Florists in Arp, TX
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Nov 15, 2018
Gardening: Time's right to plant bulbs for spring flowers
For daffodils or tulips, dig a hole six to eight inches deep, 24 inches wide to 36 inches long. Have a wheelbarrow or tarp to place the soil on, so you don’t have a mess on the lawn to clean up.Add an inch or more of compost, and then sprinkle some bulb booster or organic fertilizer in the bottom of the hole. Loosen the soil in the bottom of the hole with a hand tool, mixing the fertilizer and compost with the soil. Next, arrange the bulbs in the hole. Plant them pointy end up.I like a mass of blossoms, so I plant bulbs close together. I read the directions for the bulb variety I am planting, and then plant them a little closer together. Pay attention to planting depth, too. Smaller bulbs like crocus need much less depth than big fat daffodils.Most bulb plants reproduce by growing offsets, or little bulbs that develop alongside the mother bulb. After a year or two, the offsets will bloom, too, and you can dig up the bulbs and divide them after blooming if you want. I never have done that, but I remember my parents did when I was a boy.What else should you try planting? Snowdrops bloom in early March for me, and are a must. Start with 50 bulbs — they are not very dramatic in a small clump. They do drop seeds and — in a few years — will show up downhill from where you plant them.Glory-of-the-snow is nearly as early as snowdrops, but instead of white, these are purple or blue or even pink. And they look up, not down like snowdrops, so you can see their petals and interior better. Scilla, another favorite of mine, are a deep purple, and look down. Small, but intense.Last year I planted several Camassia, a late-spring or early summer blooming bulb plant. They were wonderful! Each plant produces a few flower spikes that are two or three feet tall and are covered with blue or purple florets. Very dramatic. They are hardy to Zone 4. Unlike most bulb plants, they do well in wet or moist soils in winter.Alliums are in the onion family, are wonderful, and are not bothered by rodents. Some are huge, with balls nearly a foot wide that are airy and open, filled with little florets. The big ones can be expensive ($4 a bulb or more) but last a long time and are very dramatic. Even a half a dozen big ones will make a statement.So get off the couch, get outside and plant some bulbs. Come spring you’ll be sending me an e-mail saying how glad you are that you did.— Henry Homeyer's blog appears twice a week at dailyuv.com/gardeningguy. Write to him at P.O. Box 364, Cornish Flat, NH 03746. Please include a SASE if you wish a mailed response. Or email email@example.com.
... Oct 26, 2018
Protea flowers a rare treat from down under
The protea family is primarily found south of the equator in Africa and Australia. It includes macadamia, banksias, grevilleas and stenocarpus. Of all the many floral choices available in the marketplace, none can beat the bizarre yet enhancing beauty of the protea. From the robust, intense-colored sunburst pincushion to the deceiving duchess, that looks more like feathers than a flower, proteas resemble no other flowers in the world.
One of the people responsible for Hawaii proteas was Dr. Philip Parvin, horticulturist with the University of Hawaii's College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, who directed the Maui Experiment Station.
When Parvin first became director in 1968, he was highly impressed with the obvious superior growth of proteas that had been planted at the Kula station three years earlier. As he was familiar with proteas being grown in California, he was inspired to explore the potential of a protea industry in Hawaii.
This industry has indeed developed and continues to grow with partial funding for protea research coming from the Governor's Agricultural Coordinating Co... Oct 26, 2018
Plant Lovers' Almanac: Enjoy the leaves, flowers and fruits of fall
Aronia bread a la Rose, much of which I ate; and pawpaw crème brulee a la Granny Creek. Do not miss this program next October.Aronia melanocarpa has the common name of black chokeberry, but that will probably never be a preferred name; chokeberry bread just does not have a good foodie feel. Pawpaw crème brulee and last year’s ArborEatUm stunner, pawpaw trifle, like Aronia is made from the fruit of the plant.So it is a time of year for various fruits, both edible and simply ornamental. Ornamental for us, but crucial to plants, since fruits enclose seeds, which contain the essence of new life for flowering plants. So, enjoy the spectacular fruits of magnolias, the gumdrop fruits of cannas, the pincushion fruits of dock, and the outsize pods of Kentucky coffeetree, all now on display.The kingdom fungiEver interested in the dark side, we have had a magnificent display of fungi this autumn, from poisonous destroying angel mushrooms to delicious edibles. We do not have enough room in 100 Almanacs to distinguish which are which, so remember the old maxim: There are old mushroom hunters. There are bold mushroom hunters. There are no old, bold mushroom hunters.Not only are there many clear-cut bad actors, but many mushrooms that are choice edibles for some are not a happy experience for others. So if you hope to eat any wild mushrooms, do your homework with guides such as the Audubon Field Guide and the many books and websites, seasoned by consulting with knowledgeable friends, experts, and your own physiology.Having said all that, I have seen a number of interesting fungi this fall, such as toothy coral mushrooms 20 feet up a tree rather than on the ground, to a convoluted puffball mushroom in my backyard, quickly itself rotting in a matter of a few days, and a carpet of another species of puffballs conveniently taking over the world at a fungal workshop I did at Morton Arboretum in Chicago with Davey Tree’s Chrissy Balk.Fungus finale: In New York City recently, I was impressed by the interplay of genetics relative to powdery mildew diseases. First, each powdery mildew fungus is specialized in its host range: the powdery mildew fungus on zinnia will not get on lilac, for example. Secondly, I was impressed while looking at a few examples in NYC of how intimate this susceptibility is: horse-chestnuts side by side, white with fungal growth on one right next to horse-chestnuts with no or very little powdery mildew, lilacs that looked whitewashed compared to lilacs next to them an unblemished green. Genetics, though not everything is a big player in disease.And now for something very different: I turn your attention to OSU’s Buckeye Yard and Garden Line (http://bygl.osu.edu). Tune in to the wondrous story told by Joe Boggs of OSU, talking about what he thought was an eriophyid mite infestation on wild sweet potato. This was right up Joe’s alley since he is an entomologist, and though mites have eight or four legs instead of six, they are still part of his interest zone.Then he thought it might be a fungus, then learned it was white rust, caused by Albugo, once thought to be a fungus, but now classified as an oomycete organism. It is a great tale, really, about diagnosing plant problems — and most importantly about being curious, even about something you thought you knew. Life, and Joe as Alice might say, are curiouser and curiouser.And as Mark Twain noted: “What gets us into trouble is not what we don't know. It's what we know for sure that just ain't so.” Jim Chatfield is a horticultural educator with Ohio State University Extension. If you have questions about caring for your garden, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 330-466-0270. Please include your phone number if you write.
