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Garden Tour Muskogee June 10th

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Muskogee Garden Club is hosting a tour of member gardens plus our local winery, Pecan Creek.

June 10th from 10 to 3
Purchase tickets on the day of the tour
at Pecan Creek Winery
8510 West Fern Mountain Rd in Muskogee

Jon and I will be at the Winery from 1 to 3 selling and checking tickets. Hope to see you there!


Seed Germination Story - Great Customer Serivce

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Cosmos flowers are one of the most fun annuals I plant. The stems are tall, and the flowers are lovely rayed discs that the butterflies find irresistible. In late summer, and until hard frost the stems sway in the breeze while butterflies hang on tight.

This year I'm planting both for my butterfly habitat and also for Muskogee's butterfly garden at Honor Heights Park.

So, I purchased three packs of Cosmos seeds from Ferry-Morse, Burpee and Sow Easy. The Sow Easy seeds were coated with clay, lime and perlite. All three packs were planted the same day in cell trays.

As of now the Ferry-Morse Sensation and Burpee Little Princess have filled the 72-cell trays with little plants now growing their second set of leaves. The Sow Easy has produced exactly 4 plants that still have their cotyledons (seed leaves).

So I called the phone number on the package and the woman I spoke with is sending me a few packs of Cosmos seeds to replace the one dud package. Great interaction. Zero hassle.

Crapemyrtle Pruning and Trimming

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Our gardening guru to the south, Neil Perry is one expert who knows his stuff when it comes to correct pruning and trimming of Crapemyrtle shrubs.

Two facts to remember:
• Crape myrtles are a sub-tropical plant. In their native homes they’re not subjected to really cold winters.
• McKinney is north of Dallas, and winters can be rather cold in McKinney. (Respect paid to Amarillo and North Dakota. We still get cold by crape myrtle standards.)  Therefore, we do occasionally see freeze damage to some of the less hardy varieties. Types like Natchez, Tuscarora, Muskogee and the old variety Country Red commonly freeze to the ground. Trim out the dead wood quickly so the new shoots can start filling in. Game plan here should still be to remove the dead stems carefully. Leave all of the new shoots in place until fall. At that point, select the 7 or 8 straightest stems and leave them. Remove the rest. Next year, perhaps in early summer, the new growth will be sturdy enough to allow the gardener to…

Native Plant Tour and Sale this weekend

This weekend is one of the times native plant vendors will all be available for you to buy plants for your garden.

Garden Tour 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday
24rd Wildlife Habitat Garden Tour & Plant Sale
Cost: $6 per person and children younger than 13 are free; tickets can be purchased at any of the featured gardens Garden locations:546 N. 27th W. Ave., 1424 W. Easton Pl., 639 N. Cheyenne Ave., 1135 N. Denver Ave. and 636 N. Denver Ave. Vendors will be located at each garden as part of the plant sale.
Information: tulsaaudubon.org or call 918 521-8894 NATIVE PLANT NURSERIES AND ORGANIZATIONS AT HOME SITES Wild Things Nursery Oklahoma Native Plant Society Monarch Watch Duck Creek Farm WING-IT Utopia Gardens Bird Houses by Mark Pine Ridge Gardens Oxley Nature Center Oklahoma Wildcrafting Missouri Wildflowers Nursery Tulsa Audubon Society Northeast Oklahoma Beekeepers Assoc. http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/wildlife-garden-tour-includes-range-of-spaces-with-nat…

Making more plants at home

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Many of your favorite perennials can be multiplied right now to make more plants for our gardens. Right now in re-purposed strawberry clamshell containers, I have cuttings from Anise Agastache, Nepeta Walker's Low, Salvia elegans, Lavender and I'm about to start Setcreasea pallida and Huskers Red Penstemon. 

Prepare a planting container with moist sand, vermiculite, perlite or sterile potting soil. Take stem cuttings about 4-inches long and remove all but the top few leaves. Make holes in the rooting medium and stick the stems into the hole. Firm up the sand, etc. around the stem. Roots will grow where you removed the leaves so be sure there is a leaf node at the very bottom of your cutting.

Shrubs that flower in the spring should also be multiplied at this time of year. Branch cuttings taken in the spring for the purpose of propagating more plants are called softwood cuttings.

Softwood is not the new tender growth shrubs have now. Test for softwood stage by bending the stem near…

Tomato Plants by Lisa Merrell

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The Tomato Man's Daughter "Our Heirloom Plant Nursery" is having their end of season sale so get your plants soon so they can get in the ground and start growing.

If you have not been to their new location it is
2515 W 91st St  Tulsa, Ok. 74132
Here's Lisa's announcement this morning -  From now until May 14th we are going to extend our hours to be open on Sundays!
End of Season Hours: Monday - Saturday9am-5:30pm Sunday10am-4pm
Our Spring Season is on its tail end.  Since the weather for April turned soggy and cold I bet some of you out there have not planted your gardens yet.  I know I haven't!  Since I have more greenhouse space this year I was able to grow even more plants.  We still have a full selection of big,healthy, beautiful plants waiting for your gardens.
Also, I'm offering a Mother's Day Special!!!
Buy One 20 gallon "Smart Pot" and 2 bags of Black Gold Potting soil  Get the tomato plant for free Total Cost is $40.
I am going to send …

Plant Sale - Tulsa Perennial Club

Don't miss this plant sale if you have any room in your garden for plants!

Tulsa Perennial Club members dig and divide plants from their gardens

Saturday May 6 from 9 to 2
GO EARLY for the best selection

Tulsa Garden Center
2435 South Peoria, Tulsa

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