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Dividing Daylilies

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For the healthiest growth and most abundant bloom, you should divide daylilies every three to four years.  They can be divided in early spring growth starts, but it is more common to divide them in late summer.  Daylilies have a tough root system that can make them difficult to divide.  Although plants can be divided…

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Tomatoes and High Temperatures

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The color of your tomatoes can be affected by high temperatures.  Red pigments don’t form properly when temperatures rise above 95 degrees F.  The orange and yellow pigments are not similarly affected.  The result is often orange-colored tomatoes rather than the usual “tomato red”.  There is no reduction in the edibility or taste of the…

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Water Hoarding

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Thanks to hot temperatures and infrequent rains, the gardeners have really had to work hard to keep the plants watered and healthy these last few weeks.  Given our adversarial relationship, normally I would laugh at their misfortune. Instead, since my thirsty roots benefit as much as their targeted plants, I am thankful for all their…

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Tomato Cracking

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Tomatoes cracking, which usually occurs on the upper part of the tomato can be either concentric (in concentric circles around the stem) or radial (radiating from the stem).  The problem is often caused by pressure inside the fruit that is more than the skin can handle.  Although a definitive reason for cracking is not known,…

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A Cut Above

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Have you ever done something that you know is such a bad idea or so dangerous it defies common sense, yet you are compelled to try it anyway?  I guess that’s how thrill seekers live much of their life.  Well yesterday I went and did that crazy thing and this week we’ll see how well…

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Slime Mold

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Slime molds are primitive organisms that often occur on mulch.  They often attract attention because of their bright colors and disgusting appearance. Common names are generally quite descriptive. For example, the “dog vomit” slime mold is a bright, whitish color that resembles its namesake. It eventually turns brown and then into a hard, white mass….

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Supporting Cast

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The butterfly house opens this weekend and there should plenty of fun for anyone interested in spotting these flying masterpieces.  This year the house is filled with a larger variety of butterflies, all native to this region.  There are large ones like the swallowtails.  Six different swallowtails will make an appearance this year – the…

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Corn Earworms

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Have you ever purchased or grown corn-on-the-cob that had a large caterpillar at the top of the ear as you pulled back the husk in preparation for cooking?  This is a corn earworm and is the larval stage of the earworm moth which lays eggs on developing corn silks during the night. When the egg hatches,…

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Shady Characters

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Have you ever noticed most of our theme gardens that feature perennials are in sunny spots?  The Sarah Lee Baker perennial, sensory, butterfly, hummingbird, sunken, fragrance, Matson, border, and colonial gardens as well as the wildflower meadow all enjoy long exposures to that glorious fireball in the sky.  Many of my good friends can be…

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Magical Plants

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Well the summer heat was turned on last week, so I decided to do my best magic trick by disappearing into the shade.  I’m not very good at magic, so I decided it is time to learn from the masters. I headed for the Hydrangea Garden.  Besides, it’s pretty shady there which always helps me…

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