A Woodland Wildflower Wonderland

It wasn't too long ago that we had snow flurries across Ohio. This week, the woodlands in Northwest Ohio were covered with a different kind of white - (mostly) white blossoms! Many of Ohio's spring woodland wildflowers are in full bloom this week. These are ephemeral bloomers, meaning they only bloom for a short period each year. So if you have a chance to walk through the woods this week, see if you can spot a few of these beauties...and more!

 

Claytonia virginica.  Spring wouldn't be spring without spring beauties!  These delicate and prolific harbingers of...

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Beth Scheckelhoff

Is it Time to Plant Your Vegetable Garden? Check the Soil Temperature!

This time of the year everyone is anxious to get out and begin planting their vegetable garden. You may have spent the last few months browsing the seed catalogs and dreaming about fresh tomatoes from your garden.  Also you may have recently noticed vegetable transplants at your local retailers however this does not necessarily mean it is time to start planting.  Few gardeners check the soil temperature before planting, yet it is probably the most important factor affecting seed germination and plant growth. Planting too early, before allowing the soil to warm up,...

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Julie Crook

A Little Whiff of... Voodoo!

My friend Nick Reiter calls me up and says a plant-loving friend, Karen Jeric, has a plant that I MUST see and experience.  Okay, I thought, I’m always ready for a plant discovery experience and besides, I can write a BYGL Alert about it!   We arrange a way to social distance and pick up my “plant experience”.  I sneak a peek at the plant wrapped up and as I do, I get SMACKED right between the eyes… in my olfactory! 

 

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Erik Draper

Shrub of the Week: Yellowroot

Yellowroot, Xanthorhiza simplicissima, is a member of the Ranunculaceae that few people in Ohio are familiar with. When I began working at Secrest Arboretum in 2010 I learned Xanthorhiza from Ken Cochran as a plant that could be grown in dry shade beneath white pines. After the 2010 tornado we moved clumps of the plant to new areas to help cover open areas. At the time I wasn’t impressed with it, except for the...

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Paul Snyder

We Stand on the Shoulders of a Giant

The Buckeye Yard and Garden Line (BYGL) writers are sad to report the passing of Dr. Walter Timothy "Tim" Rhodus, Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University Department of Horticulture and Crop Science. His extraordinary vision and expertise with applying every form of new educational outreach technology changed the way we do the BYGL.
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Jennifer Andon
Pam Bennett
Joe Boggs
Ann Chanon
Jim Chatfield
Julie Crook
Thomas deHaas
Erik Draper
Carri Jagger
Denise Johnson
Ashley Kulhanek
Jacqueline Kowalski
Francesca Peduto Hand
Joy Pierzynski, PhD
Joseph W. Rimelpsach
Mary Ann Rose
Dave Shetlar
Paul Snyder
Amy Stone
Jason Veil
Curtis E. Young

Virtual Program Reminder - April 21, 2020, 9 am, 12 pm and 3 pm

Just a quick reminder that it is horticulture day for bracket play with OSU Extension's Agriculture and Natural Resources virtual training. The sessions are FREE and open to all. Each session will be recorded and the link to the video will be made live after the session at:  https://agnr.osu.edu/events/agriculture-and-natural-resources-madness/full-bracket
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Amy Stone

Calico Scale Poo Showers Commence

Calico scale (Eulecanium cerasorum) females spend the winter as small, crusty, flattened late instar nymphs (crawlers) stuck on plant stems. They look nothing like their mature form and may be overlooked or misidentified. They first make their true identity known when they start pumping out impressive quantities of honeydew.
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Joe Boggs