19 June 2007

Orchids, 2007 Tulsa MG Homes Tour


BOOK OF NOTE
The new book, Orchids, was recently released by DK Books. The book is an over size 124-page coffeetable book of fascinating information about orchids. The photographs are the stars of the book - unusual, unique and wild looking.


The text was written by Pascal Descourvières, a botanist and biology instructor who specializes in orchids. The photos were taken by Manuel Aubron.


Tucked into the back cover there is a practical and useful 60-page 9 by 6-inch paperback that has Descourvieres' growing and care tips. One of the tips is to use bottled mineral water or collected rain water for orchids. Another is to use one gram of powdered fertilizer in one-ounce of rainwater or one ounce of fertilizer for one gallon of mineral water. Light feeders, those orchids.

TULSA MASTER GARDENERS HOME TOUR JUNE 23RD 9 A.M. TO 4 P.M.
At the fairgrounds in Tulsa, the Master Gardeners staff the phones to answer questions and they have planted the area around the building. The photos below are from a recent trip there. The members are active not only in gardening on the grounds, they run classes and have a great website.

This coming Saturday, June 23rd is the 2007 Tour of Tulsa Master Gardener Homes. A home built in 1926 will display shade gardens, a 1948 vintage home will have unique plants and container plantings, another features water gardening and wildlife and just west of Sand Springs a vegetable garden will be on tour. Tickets are only $5 in advance or $8 the day of the tour, June 23. Call - 918.746.3701 - for tickets and information.

Quince tree at the OSU Master Gardener Gardens at the Tulsa Fairgrounds.


Arum Dragon


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