Northern & Central Midwest

June, 2006
Regional Report

Web Finds

Insect Identification
The University of Wisconsin Entomology Department Insect Identification Web page has so much information that it's almost overwhelming. From spiders to pantry pests to every garden pest imaginable, the site is easy to navigate to find information on insects and their life cycles, and control measures if necessary. The information is clear and even accessible to kids.

Favorite or New Plant

Tree Peony
Tree peonies have been around for hundreds of years, and the Chinese have perfected the use of them in the landscape. These are technically woody plants, and are graced with elegant, huge blossoms in late spring. They come in a range of colors and combinations, and remind one of the crepe paper flowers we used to make as children. These plants need either 4 to 6 hours of sun, or dappled sun and shade for the entire day. A full day of hot sun will make the flowers fade quickly. Treat tree peonies as shrubs rather than perennials, and do not overwater. They are quite drought tolerant. Provide average garden soil and fertilize once a year.

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