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After the great variety of Lilies on Montage Monday, I thought it would be good to post this web page from FTD. It shows photos and explanations for the various types:
https://www.ftd.com/blog/share/types-of-lilies

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A Monday Montage

We missed Photo Friday…but these photos are worth the wait. Thanks for sending to me Gail.

Rose Garden Arbor covered with various clematis plants


A picture of Gail’s two flowers sitting in the pollinator garden. The Zoo has made some nice changes to the area that surrounds the conservatory.


hanging Fuchsia hybrida in the pollinator garden


Connie V. sent in this great photo of monarch butterfly


Monarch caterpillar. Gail thinks this is a boy. Do you know why? I’m unsure of her secret. I understand that they look identical until they pupate. After all caterpillars do not reproduce until they transform into a butterfly.


Yellow milkweed in Gail’s yard. A favorite of the monarch


Astilbe in bloom


Pinnacle from an oak leaf hydrangea


Stargazer lily in bloom


Did you know that the lily is the second most favorite flower in the world? It’s second only to the rose.


more lilies

and even more…

A Daylily from the Samaria Daylily Farm


Daylily. Did you know that there are more than 90 species in the genus Lilium?


Flower from a Chaste bush

Rosinweed

Swamp milkweed


It seems that Gail’s garden is in serious bloom right now…how beautiful. Here’s one of the beds. It includes hosta, ferns, astilbe and blue paradise phlox

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Photo Friday

Gail made a trip to the Toledo zoo. These were in an area that is being dedicated to pollinators.

Spirea

Mexican Sunflower


So for the 4th of July we have a picture of the well known pair of rescued eagles on display

Gail wasn’t sure what the next two plants were….however, with the help of an app on my phone, I was able to identify this one: It’s a Giant Spider Lily Crinum x amabile.

Giant spider lilly


However, I can’t seem to get an identification on this.

Anyone know what I am?


The pond feature with wandering paths and planted areas outside of the conservatory. The conservatory is undergoing some renovations since the new director took over. They are changing their mission statement as well.

Gail’s granddaughter with a giant globe allium…what a pose…do you think she spends too much time with Grandma in the Garden?

Yellow Angel’s trumpet planted in read of the bed


Tamarisk tree


Jellyfish


Conservatory and outside gardens

Just a note: If you wish to have an plant identifying app, I found two that work well. I use Picture
This
and Plant Snap. After opening the app you either upload a photo or take a photo and put it into the frame area then hit the check mark(picture this) or the word snap(Plant snap) and it will identify it. If it can not, you may submit your photo for it to be identified by professionals. I have submitted the one photo and will let you know what I find out.

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Photo Friday

Gail sends us more photos from the field trip to Leila Arboretum:

Entry into Leila Arboretum



Ash tree garden carvings


Gazebo…can you see the hot air balloon in the background?

Chestnut tree seed pod showing one of four seeds inside


Flower of the Black swallow-wort


Within the children’s garden is a worm box

Our docent was able to show this closeup of a worm egg

We found this stature within the boughs of a clearing, under some arborvitae

A bench at the end of the grape arbor

Two girls with a flower rope

This large clematis bloom caught my eye

Within the Community Garden section where the Burmese community member do their gardening. It was interesting and we were fortunate that there was a gardener there who did tell of some of their techniques

This is the building where they hold their Farmer’s Market

This structure is one of several sculptures. It represents the earth, wind and circle that is life. Created in 1981 it was downtown then moved here to the arboretum in 1996. A time capsule is buried beneath it.

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As we close in on our first full year with the Agriculture program here at Monroe County Community College in partnership with Michigan State University’s Institute of Agricultural Technology, I would like to give a quick update and ask for your continued support of the program. As a brief review, students take 34 credits of the MSU Ag classes, and then 26 credits of general education and electives through MCCC, giving the student an Associates of Applied Science in Agriculture. All of the MSU courses are taught at Monroe, with a mix of face-to-face and online courses. I’ve provided links below to the program flyer and website that contain further information about the opportunities in agriculture and how to apply to the program. This short video clip also shows the opportunities that are available as well: YouTube – Career Options at the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology

There are currently eight returning students, plus an additional four new students joining for the Fall semester so far. Six of the current students are currently completing their required internship and are experiencing the wide variety of opportunities associated with the agriculture industry, with a few even getting job offers already! There has been great community support for the program, and I currently have a donor offering a limited number of generous scholarships to any new students coming into the program this Fall. In addition, Monroe County Farm Bureau and the Monroe County Fair have offered generous scholarships, as well as the numerous MCCC scholarships available to incoming students. We also have the MCCC Community Farm underway with the grant secured by President Kojo Quartey, and a variety of research test plots in the field north of the MCCC campus. Please feel free to stop out and take a look around, and also keep an eye out for information on our first MCCC Field Day in early September!

As you can see there are exciting things happening here at your community college. We appreciate your help and support in bringing this agriculture program to our community.

I am once again asking for your assistance to spread the word to potential students! We can accept students until August 10th for the Fall 2018 semester, so please share this information with any interested individual you may know!

Agricultural Operations Program

Agricultural Program Flyer

Please contact me anytime with your thoughts or questions, or to hear about the opportunities available to students who complete the program.

Regards,

Andrew McCain
Program Coordinator
Institute of Agricultural Technology
Michigan State University
Monroe County Community College
1555 South Raisinville Road
Monroe, MI. 48161
Office T-121
Phone: 734-384-4155
mccainan@msu.edu

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Sawfly

I was trimming the dead wood from my Hydrangea by my deck and I kept noticing these orange yellow things flying around…thought they might be lady beetles(didn’t have glasses on)…not red enough for a lady bug. Then as I got closer to my Knockout roses I saw that all the leaves were eaten off the plant. Thought maybe a Japanese beetle at work. I didn’t see any in that area. Today I noticed one of my new roses I planted had 3 blooms on it. I wanted a closer look at them. I noticed at the top leaves were eaten away, similar to those of the Knockout rose. Then a few stems down…here is what I found:

leaf-feeding larvae

Sawfly adult feeding on pollen

I picked that cluster of leaves off and fed the larvae to my pond fish. With a quick inspection, I see no additional in that immediate area. Although, I’m sure I need to watch vigilantly. I walked over to another new rose and saw this:

Well sawflies are the culprit. So now to take care of them. I just recently saw an article to be on the look out. Eggs will hatch in 2-8 weeks after the fly deposits them (They deposit them in the soil in spring). Of course seeing the larvae, I can assume they’ve hatched. However, it might be a continual process. Most likely the white spots on the leaves and holes in the photo are damage due to larvae.

So in reading, I find that insecticidal soap or spinosad, an organic substance made by a soil bacterium. It can be toxic to insects . Some insects have become immune to spinosad and it should be used as a last resort. I just happen to have purchased some at the beginning of the season. I will use it as a backup after first trying to spray and pick them away. I wanted to share this just in case someone else is seeing these signs. I hope not. I will keep you posted on my progress.

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Gail’s request

Thanks for the comment Gail…yes this is the clematis on the side of my house…a few photos for all to understand. These were taken in 2011, just before we toured my garden…it has increased in size and always has tons of blooms.
It’s probably 7 feet tall today… blooms late July early August.

Clematis heracleifolia Mrs. Robert Brydon


The bloom


Currently needing to be trimmed…but this is what it looks like as of today 6/25/18″

As of today June 25, 2018

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