Daylilies

Summer Garden Delights When daylilies are mentioned, many people picture the orange daylilies from their childhood. These “ditch lilies” as they were called, could be seen in the ditches of rural areas, along streams and around many rural and city homes. Even today, ditch lilies still thrive in these locations. Today, daylilies offer a rainbow of color combinations and a

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‘Tis the Season for Bulb Planting

Top 10 Daffodils for Your Yard and Garden Yellow trumpet daffodils are far and away the world’s most popular style of daffodils. But why stop there when the daffodil world has so much more to offer? According to the American Daffodil Society, there are 13 official daffodil flower types and more than 25,000 named cultivars! So how do you decide which

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Basil abundance

Is there such a thing as TOO MUCH BASIL? As summer draws to a close, I’ve noticed that there’s plenty of basil still growing in the herb container on the patio. How did that happen? Did I plant too much? More likely, I didn’t use enough basil in the kitchen. One way to put that extra basil to work is in a pesto

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Butterfly Bush

Ambrosia for butterflies, blooming shrub for the garden Can you guess which plant tops the list of “Best Plants for a Butterfly Garden”? Its name is a huge hint. Of course, Butterfly Bush Buddleia (also Buddleja) reigns Number One. This sun-loving shrub produces nectar-filled blooms that always seem to be the most popular among butterflies. If by chance there might

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Summer Emeralds

Summer Emeralds By Tom Schroeder Photos courtesy of Tom Schroeder. Visiting your flowers this summer are the green gems of the native bee world, the Metallic Green Sweat Bees. These harmless, quarter to half inch, bees live out their entire lives in your yard and need your help to survive. They will provide not only pollinating services but beauty and

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Fall planting project planned?

Always Call 811 Before Digging Kansas 811 and Missouri One-Call encourage people to make a free call 3 working days before digging to know what’s below. When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to their local one-call center, which will identify affected member utility companies, who will then send professional locators to the requested digging site to mark the

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