I grew up in Minneapolis and have been growing native plants for about 7 years as a way to enhance my connection with the natural history of this specific place that I live. The first plants I ever grew were a few garden beans that I threw out into our front yard when I was in about 2nd grade. They grew, and I was amazed and have been enthralled with plants ever since. I have about 2 years of college behind me, no degree. I took a great Plant Propagation course at the U. of MN. a few years ago which was excellent. Observing and interacting with growing plants , especially natives, is truly inspirational to me. I don't claim to be an expert with plants, natives included, but mostly would like to encourage others to develop their own experience with these amazing transformers of solar energy.
A week of rain and fog, the Vikings lose a chance at the Super Bowl, and another week of subzero wind-chills...welcome to Minnesota in January ! With all the melting the past week, we still have snow covering the ground, due to the heavy snows we had in December. I'll be ordering a few seeds soon, and then some stratifying. Enjoying other people's blog posts, and dreaming of germination temperatures. And watching Lily the Black Bear, as she continues to hibernate with the one cub she gave birth to in the past few days. Check out her live cam here at the North American Bear Center...http://www.bear.org/website/ And take a look at some of the videos on the site also, there is some amazing footage of the researcher interacting with bears at close range !