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Debra Prinzing The 50 Mile Bouquet

Author Debra Prinzing champions locally grown cut flowers in every season with The 50 Mile Bouquet and Slow Flowers. Follow her cross-country flower farm visits through the eyes of photographer David E. Perry.  On tour, get tips for growing and arranging flowers at Rita Anders’ Cuts of Color flower farm in Weimar. Daphne analyzes why plant leaves turn yellow. Her pick of the week is Phlox paniculata ‘John Fanick’, a glorious summer bloomer. John Dromgoole picks a few easy summer perennials and annuals to attract butterflies and bees.

Originally aired July 13th, 2013

Plant of the Week: Phlox paniculata ‘John Fanick’

Phlox Paniculata

Tips of the Week

  • If you have fruit trees that have become overgrown in the center, prune out some of those branches, so that the rest will be healthier.
  • Put a slow hose on new perennials, trees, and shrubs to keep them watered deeply.
  • Spray a hard blast of water under leaves that may be troubled by spider mites.
  • Replace hummingbird water every few days. Be sure to wash out bird baths and other wildlife watering troughs to fend off mosquito larvae.

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Question of the Week

Why do leaves turn yellow and fall off of otherwise healthy-looking plants?

Featured Garden

Cuts of Colors Flower Farm

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Debra Prinzing
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