HORT SHORTS

Curtis Young reported witnessing what could have been an event that could have had a very tragic outcome. While walking his dogs, several young children between the ages of 4 - 7 years of age approached him from a neighbor's gathering wanting to pet his dogs.


Thank you to one of our BYGL readers for pointing out that Heliotrope, our annual plant of the week on August 20, 2015 is poisonous to dogs. This prompted a discussion among the BYGLers about what plants may be toxic to our beloved pets.


Most people are familiar with the AMERICAN GOLDFINCH (Spinus tristis) as they commonly visit backyard bird feeders actively seeking out nyjer and sunflower seeds. These brightly colored yellow birds can be seen flitting about in a variety of habitats both wooded and open, searching for seeds to fuel their strictly vegetarian lifestyles.


BYGL writer Marne Titchenell received a report from a homeowner about RACCOONS (Procyon lotor) raising a ruckus in the trees outside her home. The homeowner requested information on how to encourage the raccoons to move on and leave her tree (and eardrums) alone.


The calls have begun to come into the Extension offices from concerned citizens, regarding their trees which are dropping leaves. Most of the concerns for the trees center on these leaf losses and whether or not the trees are dying.


Being a carnivore is not typically something that one associates with plants, however there are several plant species that have evolved the ability to capture and digest insects to survive in the habitat in which they live.


Hopefully you have already been celebrating Ohio's Local Food Week. The week kicked-off last Sunday, August 9 and runs through Saturday, August 15, 2015. If you haven't celebrated there is still time.


BYGL writer Marne Titchenell received a photograph of a mystery bird nesting in a homeowner's yard in Richland County this past week. It turns out the mystery bird was none other than the BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (Coccyzus erythropthalmus).


This issue comes up at least once every BYGL season and Julie Crook brought it up on the BYGL conference call this week. A gardener wanted to know what the orange-yellow fishing line-like stuff was hanging around in his plants. When BYGLers hear the description of fishing line, thoughts turn to dodder (Cuscata spp.).


While traveling to Orlando, Florida to conduct a diagnostic workshop at the International Society of Arboriculture's Tree Academy Workshops, the Extension Nursery, Landscape, and Turf team members attending were amazed to see the multitude of bromeliads that were in the trees, bushes and landscapes in Florida! In total there are 16 native bromeliad species and two natural hybrids which grow on other plants.


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