Western Mountains and High Plains

June, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Sun-Tolerant Caladium

National News

Caladiums are known for their ability to brighten shady spots in the yard with their colorful leaves. Now there's a caladium that's more sun tolerant than other varieties, and its shorter stature...

Grapes May Protect Against Diabetes

According to the National Institutes of Health, it’s estimated that 1 in every 400 to 600 children and adolescents in the U.S. has type 1 diabetes. This epidemic has spurred research into ways to...

New Animal Control for Gardens

Controlling marauding animals from eating your landscape and garden is a never-ending task. Now there’s a new, low-impact, technological tool to add to your list of repellent sprays, fences, and...

Warm Temperatures Increase the Sugar and Nutrients in Tomatoes

Most gardeners know the flavor and nutritional quality of fresh tomatoes is best if you grow your own. New research from France shows that the temperature at which fruit ripens can also affect the...

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In the Garden

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The Beauty of Siberian Iris

Most of us are familiar with the old-fashioned flag or bearded iris that bloom abundantly about this time of year. Similar but more diminutive are Siberian iris. Their flowers also have three spreading outer petals called "falls" and three upright...
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Resources

Web Finds

Reblooming iris The Reblooming Iris Society Web site is a section of the American Iris Society, but it's...

Favorite or New Plant

Zinnias Gardening by the alphabet means "Z" is for "zinnias." These annual flowers spell success for new...
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Regional Reminders

  • Fertilize Summer Bulbs
  • Divide Bearded Iris
  • Plant Warm-Season Vegetables
  • Deadhead Spring-Blooming Perennials
  • Take Remedial Action Against Turf Mites

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