Northern & Central Midwest

February, 2009
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Peruvian Daffodil
Hymenocallis 'Sulphur Queen', also called Peruvian daffodil, will surprise you with its petticoat blossoms in the palest yellow. It grows eighteen to twenty-four inches tall and thrives in partial shade or full sun. Best of all, in the evening, it emits a soft citrusy fragrance. Give it average soil and lift it in the fall and you'll have a favorite for the garden for years.

Clever Gardening Technique

Use That Sprouting Garlic
If stored garlic cloves are beginning to sprout, let them go ahead. Plant them in pots and as they trim the foliage to put in salads and stir-fries. If you plant them early now, you can put them in the garden and they may make heads even though the traditional time to plant garlic is in the fall. Otherwise, blanch the cloves briefly and freeze or puree in olive oil and freeze.

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