants for much of our food and for the beauty of our gardens. Bees don’t purposefully pollinate flowers. While […]

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March 21, 2018

Heritage Flower Farm Honored by National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, is pleased to recognize that Heritage Flower Farm in Waterford / Mukwonago has successfully created a Certified Wildlife Habitat® through its Garden for Wildlife program. NWF celebrates the efforts of Heritage Flower Farm to create a garden space that improves habitat for birds, […]

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March 8, 2018

Spring is nothing if not coy

  Helleborus orientalis Spring is nothing if not coy It teases in late February with a blue-sky day Windless mornings birds sing Then the weatherman –liar that he is, Doesn’t lie when he reports “below normal” And the snowstorm comes on Monday Pussy willow buds push forth in defiance Slowly slowly melting snow Snowdrops bloom […]

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February 23, 2018

Laugh at Walnut Trees

  When you bought your house did you think about asking if there had been walnut trees on the property? No, me either. Whew, there aren’t any here but we’re surrounded by neighbors growing them and the squirrels see our property as a good place to plant them. Every year we dig up at least […]

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February 15, 2018

“Happy Birthday Mr. President”

No, it’s not about Marilyn Monroe and John Kennedy – This is about Plants and George Washington If you’ve ever been to Mount Vernon you know that George Washington (1732-1799) was a great gardener. Like most Virginia planters he started out as a tobacco farmer, but quit and turned to farming mixed crops. He rented […]

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