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Friday, February 22, 2008

Q is for Quince

My flowering quince is a riot of coral blooms and one shriveled fruit. It's still winter in the air, but the quince has me thinking of spring, of plants to come.

Last week I had the gardener pull out all the English ivy that the mosquitoes breed under so prolifically that the ivy itself seems to quiver all summer long and late into the fall. In the sore, brown hollow left behind, he laid down a tremendous blanket of pine needles to smother any remaining tendrils. Come spring, though, that bed is mine.

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Forsyth County Center, 4-H program is selling berry plants and bare roots, grapes, asparagus, herbs and flowers. Pre-orders must be placed by March 10th. Orders may be picked up from 12 PM until 6 PM on Thursday, March 27th, from 8:30 AM until 6 PM on Friday, March 28th or from 9 AM until 12 noon on Saturday, March 29th.

more info, including order form

Successful Gardening Series @ the Library, presented by
Master Gardener Volunteers of Forsyth County
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