Northern & Central Midwest

August, 2008
Regional Report

Web Finds

Managing Japanese Beetles from the USDA
This Managing the Japanese Beetle handbook for homeowners tells you everything you could possibly want to know about Japanese beetles, from their range to specifics on controlling them in the beetle stage and the grub stage. If you have a problem with the beetles, you should definitely download this good resource and take it with you to the garden center when you purchase controls.

Favorite or New Plant

Chambertin Oriental Lily
I have a place in my heart for Oriental lilies, and 'Chambertin' is stunning. It's a deep rosy raspberry color and has a divine cinnamon spice fragrance. It grows to about 4 feet and blooms in early August. Give it moist organic soil and full sun for the best blossoms. Available from The Lily Garden: http://www.thelilygarden.com/index.html.

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