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Flowers, Fruits, and Frass

Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.
Jan  25 blackberry University of illinois

Pruning Blackberries for Productivity

As a child, my grandparents would send me to the unmanaged portions of their property to pick blackberries with my sisters. Most of the time we brought enough back for grandma to make a pie, and probably just as much sun sweetened fruits in our bellies. For backyard garden blackberries, active management of these brambles will boast more produce. Suggested blackberry cultivars for centr...

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Jan  18 Wedding Flowers

Wedding Flower Trends for 2019

It may be hard to predict what a bride will want for her wedding day, but is likely to include gorgeous flowers. Barn weddings with rustic materials have been popular for years, but floral designers are seeing a shift in 2019 towards a 1970s bohemian style, and an elegant industrial style. Here are some field reports on what brides are asking for this year. Color Pastel blooms h...

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Jan  11 Pulmonaria saccharata Allsup

Early Spring Bloomers

Posted by Kelly Allsup -

Even non-gardeners welcome the sight of early blooming perennials. Here are some early spring bloomers to look out for in the garden. Iberis semperverins , known as Candytuft, is a low-growing, mounded perennial that puts out numerous rounded tufts of flat white flowers, covering its slender evergreen foliage. These flowers make their appearance as early as March, and can be a s...

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HLGD 2019

Register Now for Home, Lawn and Garden Day by Brittnay Haag

Register NOW for Home, Lawn and Garden Day - a day of gardening fun and learning! BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension McLean County Master Gardeners would like to invite you to their 17th annual Home, Lawn and Garden Day on Saturday, March 2 at Catholic High School in Bloomington. Home, Lawn and Garden Day is a day dedicated to garden fun! It is an idea...

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