Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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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

Monday, October 16, 2017

A VISIT TO SOIL LAB & MORE

A group of Master Gardener Volunteers led by our agent, Eric, recently visited the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Agromonic Division.   It was an information packed morning.  The day started in the soil testing lab where they were shown what happens with those little brown boxes filled with soil.  Next came the nematode testing area where they were able to view the tiny worms with microscopes.  The last stop was the lab for plant tissue/compost/pond water analysis.  The day ended with lunch and shopping at the Farmers' Market.
P.S.  Those that didn't follow the rules (long pants) had to wear blue coveralls!  Everyone looks so serious!  For more information about these services offered to farmers and gardeners, click here:  NCDA & CS AGRONOMIC DIVISION.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

WHAT TO DO AND NOT DO THIS FALL IN YOUR GARDEN

We always have 'TO DO' lists.  Even when the main growing season is over, there is still work to be done in the garden.  Read this 8 GARDENING MISTAKES and you'll help your garden get ready for winter and look better next spring.

There is still lots of color in the fall garden.  Here is what's in bloom at the Arboretum this week.

Phots by K. Previll
Top left to right:
Helianthus angustifolius (Swamp Sunflower)
Cephalanthus occidentalis 'Sputnik' Buttonbush
Salvia microphylla "Hot Lips'
Bottom left to right:
Ruellia simplex 'Chi Chi' Mexican Petunia
Eupatorium coelestinum (Wild Ageratum)
Tradescantia pallida 'Pale Puma' Wandering Jew
Callicarpa americana (American Beautyberry)
'In the Mood' Tea Rose
'Pretty Lady' Floribunda Rose

Saturday, October 7, 2017

HARDY FERNS

Several hardy ferns have recently been added to our Landscape for Wet Sites.  You might think of ferns as fussy plants, but there are some that do well year-round and even stay green over the winter.   Once established they require minimum care.   Most ferns prefer filtered sunlight and moist, humus soil.  You can find a diverse selection of frond shapes, colors, and heights.  Pictured is our current selection and plans are underway to add more natives.  You can read about individual ferns at this site:  FERNS

Onoclea sensibilis
Sensitive Fern (Native)

Osmunda regalis
Royal Fern (Native)

Athyrium filix-femina
Lady Fern (Native)

Woodwardia areolata
Netted Chain Fern (Native)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

FALL/WINTER CONTAINER PLANTING DEMO

Join the Master Gardener Volunteers
and learn how to plant an outdoor container this Fall that will look great all Winter.
THURSDAY, Oct 5, 2017
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Meet under the Shelter in front of the Ag Center
403 Government Circle, Greenville

Get tips on the best containers, soil, and plants to use.  They will also discuss
how to care for them over the colder months.
Rain or Shine.  Free!

Questions?  Call 902-1705

Thursday, September 21, 2017

AUTUMN EQUINOX & FALL GARDENING

September 22nd at 4:02 PM marks the Autumn Equinox.  The sun aligns exactly on the equator and the time of day equals (almost) the time of night.  Then the days become shorter until we reach the Winter Solstice.  What does this mean for gardeners?  There are quite a few chores to tackle and you will find a good list here to keep you busy:  FALL TIPS

Don't forget to sit back and enjoy the beautiful fall flowers.  This goldenrod, Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks',  is blooming in our Mixed Border and the Wildflower Garden at the Arboretum.  It is very popular with the bees and butterflies.  If you are sneezing now, you probably shouldn't be blaming goldenrod.  Read this myth busting article:  GOLDENROD vs RAGWEED


Friday, September 15, 2017

HARVESTING MUSCADINES

Last week over 60 pounds of muscadine grapes were harvested from the Small Fruit Garden at the Arboretum.  We grow several varieties:
*Nesbitts - a black colored grape 
*Carlos - bronze colored and the leading variety grown in NC
*Higgins - pink/bronze colored
*Hunt - dark purple colored

Thirteen pounds were divided into 26 eight-ounce cups and delivered to the Winterville Manor, a resident care  home for indigent citizens.  The remainder was donated to the St Paul's Food Pantry.  The harvesting is expected to continue for several more weeks.




