Pacific Northwest

August, 2004
Regional Report

Web Finds

Identifying Vegetable Problems
If you have some ailing vegetable plants, you can visit Cornell University's Vegetable MD Online for help in diagnosing the problem. This comprehensive yet user-friendly site was developed by the Department of Plant Pathology at Cornell University and the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station to provide free access to the many Vegetable Disease Fact Sheets produced by Cornell. Diseases are listed by crop and are accompanied by a photo gallery, news articles, disease alerts, a vegetable diagnostic key, vegetable IPM links, and a plant disease clinic.

Favorite or New Plant

'Sweet Dreams' Coreopsis (Coreopsis rosea 'Sweet Dreams')
I can't think of a more attractive, reliable, and trouble-free summer bloomer than coreopsis. It resists drought, insects, and diseases and makes a beautiful backdrop for a sunny garden bed. Coreopsis rosea 'Sweet Dreams' produces a sea of raspberry and cream-colored flowers. The airy, ferny foliage is narrow, needlelike, and bright green, a perfect foil to the masses of daisylike blooms. I've found that mature plants will sprawl when full of flowers so you may want to tie 'Sweet Dreams' to stakes or other supports to keep it upright. This beautiful plant attracts butterflies and bees and blooms non-stop from early summer through the first frost in late fall.

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