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In the Garden

posted: 08/29/2015 2:46 a.m. Discuss

I would like to establish a row of milkweed plants at my home along a tree line. I have access to 12 to 14 wild milkweeds on some property in south Arkansas that are in danger of being destroyed. Is it possible to move them?

In the Garden

posted: 08/22/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Q About 10 years ago, I planted nearly 100 surprise lilies in my yard, and they have bloomed beautifully every year since -- until this year. In the spring, the leaves came up and grew quite well. They were taller and fuller than ever before. But now, I've only got about 10 blooms total. Where did the flowers go? Are the plants dead, or will they come up next year (and, hopefully, bloom)?

In the garden

posted: 08/15/2015 2:14 a.m. Comment 1

DEAR READERS: A recent question concerning the apparent lack of butterflies this summer generated a lot of emails from all across Arkansas. Some folks say they have plenty of butterflies and bees, while others haven't seen any.


posted: 08/08/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Q I have a nice garden with lots of flowering plants, all the right ones to attract bees and butterflies. But this year I have hardly seen more than a couple of butterflies all summer, which seems very odd. Is there a particular lack of butterflies in the area this year?


posted: 08/01/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Q We have something growing in our front yard, and it is spreading. It just started this summer, and we have no idea what it is. Right now, it is mostly around the part of the yard that is nearest the shrub bed. Can you tell what it is? And if so, how do we get rid of it? I'm afraid it is going to take over our whole yard if we don't get it stopped. We have a service that sprayed for weeds, but that didn't kill whatever this is.


posted: 07/25/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Q I have some weeping willow trees. What is the proper way to trim back these trees so that my flower beds underneath can get proper sunshine?


posted: 07/18/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q I have a marigold that came back from a 2014 planting. We both know that marigolds are annuals. This single marigold plant is 18 inches wide and 18 inches tall. I have never seen a marigold grow to this size, and it is covered with buds along with many flowers. Amazing!


posted: 07/11/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Q I planted "Snow White" Indian hawthorn plants in spring 2014 as part of a landscape builder's package. Late in the season, they developed black spot on the leaves. I applied fungicide directly to the leaves and worked a Bayer product into the soil. I am having the same problem this spring/summer. Is there any remedy or will I have to dig up and destroy them? I am also concerned that this disease could spread to other plantings.

In The Garden

posted: 07/04/2015 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Q Every year, I plant red potatoes in my garden and every year but this year they were red skinned and white inside. This year, they're purple skinned and purple inside. Can you tell me what caused this?


posted: 06/27/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

We live in Hot Springs Village, and year after year the plants in the photo I have enclosed are always a pleasure to see in early summer in the same area. Not sure what they are but they have a beautiful orange flower and we look forward to them every year. Is it a weed or a wildflower?



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