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February 2016
Issue 51
Good Afternoon Great-Gardeners,

The only time I ever get flowers from my husband is at Valentine's. Since we both work at the green house he figures I see enough flowers to last me a life time (which sometimes is true.) 

However, flowers need not a holiday to be given. Did you know that research has found that giving flowers can create instant delight, happiness and increase enjoyment and life satisfaction?
It's true. Not only that, the presence of flowers can lead to an increase contact with family and friends.

So instead of waiting for an important day such as Valentine's, get out and buy a plant for someone. Not only will it improve your mood, it will bring a smile to their face.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, hit reply. I would love to hear from you. As always, have a great-gardening day.

You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.
~ Pablo Neruda

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Thysanoptera, or thrips, are little slender insects that have fringed wings.  Adults are very small (less than 1/25 inch) straw-colored or black. Without the use of a hand lens, they resemble tiny dark threads.

Thrips are a common pest found in greenhouses and indoor/ outdoor gardens, they damage plants by sucking their juices and scraping at fruits, flowers, and leaves. Plant leaves may turn pale, splotchy, and silvery, then die. Injured plants are twisted, discolored, and scarred.

Thrips can readily move long distances floating with the wind or transported on infested plants.

Though Thrips are difficult to control there are many ways to combat them.

Remove weeds and grass from around garden areas to eliminate alternate hosts.

Clean up crop debris in the garden.

Inspect all plants you import into the garden for signs of thrips or their damage. Discard any infested plants by securely bagging and putting in the trash.

Release beneficial insects, such as minute pirate bugs, ladybugs, and lacewing that feed on thrips and their larvae.

Spinosad and neem oil can be used to spot treat heavily infested areas.
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Gardening Terms

pH:  Is a measure of the amount of lime (calcium) contained in your soil. pH is important because it influences how easily plants can take up nutrients from the soil.

Most nutrients that plants need can dissolve easily when the pH of the soil solution ranges from 6.0 to 7.5. Below pH 6.0, some nutrients, such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, are less available. When pH exceeds 7.5, iron, manganese, and phosphorus are less available.
Most garden plants grow well in slightly acid to neutral soil (pH 6.0–7.0).

The County Extension Office offers soil testing for a small fee. You can also test soil pH yourself with a home soil test kit or a portable pH meter.

Once you know your soils pH you can make small changes to the soil by applying soil amendments.

Acid Soil: A soil with a pH lower than 7.0 is an acid soil.

Plants such as Azaleas, Rhodoendron, Blueberries, Holly and Gardenias all love acid soil.

Alkaline Soil: a soil with a pH higher than 7.0 is an alkaline soil.
Popular back in the Victorian age, floriography was used to send a coded message to the recipient, using gifts of blooms, plants, and specific floral arrangements. Allowing the sender to express feelings which could not be spoken aloud in Victorian society.

In modern times, Floriography has fallen by the wayside, but it is still fun to learn the meaning behind some of these beautiful flowers.

This Valentines, before you give flowers, check out the meanings and give your loved one a gift from the heart.
Symbolizes Hospitality. It is also used to indicate happiness and abundance.

Is a symbol of exotic beauty. It symbolizes refinement, thoughtfulness and mature charm. It also symbolizes proud and glorious femininity.

Symbolizes wedded love, fidelity and friendship.

To give someone a primrose means that you can not live with out them.

Symbolizes resignation and goodbye.

General - You're A Wonderful Friend; Cheerfulness and Rest.
Red - I Love
White - Truth
Yellow - Slighted Love
General - Games and Sports; Rashness
Blue - Constancy
Purple - I Am Sorry; Please Forgive Me: Sorrow
Red or Pink - Play
White- Loveliness; I'll Pray for You
Yellow - Jealousy
Red - Love, longing, desire
White - purity, chastity and innocence
Yellow - Friendship and caring
Pink - Admiration, joy and gratitude
Lavender - Love at first sight
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Arboretums, gardens and conservatories are a great way to escape from the city, unwind and enjoy all that nature has to offer.  Get inspired by these beautiful places. Each newsletter I will feature a different place in Ohio for you to check out. Take the family and have fun.

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