On Wednesday, April 28, the Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays presents a training on the Japanese Art of Kokedama with Sharon Flynt, UK Horticulture Agent in Scott County. The webinar begins at 12:30 pm EST/ 11:30 am CST.
On Wednesday, April 7, the Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays presents a training on Using Native Plants in the Landscape with Susan Fox, ANR Agent in Lyon County. The webinar begins at 12:30 pm EST/ 11:30 am CST.
On Wednesday, March 31, the Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays presents a training on Common Blueberry Planting Problems with Chris Smigell, UK Horticulture Specialist. The webinar begins at 12:30 pm EST/ 11:30 am CST.
On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, the Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays presents a training on Rain Gardens with Adam Leonberger, County Extension Agent for Horticulture in Franklin County. The webinar begins at 12:30 pm EST/ 11:30 am CST.
We will start with some hummingbird facts. The hummingbird is the smallest species of bird in the world! They are cable of hovering, flying backwards, and are the only avian species that can fly upside down and backwards. Most people think there are several different types of hummingbirds in Kentucky but actually there is only one, the Rubythroat that lives east of the Mississippi river. The male rubythroat is the one with the large red spot on its neck and breast. The male rubythroat weighs only 3.03 grams or as much as 2.5 paperclips!
All the mechanisms of life are represented in a garden: respiration, nutrition, circulation, reproduction and maturation. As such, it’s a perfect science laboratory where students can hone their math and observational skills and creativity.
Deciduous trees are losing their leaves. Does this signal a time for pruning? Generally, no. The preferred time for pruning most woody plants is late winter to early spring. These plants will be initiating grown in spring and will be better able to deal with cut surfaces. Plants pruned in fall and winter, as growth ceases, are less able to deal with pruning cuts. However, there are some types of pruning that can be practiced at any time of the year.
Have you ever looked up in the tree canopy to look for flowers in summer months? Some trees flower in the summer. There are fewer trees that bloom in July and August. Summer beauty can be enhanced by adding a native summer-flowering tree. Take a look at the Kentucky’s Sourwood tree Oxydendrum arboreum. These are a delight to the landscape and flower in summer. Continue reading →
There have been several samples of arborvitae brought in over the past few weeks. In each case, there were brown spots showing up on the shrub. I inspected the samples but could not find any evidence of disease or insect problems. This led me to think it must be something in the environment. What could have happened in the environment to cause brown spots to show up on evergreens? If you think back over the last year or two, a lot of stress has occurred in our landscapes. Continue reading →
Surely one of the most widely recognized harbingers of spring is the bright yellow blooms of forsythia. These extremely durable shrubs have graced gardens for centuries. While beautiful in bloom, these plants grow quite large and may be more plant than your landscape can handle. Fortunately, there are several lesser known types of forsythia that have a more manageable size. These varieties may require a little more effort to locate but are worth the search. Continue reading →