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Check out these award winners

   

Angel's trumpet "Angel's Dream"

Angel's trumpet "Angel's Dream"

  Randy Schultz passed along these photos on behalf of the Mailorder Gardening Association. The group, also known as MGA, is the only nonprofit organization for companies involved in marketing gardening products to consumers.

     The association presented their 2009 MGA Green Thumb Awards for six new plant varieties and five new gardening products.

 

 

Rudbeckia "Cherry Brandy"

Rudbeckia "Cherry Brandy"

 

Bring­ing home awards in the Plants, Bulbs and Seeds division were Rudbeckia x hirta ‘Cherry Brandy’ from Thompson & Morgan, Begonia x tuberhybrida ‘Scentsation’ F1 Hybrid from Thompson & Morgan, Organic Prairie Blush Potato from Wood Prai­rie Farm, Bonbini Lily from Dutch Gardens, Angel’s Trumpet ‘Angel’s Dream’ PPAF from Logee’s and Honey Bear Winter Squash from Johnny’s Selected Seeds. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Begonia "Scentsation"

Begonia "Scentsation"

 

Honored in the Tools, Supplies and Accessories division were Liquid Net® for Pets from The Liquid Fence Company, Golden Delicious Apple Collection for Children from Stark Bro’s, Plant Cottage from Gardener’s Supply, Optimum Deep Plug Starter Kit from Charley’s Greenhouse & Garden and Liquid Fence® Mole Repellent Worms from The Liquid Fence Company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organic Prairie Blush potato

Organic Prairie Blush potato

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winners of the 2009 MGA Green Thumb Awards were chosen by an independent panel of garden writers and editors. The winning products were selected based on their uniqueness, technological innovation, ability to solve a gardening problem or provide a gardening opportunity and potential appeal to gardeners.

Bonbini Lily

Bonbini Lily

The MGA Green Thumb Awards recognize outstanding new garden products available by mail or online. The awards are sponsored by the Mailorder Gardening Association, the world’s largest nonprofit association of companies that sell garden products directly to consumers. For more information visit the MGA website at www.mailordergardening.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honey Bear winter squash

Honey Bear winter squash

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Love me tender

James Romer, Iowa Master Gardener Coordinator at Iowa State University Extension, offers the following on tender perennials:

Tender perennials are an integral part of many home landscapes in the Midwest. Most have a long blooming period and put on excellent displays of color until it freezes in the fall. The biggest problem with tender perennials is that they will not survive Iowa’s harsh winter weather if left outdoors. The following tender perennials should be dug in the fall and stored indoors until spring graces our doorsteps once again.

Tuberous begonias (Begonia xtuberhybrida) come in a wide assortment of colors and types. Some of the flower forms include camellia, cascade, carnation, picotee and non-stop series. Container-grown plants can be brought indoors for winter enjoyment. Those tubers left outside should be dug after a killing frost. To properly condition the tubers for storage, place them in a warm, dry location for approximately two weeks. Then bury the tubers in a box or sack filled with sphagnum moss or vermiculite. Store them in a cool, dry location.

Caladium (Caladium xhortulanum) is a great plant in the shade. The caladium is grown for its colorful foliage rather than its flowers. When the foliage dies back in the fall, carefully lift the tubers out of the soil and find a warm, dry place to cure them. Typically the process is complete in two weeks. Store the tubers in dry sand, vermiculite or sphagnum moss in a cool (50 F), frost-free area.

Gladiolus (Gladiolus hybrids) is stunning in the garden and in arrangements, but they need to be dug and tucked away for the winter months. The gladiolus or glad develops from a growing structure called a corm. A corm is a short, thickened underground stem where food is stored. When the foliage has yellowed, lift the corms carefully, cut off the foliage 1 to 2 inches above the corm and allow drying for a week in a sunny location. Corms can be treated with a fungicide to prevent disease while in storage. Remove and discard the remains of the old mother corm located at the bottom of the large, healthy corm. Place the corms in old onion sacks or nylon stockings. Then store the corms in a cool, dry, frost-free location until spring planting occurs.

Though calla lilies (Zandedeschia spp.) are tropical in appearance, they can be successfully grown in the Midwest. After the foliage has been damaged by a frost, cut off the tops about 2 inches above the soil line. Dry the calla rhizomes in a warm, dry location for one or two weeks. Bury the rhizomes in vermiculite, sawdust or peat moss, and store in a cool (45 to 55 F), frost-free area.

The large, banana-like foliage of the canna (Canna xgeneralis) stands out in the garden. Some can get to be about six feet in height, while others top the two to three-foot range. After a killing frost, cut the stems back to about 3-4 inches above the soil. Carefully dig up the rhizomes, let them dry for a few hours, and then place them in crates or mesh bags. Store at 35 to 45 F.

Dahlias (Dahlia hybrids) stand out like beacons in the summer garden. With more than 40,000 varieties to choose from, it’s difficult to not like at least one. After a killing frost has destroyed the foliage, the top of the dahlia should be cut away, and the tubers should be carefully dug and labeled with the variety name. Wash the tubers with water to remove as much soil as possible. This lessens the chance for soil insects to destroy the tubers while in storage. Dry the tubers in a site protected from strong winds and out of direct sunlight. When the tubers become dry to the touch, remove any portion of the stalk that remains and place the tubers upside down in vermiculite to ensure that any water in the remaining crown tissue drains out.

Although all of these plants require more work to keep than your average perennial, their attractive flowers and foliage are well worth the extra effort.

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Winter Gardening Fair

More on the Winter Gardening Fair that appeared in today’s (Jan. 23) Gazette.  Melinda Myers, host of the PBS show, “Great Lakes Gardener,” has a handout with a list of more than 150 annuals, perennials and other plants that attract birds and/or butterflies. A sampling of her suggestions that have double power – beneficial for both birds and butterflies – follow:  Annuals: begonia, cosmos, nicotiana; Perennials: bee balm (monarda), columbine, gayfeather (liatris); Shrubs: azalea, butterfly bush, lilac; Trees: crabapple, plum, redbud; Vines: morning glory, scarlet runner bean. 

Melinda will have more examples at the fair on Feb. 2 at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.

An added note: a new book by Myers will especially interest Iowa gardeners. It’s called Month-by-Month Gardening in Iowa. The book will be available beginning Feb. 1 at major bookstores, including Barnes & Noble, and online at Amazon.com

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