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Filtering by Category: Horticulture

Removing Bulbs from Cold Storage

Amy Miller

So, you have waited patiently for the required 12-16 weeks of bulb chilling. Now, it’s time to reap your reward!

Remove your pot from its chilling spot and observe the bulbs – there are often yellow shoots coming out of the soil. Place the pot in a low light location for about a week where the temperature is between 50-60 degrees to slowly ease your bulbs out of their cold storage.

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Got Ladybugs?

Cynthia Druckenbrod

You’re not alone! The multicolored Asian ladybeetle (Harmonia axyridis) can be a frequent visitor inside our warm homes in the winter, sometimes to our great consternation. Introduced in to the southern US in the early 1900’s to control soybean aphids, the Asian Ladybeetles are now well established across much of the country, to the detriment of native lady bug species.

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My Favorite Memory

Molly Dixon

When I was a little girl, around 7 years old, our family went to Bali for Christmas, where we slept in thatch huts on the beach (before the large hotels came).  Remember how blissfully one slept as a child?  Well, my mother awakened my four brothers and me in the middle of the night and marched us in our pajamas through 4 miles of jungle (or so it seemed), she leading with a flashlight.

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Hats Off to Cynthia Druckenbrod, Winner of the Catherine Beattie Medal!

Martha Marsh

In May,  at the Shaker Lakes Garden Club flower show, Cynthia won the prestigious Catherine Beattie Medal for a black (deepest purple) Paphiopedilum Orchid. The award is named in honor of Mrs. Samuel Beattie, a member of Carolina Foothills Garden Club and former President of GCA. It is intended to stimulate participation in and improve the quality of entries in GCA Flower Shows.

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