Saturday, November 18, 2017

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Therefore, some of our older links no longer work.  We are working on fixing outdated links as we become aware of them and apologize if you are led to a defunct site.

WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP

Pitt County Master Gardener Volunteers will help you create a wreath made from a variety of greenery clipped from our Arboretum’s shrubs & trees.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2017
10:00 AM – Noon
or
1:00 – 3:00 PM

Pitt County Agricultural Center
403 Government Circle, Greenville

$10 fee (must be paid in advance to hold spot)
Cash or Check Payable to Pitt County Mutual Exchange

Call 252-902-1709 to sign up and arrange payment.
Each class is limited to first 15 people paid in full.
Bring a pair of clippers and gloves.

Monday, November 13, 2017

BEES & THEIR LOOKALIKES

Here is a blooming Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide' growing in one of our larger containers by the entrance doors to the Ag Center.  It is underplanted with White Cool Wave Pansies (Viola x wittrockiana).
Upon close (but not too close) inspection, you will see a yellow jacket wasp gathering the flower's nectar.  They are beneficial in the garden as they prey on pest insects.

You can read more about non-bees here:
NON-HONEYBEE STINGING INSECTS

Photo by H. Wilson

Thursday, November 2, 2017

FREE DAYLILY PLANTS

The Master Gardener Volunteers are renovating some of the older garden beds at the Pitt County Arboretum.  One of the plants that has multiplied and is ready to divide is our daylilies.  Come out to the Arboretum (403 Government Circle) on
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER  11
9:00 AM to NOON

Bring a shovel and containers.
Master Gardeners will be on hand to guide you.
Various colors available.  FREE! FREE!  FREE!

Monday, October 30, 2017

LATE OCTOBER BLOOMS

Lots of colorful blooms still to be found at the Arboretum.  Here is a sample of what you can see:



Phots by M. Endres
Top (l to r)
HERB GARDEN
1.  Rosemarinus officinalis (Rosemary)
PERENNIAL BORDER
2.  Coreopsis integrifolia (Fringeleaf Tickseed)
3.  Ruellia brittoniana 'Purple Showers' (Mexican Petunia)
4.  Salvia microphylla 'San Carlos Festival (Little Leaf Sage)
5.  Chrysanthemum 'Hillside Sheffield Pink'
Bottom (l to r)
LANDSCAPE FOR WET SITES
6.  Callicarpa americana (American Beautyberry)
7.  Tradescantia pallida 'Pale Puma'
BUTTERFLY GARDEN
8.  Salvia leucantha (Mexican Bush Sage)
9.  Lantana camara 'Miss Huff'
WILDFLOWER GARDEN
10.  Zizia aurea (Golden Alexanders)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

ASPARAGUS - A Perennial Vegetable

This picture is the 'fern' that  grows once you stop harvesting the asparagus.  It is feeding the roots for next year's crop.  You will want to leave this until frost hits and turns it brown.

If you are thinking about planting asparagus in your home garden, you may want to prep a bed now while the weather is still pleasant.  In our area, the best time for planting is February.  Here are two articles to help you get started:


And once you are able to harvest, here are some hints on preparing it:

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

HARDY MUMS


Chrysanthemum rubellum 'Hillside Sheffield Pink'
AKA Chrysanthemum "Sheffield', Chrysanthemum zawadskii 'Hillside Sheffield Pink',  or Dendranthema morifolium 'Sheffield'  
These are just a few names you might find attached to this beautiful hardy mum which is blooming at the Arboretum this month.  It has a looser structure than the mums for sale everywhere this time of year.  It, however, is one that reliably returns each year and slowly spreads to create a lovely mass of flowers.  This is often called an heirloom variety.  You may not find it for sale at local nurseries.  However, there is a very good chance we will have it at our Spring Plant Sale (May 19, 2018).
More information on hardy mums can be found here:  NOT YOUR AVERAGE MUM