Western Mountains and High Plains

March, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Regifting Flower Bouquets

National News

Bouquets of cut flowers are a sign of love and affection and are a sure way to make someone smile. Every year thousands of cut flowers decorate special events like weddings, banquets, and...

Miniature Butterfly Bush

Butterfly bushes ( Buddleia davidii ) are the darlings of the midsummer perennial border. Their flowers form on new growth and become more numerous as the summer goes on. It’s a great delight to...

Community-Based Weather Reporting

Gardeners are keenly interested in the weather, and for good reason. Floods, droughts, hail, and snowstorms can spell disaster for many plants. While weather forecasting has become more...

All About Green Roofs

Green roofs are becoming more popular in cities across the country. Many municipalities see growing plants on roofs as a way to reduce water runoff, summer air temperature, and pollution. Until...

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In the Garden

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Amazing Rhubarb

Spring is in the air and some sure signs of it are bursting out in the rhubarb patch. This perennial vegetable reliably provides the first "fruit" of the season. I can almost smell the first simmering pot of rhubarb on the wood-burning stove, flavored...
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Resources

Books

Seed-Starting Basics When you like to start your own seeds, Park's Success with Seed (Park Seed Company, $24.95) is...

Favorite or New Plant

Concolor Fir One of my favorite soft-needled evergreens is concolor fir ( Abies concolor ), with its wonderful...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Bare-Root Trees, Shrubs, Fruits, Perennials
  • Make a Plan for the Vegetable Garden
  • Prune Oystershell Scale-Infested Stems
  • Have Large Pots Handy
  • Deter Night Crawlers

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