Patience needed for plant to bloom PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 02 May 2013 10:39
A reader asks: Dog toothed violet leaves have appeared in my garden in the last three years but have never bloomed. This time of year they get dappled. Any clue why they aren't blooming? There is a large black walnut tree about 20 feet from the patch.
Craig Everett, OSU Extension responds: Dogtooth Violets, Fawn lily, and Trout lily are all common names for Erythronium americanum.
This native plant to Ohio is commonly found in full shade, abundant organic matter, and moist well- drained soil. The main feature of this wildflower is yellow, nodding, lily-like flowers; at the base of the plant, with two leaves mottled with dark spots. They will naturalize (slowly), and the plant goes dormant in summer (foliage dies down).
According to Randy Haar, an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who has done some research on the Erythronium species these wildflowers take up to seven or more years to flower.  He noted that these wildflowers will not flower until the plant has at least two leaves at the base. His best advice is being patient.
Garden Club: 04-25-13 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 April 2013 10:06
Bowling Green Women's Garden Group
Six members and two guests attended the April meeting of the Bowling Green Women's Garden Group. The meeting was held at Wolf's Blooms & Berries.
Before the program and meeting, members and guests toured the greenhouse to view all the plants. Kay Miesle served as hostess for the meeting.
Members enjoyed the program presented by Sue Wolf on fairy gardens and a showing of many new varieties of flowers.
Following the program, a brief business meeting was held. Members were encouraged to attend the county meeting to be held on April 23 and the regional meeting in Bryan on May 2.
Master Gardeners to host 2nd annual plant exchange PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 April 2013 09:34
The OSU Extension Wood County Master Gardeners will be hosting its second annual "Wood County Spring Plant Exchange" beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The event which is being held at the Home and Garden World Building at the Wood County Fairgrounds, will be open to the public.
From 9 to 10 a.m. will be the plant drop-off along with informational booths available to answer most horticultural questions. The information booths will focus on composting, butterfly gardens, vermiculture, native plants and much more.
Although the Master Gardeners will be giving two free plants to everyone who attends, they do encourage everyone to bring additional plants to share.
'Plant Purple-Grow Hope' campaign in its third season PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 April 2013 10:05
TOLEDO - More Northwest Ohio garden centers this spring are teaming up with an Arizona-based biomedical research organization to fight pancreatic cancer through the sale of purple flowers, which symbolize the nation's fourth leading cause of cancer death.
The Maumee Valley Growers, who helped initiate the "Plant Purple-Grow Hope" campaign in 2011, are joined this year by The Anderson's Markets and Sautter's Markets in raising funds for pancreatic cancer research at the Phoenix-based non-profit Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).
Growers and retailers will raise funds for TGen during May and June by donating a portion of the sale of any purple flowers. Purple is the color representing pancreatic cancer.
"We're looking at expanding the program this year. It can only get bigger," said Toledo native Deanna Bobak, who lost her father, Donald Swicegood of Toledo, to pancreatic cancer. He died only months after his diagnosis, and Bobak hopes a method of early detection can be developed.
Southern beauty imported for local gardens PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Garden Editor   
Thursday, 18 April 2013 09:32
Eric Timm with one of his Bird of Paradise plants at Bostdorff Greenhouse. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Visitor's to this year's Home and Garden Exposition on Saturday at the Stroh Center can expect to be welcomed with a lot of color.
Eric Timm of Bostdorff's Greenhouse said they are focusing on the "Wow factor" for the entrance at the Expo. One of the show pieces will be his Bird of Paradise plants.
"We are planning a lot of color and lots of new plants," he said. He also said they will be supplying some plants for colors for other vendors in addition to the entrance and hospitality displays.
Timm also plans to hopefully have some hydrangeas and roses in bloom. Obviously with the late spring we are experiencing, many greenhouses are yet to have a lot of showy pieces in bloom. He is combating that flaw in Mother Nature by importing items from the south.
Interestingly, not just for the Expo, but for area homes and gardens, Timm says more and more traditional southern garden plants are finding their way into Northwest Ohio homes and landscapes.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:46
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