Plant of the Month
Fern Leaf Peony
Location: Grid X2 the furthest north plant
in the new peony beds in the north east
The Fern Leaf Peonies are making the biggest
showing of all the new Peonies planted in the
north east corner. That is mostly because the
plants were donated by a board member and we
were able to dig big, husky divisions that have
lots of reserves to use to get started.
Fern Leaf Peony Paeonia tenuifolia 4-20-15
That is especially nice, because for some
reason Fern Leaf Peonies are often hard to find
and almost always expensive. We will have a
few nice potted plants for sale at the Associates
Plant Sale in May.
Ants on peony buds 4-20-15
If you look closely at this photo you can see
ants on the flower bud. They are feeding on
secretions of nectar on the unopened flowers.
Some people believe that the ants are necessary
for the flowers to open properly (when I was
working in a retail nursery I would even have
customers ask if they could buy the ants to go
with the peonies) but, it has never been shown
to have any effect on the opening. If you want
to avoid ants coming in the house when you cut
the flowers, the best solution is to cut the
flowers before they open, then shake or rinse
the buds before you bring them inside, then
allow the flowers to open.
The amazing weather continues, although we
have had a few frosty nights that nipped the
magnolias a little bit, overall the weather has
continued warm and mild. I think we are about
three weeks ahead of ‘normal’ (if there is such
a thing). I don’t remember ever seeing Lilacs
and Crabapples in full bloom in April. There
will be lots of them this year, and some may
even finish in April.
Fortunately, I have had the luxury of student
help with enough time to work quite a bit this
spring, so we have been able to keep up pretty
well so far.
Royal Gem Crabapple, 4-20-15
Arboretum Associates Annual Plant Sale Saturday, May 30 2015 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Ice Rink at the Latah County Fairgrounds
Plant Sale List
Science Saturdays June 20, July 18, August 15 10:30 am at the Red Barn
This year the theme will be pollination, and each session will look at different aspects of pollination.
Arboretum Concert Monday, July 13 7:00 pm top of the upper pond
Acoustic concert put on by Dan Bukvich, the School of Music and community members. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy an evening in the Arboretum