MGFKC Newsletter

MGFKC NewsletterMGFKC Newsletter – Dec. 2014

  • Message from the President
  • Plant Sale 2015 – by Sam Mitchell
  • Outstanding MGs Honored
  • Garden Corner: Two Loveable Shrubs
  • Tillandsias – by Wendy Lagozzino
  • Good Slugs?! – by Jane Garrison
  • The Neely Mansion
  • BDG 2014 Harvest Festival photos

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Fasciation

Fasciated CelosiaSome of the most popular new variations of recent plants are mutations that cause the stem and other plant parts to grow wide and flat. Also, shoots can appear to be composed of several fused parts, flattened, elongated or misshapen flower heads with numerous flowers. This is called fasciation.

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Seeds for Thought

Nov 2014 Seeds 4 ThoughtNovember 2014 Newsletter from the Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State.

Read in this issue:

  • Message from the outgoing MGFWS President
  • 2014 Master Gardener of the Year Nominees
  • 2014 Master Gardener of the Year and Media Award Winner
  • 2014 Ed LaCrosse Distinguished Service Award Winner
  • Photos and Report from the 2014 Advanced-Ed Conference
  • Meet the new MGFWS President – George Frey
  • 2015 Advanced-Ed Conference preview

Find past Seeds for Thought newsletters at http://mastergardener.wsu.edu/mgfws/newsletter/.

Propagation Notes

Dividing dahlia tubers

Photo Credit: F D Richards

 

 

Spring is a good time to divide established plants, and many herbaceous perennials need to be divided every few years anyway to stay healthy.

Plan to dig on a cool morning, preferably one with cloud cover – not too hard around here. 

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Cedar Flagging

Cedar flagging is a natural process that is often confused with a disease.  Evergreen plants, including conifers and broad leaf types, naturally shed some old foliage each year. Stress factors, such as insufficient water, hot winds, construction damage or other root disturbance, poor planting procedures, or recent planting can promote flagging.  It is being seen more often this year because it is more common when there is hot weather followed by cold weather.

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Blue Orchard Bees Mason Bees!

Pollination of food crops is essential to society, for without this pollination service, most fruits, nuts and other foods would simply disappear off our dinner tables.  Today, the world depends on a variety of pollinators to perform this task from a variety of sources: Honeybees and a number of other insects – and the hard working Mason Bee.

 

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