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June 22, 2015 Horticulture Column

Gardening in your Yard!!!

How are your plants doing?  I have perennials that are now just showing their face.  Talk about patience. I have never had this experience before but as they are now starting to show their face I have found that a very large portion of the root base has since rotted and the plant coming back from a very small portion of the root mass.  Does this mean that we should leave them alone or should we dig and replant.  Part of the question is answered this way.  A perennial should be planted in the September time frame or early spring, mid summer is not a great or good time to plant a perennial.  In this case I might try replanting my Sedum and Chrysanthemums soon after they get established.  I worry about a root fungus or other types of disease issues with the rotted root mass.  I will let you know what happens but don’t look for me to do that until later July to give them some time to grow and set a new root mass for that plant. 

Relay for Life Garden Tour

GET ON YOU MARK, GET SET, GO on your journey around the Devils Lake community to visit the 7 gardens on view on Thursday, July 16th from 4-9 pm.  The original poster indicated the time from 4-8 p.m. but due to the amount and travel the committee decided to add an additional hour to the tour.  What a great time to admire all of the work everyone has done to showcase their garden and maybe give you a few ideas for your own garden.  Over the weekend I received a gift for Fathers Day or maybe just because I am a good Dad, not sure.  The gift was a steel architect of a duck flying away from a cattail.  The design was very good and it is a very showy lawn ornament.  So, as you can see there are many new ideas that could enhance your garden.  The garden names are Mercy Garden, Darlene & Harry Pflaum, Theresa & Jeff Deckert, Kim  & Brian Engstrom, Roxanne & Ray Hawley, Kathy & Bob Homan and Judy & Joel Wheeler.  You do need to stop by the Old Sheriff’s Museum for maps and addresses.  GOOD LUCK ON YOUR GARDEN VISIT. 

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