Dames Rocket

Dame’s Rocket

A plant with pretty pink to purple flowers, a long bloom season, fragrant – especially in the evening, attracts butterflies, deer don’t like it, no disease problems, and easy to grow. Sounds like a perfect ornamental plant for the home garden. Not so fast! This “perfect” plant is dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis) and it’s on […]

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Help Line

Ask A Master Gardener!

Dodge County Master Gardener Association and Dodge County UW-Extension announce the opening of the Ask A Master Gardener Helpline. Certified Master Gardener Volunteers will answer your questions about your yard, garden or plants every Tuesday morning from 9am-12pm and every Thursday afternoon from 1pm-4 pm, beginning Tuesday, May 3rd through September 1st. The Certified Master […]

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Oriental Poppy

The Bold, Vibrant Oriental Poppy

Now that spring has officially arrived, the flowers will bloom and brighten the corners of the landscape. First will be the bulb flowers such as the crocus, daffodil, hyacinth, and tulips. Then, a late spring, eye-catching brilliant display of Oriental poppies will dazzle the eyes for many gardeners. Oriental poppies, Papaver orientale, are an old-fashioned […]

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Brilliant foliage of Garden Phlox

The Fine, Fragrant Phlox

While the weather is now not conducive to gardening, it is a good time to plan for next year’s garden. It would be hard to find a landscape that could not accommodate phlox. This versatile, eye-catching perennial comes in a wide variety of colors and in both upright and low-growing types. There are sun-lovers and […]

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Zinnia

Zinnia – A Happy Little Face in the Garden

Perennials are plants that persist for multiple seasons. Generally the top part of the plant will die back in the fall or winter, but the root will remain and new plant growth will appear the following spring. Many gardeners prefer perennials since they do not have to be planted every year. Annuals on the other […]

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Common Purslane

Purslane: To Eat or Not to Eat

One of the bane’s of gardening is weed management. Some weeds fall into the “if you can’t beat them join them” category. Purslane is one of those weeds. Common purslane, Portulaca oleracea, is an edible weed. In fact, in many parts of the world, it is cultivated because of its high nutrient value. It has […]

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