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article forwarded from Jennie Stanger.

Master Gardener volunteers from Genesee, Kalamazoo, Kent, Livingston, Oakland and Washtenaw counties are now offering a statewide service to answer consumer horticulture questions. Residents throughout the state can get answers to questions from a consumer horticulture experts concerning vegetable and flower gardening; lawns, shrubs and trees; indoor plants; and garden and house pests through the MSUE Lawn and Garden Hotline.

A team of horticulture educators developed the state garden hotline. The team was led by Bob Bricault and included Rebecca Finneran, Terry McLean, Gretchen Voyle, Linda Whitlock and Mary Wilson, who will continue to provide support to the hotline and Master Gardener volunteers.

The MSUE Lawn and Garden Hotline uses the same toll-free number that people use to reach county offices: 1-888-MSUE-4MI (1-888-678-3464). When calling the number you will be asked to press “1” to be connected to the hotline. It is answered weekdays between 9 a.m. and noon and 1 and 4 p.m. Local residents are encouraged to use the hotline as Monroe County no longer has a staff person in place to answer these types of questions.  As budget cuts have caused down-sizing in positions there has been an increased need to better utilize technology and have statewide resources made available to address the educational needs of residents.  The new hotline will provide ongoing service to address consumer horticulture questions

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It’s Not always about the Bloom.  Consider the color available in foliage and combine it with a bloom to make interesting combinations.  Here are a few in my Garden

       

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Ahhhhhhhhhh! It’s Sunday morning and I’m procrastinating. I have new perennials to plant, and a truckload of mulch waiting to be spread. For now, I’m enjoying walking around the yard to see what has changed in the last few days. My  lavender has been blooming the last several days, but it’s really going crazy now! I have Munstead, Hidcote, and Grosso all in one bed, and they’re one of my favorite garden pleasures. Sitting on the front porch in the evening, the fragrance just wafts me away to peace and tranquility. That’s definitely on my agenda after I manhandle all that mulch. The other discovery this morning is that my St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is blooming. I know SJW is considered an invasive plant, even a noxious weed, but the yellow flowers are so cheery I keep it around. (Although there was that year that I kept the pokeweed because the birds enjoyed the berries so much…BIG mistake!) I don’t know anything about SJW’s alleged medicinal value, but sitting in the Adirondack chair next to it in the back yard certainly improves my mood. Here are a couple happy snaps I just took – iphone in one hand and coffee in the other. Natural mood enhancement – yup.

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LED Grow Lights

LED (Light Emitting Diode) are beginning to take on the market strong.  Recently I received an e-mail about LED grow lights.  Thought this maybe something to share to everyone.  LED lighting is more efficient, barely any heat is emitted, come in many color spectrums (including blue and red for growing) and have a long life.  Never having to replace bulbs…such a green way to assist your indoor plantings or starts.  LED are a bit more costly compared to fluorescent;  but I’m sure that will change as the market expands.   For further information you can check out the following website: http://sunshine-systems.com/.  I haven’t checked out the two new stores for gardening located on Telegraph;  they may carry grow lights as well.   One is located just past the farm implement store on the east side.  The other is on the south-west corner of Telegraph and LaSalle Rd.

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In my presentation Monday Evening I mentioned a solar-powered pump for your Rain Barrel.  Those attending were interested in more information.  No longer will you have to rely on gravity for water delivery.  If you’re interested check out this website:  http://www.rainperfectpump.com/   Linda

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It’s doubtful I’ll ever have  Dale Chihuly art pieces in my garden.  However, he has been an inspiration to add glass and art into the garden.  Here are some photos of glass in my garden. 

       

How do you use glass in your garden?

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