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A day of planning and mystery

August 24, 2015
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I had a few hours in the office to try to write columns and catch up on mail before heading to the Pulaski County office to meet with the executive team planning for the 2017 MG conference. mg planning for 2017.aug.15. We got some major things accomplished before checking out the progress on the new Pulaski county demo kitchen. pul co office kitchen aug.15.1

pul co office kitchen aug.15.2 Once completed, this is going to be an amazing kitchen.

Then it was on to our next meeting at the statehouse convention center to meet with the team planning the 2016 National County Agents convention. Randy and I have multiple projects to work on including a river garden, a pre-conference horticulture tour, decorations for the rooms, and an extension booth display for the trade show. We will be calling on people to help us! county agent national planning. aug.15. Randy and I left that meeting to go look at some ideas at the Witt Stephens Nature Center, but didn’t realize they were closed on Mondays. So instead we walked the gardens and admired all the fabulous native plants maintained and planted by Pulaski County MGs. mg project witt stephens.aug.15.1

mg project witt stephens.aug.15.2

pawpaw.aug.15.

rattlesnake master.aug.15.

Here are your mystery plants for the week and the answers to last weeks challenge!
Mystery plant A – IMG_1641 is a great perennial for the shade called Pulmonaria saccharata (pul-muh-NARE-ee-ah sak-kar-RAY-tuh) commonly called Lungwort or Jerusalem Sage. The spotted oval leaves were thought to symbolize diseased, ulcerated lungs, and so were used to treat pulmonary infections. It is best grown in cool, rich, evenly moist but well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Soils must not be allowed to dry out, but it also can’t stand wet feet. Although grown more for its variegated foliage it does produce lovely pink to purple blooms in the spring.

Mystery plant B = mystery plant b.aug17.15 is Green Dragon – Arisaema dracontium (air-uh-SEE-muh dray-KON-tee-um). This member of the arum family has a spath-like bloom that appears in late spring followed by this spike of berries. The foliage dies back leaving behind the naked stem of berries which turns bright orange in appearance. It is related to Jack-in-the-pulpit and Italian arum and is a shade loving perennial.

Mystery plant C – mystery plant coosheen garden ireland.2 Remains a mystery. I had it labeled in my Ireland photos, and relabled it for the mystery challenge, and now I can’t remember what it is. Possibly Senna pendula, but no one else had an answer that wasn’t similar, so we will have to guess! A first in the mystery challenge, which is a good lesson to me, not to relabel a named plant as mystery without remembering what it was!

New challenge:
Mystery plant A – mystery plant a.aug.24.151

mystery plant a.aug.24.152

mystery plant a.aug.24.153 is a perennial.

Mystery plant B – mystery plant aug24.15 is a weed.

Mystery plant C –mystery plant c.aug.15.1

mystery plant c.aug.15.2 is a perennial. Good luck!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. deb alex permalink
    August 25, 2015 2:34 pm

    Here is a Mystery plant for you.

    from Yahoo Mail on Android

    From:”In the Garden with Janet Carson” Date:Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 10:17 PM Subject:[New post] A day of planning and mystery

    uamg posted: “I had a few hours in the office to try to write columns and catch up on mail before heading to the Pulaski County office to meet with the executive team planning for the 2017 MG conference. We got some major things accomplished before checking out the pr”

    • uamg permalink
      August 25, 2015 3:05 pm

      I got no picture if you sent me one. j

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