Pacific Northwest

April, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

It's Apple Blossom Time!
Wenatchee, known as the apple capital of the world, will celebrate its colorful bloom season with the Apple Blossom Festival from April 25 to May 5. It's the oldest major festival in Washington State and is so popular it has grown to become a 12-day event. There will be a parade, carnival, arts and crafts, and other events offered through the run of this festival. For more information call (509) 662-3616 or visit their website: http://www.appleblossom.org.

Favorite or New Plant

Delightful Daisies
Most daisies are exceptionally easy to grow. Select a sunny spot, scratch up a patch of soil, sprinkle out a packet of seeds, and presto! Instant garden! They sprout right away, and nearly all of them flourish in ordinary garden soil with minimal care.

My favorite is golden marguerite (Anthemis tinctoria). It's a dainty daisy that never quits, flowering from late spring right through the first light frost. The cultivar 'Kelwayi' has flowers of bright gold, while those of 'Moonlight' are a pale sulfur-yellow. 'Wargrave', at 3 feet tall, carries its creamy yellow flowers higher than most, and 'E.C. Buxton' is a graceful plant splashed with ivory-white daisies. (You'll need to start with vegetatively propagated plants if you want to grow these named varieties.)

Golden marguerite doesn't need pampering; give it full sun and lean soil. It will become a delightful mound, 3 feet high and wide, but it can be kept compact with judicious season-long pinching.

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