2019- The Year of Dahlia

Each year the National Garden Bureau designates one bulb or bulb-like plant to highlight and this year’s featured plant is Dahlia. The Dahlia genus was named by the Madrid Botanical Garden for Andreas Dahl, a Swedish botanist and student of Carl Linnaeus. Mexico and Guatemala is the original homeland of dahlia species used to develop today’s garden cultivars. Spanish explorers of Central... Continue Reading →

2019- The Year of Snapdragon

This year the National Garden Bureau  features Snapdragon, Antirrhinum majus, as its annual flower of the year. Snapdragon is often thought of as an old-fashioned flower, evoking childhood memories of a grandparents’ garden. But snapdragons are an easy to grow, multi-purpose plant, which add great color, fragrance and pollinator habitat to any garden. If you haven’t used snapdragons in your... Continue Reading →

Hoya

In the wintertime, people tend to get the winter blues. As a horticulturist, I get the winter blues because I cannot go outside and garden or go to my backyard to get a tomato while I’m cooking supper. One way we can reduce our gloominess due to lack of gardening would be to have houseplants.... Continue Reading →

The Plants of Our Past – Spring

“Is there any garden that doesn’t cast a backward glance, gather meaning to itself by allusion to the places in our past” Michael Pollan January is a time for a glance back. Colder weather, the end of holiday busyness and a lull in home and work activities offer time for reflection. It can be useful... Continue Reading →

Recycled Containers for Seed Starting

In January and February, gardeners are placing seed orders and making plans to start plants for this year’s flowers and crops. Starting plants from seed isn’t difficult, just make sure to purchase high quality seed. In the long run, spending a little more on seeds will ensure good germination and healthy, vigorous plants that perform... Continue Reading →

For The Birds!

When it comes down to the basics, songbirds are no different than any other animal.  They need food, water and shelter to live.  The better the provision of these elements, the more time they stay in a certain area such as your acreage.   Food – A wide variety of bird food choices are available,... Continue Reading →

Poinsettias

A common host gift we take to Holiday parties are Poinsettias. If you receive one for Christmas this year, do you know how to care for it? Poinsettias are a staple for the Christmas season, but they don’t have to be a short-lived gift that is thrown away at the beginning of the year. Poinsettias... Continue Reading →

Christmas Tree Trivia

Views from VanDeWalle

Let’s talk trivia thanks to some facts from the Nebraska Christmas Tree Growers Association webpage:

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Q: For every real Christmas tree harvested, how many seedlings are planted in its place?   A: 2 to 3

Q: How many acres are in production for growing Christmas trees in the U.S?  A:  About 1 million acres

Q: What is the average growing time for a tree to reach average retail height of 6 feet?  A:  7 years

Q: What are the top selling Christmas trees?  A: Balsam Fire, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Noble Fir, Scotch Pine, Virginia Pin, White Pine

Q: How many Nebraska counties have Christmas tree growers?  A:  15

I wish you and your family a very blessed Holiday season!

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