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  • New Bee Balm for the Garden

     ‘Leading Lady Plum’Bee Balm typically bloom in midsummer, but ‘Leading Lady Plum’ leads the way in early summer, flowering earlier and forming a more petite clump than other Bee Balm (like ‘Pardon My Purple’). She typically blooms from early summer...

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  • Bring Spring Inside

    Late winter is a great time to bring some color into your home with branches from your spring-flowering trees and shrubs.  Forcing branches into bloom is easy and this is the perfect time of year to do this simple project. ...

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  • Handling Tips for Valentine’s Day Roses

    If you are fortunate enough to receive roses from a loved one this Valentine's Day, follow these guidelines to help extend the life of your flowers. For floral arrangements:1) Keep the vase filled or floral foam soaked with warm water. Add...

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  • Miniature Roses

    Miniature roses are dwarf versions of roses including the classic hybrid teas. Though they are much smaller (12 to15 inches tall or less), they are surprisingly tough and can be planted outside where they will survive our Kansas winters if...

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  • Fall Care of Peonies

    Cut peony foliage back to the ground if this hasn’t been done already. Compost or discard foliage. Fertilize peonies twice a year — in the spring shortly before new growth appears and then again in the fall after the plants...

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  • Winterizing Roses

    Though most shrub roses are hardy in Kansas, other types of roses can be more tender. For example, the hybrid teas have certain species in their ancestry that originated in the warm climate of southern China. These roses need protection...

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  • September Sedum

    September. Time for crisp, cool Fall evenings. Leaves will start to fall soon, though the grass is still green. Pumpkins are on the horizon. Halloween and Thanksgiving are not far away. September is one of my favorite months, for many...

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  • Flowers for September

    After the excitement of spring and summer flowers, many gardeners look over their dull September flowerbeds in dismay. There are many fall-blooming plants, however, that add pizazz to the fall garden. Chrysanthemums rank high on the fall-blooming flower list, but...

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  • Vegetables Produce Flowers But No Fruit

       If you have vegetables that are blooming but not setting fruit, you may have a problem with flower pollination. There are several possible reasons for this that usually vary by species. One condition that can affect several species at...

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  • Care for Spring-Flowering Bulbs

    As spring-flowering bulbs go through the flowering process, keep three care tips in mind: 1. If practical, remove spent flowers with a scissors or a hand pruner. This allows the plant to conserve its energy for bloom the next year...

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