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What’s New In Wabasha

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

This is my first ‘What’s New In Wabasha’ where we will weekly post specials, reminders and notices of happenings, sales and services around Wabasha, MN. We cater to Mom and Pop shops. You know, the kind where you get special products and or services with a special smile attached because we are all in this together and some of us are making
it lots easier for some of us to get it together.

This week because it is my first week, second day of even thinking about this blog, I have two places I want to talk about. Cabbage Patch Garden Center and Floral Gift shops are the first. This lovely compound is hidden from the street view but if you stop and park, you will wonder into a wonderland of plants, shrubs, trees, and more. There is a huge wisteria vine growing over a greenhouse that you will not want to miss and every week the view is updated as the last one got sold! We have purchased many plants and other items from Cabbage Patch and couldn’t be happier with the quality and beauty of our purchases. From rose bushes to wind chimes, all lovely things to help our gardens sparkle!

This week, Brian has some special deals to tell be about and as soon as he does, I’ll tell you.
Cabbage Patch Garden Center
917 Hiawatha Dr W
Wabasha, MN 55981
(651) 565-2995

The second place is Flour Mill Pizzeria in Wabasha. This restaurant with attached ice cream and candy parlor like from the olden days is quite a treasure. I have enjoyed the pizza, fresh as it can be, the lasagna, so Italy, chicken pot pie, Marie Calendar, look out, and lovely red pepper side salad, cannot be denied. If you are hungry on a Monday, they are opened. Nice for me because I am always ready to go out and dine on Mondays. Not so much
Tues or Wed when the Flour Mill is closed.

They have great outdoor seating with the Mississippi River about 100 yards away! And you get to see the whole
river view. So beautiful. Come here to eat after the National Eagle Center, or just come here to eat and you will not be sorry, I guarantee it.

Flour Mill Pizzeria
146 Main St W
Wabasha, MN 55981
(651) 560-4170

Selling Our Northfield Home

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Here is a slide show of our home. It has lots of great features and the location couldn’t be better for families with children. Recently painted outside and 6 year old roof, great fenced in yard, low maintenance landscaping, very close to walking path, park, shopping and schools and highway. No sump pump or flooding issues. It is a very good deal. We have lots of info on the house and garden we will share with the new owner.

Thanks for looking! Please see Edina Realty, The Reiland Group if interested in this $139,900 home located at 1200 Heritage Drive.

Think Spring for Free!

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

The Farmer’s Almanac made me an offer I could not ignore.  When you sign up for e mail newsletters, they also offer you free downloads and one garden guide online.
The Garden  Guide is 130 some epages, and chock full of interesting stuff.  Plus, it’s the best looking e-zine I have seen to date. If you have an hour or so to spare and want to catch up on the old and new gardening methods and tips.  GO now… and grow later!

My Northfield Garden

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Been meaning to do more here for some time.  Here’s a quick rundown of the plants and trees I have in my back yard right now.

Henry Hudson Rose Bush.   Full grown, blooms 150 blooms several times throughout the year.  Pale pink to white.

Apothecary Rose.  Given to me by a garden club member who had to move and couldn’t take it with her, some of the loveliest bluish red roses I have ever seen.

We don’t do much to these plants, just water and take away any diseased looking leaves we might encounter.  Water only during times of stressful drought that we first see on more tender plants.  Oh, every spring, I heap a load of good earth over the roots and every autumn, some cedar chips.

A pair of ak Tree Hydrangea.  Lovely this year after a few years of waiting for maturity.  They make a nice winter statement now that the blooms stay on the bush and the bushes stand up nice and tall.

There is a nice Japanese dogwood about as tall as I am. Lovely flowers,  pretty spring and autumn colors and good winter bones.  We don’t trim it or shape it.  To me, it is a dancer that must be left to create and express itself without human intervention.

We are trying to grow goji berries, and we are succeeding in getting a few so far.  It’s a great treat just to know that bush is there.

There are several trees and arbor vitae surround the home.

We did loose our transplanted lilies, because the neighbor’s tree roots drink up the water and I didn’t know how thirsty those plants were, coming from the home of a friend who likes to water.

To be a good gardener, all you need is the right conditions for the right plant for you area and some good soil as food and timely watering schedules.  Plus a little bit of knowing when to just leave it alone. After all, these plants made it in nature without you at some point.  Even if they are hothouse grown, just follow the directions closely.

