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TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – JUNE IS PERENNIAL GARDENING MONTH

THE 2018 PERENNIAL PLANT OF THE YEAR. Each year the PPA (Perennial Plant Association) selects a perennial to highlight for the year.  This year the Association chose ALLIUM ‘MILLENIUM’ Allium ‘Millenium’ is referred to as the “butterfly magnet” perennial.  Other pollinators will flock to this plant.  Butterflies and bees will thank you for adding ‘Millenium’…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Outside for the Summer

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

My houseplants are all outside for the summer. Does this mean I can forget about them? Well—no! Here are somethings you should be doing for your houseplants now—either inside or out.  The days are longer and the sunlight stronger so our plants are actually growing—not just “maintaining” like they do all winter. A little fertilizer would…

TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – NATIONAL POLLINATOR WEEK

JUNE 18 – 24 HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AS THE WEEK TO CELEBRATE OUR POLLINATORS. In my blog last week I mentioned that June is PERENNIAL PLANTING MONTH.  Now, let’s take June to a higher level and think about what perennials are blooming right now, what perennials are considered native plants, and what perennials are considered…

BONNIE’S GARDEN-Happy Summer

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

This coming Thursday is the Summer Solstice—the first official day of astronomical Summer. South of the equator, it is the first official day of Winter. On the other hand, meteorologists consider summer as beginning the first day of June and ending the last day of August. Solstice comes from the Greek words “sol” meaning “sun”…

TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – JUNE IS PERENNIAL GARDENING MONTH

PPA (PERENNIAL PLANT ASSOCIATION) HAS DESIGNATED JUNE AS PERENNIAL GARDENING MONTH AND FOR GOOD REASONS. June has been tagged as Perennial Gardening Month by PPA.  The main reason behind selecting June is that June is a great month for seeing so many beautiful perennials in bloom.  Secondly, June is a great month for planting perennials….

BONNIE’S GARDEN–National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

June—fresh local strawberries are here—in your own backyard—or at a local Farmers Market.  Fresh peas, spring onions, fresh beets, the first of the summer’s cucumbers and squash—they’re all in season!  Perfect timing for National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, isn’t it? I’m a huge fan of eating fresh—whether it’s from my garden, a generous neighbor…

TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – JUNE GARDENING TASKS

HERE ARE SOME TIMELY GARDENING TASKS THAT NEED TO BE DONE IN JUNE. We are entering June on a wet note.  We had record rainfall for the month of May.  Our rivers, streams, and reservoirs are full and overflowing, which is a good thing as we enter the hot summer months.  A cool April and…

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