Western Mountains and High Plains

November, 2010
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Florist's Cyclamen
One of my late aunt's favorite houseplants for fall and winter bloom was the cyclamen. It is also one of my favorites because it prefers cool temperatures and moderate light. The flowers are delicate and resemble orchids. Blooms are produced on long stems, help upright above the foliage. The florist cyclamen comes in shades of red, pink, white, and bicolors. Even the foliage is attractive, often having silver marbling on the top side of the leaves. Cyclamens do best in bright, but indirect light. Move the cyclamen closer to the light source in winter and keep in a cool window for best blooms and to prolong the flowering cycle.

Tool or Gardening Product

Straighten Bent Fork Tines
When digging in the garden in the fall to work the soil and add compost, it is not unusual to bend the tines on your spading fork. Straightening the tines can be a challenge, so here's how I accomplish this task: drive a 3-4 foot length of one-inch diameter pipe into the ground; let one foot stick out of the ground. After you're done using the spading fork and you notice a bent tine or two, just stick the tine into the pipe and bend it back in line with the other tines. Clean and oil the tines before storing away for the winter.

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