Monday, June 21, 2010

Spring Gardening in Green Minnesota

Here is the home Karen Anderson and Eric Wickiser in MInnetonka where I have been a gardener since 2002. It has been a joy for me to watch plants and learn from them here. Ligularia, Primulas, Pedicites from Asia with their big leaves. It has also been joy to share in some of these plants with other friends who have gardens around the Twin Cities.

Lady's Mantel, with the beaded water on the leaves is a successful plant in Karen's garden here along a mulched path.

Here is one of the red rocks in the garden with one of the Japanese primroses that do so well here in the wooded part of the garden. It has been an honor to be Karen's gardener here for the past 8 years, nurturing and sharing this space with these wonderful plants.
This year my friend Rob Senden had a vision to create gardens in his sub urban yard in Crystal. Together we roto tilled and he carried in mulch from the city of Maple Grove to create a new bed for the plants. Here are the younger plants we put in as a team. I am grateful for the support of my first business partner in Wopida Group, Xiaosong for his support bringing the plants from the Winsted Grey Schmidt farm into the city this spring and planting the eggplant and pepper. Hot hungarians! . Inspired by the younger energy who sorted the some 30 flats, Jamie Wellik and his daughter and an elder, Eric Wickiser as well.

Here is the triangular garden I helped Amy Brown plant in the back of Jesse's home in St Cloud. A community garden of sorts, Sue Weaver also has contributed plants for this plot. Herbs like cilantro, basil along with eggplant, tomato and all. I heard from Amy yesterday that a hail storm has stripped off some of the leaves. Ah the resiliance of the plant people.