Your National Gardening Association weekly news for June 10, 2017

Recently popular question and answer from our Q&A Archive: Drooping Gerbera Daisies
"I recently purchased a plant with three gerbera daisies from a grocery store. In the store they stood tall and looked healthy. I have since placed the pot in a hanging basket on my patio. It is not in direct sunlight nor is it in the shade. The problem is they droop during the day and then seem to perk up after watering. I began watering them daily around 7:30 a.m. to give them enough moisture so they wouldn't droop in the afternoon. Each afternoon however they are drooping. If I water them again in the afternoon, they perk up. Are they still getting to hot? Should I place them in more shade?" - Click to read the answer

Articles you may enjoy:

Gardening for Children - Growing Vegetables from Seed

"These kid-friendly vegetables provide an inexpensive gardening opportunity that produces results with little effort. Your child will fall in love with growing their own plants, learn about how plants grow, and all about the process of producing the food they eat from seed to harvest."

Strawberry Essentials

"Here are the basics to growing strawberries."

Growing Thyme

"Thymes are versatile, indeed - more than fifty varieties are judged useful for culinary or ornamental gardens! Its flavor heightens that of most any food."

Weeds- Pigweed

"Pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus) is often called redroot pigweed because of its pinkish red root. A warm-weather annual most common where summers are hot, pigweed seeds sprout in late spring or early summer."

Add Beneficial Fungi When Planting

"Many gardeners, especially those in warm areas, are still planting bulbs, trees, and shrubs, and adding soil amendments such as compost and fertilizer when planting. But the most critical additive may be fungi. Mycorrhizae are fungi that colonize plant roots, and it's estimated that 90 percent of the plant species in the world have them, including vegetables, flowers, bulbs, trees, and shrubs.

Planting a Pollinator Garden

"Ants -- Although ants like pollen and nectar, they aren't good pollinators, so many flowers have sticky hairs or other mechanisms to keep them out."


"Various species of this pest are found throughout the United States; they are more common in the South. Stinkbugs are shield-shaped, and may be green, brown, or bluish-gray."

Pepper Types

"Seed companies break the peppers we grow down into two categories: hot and sweet. The hot types include Cayenne, Jalapeno and Anaheim. Examples of sweet peppers are Bell and Pimiento. Banana and Cherry peppers come both sweet and hot."

Gardening Ideas from other NGA Members:

The June 2017 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!

By dave
June 9, 2017
The June 2017 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!

Time for another raffle, the biggest of the year! (1,424 words - Read the full article)

Gable End Vent for My HFGH

By Eric4home
June 8, 2017
Gable End Vent for My HFGH

This article was written with the home greenhouse gardener in mind and especially the Harbor Freight Greenhouse projects (HFGH) thread, but would actually be adaptable to most anyone with a similar frame greenhouse. (579 words - Read the full article)

Gardening on a Hill

By tinabarlow
June 7, 2017
Gardening on a Hill

I have battled mowing a hill for years, I finally decided to plant flowers and do landscaping where it was hard to stand up. Putting in railroad ties for steps on a hill is great, now I can actually walk up and down the hill without rolling down it. You can also see in pictures that I put flowerbeds on each side of the steps. An arbor simply made out of pressure treated posts with long bolts holding them together and then set in concrete, gives the wisteria plenty of support. When planting on a steep hill, you have to make sure everything gets watered well until established as rain runs off a hill so fast it doesn't give the plants the water it needs. I also have juniper shrubs on another hillside that help with erosion and that's another area I don't have to worry about mowing. I actually have raised beds on some of my slopes. (366 words - Read the full article)

Ice Cube Poppies (Growing Poppies in Warm-Spring Areas)

By Jai_Ganesha
June 6, 2017
Ice Cube Poppies (Growing Poppies in Warm-Spring Areas)

Annual poppies such as Shirley poppies and breadseed poppies are fleeting and ephemeral bloomers. Compared to other annuals, the flowers last only a short while but in that relatively short time period, their beauty can and will steal your heart forever. This article offers hope to those who live in areas with warm, humid springs (such as the American Southeast) who want to grow annual poppy varieties such as the Shirley poppy or breadseed poppy. (1,254 words - Read the full article)

The most popular images last week from our plant database:

Photo of Rose (Rosa 'Double Delight')
By RoseBlush1:

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Hold Me Now')
By ARUBA1334:

Photo of Coral Bells (Heuchera DolceĀ® Blackberry Ice)
By Char:

Photo of Rose (Rosa 'Day Breaker')
By Paul2032:

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Kissed by the Sun')
By Snork:

Photo of Colorado Narrowleaf Beardtongue (Penstemon linarioides)
By dirtdorphins:

Photo of Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Silverine')
By ricos:

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Artist at Heart')
By Hantesa:

Photo of Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Metalicum')
By ricos:

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Bumble Bee Glee')
By kidfishing:

The most popular Landscape Photos from last week:

Click an image to view the names of the plants in each photo.

Photo by Bonehead:
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Photo by LarryR:
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Noteworthy acorn tips given this week:

5 people gave for the idea "Ice Cube Poppies (Growing Poppies in Warm-Spring Areas)" by Jai_Ganesha

3 people gave for post #1465299 in "I got a box!!! - 2017" by Moiris

3 people gave for a photo of Colorado Narrowleaf Beardtongue (Penstemon linarioides) by dirtdorphins

3 people gave for the Landscape Photo #6291 by Paul2032

3 people gave for post #1464226 in "June 2017 seedlings" by kidfishing

3 people gave for a photo of Candle Tree (Parmentiera cereifera) by ScotTi

3 people gave for a photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Terre a Silex') by William

2 people gave for post #1464022 in "Banner for June 4, 2017 by sunnyvalley" by sunnyvalley

2 people gave for post #1463801 in "Bird Photos, June 2017" by marsrover

2 people gave for the Landscape Photo #6268 by Lioba

The most active threads this week:

Subject OP Area Replies
Need help with many many things!PlantsWillDanceAsk a Question forum27
Summer Blooming Bulbs 2017IrisLilliBulbs forum22
Speckled running snap bean ID?IntheswampAsk a Question forum21
I have 100 acorns to give away!sugarcaneThe June 2017 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!19
what is this treelhmgd218Plant ID forum19
Barrage - Salix sp.zacaPlant ID forum17
I am stumpedardesiaAdeniums forum15
Climbing Rose problemkravilochanRoses forum14
Michigan Bloom SeasonHemladyIrises forum14

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Did you know? June 19 through 25 is National Pollinator Week! We'll be having celebrations on to help excite gardeners to plant for pollinators. Stay tuned for more on that in the next newsletter.