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Another busy week

June 15, 2015

Summers used to be our slow time, but with Saturday MG training, advanced MG classes and seminars, we seem to be almost as busy now as in the spring and fall. We worked on organizing the next 4 weeks of Saturday training today, I wrote columns, sent pictures, worked on a powerpoint for tomorrow and a handout–I am the speaker for the Pulaski County MG monthly meeting on fragrant plants–I had to wean some to make it all fit in my allotted time slot. gardenias may 30.15.1

winter daphne 2.06 (2)


night blooming jasmine -cestras

I also have worked on my talk for this weeks Hope field day at the Southwest experiment and research station in Hope. It is a great event open to the public all day. Here is a link to the complete schedule of events.
If you pre-register it is $17 and $20 at the door which includes a great lunch.
We also worked on the evaluations from state conference and the France trip–and those are GLOWING! We will be getting information out soon about Vietnam for 2017 and the Rhine for 2018! In addition I answered emails and phone calls and had two conferences. Whew, a busy fast-paced day–and boy doesn’t time fly when you are busy!

Here are the answers to last weeks mystery plants and this weeks challenge.

Mystery plant A – mystery plant a.june8.153 was only correctly identified by two people. It is Carolina moonseed or Cocculus carolinus (KOK-yoo-lus kair-oh-LY-nus). I have never seen such a dense planting of this deciduous vine. It will have small greenish white flowers in about a month, followed by clusters of bright red berries in the fall and winter. It is often classified as a weed, but fills this space quite nicely in Sheridan at the county office.

Mystery plant B –mystery plant b. june8.15. is Manhattan Euonymus, an evergreen rambler. Euonymus kiautschovica ‘Manhattan'(yoo-ON-ih-mu KI-uh-CHOVE-ecus) It can grow 4-6 feet tall and wide but has a more open growth habit. Not a good choice for a manicured landscape, but does not seem to be affected by euonymus scale.

Mystery plant C – mystery plant c.june8.152 is the perennial Homestead Purple verbena. It is still the best choice for a perennial verbena, but tends to be somewhat spotty on regrowth in subsequent years. Full sun and a well drained soil are best. It does spread easily and can bloom for a long period of time.

New Challenges:

Mystery plant A – mystery plant a.june 15.15. This picture and a few others have been sent to me recently for identification and everyone needs to know it.

Mystery plant B –mystery plant b june15.15 is another sent in by a local county.

And finally mystery plant C –mystery plant c june15.15 is a tree.

Good luck!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. matthewsbrenda permalink
    June 17, 2015 6:03 pm

    I’m sure you probably have seen this before but it when I saw it on a walk down out long driveway to the highway, I was amazed. I had never in my life seen this. The tree was covered with them. I’m so glad I took the picture because we had heavy rains soon after and they turned into “blobs”!

    Maybe this could be a mystery plant if it is as uncommon as I think it must be.

    • uamg permalink
      June 17, 2015 6:27 pm

      Can you send me a picture of what you are talking about?

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