While attending a marriage seminar on communication, Tom and his wife Peg listened to the instructor declare, "It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other." He asked Tom, "Can you describe your wife's favorite flower?" Tom leaned over, touched his wife's arm gently and whispered, "Pillsbury All-Purpose, isn't it?" The rest of the story is not pleasant. —Author unknown


Dan Heims: Planting King

One of the best ways to learn more about horticulture is from people who live the trade, like Dan Heims.

Dan Heims

As president of Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc., Dan has introduced almost 600 varieties to horticulture and is probably best known for heucheras (coral […]

New to gardening? Check this out!

We all start somewhere. If you’re new to gardening this year, you’re in good company! To help you out, Iowa State University has published a great online resource,

Special Issue: Iowa Beginner’s Guide to Home Gardening

While this information is probably most appropriate for Midwest gardeners, there’s a wealth of information and downloadable stuff inside […]

Snow on daffodils: Will it hurt my spring blooms?

It’s snowing in Des Moines (and much of Iowa) as I write today, dumping heavy wet white stuff. A few of my daffodils are already blooming or in bud, but I’m not too worried—yet. The temperature’s just at about 32 or 33 degrees.

I’ll be more concerned if the temps drop much lower, killing the emerging […]

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