Upper South

August, 2004
Regional Report

Plant Blue Flowers

Plan ahead for a carpet of blue flowers next spring. Plant forget-me-not seed now. They'll sprout and flower next year, providing a beautiful contrast if planted with red tulips. Another blue flower for spring is the Virginia bluebell (Mertensia virginica). Divide and move bluebell roots now because they're dormant. They grow best in an area with light, dappled shade.

Cut Baby's Breath

Cut baby's breath (Gypsophila paniculata) when in full bloom on a dry day for making winter bouquets of dried sprays. Place stems in a tall, cylindrical container, such as a wide-mouthed jar, coffee can, or pasta container and place in a cool, dry, airy place. When thoroughly dried, place in cartons lined with paper and store in a dry area.

Cut Morning Glories

An unusual cut flower is morning glories. Cut buds of morning glory flowers at night, and float them in bowl of lukewarm water. By the time your coffee is perked the next morning, you'll have beautiful flowers on your table to enjoy.

Fertilize Hibiscus

Hibiscus flowers are one of the glories of the summer garden. If the foliage is beginning to yellow this summer, it's probably from lack of iron. Add liquid iron to the soil around the base of the plant. The foliage should green up within one week.

Harvest Vegetables

It's vegetable harvest time. If cabbage heads begin to crack before you're ready to harvest, bend them over to break the roots on one side. This stops their growth and cracking. Dig potatoes as soon as the tops have died. Pick lima bean pods while they're still green. Gather pickling cucumbers while they're still small.

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