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October 11, 2017
By: Barb Holtz
Virtually every educational presentation I do includes a vocabulary slide. Even the seasoned natural landscaper needs reminding of terms now and again even if it is to learn how to share said terms with others. After all, native plant people are the best advocates for native habitats and yards.
Throughout websites, pamphlets, garden catalogs, displays and educational talks we read...
October 3, 2017
By: Barb Holtz
How many of you recall the song, Silver and Gold, sung by the Burl Ives snowman on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? I close my eyes and clearly picture the jolly man of white gliding along the landscape, singing in the that unmistakable voice while woodland creatures decorate with shiny bulbs and garland. Ahh...a childhood favorite that remains into adulthood...(snap out of the sighing...
September 15, 2017
By: Barb Holtz
My husband was an Air Force kid so he moved a lot as a child. He has wonderful memories of each base and especially living overseas. But each move meant pulling up roots, deep and shallow. Leaving new friends that didn't have time to become old friends. Roots are important. They ground us to people and places, memories and traditions. Humans are lucky. We can pick up and go if our placement...
September 13, 2017
By: Barb Holtz
Everyone should have at least one crazy tall, herbaceous, native perennial in their yard. Why? Because it's cool! Trees and other woody plants should not corner the market on height. There is something magical and "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids"-like about wading under a canopy of stout stems topped with summer colors. Cup Plant, Ironweed, Joe-Pye and so many others are literally giants...
August 25, 2017
By: Barb Holtz
In kindergarten one of the rules is to be kind to others. A good rule for kindergarten and life. But, alas, no one likes everyone. It's no different in the seed room at OPN. There are seeds I can do without not because they aren't worthy of plant-dom but because they are arduous. They do NOT follow another kindergarten rule: play well with others. Enter Broom Sedge.
Our Woodland Edge...
August 21, 2017
By: Barb Holtz
Ever have that co-worker that always smells so good? I knew a girl in college who had a signature perfume. Not over powering, just pleasant, the scent was as nice as she was. Or that aftershave glaze on the telephone following an answered call by a male peer. Again, pleasant and defining. I admit...I'm a smeller. You can tell a lot about your surroundings by scent. After all, humans...
August 7, 2017
By: Barb Holtz
I enjoy a good storm. Listening, smelling, watching...rain pours, thunder rolls, nature washed. The rains last week were no exception to my penchant for precipitation. The palette of grays juxtaposed with breaks of blue were particularly beautiful. Twice, as I was driving between downpours, I caught a glimpse of a rainbow backed by darkness while the hope of sun was in front of me....
August 1, 2017
By: Barb Holtz
We all have favorite things. (I know you're singing the song from Sound of Music in your head right now.) Favorite Starbucks order: tall latte with skim and one shot of vanilla. Favorite pair of jeans: for skinny and not-so-skinny days, right ladies? Favorite song, favorite movie, favorite child (or at least my kids think that's true.) As plant people, no doubt you have your favorite...
July 28, 2017
We're thrilled to welcome guest blogger Liz Tilton to our Prairie On Blog! Liz is the Queen Bee of her own TwoHoneys Bee Co, a full-service, treatment-free honeybee operation located wherever the bees fly in Cincinnati, Ohio. She manages approximately 60 beehives and spends a good deal of time collecting bees from unwanted places and re-hiving them where they're more welcomed. Each summer, she hopes...
July 24, 2017
By: Barb Holtz
My Common Milkweed is anchored right below my kitchen window. I absolutely love it when the flower perfume saunters in the window, catching me off guard as I sit reading e-mail or paying bills, doing all those not fun things in life. The scent fills every part of me. A sure reminder of something much more lasting and beautiful.
Exiting my yard gate to walk my labs, past that kitchen...
July 21, 2017
By: Barb Holtz
When I'm presented an order to fill, a list of genus and species meets my eyes. Some blends offered by Ohio Prairie Nursery are "standards" developed and designed by our Prairie Guys. Whenever the Woodland Edge Native Seed Mix comes across my table, I know I'll be dipping into a shiny, black mass of Wild Red Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) seeds.
These tiny, dark as a moonless night...
July 17, 2017
By: Barb Holtz
My "office" is on the unusual side. Yes, it has a computer, printer, a desk of sorts, pencil & pens organizer, but my coworkers like the room cold (55 degrees) all the time and don't speak to me all day. Sound hostile? Not at all!
The "seed room" at Ohio Prairie Nursery is my place to hang. As orders come in, I fill them by visiting a myriad of bins loaded with seeds of all shapes,...
