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It seem as if spring is never going to get here,
but before you know it . . . Bam! . . . it will arrive.When the weather gets a little warmer,
everyone will be itching to plant something.Consider incorporating some of the 2015 Mississippi Medallion plants
into your landscape.
The Mississippi Medallion Plants program has
announced its winners for 2015 and you will want to incorporate them into your
landscape. The Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association established the
Mississippi Medallion program in 1996 to increase awareness of plant materials
and to promote sales and production of ornamental plants in the state. The
Mississippi Medallion program focuses on plants adapted to the environment in
Mississippi to benefit both consumers and the green industry.
'Suburban Nancy Gayle' daylily
‘Suburban Nancy Gayle’ daylily was developed by
Mr. Earl Watts of Suburban Daylilies in Hattiesburg. It has big red flowers
with yellow throats. These plants have been growing in trial beds across
Mississippi and are very impressive with their flowering performance. The ‘Suburban
Nancy Gayle’ is an evergreen standing at a height of 29” with a 6.0”
bloom.This daylily also appears to be
resistant to daylily rust. It won the popularity Poll for Region 14
(Mississippi and Alabama) of the American Hemerocallis Society in 2012 and
2013. These plants start flowering in mid-May.
'Delta Jazz' crapemyrtle
Jazz’ is a new crapemyrtle that was developed by Mississippi State University
at the South Mississippi Branch Research Station. It has unusual foliage that
emerges a rich, raspberry-maroon color and then matures into a dark-mahogany
brown. This foliage color accents 8-inch panicles of medium-pink flowers in the
If you are one
of the fortunate ones that received a bouquet of roses or other cut flowers for
Valentine’s Day, here are a few tips will help your flowers last longer, maybe
even a few weeks!
Proper care makes cut flowers last longer.
the stems at least 1 inch shorter than when you got them. Use a sharp knife and
cut at a 45-degree angle.Immediately
submerge the stems in warm water.Even
better is to cut the stems while they are under water.
Be sure and
strip off any leaves that would otherwise be immersed in the vase water. Add a
packet of flower preservative to the water.This often comes with the bouquet.If you do not have the floral preservative packets, change the water
daily in the vase.
displaying your bouquet in a hot room or in direct sunlight.You can make your bouquet last even longer is
to put the whole thing, into the refrigerator every night before you go to bed
and then take it out in the morning.
flower bouquets do not last forever, so take a ‘selfie’ with your bouquet so
the memories will last long after the flowers have faded. It might not be as
colorful but it will be a reminder of the good times.