Monthly Archives: June 2018

Martagon

By Chuck Gleaves

The European native martagon lilies (Lilium martagon and hybrids of five closely related lilies) bloom around here in north central Ohio in about mid-June. As I write this on June 11th, 2018 my martagon lily flowers are close, but not yet open. Martagons have smaller and earlier blooming flowers than most of the popular hybrid lilies; they are more shade tolerant: and they seem to be more resistant to deer predation. Since lilies in general are a favorite snack for deer, that says a lot.

This is Lilium martagon ‘Claude Schride’ growing at my house.

This is Lilium martagon ‘Claude Schride’ growing at my house.

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Irrigation Tips

By Michael Albert

Irrigation can be an intimidating prospect to many gardeners. I would like to provide people with a few helpful hints about irrigation.

Effective irrigation is about getting the right amount of water directly to the plant roots. Water in the air or on leaves can be inefficient and can cause disease, sunspot and pests. The best time to water is early morning for this reason. Irrigation that is broken, turned the wrong way, spraying into the plant, or not level, will waste water.

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