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Chrysanthemums

 

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener

 

 

I love when the leaves start to change color and the fall weather brings us cooler temperatures.  Although I enjoy the warmth of summer, the change from heat and humidity feels good.  Speaking of fall color, the chrysanthemum is prized for infusing the landscape with vibrant color long after other flowers have faded.  As I am sure you well know, mums come in an assortment of different bloom shapes, colors and sizes.

For chrysanthemums, or mums for short, to survive the winter, make sure you purchase a hardy or garden mum, not a florist mum.  The production of ...

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Winter Storage of Tender Plants

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener   Before we know it, it is going to be time to dig up and store those tender plants such as Cannas, Dahlias, Tuberous Begonias, Gladiolus and Elephant’s Ears.  These summer bulbs need to be lifted from the soil and stored in a cool area indoors for their …

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Dividing Iris

    by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       The iris is one of the oldest garden flowers and can often be seen as a remnant of a long ago abandoned garden. Most iris spread by way of underground stems that are called rhizomes.  These rhizomes can become too crowded over a period …

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Snow on the Mountain

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       I am always on the look-out for “new” plants to add to my garden collection.  Several years ago a plant in the garden of my “egg lady” caught my eye.  Looking at it from the road I thought it had beautiful white flowers.  I mentioned …

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African Violet Care

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       African violets are one of my favorite houseplants.  Their care takes little effort, they do not take up a lot of space and they bless me during the winter with beautiful blooms. A pleasing temperature for these houseplants is 65 to 80 degrees.  Anything above or …

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Ornamental Grasses

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       For me ornamental grasses rank at the top of the easy to grow list.  Most grasses require minimal care, are very adaptable and will grow in poorer soils.  Grasses are so easy to use in many different areas of the landscape and garden as screens, accents …

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Sour Mulch

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       Wood chips and bark nuggets have been used by gardeners for years as mulch around landscape plants.  Mulch is very beneficial to plants in that it prevents weed growth, evaporation of moisture in the soil, keeps the roots cool during the hot summer months and …

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Controlling Bindweed

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       Many a gardener has had the displeasure of trying to rid their garden of a frustrating weed called bindweed.  Some people call it creeping Jenny or wild morning glory because, well, it looks like morning glory.  It can be rather difficult to control or even …

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Eliminating Weeds in the Garden

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       What is a weed?  People have different views on what is and is not a weed.  I see mullein as a beautiful plant with its fuzzy, silvery leaves and tiny yellow flowers.  I like to use them in my landscape around my potting shed.   My farmer …

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