July 14, 2017
By: Sandy Kehres - President
As I was walking through my yard the other evening, I saw our coral bells plant. It reminded me of Bob's Aunt Grace. She was the adult that spurred Bob's interest in native plants. I associate pansies with my paternal grandmother and petunias with my maternal grandfather. My mom loves many different flowers, but I think of her whenever I see a hydrangea bush.
All the...
July 11, 2017
By: Barb Holtz
Been on vacation yet this summer? I just returned from time in a West Virginia holler to sand between my toes in Grand Cayman. Both very different, both very wonderful!
Because I'm a plant nerd, I plant watch when out-of-town. I spy side-of-the-road plants, yard plants, natural area plants, sidewalk crack plants, as well as what critters may visit said plants. My family is well aware...
June 26, 2017
By: Barb Holtz
Following directions may not be your forte. I hear you. Sometimes we need to need live-out-loud, throw-caution-to-the-wind attitude. So, you go girl (or boy) and wing it when constructing that IKEA furniture or getting your Iron Chef on. However, if you're planting a garden with native seed, let's color in the lines for a moment. There are four P's worth your attention in order to achieve...
June 16, 2017
By: Barb Holtz
Following directions may not be your forte. I hear you. Sometimes we need to heed a live-out-loud, throw-caution-to-the-wind attitude. So, you go girl (or boy) and wing it when constructing that IKEA furniture or getting your Iron Chef on. However, if you're planting a garden with native seed, let's color in the lines for a moment. There are four P's worth your attention in order to...
June 9, 2017
By: Barb Holtz
Following directions may not be your forte. I hear you. Sometimes we need to heed a live-out-loud, throw-caution-to-the-wind attitude. So, you go girl (or boy) and wing it when constructing that IKEA furniture or getting your Iron Chef on. However, if you're planting a garden with native seed, let's color in the lines for a moment. There are four P's worth your attention in order to...
June 1, 2017
By: Barb Holtz
Following directions may not be your forte. I hear you. Sometimes we need to heed a live-out-loud, throw-caution-to-the-wind attitude. So, you go girl (or boy) and wing it when constructing that IKEA furniture or getting your Iron Chef on. However, if you're planting a garden with native seed, let's color in the lines for a moment. There are four P's worth your attention in order to...
May 17, 2017
By: Barb Holtz
When I was young, I often tugged at my mom saying. "I need to do something with my hands/ What can I do?" That was the young biology/art major in me showing her colors. I wanted to dig, draw, or dabble. Mom always fed that creativity and wonder. I am beyond grateful for that.
Every kid should have the opportunity to feed creativity and wonder, especially with their moms. So, I was...
May 10, 2017
By: Barb Holtz
That is the question! Seeders, green behind the ears or well-seasoned, often share the same sentiment, "When plants start coming up, I can't tell what they are. I want to pull weeds so they don't beat out the native stuff." Honorable goal. Here's my advice...chill out just a bit.
If you're not sure what you're looking at, leave it be. Sure, we've all yanked out a good sprout here and...
May 3, 2017
By Barb Holtz
...Especially when they congregate to champion native plants and pollinators! I had the pleasure of spending last Saturday with Twinsburg Garden Club and 70ish folks at the Native Plants: Gardening with a Purpose event. My task? Host an Ohio Prairie Nursery table and offer a presentation on seeding native plant gardens. That sounds typical and mundane. It was neither of those things.
People...
April 27, 2017
By: Barb Holtz
I had the pleasure of getting down and dirty with a Brownie troop this past weekend as part of a Euclid Creek watershed event. There is nothing quite like watching children dig, discover, and make a difference! The project planted Ohio Prairie Nursery Fast Flowering Seed Packet in a Beachwood Park.
Teamwork brought light work for all as we prepped the site for seeding. Everyone shared...
April 21, 2017
By: Barb Holtz
(It's her first blog post! And it's a good one!)
Cleveland is known for many things these days....championship teams, national conventions, a world class arts district, medicine, and a yummy food scene. Not so long ago, it was a river that burned and a lake that was eerie. But through it all, as Clevelanders, we did what we do best....begin again, rise up, and adapt.
That burning...
March 29, 2017
We're excited to be a part of the TGC 2017 Native Plant Program!
Barb Holtz will be presenting "How to Shrink Your Lawn and Make Native Work For You". She'll focus on how to successfully convert an area of turf into a native prairie, She'll also touch on "pocketing gardening" and how to add natives started from seed to small areas and mulch beds.
Registration is required and please call the phone...
March 6, 2017
Ohio Prairie Nursery will be on hand at this year's Westlake Rain and Garden Show Saturday, March 25, 2017! Check out the flyer for more details and bring your questions for Barb Holtz, Prairie Expert Extraordinaire!