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Finally, a day in my yard!

April 17, 2015
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I took the day off to work in my yard since I have been on the road so much, and I do work tomorrow as well. I was out early and weedeated the front and almost half of the back. spring garden apr17.15 (1) I want to say for the record that I do not like wild violets and Vinca major. Both plants are everywhere in my yard. I try and try to annihilate them, but they are back just as strong this year as last! I also cleared parts of the vegetable garden, and was going to pick or at least cut back the kale since it is in full bloom, but as I was out there, the bees were loving it, so I harvested some to eat and left some for the bees until I need more. kale flowers apr17.15 (1)

??????????????????????????????? The yard is really changing daily. The buckeyes are in full bloom. buckeye blooms apr17.15 (2) along with the Summer Snowflake viburnum. viburnum flowers apr17.15. My Lady Banks rose amazes me with the amount of blooms, considering it is in almost total shade. lady banks rose apr17.15. It is in the back of a bed, and I wish I could move it to a showier part of the garden, but it is so old. The heuchera are loving the shade. heucheras apr17.15. and the yellow twigged dogwoods are blooming–not as showy as our native tree form, but once they are finished flowering I will thin them out. yellow twigged dogwood flowers apr17.15 (1) These are cane-producing plants that we grow for their bright yellow stems in the winter. If they get too old the yellow twigs are brown, not yellow, so thinning each year is important for these and the red-twigged dogwoods.

In the annual world the new cuphea Vermillionare or large firecracker plant is coming on strong cuphea apr17.15. and the nemesia is loving our cool mornings and evenings. nemesia apr17.15 (2) I do not have the heart to pull the pansies that are gorgeous still. pansies apr17.15.

Every day new blooms open and new plants emerge. Even the small fig tree I thought was dead is beginning to sprout. Walk your garden daily, or as often as you can to see what is happening. spring garden apr17.15 (3)

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Some plants may be a bit too happy. I have a ton of toad lilies that need to be thinned. toad lilies apr17.15.

Tomorrow, join me in Stuttgart at the ARKANSAS COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS SPRING GARDEN SEMINAR

The Arkansas County Spring Garden Seminar on Saturday, April 18, promises something for everyone who enjoys gardening, whether it is in their vegetable garden or in their home landscape plantings.

This event is being sponsored by the Arkansas County Master Gardens and will feature seminars with three guest speakers presenting programs to enable you to learn more about planning, planting, and caring for your plants. The event will be held at the Rice Research & Extension Center, located nine miles east of Stuttgart at the junction of Hwy 130 and Hwy 153, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The schedule for the seminars

9:10 – 10:10 a.m. — Jackie & Anthony Johnson of Lauren’s Garden, DeWitt

“Adding Color to the Garden in Pots and Landscape Plantings”

10:25 – 11:25 a.m. — Michael Seal, owner of the Funny Farm of Poplarville, MS

“Tillandsias (Air Plants) and Bromeliads”

11:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. — Janet Carson, Extension Horticulture Specialist

“2015 Garden Trends”

There is a $5.00 admission fee, with drawings for door prizes being held at the end of each seminar. Raffle tickets will also be sold for a Garden Bench and Hypertufa Trough Fairy Garden to be given away at the end of the day.

The Master Gardeners will hold a Plant Sale with a wide variety of plants available. Additional vendors will be offering plants, container pots, gardening tools and equipment. Snacks and drinks will be available at the concession stand. This program is open to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. For more information, please contact the Arkansas County Extension Service at 870-946-3231 or 870-673-2346.

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