Interested in growing your own? 
Read this:

Friday, September 8, 2017

A WORKING GUEST AT THE ARBORETUM

Master Gardener Volunteer Suzanne G. spotted this busy Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterfly collecting nectar from the Salvia leucantha (Mexican Bush Sage) growing in our Butterfly Garden.  This salvia is a late summer/early fall bloomer that attracts many pollinators this time of year.

READ MORE ABOUT THIS SALVIA BY CLICKING HERE.

Photo by S. Gray

Thursday, September 7, 2017

LATE SUMMER BLOOMS

Here are some plants you will see in bloom at the Arboretum this week.

Photo by S. Gray

TOP:
BUTTERFLY GARDEN
1. Solidago rugosa (Rough Goldenrod)
2. Hibiscus syriacus (Rose of Sharon)
ROSE GARDEN
3. Rosa 'Radbrite' Climbing Rose
PLANTS FOR WET SITES
4. Hedychium 'Dr. Moy' (Ginger Lily)
5. Tradescantia pallida (Wandering Jew)

BOTTOM:
HERB GARDEN
6. Allium tuberosum (Garlic Chives)
AG CENTER 
7. Liriope muscari (Lily Turf)
8. Hemerocallis sp. (Daylily)
CHILDREN'S GARDEN
9. Sedum spectable 'Autumn Joy'
10. Canna 'Bengal Tiger' (Canna Lily)



Sunday, September 3, 2017

LATE SUMMER HUMOR



(SOURCE: #finegardening, #jtgardens)

Friday, August 25, 2017

FALL EXTENSION NEWSLETTER

Read some gardening tips and information specific to our area.  These newsletters are published quarterly and geared to the growing conditions for us in the Coastal Plains.


Monday, August 21, 2017

THE TOTAL ECLIPSE & YOUR GARDEN

Watch & Report.  Read this brief article about what to look for.

Have fun and protect those eyes!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

JOE PYE WEED

Meet Joe Pye.  This is our Eutrochium purpureum (formerly Eupatorium purpureum) growing in our Wildflower Garden next the cistern pump.  With the tag of 'Weed' added to the name, it may seem like an undesirable plant to deliberately put in your garden.  However, the butterflies and bumblebees greatly appreciate this late summer/fall blooming perennial.  If you look closely at the picture you will see a bumblebee collecting pollen.  You will find other Joe Pye Weeds in our Plants for Wet Sites, Perennial Border, and the Herb Garden.  This attests to its adaptabilty and easy care attributes.  Read here for more about growing this great pollinator garden must have:

And if you want to read the back story of 
"Who was Joe Pye?"  CLICK HERE

Friday, August 11, 2017

WHAT'S IN BLOOM

Our much needed rain has reinvigorated the gardens at the Arboretum.  Except for the vegetables and containers, the plants that are established do not get supplemental water during a dry spell.  It is a true test of survival.  These are some of the plants that are of interest this week:


HERB GARDEN:
1. Ocimum basilicum Red Rubin Basil
4. Allium tuberosum Garlic Chives
5. Lavandula angustifolia Lavender
BUTTERFLY GARDEN:
2. Echinacea purpurea Purple Coneflower
PERENNIAL GARDEN:
3. Coreopsis verticillata 'Zagreb' Threadleaf Tickseed
9. Perovskia atriplicifolia Russian Sage
CHILDREN'S GARDEN:
6.  Rudbeckia hirta Black-eyed Susan
10. Lagerstroemia sp. Crepe Myrtle Tree
PLANTS FOR WET SITES:
7.  Tradescantia pallida 'Pale Puma' Wandering Jew
SMALL FRUITS:
8.  Diospyros kaki 'Fuyu' Japanese Persimmon

Photos by M. Endres







Tuesday, August 8, 2017

FALL WEBWORMS

Have you seen this in the ends of branches on your trees?


