Archive for August, 2010

Brucemore

August 23, 2010 2 Comments
Brucemore

This coming Saturday (August 28th) is an event I have looked forward to all year.  And when I say all year, I mean since this time last year! Brucemore is a 26-acre estate in the middle of Cedar Rapids.  It is a National Historic Trust Site and is a museum and a lot more!  It has […]

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So You Want to be a Master Gardener?

August 16, 2010 0 Comments
So You Want to be a Master Gardener?

Well, now is your chance!  Each year from September through the winter Iowa State offers Master Gardener classes.  The deadline to sign up this year is August 26th (classes start September 9th), so you will need to decide soon.  There are a few counties that have a spring training schedule, but only about six and only Clinton […]

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Magnolia Scale

August 12, 2010 2 Comments
Magnolia Scale

I would love to have a Magnolia tree in our yard, but we don’t have any place to put it on our slightly-less-than-a-quarter-acre-lot-that-already-has-seven-trees-on-it.  For those fortunate enough to have a Magnolia tree, you may be dealing with an unfortunate aspect of that ownership.  Magnolia scale.  The Magnolia scale is the largest scale insect in Iowa.  […]

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Ribbon Cutting

August 5, 2010 1 Comment
Ribbon Cutting

The ribbon cutting for the Vinton Youth Community Garden was last Tuesday evening.  Aside from the VERY high humidity, it was a great event.  I, Edwon (one of the other Master Gardeners helping out), our helper Martha and two of the girls (Sarah Kreutner and Aspen Hepker) showed up on Monday to help finish weeding.  Sarah’s […]

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Event

August 5, 2010 0 Comments
Event

Short notice, but there is an event in Cresco in the next few days that you may want to check out.  Plantpeddler’s is having their Annual Summer Open House and Trial Garden events.  On Saturday the 7th from 11 AM to 2 PM Plantpeddler’s “Day in the Garden” will take place.  From their press release: […]

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Fungus amongus

August 5, 2010 0 Comments
Fungus amongus

Delores sent me an email with a couple of pictures of a mushroom that popped up in her yard.  She wants some help identifying it.  Delores mentions that the stem is about 4 or 5 inches tall and the cap is a whopping 7 1/2 inches across! I am very nervous when it comes to […]

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