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Copyright 2019 Design n Bloom Sun, 24 Mar 2019 11:07:25 -0500 http://backend.userland.com/rss/ ImpressCMS 1.3.11 Blog steve@design-n-bloom.com steve@design-n-bloom.com 60 en Design n Bloom - Blog https://www.design-n-bloom.com/images/logo.gif https://www.design-n-bloom.com 144 50 Why Do We Garden? https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=35 <p><a href="http://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/xcgal/albums/Image/10003/normal_gardening-9689.jpg"><img alt="We all garden" src="https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/xcgal/albums/Image/10003/thumb-gardening-9689.jpg" style="width: 180px; height: 119px; float: left; margin-right: 10px;" title="How does your garden grow?" /></a>As I am out dealing with &amp;#39;<a href="http://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=14" title="What is a weed?">weeds</a>&amp;#39;, I often wonder about what I&amp;#39;m really doing. After all, a plant is a weed&amp;nbsp;<span style="font-size: 10pt;">only&amp;nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">by circumstance. And, what compels me to do what I do? I yank one plant out by the roots, yet gently nestle another in nearby.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">I realize plants grow in places we don&amp;#39;t&amp;nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">want them to. And - they won&amp;#39;t grow where we do want them to. They grow in places we don&amp;#39;t expect them to. And they&amp;#39;ve grown without us doting over them and bringing them water and food. All of this leads to a very difficult question to answer - Why does it matter? Why do we garden?</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> <a href="https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=35" title="Why Do We Garden?">continue reading ...</a> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 13:10:00 -0500 https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=35 After the Storm - What To Do Next https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=33 <p><img alt="Here comes the rain again" src="https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/xcgal/albums/Image/10003/thumb-hail-storm-shelf-cloud.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; float: left; width: 135px; height: 180px;" title="the edge of the storm" />How&amp;#39;s everybody doing today?&amp;nbsp;Anybody see any talking lions, scarecrows, tin men or flying monkeys?</p> <p>Last night we got some wicked hail here in the Twin Cities - in Eagan, we got over 1&amp;quot;&amp;nbsp;of rain and after the hail stopped, most of the ground was completely white. This morning, I still had a pile of hail on the deck that hadn&amp;#39;t melted, yet. Today, it was time to clean up.</p> <p><strong>Check for impending danger!</strong></p> <p>If you have trees or overhead power lines near your property, make sure you start by looking up. There may still be branches that haven&amp;#39;t fallen completely and could land on you, a family member or a neighbor. Or, a tree trunk may be split and it will only be a matter of time before it topples over. Clear the area of any potential danger before proceeding with any other clean up effort.</p> <p> <a href="https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=33" title="After the Storm - What To Do Next">continue reading ...</a> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 21:20:00 -0500 https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=33 Today is Mother's Day! Let the planting begin! https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=32 <p><img alt="Easter lilies sprouting in Eagan" src="https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/xcgal/albums/Image/10003/thumb-lily-sprouting.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; float: left; width: 135px; height: 180px;" title="Lilies sprouting in Eagan" />Today I noticed our lilies are starting to sprout. These are lilies we received (yes, even florists and gardeners get plants and flower arrangements as gifts) and then planted around our yard.</p> <p>Trivia question: <em>When do&amp;nbsp;Easter lilies bloom?</em></p> <p>Well, that&amp;#39;s a bit of a trick question! Normally, lilies will bloom in mid-summer. The lily plants you see blooming at Easter have been forced to bloom at that time by exposing them to 1,000 hours (42 days) of moist cold temperatures and then warming them up to 60 - 70 F, causing them to sprout and then bloom. Once they sprout, it is about 40 - 45 days before they bloom, at least in our yard here in Eagan MN (between USDA hardiness zones 4 and 5)</p> <p> <a href="https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=32" title="Today is Mother&amp;#039;s Day! Let the planting begin!">continue reading ...</a> Sun, 12 May 2013 07:20:00 -0500 https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=32 Care and Feeding of Your Arrangements https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=31 <p><img alt="bouquets boxed for delivery" src="https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/xcgal/albums/Image/10003/thumb-flower-arrangements-delivery.