Archive for September, 2010

Boxelder Bugs

September 27, 2010 7 Comments
Boxelder Bugs

When I was growing up near Cosgrove, west of Iowa City, I would go to my neighbor’s house after school.  Mid Davin was an older lady who made noodles and cookies.  I would get her mail on my way past the box and come visit with Mid for the afternoon.  I remember watching a lot […]

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Asian Invasion

September 21, 2010 1 Comment
Asian Invasion

Ahhh.  Fall… when the tomato plants turn brown but still try to put out a couple of fruits, the heat and humidity drop (usually!), and the Asian Lady Beetles return to our consciousness. What we know as the Asian Beetle is the multicolored Asian lady beetle or Harmonia axyridis.  It isn’t clear where the Asian […]

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What the Heck is This?

September 13, 2010 5 Comments
What the Heck is This?

I got an email over the weekend from Donna.  She sent me some pictures of her supervisor’s office plant.   She would like to know what it is and how to propagate it.  It is a pretty cool looking plant! (The following photos were sent by Donna) It turns out to be a Hoya carnosa, or […]

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Monarchs on the Move

September 9, 2010 1 Comment
Monarchs on the Move

We got a couple of emails from viewers this week with some pictures of their trees covered in flying jewels. What have you seen lately? Dig it!

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Deadheading Roses in Fall

September 8, 2010 0 Comments
Deadheading Roses in Fall

As much as I hate to admit it, summer is coming to an end.  That means I have to change some of my habits in the garden.  That includes deadheading, or really, to stop deadheading.  When you deadhead a plant (cutting off the spent flowers), the plant will start to put out new shoots.  It is […]

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