Heavenly Hydrangeas, ISU Extension
"Hydrangeas, Hydrangeas" is a pretty darn good website about Hydrangeas!
I particularly liked the story of Amy-Beth and David: "The Hydrangea That Wouldn't Bloom" - Eileen
Asters for dry locations:
Aromatic Aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium, syn Aster oblongifolius), 'October Skies' is commonly available
Calico Aster (Symohyotrichum lateriflorum, syn Aster lateriflorus,) 'Lady in Black'
Heartleaf Aster, aka Blue Wood Aster, (Symphyotrichum cordifolium, syn Aster cordifolius)
Smooth Blue Aster, (Symphyotrichum laeve, syn Aster laevis), 'Bluebird' is commonly available
Short's Aster (Symphyorichum shortii, Aster shortii). This will go "everywhere" from seed and fill in the gaps inyour perennial garden. prune it back as much as you like through July, then enjoy the show.
Found on Facebook - why Holiday shopping for gardeners can be easy
Any Viburnum, like Viburnum nudum 'Winterthur'
A nice website of Iowa native plants, with scientific names and PHOTOS
Iowa Plants, RW Lutz
Iowa Plants: American Ginger, aka Wild Ginger
Fairy Gardens, Stam Greenhouse, Oskaloosa
Has a large selection of fairy garden supplies, as well as classes.
No till Vegetable Gardening: flower beds do not need as many layers
No Dig Garden Construction youtube video
Santa's Workshop - Here is an in-progress photo of the fun Conservatory Holiday Display at Reiman Gardens this December! This is an 8 foot tower planted with red and white poinsettias in a candy cane stripe.
Learn more about the completed Conservatory Display here and here
Dave sent this from two weeks ago:
Iowa Christmas Tree Growers Association: Find a Farm
William Robinson, the Irish plantsman who brought the Arts & Crafts Movement to British gardening. Go native, go perennial, go in masses & drifts.
The Wild Garden, Expanded Edition, republished, with Rick Darke
Handy Gardening Tool: reciprocating saw, aka "sawzall," lots of brands & sizes, corded and battery, fitting smaller & larger hands, with blades that help with outside tasks.
Eileen's Milwaukee M12
Another example: DeWalt
It's not all roses out there:
How to Edge a Garden Bed, This Old House Televison
Roger Cook is featured. He's not quite as adept as Barbara! (He lifts the edger out of the soil, has the tread backward at first.)
Using the edger to create the line/edge happens at about 3 minutes - bear with her.
Youtube: Spring Cleanup---edging
The clean-up takes longer than making the edge! (This gardener is pretty finicky.)
In our clay soil the clods stick together, I find it's actually easier to handle them in larger pieces.
I typically rake up & put the clods into a compost pile.
Are Organic Foods Safer or Healthier Than Conventional Alternatives?: A Systematic Review, 4 September 2012 Annals of Internal Medicine Volume 157 • Number 5
ANAPHYLAXIS TO AN ORGANiC HEALTH FOOD CEREAL: AMARANTH ALLERGY
Susan Mozzicato, MD and Robert M Bedard, MD university of Connecticut, Department of Internal medicine, Farmington, Connecticut Asthma and Allergy Center, West Hartford
A38-year-old male developed chest and throat tightness, facial swelling, generalized itching and hives within one hour after eating an amaranth-containing organic cereal for the first time. The patient took Benadryl and went to the emergency room where he was given epinephrine and steroids with recovery.
The cereal eaten contained whole grain oats, amaranth flour, brown rice, yellow corn, rye flour, juice concentrates of apple, pear, or grape, ascorbic acid, and vitamin e; per labeling, it did not contain peanuts or tree nuts. The patient did not have a history of asthma, hay fever, aspirin sensitivity or occupational exposure to grain flour.
People around the world value amaranths as leaf vegetables, cereals, and ornamentals. Amaranth grain is a traditional food in Africa and has been used as a grain crop on that continent as well as in Asia and South America. Amaranth grain is gluten-free and contains higher protein content than other conventional cereals. It can be a useful substitute for patients who are wheat allergic or gluten sensitive.
Prick skin testing was done using the amaranth cereal flakes, cooked and uncooked whole grain amaranth, whole wheat flour, lamb’s quarters, dust mites, soy, and other organic cereals containing kamut, spelt, and buckwheat. Tests were positive to the amaranth cereal flakes (wheal 6 mm, flare 20 mm), raw whole grain amaranth (wheal 6 mm, flare 20 mm), and cooked whole grain amaranth (wheal 5 mm, flare 25 mm). Histamine control developed a 5 mm wheal and a 20 mm flare. Tests to lamb’s quarters (pigweed surrogate), dust mite (grain dust mite surrogate), soy commercial extracts, whole wheat flour, and the other cereals were negative.
To ensure the positive reactions represented true allergy and not irritants, three staff members were tested with amaranth flakes, raw whole grain amaranth, and cooked whole grain amaranth, and all were negative.
The patient was advised to avoid amaranth in all preparations. A food allergy treatment plan and epipen instruction were provided.
With the increasing popularity of organic health foods, this first reported case of anaphylaxis to amaranth or- ganic cereal is of interest.
218 Connectticut Medicine, APRIL2010