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; float: left; width: 180px; height: 135px;" title="take care of your flowers" />Your fresh arrangement has been prepped and fed to give you long-lasting enjoyment. Every arrangement we deliver was made to order with the freshest flowers possible. To keep your bouquet looking fresh longer, we&amp;#39;ve prepared a <a href="http://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/wiwimod/index.php?page=Caring+for+Fresh+Flower+Arrangements" title="For longer lasting arrangements, give them proper care">care and feeding guide</a> for you.</p> <p> <a href="https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=31" title="Care and Feeding of Your Arrangements">continue reading ...</a> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 09:10:00 -0600 https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=31 Flowers for St. Valentine https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=30 <p>&amp;nbsp;<img alt="Roses, lilies, hydrangea for Valentine's" src="https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/xcgal/albums/Image/10003/thumb_mothers-day-Photo%20May%2011%2C%206%2059%2010%20PM.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; float: left; width: 90px; height: 120px;" title="Fresh flowers for Valentine's Day" />We are coming up on the 14th of February - a day set aside to observe love and devotion.</p> <p>Since Valentine&amp;#39;s Day is observed worldwide, this isn&amp;#39;t just another Hallmark holiday. It is the second most celebrated holiday in the world (New Year&amp;#39;s Day is #1). In fact, Valentine&amp;#39;s Day goes back quite a ways - to the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14th as a day to honor St. Valentine (A real person! Actually, there are several saints named Valentine - possibly as many as 11). <a href="https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=30" title="Flowers for St. Valentine">continue reading ...</a> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 13:00:00 -0600 https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=30 Mae Flowers https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=29 <p><img alt="Mae" src="https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/xcgal/albums/Image/10003/thumb_mae-100th.JPG" style="margin-right: 10px; float: left; width: 98px; height: 120px;" />Both of us had grandparents known for their gardens and we were blessed to get to know them. We hope we may have even inherited some of their passion. For them, gardening was much more than tending plants - it was a part of life. Their gardens allowed them to share their abundance with friends and neighbors, and were not just for their own enjoyment.</p> <p>Mae Holm (Gayle&amp;#39;s grandma), passed away last May, at the age of 103. Today would have been her 104th birthday. Grandma was the original namesake for Design n Bloom - we were Mae Flowers - but, it was suggested we choose a more descriptive name. <a href="https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=29" title="Mae Flowers">continue reading ...</a> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 21:20:00 -0500 https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=29 Blue is the New Green https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=27 <p><img alt="BlueThumb.org" src="https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/xcgal/albums/Image/bluethumb180.png" style="float: left; width: 180px; height: 103px;" title="BlueThumb - planting for clean water" />Recently, I attended a seminar on planting for clean water presented by the <a href="http://dakotaswcd.org/" title="Dakota County SWCD">Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District</a> (Dakota County SWCD), <a href="http://bluethumb.org/" title="Blue Thumb">Blue Thumb</a> and the city of <a href="http://cityofeagan.com/">Eagan</a>. Living in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and truly enjoying sitting on our deck looking out over a man-made pond each summer, we have a vested interest in how we plan and care for water management in our yards.</p> <p>Just counting those with a surface area of an acre or more, there are about 200 natural lakes and wetlands in Eagan, and almost all are part of a stormwater drainage system. Adding in the man-made waterbodies, there are over 1,200. The stormwater management area shared with my neighbors &amp;quot;across the pond&amp;#39; is much smaller than that, but it supports quite a bit of wildlife. From the time the ice is out (nice and early this year) until it freezes over again in December, we watch for the returning ducks and mergansers to hatch new generations of their families, listen for the frogs to start their springtime serenades (a couple just started last night), and we smile when the turtles wake up and start sunning themselves on the big rock again.