House Finch & Husky Fur
As mentioned in the April 25, 2018 Ozaukee Press "Ozaukee Gardener" column, here is a link to a video of a female house finch gathering dog fur for her nest:
As mentioned in the May 21, 2014 Ozaukee Press "Ozaukee Gardener" column, here is a photo of the garlic mustard plant:
As mentioned in the November 6, 2013 Ozaukee Press, here are some photos of invasive plants to look out for in your garden:
Buckthorn (rhamnus cathartica):
As mentioned in the September 19, 2012 Ozaukee Press, here is a link to a web page detailing the issues with using damaged apples and potential problems with the toxin "patulin": Link Here
As mentioned in the September 15 Ozaukee Press, here is a link to The Journey North's monarch butterfly southerly migration web page:
On the Wing
As mentioned in the August 25 Ozaukee Press, here is a link to the video of a female goldfinch harvesting pet fur for her nest:
As mentioned in the May 5, 2010 column, garlic mustard plants are blooming now in Port Washington. Please pull these plants and dispose of them in the dumpster at the city recycling yard. Here are some photos of Garlic Mustard -- Click on the photo for a larger view.
As mentioned in the March 3, 2010 column, here are some links to plant trials in our area:
Chicago Botanic Garden's Ornamental Plant Development department -- CLICK HERE to visit their website
University of Wisconsin's West Madison Agricultural Research Station -- CLICK HERE to visit their website
Arthritis & Gardening
As mentioned in the January 20, 2010 column, here are some references for information on gardening with arthritis:
ENABLING GARDENING REFERENCES (Adobe PDF)
The University of Wisconsin Extension Office has a Gardening and Arthritis pamphlet available with lots of information. Their project was funded by the Wisconsin Arthritis Program and other local agencies. For more information contact:
Anne Kissack MPH, RD -- akissack[at]milahec.org
Amy Meinen -- meineam[at]dhfs.state.wi.us
Bill Wright -- wright_wp[at]co.brown.wi.us
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Left-handed people can often benefit from having tools that are designed especially for southpaws. They are usually more comfortable than those designed for right-handers and often work better, as well.
Here are some sources for left-handed gardening tools:
Our local Riveredge Nature Center has a number of interesting programs coming up in March and April. Among these are several bird-related workshops, childrens' programs and even maple syrup making!
The complete Riveredge website can be found at this link.
As mentioned in the April 16, 2008 "Ozaukee Gardener" column, here are some links to online maps of migrations:
Journey North -- Hummingbirds, monarchs, robins, swallows and more!
Hummingbirds.net -- Ruby-throated hummingbird tracking map
Midwest Fruit Explorers
As mentioned in the October 10, 2007 "Ozaukee Gardener" column, here are some links to fruit-growing information:
Follow this link to watch a great little video about a standard city lot in the Chicago area with over 170 miniature apple trees! Gene Yale walks you through his back yard and talks about his trees, which are full-sized fruit varieties grafted onto dwarfing rootstock.
Follow this link to visit the Midwest Fruit Explorers website. This is a group of amateur fruit growers who share information and conduct seminars several times each year to help others learn grafting and growing techniques.
Garden Tours Overseas
As mentioned in the March 22, 2006 "Ozaukee Gardener" column in The Ozaukee Press, here are some links to garden touring in other countries:
Australia - Open
As mentioned in the June 22, 2005 "Ozaukee Gardener" column in The Ozaukee Press, here are some links to details on oxalis and "orchid weed"!
Tender Perennial Suggestions
As mentioned in the April 9, 2003 "Ozaukee Gardener" column in The Ozaukee Press, here are some suggestions for tender perennials for use in container gardens from a presentation by Anthony Noel at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.
Mr. Noel's point here is that there are lots of other choices for containers than red geraniums with cordalyne spikes for sun or impatiens for shade. I'm sure everything he recommends is great, if you can afford it.
My alternatives aren't meant to be the same as his but to suggest that there are things in your yard that can be used creatively to make your container gardens unique - at least until everybody else tries it. Using plants at hand will stretch your gardening dollar.
As always, I suggest you invest in good containers of ample size. The new lightweight, Thermalite pots are great. They're easy to handle and provide insulation for plant roots in places that are hot and sunny. Smaller pots make more work for the gardener since you'll need to water more frequently. Some plants also need more room to grow large enough to make the kind of display you'll want.
Salvia patens - blue flowers, silver foliage, zone 8-9
Alstromeria braziliensis 'Alba' - white with a green throat; plants have stiff roots which break easily - don't transplant' zone 8-10
Agapanthus 'Blue Imp' - clear, light blue lily-like
flower, zone 8-10
Crinum x powelii 'alba' or 'rosa' - fragrant, amaryllis
type flower (bulb), zone 7-10
Senecio cineraria 'Silver Dust' - familiar bedding
plant used as standard, zone 8-10
Hygrangea macrophylla, lace-cap - woody shrubs in a
variety of colors
You might also try these plants. I prefer them because most are zone hardy here. If you don't have room in a protected garage, you may be able to overwinter them by sinking their containers in the garden and mulching the area well. This has worked for me. You can also establish these plants in the garden and then take free divisions for your containers.
Salvia daghestanica - dwarf silver leafed sage zone 5-8
Miniature trees and shrubs also work well in containers, and can give tropical feel to the garden. When it comes to plants like bananas, however, be sure you know the definition of "dwarf." This just means smaller than normal and, since some plants grow to 30', a dwarf will be 10' or more. This may be larger than you're prepared to house in the living room over the winter.
Ficus carica 'Petite Negra' - this fig bares fruit twice a year in June and September. It will grow between 5-8' tall in a container, full sun, zone 7 plus
Musca Cavendish 'Super Dwarf' - this banana grows about 3-5' tall and may bare 3-6" fruit, full sun, zone 9 plus
Banana "look" can be mimicked with tubers like cannas, available in many leaf colors.
Christmas Gift Ideas
As mentioned in the November 27 "Ozaukee Gardener" column in The Ozaukee Press, here are the links to some gardening-related gifts:
Urban Heat Islands
As mentioned in the November 20 "Ozaukee Gardener" column in The Ozaukee Press, here are some interesting links to information on the Web:
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