Middle South

July, 2007
Regional Report

Web Finds

International Dark-Sky Association
The mission of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is "to preserve and protect the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies through quality outdoor lighting." The IDA Web site includes a resource page with information about dark sky-friendly lighting fixtures, light pollution health issues, and ways to advocate for more efficient lighting through education and ordinances.

Favorite or New Plant

Crocosmia
Flamboyant color, graceful form, attractive foliage, striking flowers -- what's not to love about crocosmias? The plants grow 2 to 4 feet tall with fans of foliage similar to their relatives, gladiolas. Delicate-looking but sturdy flower stalks rise above the foliage and sport freesia-like blooms in hot colors -- red, orange, yellow. Although crocosmias are sometimes referred to by the common name montbretia, another plant also goes by this name so be cautious when purchasing plants. Most crocosmias are hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 6 to 10 but may survive colder areas if heavily mulched. They require well-drained soil and are relatively pest-free, although they're occasionally bothered by spider mites.

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