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Around Grant County

  • Some plants like it wet

    There are some plants that demand good drainage:  taxus, coreopsis, gaillardia and penstemon, to name a few.  I have lost them all because they were poorly sited in the garden but now that I know where water is slow to drain I know where to plant those trees, shrubs and perennials that like wet environments.  There is an upside to poor drainage for some plants, just be sure that water is available when Mother Nature doesn’t deliver.
    Trees for wet areas include both common and not-so-common species.  

  • Flowering vines

    Annual and perennial vines can be a colorful answer to many landscape problems.  Do you have an unsightly wall, hate that chain-linked fence or mail box?  Or maybe you just have a spot that needs some summer color?  Perennial vines like clematis, honeysuckle and the non-blooming, deciduous Virginia creeper can add color and texture to any area were a climbing environment is offered.  

  • Pruning spring flowering shrubs

    June 1 is the official cut off that marks the difference between a spring bloomer and a summer bloomer.  Does it matter that you know?  Yes, if you want to properly prune because pruning after June 1 could result in no blooms next year.

  • Fat vs. thin asparagus

    I was catching up on some magazine reading the other day and on two occasions I read the phrase “choose thin spears” and I got so frustrated. These spring articles were about asparagus and I would like to go on the record that when it comes to homegrown asparagus (and even the wild growing in the fence rows) fat is good!
    The fat spears have always been tender from the garden so don’t let anyone fool you on the fresh from the garden variety. They are particularly well-suited for the charcoal grill.

  • Winter interest, plants with berries

    December has ushered in some seasonal weather with daytime temperatures hovering in the 40s.  For us, this is perfect winter weather to work in.  Brisk, but not too cold, it can be invigorating for animals and people alike.  The sheep and the big dogs seem to prefer it, in fact.  The playful frolicking is proof! The clear blue sky on a chilly winter day can be even more beautiful with a little winter plant interest.

  • Starlings flock

    Last Sunday I felt like I was under siege!  There were starlings everywhere; so much so that I feared being splattered with poop at every turn.  The surprising thing about starlings is that they are everywhere yet not from here.  It’s another story of one good intention going bad. Apparently back in 1890, in honor of a Shakespeare festival in New York City’s Central Park, sixty European starlings were released.  The following year another 40 were released and today the bird is one of the most numerous species in North America.  

  • What about orchids?

    Have you ever wondered what makes an orchid an orchid?  Well, it is all about flower parts.  In fact, most plants are categorized in the Plant Kingdom by their flowers.  For orchids, it is the fact that they have three sepals and three petals.  Many flowers have green sepals that protect the flower inside which cradles the bloom as it opens.  

  • Shade plants from the blazing sun

     

  • Meyer Aquascapes celebrates 2014 Pondarama Water Garden

    The Meyer Aquascapes Pondarama Water Garden will host it’s 13th annual tour June 28 and June 29. Each day will have different locations with each home only on the tour for one day.
    There are 11 features for each day.

  • Paving the way for a local Vietnam memorial

    Carl A. Ballinger, Johnnie D. Knight, Robert A. Osborne. Edgar L. Tomlinson and Ernest H. Wilson.
    Storme Vanover never met any of the five men from Grant County who lost their lives in Vietnam, but she wants to make sure that those fallen heroes have a place in the community’s history.
    Vanover is a veteran. She has a passion for veterans and has been heavily involved the last few years in making sure local veterans are recognized and remembered for their service.