Upper South

April, 2012
Regional Report

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Find Farmers' Markets
The number of farmers' markets continue to increase every year as more and more people are appreciating buying fresh products directly from farms. Going to a farmers' market is more than just buying food. It's a bit of an adventure as you discover what is available any particular week, to say nothing of the socializing among customers and farmers. If you already regularly go to a farmers' market, why not explore some of the others in your area. Or, if you don't know of any in your area, check newspaper listings or the following two websites: Farmers' Markets or Local Harvest.

Favorite or New Plant

Dwarf Bearded Iris
Since I don't grow many tulips, there is a bit of a flower lull in my garden after the daffodils finish and before perennials and roses start blooming. Dwarf bearded iris have become the flowers that I rely on for this period in spring. With flowers resembling smaller versions of the old-fashioned German, or bearded, iris, dwarf bearded iris grow 8 to 12 inches tall, depending on the variety. There are varieties in all the wonderful colors of their taller relatives as well, plus reblooming forms. Like other iris, they do best in full sun and well-drained soil, with the rhizome just barely covered with soil. I use them scattered along the front of flower beds. Even after the flowers fade, the spiked leaves make an interesting complement to other flowers.

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