In late July and August, the second (or third) generation of fall webworms has hatched and this protective web keeps predators out while the webworms feed inside.  Large trees are usually not harmed by this feeding, but smaller trees might be.  A good way to get rid of them is to poke the web open with a stick exposing the webworms to their predators:  birds, wasps, and hornets.   You don't need to light it on fire as some people may suggest.
READ MORE HERE: WEBWORMS

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

MASTER GARDENERS at FARMERS' MARKET

Bring your gardening and turf questions to the Leroy James Farmers' Market at 4560 County Home Road in Greenville.
Pitt County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will be there to answer your questions, distribute soil sample boxes, and happily tell you about upcoming events at the Arboretum.

8:00 - 11:30 AM
Saturday, August 5th.

Friday, July 28, 2017

WATERING IN A DRY SPELL

We are not in a drought situation.  It's just been awhile since we have had significant rainfall.  It might be time to add some supplemental water.  You can follow these guidelines for watering in a drought as they apply for times like this as well.

CLICK HERE:  DROUGHT TIPS


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

BECOME AN EXTENSION MASTER GARDENER

A new class will be beginning August 15, 2017.  Deadline to apply is fast approaching - July 25th!  Click on this link for all the information:




EGGPLANT

 We are growing two types of eggplant in the Vegetable Garden at the Arboretum.  Eggplant love hot weather and these are producing a bunch of fruit (which is donated to local food banks).  Check out this publication for more growing information (NOTE:  It talks about growing it by the acre, but the care facts are still the same for growing it in your home garden!)

 


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

JULY GARDEN MAINTENANCE

Hemerocalis 'Hal's Pink' Daylily

Gardeners can never rest!  This link will take you to a blog to follow for Southeastern gardeners.   The writer has listed some chores to keep you busy this month.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

TOMATO PROBLEMS

You might be picking some beautiful tomatoes from your garden about now.  Or you might be puzzled by a plant that is seemingly healthy one day, and wilted the next. What could be wrong?  This is what happened to 2 of our plants in the Arboretum's Vegetable Garden.  You can see (at the right) it is loaded with fruit, but the foliage is dying.  If you are having problems, check out this link with descriptions and pictures of common tomato problems. The list may seem long and daunting, but prevention and treatment information is also given.  And all is good when you bite into that homegrown tomato sandwich!






Saturday, July 1, 2017

WHAT'S IN BLOOM

 This is a small sampling of what you will see at the Arboretum this week.  Take some time during the long holiday weekend to come out and see all the rest!  There is plenty of shade and several benches throughout the Arboretum.  The building will be closed on July 4th.


1. (Butterfly Garden) Cielo estrellado  'Winston Churchill' Daisy
2. (Perennial Border) Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldstrum' Black-eyed Susan
3. (Perennial Border) Echinacea 'Sunrise' Big Sky Coneflower
4. (Butterfly Garden) Lantana camara 'Miss Huff'
5. (Herb Garden) Cymbopogon flexuosus East Indian Lemon Grass
6. (CPP Area) Hibiscus syriacus Rose of Sharon
7. (CPP Area) Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea Redleaf Barberry
8. (CPP Area) Berberis thunbergii 'Aurea' Japanese Barberry
9. (Butterfly) Eupatorium dupium 'Baby Joe' Dwarf Joe Pye Weed
10. (Wet Site) Tradiscantia pallida 'Pale Plum' Wandering Joe

Photos by H. Wilson

Monday, June 19, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

BLACKBERRIES

The thornless blackberries we are growing in the Small Fruit section at the Arboretum are showing several stages of growth.  From just flowering, newly formed berries, and ripening berries, we will have an extended picking season.  Blackberries grow well in our area.  Their relative, raspberries, do not do as well.  You can read why at the link:  GROWING RASPBERRIES IN NC. 

So, maybe you want to try blackberries.  This publication has some information for commercial growers, but it also gives valuable growing details for the home gardener:  GROWING BLACKBERRIES IN NC.

*NOTE:  Our fruit and vegetables grown at the Arboretum are donated to local food banks.

