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Meetings, planning and mystery plants

April 14, 2015

The rain cleared out and the temperatures cooled off. It would have been a great day to be outside, but unfortunately, I was inside all day.  The executive team for County 76 had our quarterly meeting planning the next County 76 meeting–which is April 28.  county 76 board meeting apr.15.1  We got a lot accomplished. Here is one idea brought to us from Union County.  ??????????????????????????????? online trifold union county.15.4

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This afternoon flew by, catching up on columns, powerpoints, and more.

Here are the mystery plant answers and new plants for the coming week.

Mystery plant A  is an annual called nemesia (ne-MEE-see-uh) . I often use it as an early season extender.  When it gets really hot, nemesia will start to play out. If you can keep it alive during the hot summer, it will bounce back again in the fall, but it likes a milder summer than we have.  Pretty colors for now though

mystery plant apri 6.151

mystery plant b.april6.15l2 Mystery plant B  is a semi-evergreen to deciduous vine called Five leaf akebia – Akebia quinata (a-KEE-bee-uh kwi-NAY-tuh)  Another common name is chocolate vine, although I don’t think the color or the scent is chocolate-like.  The  vine can grows up to 30 feet. The leaves are palmately compound with up to five small oval leaflets, thus the common name.  The most common flower color is mauve, but I have seen a yellow and a white one.  They bloom in mid to late spring and have a slight fragrance, which some think is like chocolate.  Does well in sun or partial shade.

Mystery plant C mystery plant c april6.15.2is fothergilla.  Fothergilla is a native plant related to witchhazel.  It produces small bottlebrush-like clusters white, fragrant flowers in spring before the foliage appears.  It has outstanding fall in a mix of yellow, orange and red.  There are standard and dwarf forms. It does best in acidic soil in full sun to partial shade.

New Challenges:

Mystery plant A – mystery plant a apri13.15.1 mystery plant a apri13.15.2 is a native tree.

Mystery plant B –mystery plant b.apr131 mystery plant b.apr132 I think are two different species of one genus, but I want to see what you think.

Mystery plant C mystery plant c apr13.15.1 mystery plant c apr13.15.2 is another spring wildflower.

Good Luck!

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