Hello! I'm Kirsten Barott, the farm's newest summer intern. I'm a student of South Dakota State University where I major in Agricultural Communications, Public Relations, and Leadership. I assist in social media activity, sales, promotion, and production during my time here. I love my position here because everyday is sure to bring new adventure!
Welcome to Kahnke Brother's newest segment series "...of the week."
We have such a wide variety of shrubs, trees and perennials here on the farm. In an effort to reach and educate our customers about not only the farm, but the plants here on the farm, we've created a weekly segment to highlight the species we grow.
I've decided to start with a shrub- the Blizzard Mockorange. Fitting to be the first "...of the week" feature, this shrub is in full bloom right now! It first caught my eye as I was passing while assisting a customer last Saturday in the retail area. I should say, it first caught my nose- what a fragrant shrub! It's biggest asset, known to many, is it's fragrance.
Birds love to eat the seeds of
the Blizzard Mockorange
it's border growing
The shrub gets it's name not only from the white-out of
flowers it produces, but also from it's ability to endure harsh winters. Introduced from Canada, zoning for Blizzard Mockorange typically ranges from 3-7, which is perfect as most of Minnesota is within zone 4. It is very tolerant of most soils. This species of Philadelphus was named after Meriwether Lewis who found it in 1806 during his famous Lewis & Clark expedition to the northwest. Native Americans once used the wood for arrow shafts, combs, bows, cradles, and other products. Bruised leaves and flowers formed a soapy lather. Blizzard mockorange is produced for ornamental purposes and hedgerows in part because of its large, showy, fragrant blooms.
That's all for today folks! Please leave your experiences with these shrubs or further insight in the comments below. Catch ya next time on "...of the week."
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