Western Mountains and High Plains

February, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Island Time at the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show

National News

Although enthusiasm is a job requirement when overseeing the world's largest indoor flower show, show designer Sam Lemheney practically levitates when talking about Hawaii: Islands of Aloha ....

New Hardiness Zone Map

The USDA has released the long-awaited, updated version of its hardiness zone map, giving some areas of the country new zone designations. The new 2012 map is based on temperature data from the...

Lyme Disease on the Move

A new research study by the Yale School of Public Health shows that Lyme disease is on the move. A map showing the areas of highest risk for Lyme disease infection in the U.S. is part of the study...

Changing the Rules Because of Oak Wilt

For years gardeners were counseled to paint over tree wounds and pruning cuts to seal them. This seemed like a logical course of action, like putting a bandage over a scraped knee. It wasn't until...

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In the Garden

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Good Vs. Bad Potting Soils

Spring is just around the corner and I'll be repotting many of my indoor plants soon. The begonias need to be divided, and the geraniums need to be cut back and moved to larger pots. Now is a good time to get prepared for these tasks. Seems like an...
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Resources

Web Finds

USDA Hardiness Zone Map The new, updated USDA Hardiness Zone Map is out and the zones for some areas have changed....

Favorite or New Plant

'Green Panda' Bamboo The selection of cold-hardy bamboos for our region has been limited. I've been growing Green...
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Regional Reminders

  • Check Out Your Fruit Trees
  • Give Houseplants a Shower
  • Take Cuttings
  • Do Some Hard Pruning
  • Prune Out Aspen Galls

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