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Randel A. Agrella

Randel A. Agrella managed the rare seed production for Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company for over a decade and also offers heirloom vegetable plants in season on his website, abundantacres.net.

 

 

Monarda ‘Pardon My Pink’ and ‘Pardon My Purple’
by Susan Martin - posted 06/27/14

Gardeners have long had a love/hate relationship with bee balm (Monarda spp.). The fragrant perennial herb attracts butterflies and hummingbirds like crazy, but also tends to get powdery mildew and take over the garden. That is, until now ...   >> read article
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Double Zahara Fire
Zinnia marylandica ‘Pas553645’
by Mark A. Konlock - posted 06/20/14

Double Zahara Fire and Cherry zinnias make a winning combination ...   >> read article
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Tropicanna Canna
by Mark A. Konlock - posted 06/13/14

What better way to dream of the upcoming gardening season than to think about the tropical feel that we can bring to our Wisconsin gardens? Amazingly, plants like cannas and elephant ears can grow to be behemoths, even in our northern growing season. There are a multitude of cultivars to choose from, so check out local garden centers and online suppliers, such as Brent and Becky’s Bulbs and Plant Delights Nursery to find yours ...   >> read article
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Mercury Rising Tickseed
by Susan Martin - posted 06/06/14

Be sure to add this brand new, first of its kind, truly hardy, red flowered coreopsis to your wish list this spring. It’s an absolute dynamo that blooms all summer. The broad mound of bright green foliage becomes covered in gorgeous, velvety, wine-red blossoms. During the hottest part of summer, the petals have lightly “frosted” tips. Like the others in the Big Bang™ series, the flowers on Mercury Rising are sterile, so it blooms continuously for months and won’t reseed around the garden ...   >> read article
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Prairie Smoke
Geum triflorum
by Roy Diblik - posted 05/30/14

Geum triflorum is an early blooming, native perennial that provides months of interest. In early to mid-April, you’ll see red flower buds just above the cut foliage, only 4 to 6 inches tall. The whole plant—foliage and the flowers—elongate over time, growing 12 to 15 inches tall. From late April through May, the nodding pink flowers bloom. The best part comes as the flowers mature and the red stamens elongate up to 2 inches, giving the plant its smoky appearance ...   >> read article
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