All my other gardening is now done in containers.  Containers are great.  They can be moved, they use only the smallest amount of water (unless they are dark in color and the holes at the bottom are too big and unrestricted) and the size and food factor are completely controllable.  They go anywhere and then you can bring some inside for winter beauty.  Have fun.   Garden!

Why Don’t Spiders Get Caught In Their Own Web?

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

This science experiment came from Robert Krampf. See permission and url below.
This week’s experiment started as an idea for a Science Photo of the Day, asking why spider’s don’t get caught in their own webs.  The more I thought about it, the more I thought that it had great potential for getting folks to actually go out and explore the wonders of a spider’s web.

To try this, you will need:

- a spider’s web
- a thin blade of grass or piece of string

A good time to find spider webs is in the early morning, before the spiders have dismantled them.  Before a rain is also a good time, as the spiders know that insects are very active before it rains.  This bit of weather lore is useful when you are hiking.  If it is going to rain, invite a friend to lead the way, so you don’t get all those webs in your face.

Once you find a web, take a few minutes to look at it carefully.  If the spider is there, be sure not to disturb it.  If you are lucky, you will be able to watch as it moves around the web.  Notice how it walks on the web, and that it never gets stuck.  Why?  If other creatures stick to the web, why don’t the spiders?

First, not all the strands are sticky.  In a standard orb web, the strands that radiated out from the center are not sticky.  They are a different kind of silk from the sticky strands that circle around the web.  In fact, spiders can spin up to seven different kinds of silk for different purposes, ranging from thick, non-sticky strands for support, to tough, non-sticky strands for making egg sacks.

You can identify the sticky strands by carefully using a thin blade of grass to touch different strands.  Be careful not to destroy the web, although if you wind up causing some damage, the spider can easily repair it.  In fact, many spiders destroy their old webs (eating the silk to recycle it) and spin a new web every day.

Even if it walks on the sticky strands, the spider does not get stuck.  Part of this is because it only touches the silk with the very ends of its legs, so there is not much surface area to get stuck.  It is also thought that some species produce a chemical that keeps their feet from sticking to the adhesive of the silk strands.

There are over 38,000 species of spiders, with new ones being discovered every year.  Recent discoveries include the world’s largest orb weaving spider and a species of spider that eats plants instead of insects.  That means that there are thousands of different web designs.  Try testing different webs, to see which parts are sticky.  This can help you figure out how the spider uses its web.

A good example is the “cup and saucer spider” which builds a saucer shaped sticky web that is horizontal.  Above that, it builds many non-sticky strands that crisscross.  Flying insects bump into the crisscrossed strands of the “cup” and fall into the sticky “saucer” below.

You can wind up your web wondering by eating a snack the way a spider does.  Spiders don’t have jaws for biting and chewing.  Instead, they have two sharp, hollow fangs.  To eat an insect, they bite it with their fangs and inject a venom that kills the creature, and then digests its internal organs.  After letting the prey digest for a bit, the spider sticks in its fangs and slurps out the liquified insect, just as you can slurp a milkshake through a straw.

Have a wonder-filled week.

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

These are the last days of autumn. Snow is on the ground by it’s own decree. The clouds cover the blue of the Minnesota sky like they have the right to do. And I am finally missing my garden of flowers and colors and surprises.

I have been keeping busy writing some stories of my life down for the next generation and while doing so, I recalled the years my work in a floral shop in Chicago. There were so many great memories of those high school days at that lovely and large shop. I learned so much about plant life and how to care for it and how to arrange flowers and so much more.

As I was visualizing the time, one plant stuck out in my mind, however the name escaped me for hours until I saw a color on TV that reminded me of the color of some of these large velvety bell shaped flowers with big oval leaves. The Brazilian blooms come in many colors in the purple to pink scale with sometimes white outer coloring. Do you know what are yet? Well, the common name is simply gloxinia.

Perhaps you will remember the gloxinia appearing around Christmas time, as a showy house plant that can live for years with proper care, and is said to be related to the more demure violet plant. Like the violet, the gloxinia loves temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees F, warm water from below, and well drained soil. Never wet it’s leaves or bloom and never over or under water.