</p> <p>You may not have a waterbody on your property like we do, but chances are, you enjoy time at a lake or on a river - Minnesota has the highest percentage of people vacationing in the state where they live. You&amp;#39;ve also got a roof over your heads, rain gutters and downspouts to divert water away from your foundation, a driveway, sidewalks and probably a little bit of lawn. Everyone of those contributes to runoff and adds to the stormwater management system. If we don&amp;#39;t do a better job of restoring some of the native plantings that used to handle rainfall, more of our waterbodies will be turning green instead of blue.</p> <p> <a href="https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=27" title="Blue is the New Green">continue reading ...</a> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 10:50:00 -0500 https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=27 Eagan Wedding Workshop 2012 https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=26 <p><img alt="Sara wanted tulips for her wedding bouquet" src="https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/xcgal/albums/Image/10003/thumb_Sara-bouquet148.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; float: left; width: 96px; height: 120px;" title="Yellow tulip wedding bouquet" />It&amp;#39;s always more enjoyable when you get to know the people in your community. Eagan is a great community and there are some great local businesses, especially when it comes to wedding venues and vendors.</p> <p>That&amp;#39;s why we&amp;#39;re excited to be participating in <a href="http://www.cityofeagan.com/live/event.aspx?id=48979" title="The Eagan Wedding Workshop">The Wedding Workshop</a>, a local wedding fair being held at the <a href="http://www.cityofeagan.com/live/article.aspx?id=40555" title="Weddings at Eagan Community Center">Eagan Community Center</a> on March 18 from 1 - 4 p.m.</p> <p>You will be able to talk to over 30 different businesses that provide products and services for weddings - everyone from caterers to photographers to bakers to formal wear. There will even be a florist or 2 to check out.</p> <p>Eagan Community Center is located at 1501 Central Parkway, near the Lockheed Martin campus just off Pilot Knob Road. Admission to The Wedding Workshop is only $2 and one of the prizes is $100 off your rental at Eagan Community Center. We&amp;#39;ll be offering some specials, too, but you&amp;#39;ll need to stop by to find out what they are!</p> <p>I&amp;#39;m glad we&amp;#39;ll be there, because we&amp;#39;ll be able to meet some of the other <a href="http://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/wiwimod/index.php?page=EaganWeddings" title="Resources for Eagan weddings">businesses in Eagan that offer wedding services</a>.</p> <p>&amp;nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 20:30:00 -0600 https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=26 March Madness - Gardening in Minnesota https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=25 <p><img alt="View from our deck in Eagan" src="https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/xcgal/albums/Image/10003/thumb_spring-thaw.JPG" style="margin-right: 5px; float: left; width: 120px; height: 90px;" title="View from our deck in Eagan" />Typically, Minnesotans are not doing much yardwork during March, except for clearing snow off the driveways and sidewalks. Statistically speaking, March is <strong>not </strong>the snowiest month in Minnesota, but somehow we&amp;#39;ve awarded it that title. (Actually, January tops the chart for the highest average snowfall, but not by much). March is when we start to see the outdoors start to wake up, little by little - a few more minutes of sunlight every day, trees are sending out new growth and birds are starting to be more active, too.</p> <p>Before we head outside for a much needed revival, there are a few things you can do to brighten up your house and home.</p> <p> <a href="https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=25" title="March Madness - Gardening in Minnesota">continue reading ...</a> Sat, 03 Mar 2012 13:10:00 -0600 https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=25 The Eagan Floral Scene https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=24 <p><img alt="" src="https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/xcgal/albums/Image/open-for-business.jpg" style="float: left; width: 120px; height: 127px;" />Back in the first part of 2011, the last full time floral shop in Eagan closed its doors. We often would refer callers looking for a last minute flower arrangement to Eagan Floral, but we&amp;#39;ve had to adjust and find other alternatives. This isn&amp;#39;t new news, but it is something small businesses are having to deal with more regularly. We&amp;#39;re ready to help you sort this out.</p> <p> <a href="https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=24" title="The Eagan Floral Scene">continue reading ...</a> Sun, 25 Sep 2011 14:00:00 -0500 https://www.design-n-bloom.com/modules/imblogging/post.php?post_id=24