Northumberland wikipedia entry
Angel of the North wikipedia entry
Lady of the North "Northumberlandia" wikipedia entry
Self-sown perennials can be lovely, too. This is also Salvia, probably S. nemerosa, woodland sage. Typical named hybrids that will self sow are Caradonna, East Friesland, May Night, Blue Hill.....
Harvesting and curing squash, including pumpkins
Now is the Time to Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs
Here is a checkered lily (Fritillaria meleagris) Aaron planted in his garden a year ago. The bulbs came from the Des Moines Botanical Center Bulb Mart!
The Myth of Using Gypsum in your Lawn
We had a question about using gypsum in the lawn and this link talks about why it will not be very beneficial to improve clay soils in many parts of the U.S., including Iowa.
Verticillium Wilt in Maple (and other trees)
Consult this guide from Minnesota to help with diagnosis. It will also inform what can be planted as a replacement.