Purple Prairie Clover – KNPS 2023 Wildflower of the Year

I recently wrote a brief article on purple prairie clover for the newest edition of the Kansas Native Plant Society newsletter and thought it would be relevant to cross-promote on our blog. Purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea) is the Kansas Native Plant Society 2023 KansasWildflower of the Year (WOY). Found throughout Kansas, this erect perennial […]

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Shiny New Plants for 2023

In one of the horticulture magazines I received this week, I was drawn to an article about some shiny new plants for 2023. I don’t know what it is about new plants, but I like to see the unique, unusual and up and coming each year. It is one of the great things about gardening – […]

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New Native Plants for Florakansas

“New native plants” is a misnomer we use a lot throughout our blogs and newsletters. In fact, they have been here for eons! But we get pretty excited around here when we can add a lesser-known native to our inventory for the first time. “New” just means newly available to our customers. Thanks to growing […]

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New Year, New Plants

Winter is a great time for gardeners to curl up on the sofa and pore over seed and plant catalogs. Every year I try to order a few new plants to spice up our inventory and widen our species diversity. Just looking at all those beautiful blooms to choose from gets me excited for spring! […]

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Welcoming the Year Ahead

As 2022 comes to a close, we reflect back on all the wonderful things we accomplished with your help in the past twelve months – completed our island renovation project, replaced our greenhouse roof with a more wind-hardy solution, watched the plants persevere through a very wet spring and an extremely dry summer and fall, […]

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Songs of the Solstice

When the weather is cold and the days are short, I just want to curl up on the couch and rest. And according to prairie plants, that’s exactly what I should be doing! As much as it pains us to see our favorite plants dry up and freeze in the fall, cold weather is an […]

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A Few Favorite Plants

It looks like winter is settling in as the forecast seems to be turning colder in the coming days. It is a perfect time to reflect on the past year in the garden.  It has been a tough year to grow just about everything, due to the monsoon rains in spring followed by the desert […]

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Grateful for the Beauty of Nature

I am grateful for the beauty of nature which reminds me to slow down and take a deep breath. How was it possible, I asked myself, to walk for an hour through the woods and see nothing worthy of note? I who cannot see find hundreds of things to interest me through mere touch. I […]

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