... Oct 26, 2018
Genes responsible for difference in flower color of snapdragons identified
The recent paper focuses on two of those genes, which determine the magenta pigment, and are located close together on the genome.
How the sharp difference between yellow and magenta populations is maintained was the subject of the PhD thesis by Tom Ellis in Nick Barton's lab. Through observations both in the field and in experiments at IST Austria, he found that bees prefer to pollinate the most common color flowers in a population: in magenta populations, bees mostly pollinate magenta flowers, in yellow populations, bees mostly pollinate yellow flowers. This selection in favour of the commonest type keeps the hybrid zone sharp, and prevents exchange of genes that are linked to the flower color genes.
In the current study, the researchers wanted to know how the two snapdragon populations become different. They found two reasons why the snapdragon populations diverge at the flower color genes. Firstly, selection has favoured new variants at the color genes that make the flowers more attractive to bees -- causing these genes to sweep through the population, and leaving a sharp signal in the DNA sequences. Secondly, the flower genes become barriers to gene exchange. Any genes located close to or even between the flower genes cannot easily be swapped between the populations, and so the region of genome around the genes that determine flower color become divergent.
"Even with abundant DNA sequence data, it is often difficult to find exactly why species are different. Our study is the culmination of years of work, combining fieldwork and population genetics with genetic crosses, and analysis of gene expression," explains Nick Barton.
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Oct 26, 2018
Celebrating "Petal it Forward" Day
Lima murder suspect apprehended in Alabama By Joseph Sharpe Digital Content ManagerA suspect involved in a two-year-old murder case has been apprehended in Alabama.
392 grams of heroin found during traffic stop on U.S. 68 By Joseph Sharpe Digital Content ManagerLocal troopers turn a traffic stop on U.S. 68 into a drug bust.
Former Crossroads director charged with grand theft By Eran Hami Multimedia Video JournalistA one and a half year investigation led to charges being filed against the former Crossroads Crisis Center director.
Clarification: Ku Klux Klan event a historical lecture, not a rally By Eran Hami Multimedia Video JournalistThere was some confusion about an upcoming event and we'd like to clarify a few things.
Lima Police Department celebrates Halloween with annual photo contest By Britt Salay Multimedia Video JournalistSuperheroes, princesses, and tons of other creatures and ghouls took to our streets Thursday night.
Timothy Youngblood ruled incompetent to stand trial By Eran Hami Multimedia Video JournalistA Lima man accuse... Oct 26, 2018
(Not necessarily) the last rose of summer
Included are the Knockout series, Meidiland series, Carefree Beauty, Flower Carpet, David Austin English Roses, Robin Hood, Simplicity and Freedom series. Rated zones 4 to 5, they're borderline for most of North Dakota and Minnesota's upper two-thirds.The Easy Elegance series is slightly hardier, but still requires protection.Winter-hardy rosesThe following varieties, developed in Canada, are good repeat-blooming choices for the Upper Midwest, with hardiness ratings of zones 2 and 3:• Canada Blooms: Fragrant pink flowers with hybrid tea-like form.• Never Alone: Vivid blossoms with deep red edges and vibrant white center.• Olds College Centennial: Apricot double flowers.• Bill Reid: Yellow.• Campfire: Indescribable tricolor of reddish-pink, yellow and white.• Emily Carr: Medium red.• Felix Leclerc: Medium pink.• Oscar Peterson: Large, semi-double white.• Adelaide Hoodless: Medium red.• Cuthbert Grant: Crimson red double.• Hope for Humanity: Double deep red.• Morden Blush: Pink, blushing to ivory.• Morden Centennial: Medium pink.• Morden Fireglow: Glowing red.• Morden Ruby: Ruby red.• Morden Snowbeauty: Very floriferous white.• Morden Sunrise: Vivid yellow-orange.• Prairie Joy: Medium pink. Good hedge rose.• Prairie Snowdrift: Creamy white.• Winnipeg Parks: Medium red.• Alexander Mackenzie: Deep red.• Champlain: Dark red.• J.P. Connell: Lemon yellow.• John Cabot: Medium red.• John Davis: Medium pink.• Quadra: Dark red.• Pavement series: Purple, scarlet, white types.• Henry Kelsey: Rosy-red. One of the best climbers.• William Baffin: Rose-pink. Excellent climber.• Ramblin' Red: Red climber.Fall pruning tipsMost rose authorities and research universities recommend against fall pruning of roses, as they tend to survive winter better with all canes intact. In spring, before new growth begins, prune vigorously, removing thin, weak canes and reducing height to 12 inches or less.Modern roses bloom best on vigorous new growth stimulated by pruning, rather than old, woody canes allowed to remain.