Pacific Northwest

March, 2001
Regional Report

Web Finds

Vegetable MD Online
Vegetable MD Online was developed by the Department of Plant Pathology at Cornell University and the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station to provide access to the many Vegetable Disease Fact Sheets produced by Cornell. Diseases are listed by crop and 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

Winter-Blooming Daphne
One of the best things about winter is the fragrance of daphne in flower. Winter daphne (Daphne odora) produces strongly fragrant clusters of pink flowers at the ends of its branches. It doesn't take many daphne flowers to fill a room with a sweet, almost citrusy fragrance. But daphne can be tricky to grow. It's hardy in USDA zones 7 to 9 but demands perfect drainage and a cool, sheltered spot. It can also grow in part shade. If the right growing conditions are provided, it will develop into a shrub 3 to 4 feet tall and wide. Light pruning after flowering has finished will prevent the plant from becoming woody.

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