Friday, June 9, 2017

HERB SPIRAL

Our Herb Spiral has begun to fill in.
These were planted in the spiral:
*Oregano, ‘Aureum Gold’, Origanum vulgare
*Vietnamese Cilantro, Persicaria odorato
*Catmint, Nepeta mussinil
* Hyssop, Hyssopus officinalis
*Winter Savory, Satureja montana
*Wooly thyme, Thymus pseudolahuginosus
*Golden thyme, Thymus vulgarismo
*Curry plant, Helichrysum italicum




Around the spiral, these were planted:
Chamomile
Lambs’ ears, Stachys byzantine
Green Santolina, Santolina rosmarinifolia
Sweet marjoram, origanum majorana
Texas sage, Salvia de Texas
Nicotiana, ‘Perfume White’ and multi-colored

Thursday, June 1, 2017

ASK A MASTER GARDENER

Several Master Gardeners will be at the Leroy James Farmer's Market (4560 County Home Road in Greenville) this Saturday, June 3rd from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM.  Bring your gardening questions, pick up soil test boxes, get free cosmos seeds, and find out what is new at the Arboretum.

Cosmos sulphureus

Monday, May 29, 2017

SUMMER NEWSLETTER

 The Summer Edition of the Extension Gardener is ready for you.
READ IT BY CLICKING HERE

Sunday, May 21, 2017

THANK YOU

Thank you to all who came out for the Plant Sale.  All proceeds are used to enhance the Arboretum and fund our public outreach programs.  It was a hot, sunny day and the plants moved fast.  Next year's sale is already on the calendar:  The Saturday after Mother's Day.

If you have questions about the plants you just purchased, call the Master Gardener Hotline 252-902-1705.  On Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday someone will be there to answer the call from 10:00 AM to Noon.  At other times, leave a message and they will return your call when they are back in the office.  You also can email a question to pittcomgv@gmail.com.

Remember to keep your new plants watered until they are established (even if they are labeled drought tolerant).

Friday, May 19, 2017

PLANT SALE TOMORROW!

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Hope to see all of you at the Pitt County Arboretum tomorrow.  9 AM if you are a Friend of the Arboretum (Join at the gate).  10 AM to Noon for everyone else.  The Master Gardeners have worked hard over the past months to get ready for you.  The plants look great.  The weather forecast is promising (although we go rain or shine).  Bring your cash or your checkbooks.  You are sure to find the perfect plants for your garden at fabulous prices.  Also, there will be a bunch of Master Gardeners and Eric, our Extension Agent, to answer your questions.



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

NATIVE PLANTS at the PLANT SALE

Once again we will be featuring Native Plants for sale at the Plant Sale.    Why plant natives?

More Wildlife - Would you like to have more birds and butterflies in your backyard?  Native animals are best adapted to native plants for food and cover, so a well-planned landscape of native plants can help you attract more wildlife to your property. 
Low Maintenance - Plants native to an area are well suited to the local soils and climate, and require relatively little upkeep once established on an appropriate site.
Avoid Invasive Exotics - The spread of invasive, exotic plants poses a threat to native plants and animals around the world.  You can do your part to slow down these threats in your area.

You can read more by clicking here:  GOING NATIVE.

 Painted Lady Butterfly on Echinacea purpurea



Sunday, May 14, 2017

PLANT SALE PLANTS FOR MONARCHS

Once again we will be selling Asclepias (Milkweed or Butterfly Weed) for our Monarchs.  This is the host plant for the monarch.  They will lay their eggs only on this plant.  When the eggs hatch, the new caterpillar will eat the leaves.  Don't worry, though.  The plant should regrow and return the next year.  The Monarch butterfly will get nectar from a variety of flowers.  We will have many flowering plants that attract all butterflies:  Asters, Bee Balm, Joe Pye Weed, Black-Eyed Susans, Daylilies, and Coreopsis to name a few.


Click BUTTERFLY GARDENS for tips on creating your own butterfly sanctuary.

