Appleby Lincolnshire Virtual Open Gardens
This Virtual Garden Tour presents a selection of private gardens from the town of Appleby. Whether or not you have a preconceived image in your head of what should or could exemplify the typical English Garden, I think you will truly enjoy exploring this delightful series of gardens through the garden photos. Thank you, Appleby! And maybe your own local gardeners could consider trying something like this?
Managing the Japanese Beetle: A Homeowner's Handbook
Once again, the annual depredation is upon us. Japanese beetles continue to wreak havoc in gardens over an increasingly wider portion of the continent, spreading westward each year. A gardening friend of mine in Joplin, Missouri (in the southwest corner of Missouri bordering Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma) reports the beetles have now arrived there in force this summer. The US Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service offers comprehensive information about the beetles and how to cope with them by using a variety of IPM (Integrated Pest Management) methods. Their site also includes a listing of the most resistant and most susceptible landscape plants. Visit their site at: http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cic_text/housing/japanese-beetle/jbeetle.html