Western Mountains and High Plains

June, 2008
Regional Report

Web Finds

Reblooming iris
The Reblooming Iris Society Web site is a section of the American Iris Society, but it's dedicated to the research, breeding, and improvement of iris that have more than one blooming season per year.

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Zinnias
Gardening by the alphabet means "Z" is for "zinnias." These annual flowers spell success for new gardeners and master gardeners alike. They are easy to start from seeds and are also available as transplants. Zinnias love the heat of summer and seem to languish until daytime temperatures are 85 degrees or above. Start seeds now in warm soils, thinning young plants to stand 12 inches apart. You will find cheerful colors of red, pink, cherry, magenta, orange, green, yellow, and white. Bicolored varieties are available, too. Once established, zinnias can survive with watering as infrequently as every three days. Regular deadheading will encourage more blooms throughout the summer.

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