MAY 20, 2017 - PLANT SALE
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Open for Friends of the Arboretum (Join that day)
10:00 AM-Noon Open to the Public
11:00 AM PLANT SWAP (Bring a plant, garden tool, books, containers, etc.  you want to trade with other gardeners)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

PLANT SALE NEWS

We are finalizing our plant lists for you!  If you have been before, you will see some of our tried and true favorites.  If you have been before, you will find some new plants we have not offered before.  We are just hoping the weather forecast holds out.  However, the sale goes on rain or shine.

In addition to our flowering plants, trees, shrubs, and vines we will have some tomato and pepper plants ready to plant in your garden.  As usual, we will also have herbs.

If you haven't signed up to join or renew your Friends of the Arboretum Membership, you will be able to join on the day of the sale.  Come a little earlier to fill out the necessary form.

A PREVIOUS YEAR'S SALE

Sunday, May 7, 2017

CURRENT NEWSLETTER

Have you read the Spring Edition?
Click below to read about some of these topics:
  • Less toxic insecticides
  • Selecting blueberries
  • Becoming a beekeeper
  • Crape myrtle bark scale
  • Tips for herbicide use
  • Vegetable crop rotation


Saturday, May 6, 2017

PITT COUNTY FARMERS MARKET


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MASTER GARDENER VOLUNTEERS
will be at the Farmers Market today from
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
4560 County Home Road, Greenville
Bring your gardening questions and/or stop by their table for some free seeds.

Friday, May 5, 2017

APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS

WHAT'S IN BLOOM THIS WEEK AT THE ARBORETUM:



ROSE GARDEN
1) Rosa WEKfrancoly 'In the Mood' Hybrid Tea Rose
2) Rosa grandiflora 'Hot Climate' Rose
MIXED BORDER
3) Ligustrum japonica (Japanese Privet)
CHILDREN'S GARDEN
4) Consolida ajacia (Giant Larkspur)
5) Amsonia hubrechtii (Arkansas Blue Star)
PERENNIAL BORDER
6) Echnacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)
HERB GARDEN
7) Lavandula stroechas (Spanish Lavender)
8) Spiraea japonica (Japanese Spirea)
BUTTERFLY GARDEN
9)  Verbena bonariensis (Brazilian verbena)
10) Achillea 'Moonshine' (Yarrow)
Photos by M. Endres

Thursday, April 27, 2017

WHAT'S IN BLOOM

The rain this week did it's job of perking up the Arboretum's plants.  Here is a sample of what you can see in our gardens.



HERB GARDEN     1) Rosemary officininalis
                                  7) Lavandula stroechas (Spanish Lavender)
                                  8) Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender)
PERENNIAL BORDER   2) Baptisia alba (White Wild Indigo)
                                           9) Nepeta x faassenii 'Six Hills Giant' (Catmint)
WILDFLOWER GARDEN     3) Zizia aurea (Golden Alexander)
BUTTERFLY GARDEN    4) Philadelphus x virginalis 'Natchez' (Mock Orange)
                                             5) Verbena bonariensis (Brazilian verbena)
                                             6) Feniculum vulgare 'Prupureum' (Bronze Fennel)
                                           10) Achillea 'Moonshine' (Yarrow)
Photos by M. Endres


Friday, April 21, 2017

ONE MONTH UNTIL OUR PLANT SALE

All the plants are potted up and being cared for by the Master Gardeners.  We will have another good selection of easy to grow plants waiting for you on May 20th.

Here are some plants that are in bloom at the Arboretum this week.  Some of them may be available for sale on the 20th.






1. Camelia japonica
2. Baptisia alba (White Wild Indigo)
3. Zizia aurea (Golden Alexander)
4. Erigeon puchellus 'Lynnehaven Carpet'
5. Baptisia x 'Carolina Moonlight'
6. Dianthus caryophyllus (Border Carnation)
7. Lavandula stroechus (Spanish Lavender)
8. Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender)
9. Nepeta faassenii 'Six Hills Giant'  (Catmint)
10. Phlox pilosa (Downy Phlox)
Photos by M. Endres