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Gardener’s almanac (Nov. 16)

  • Published Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at 10:25 a.m.

Rose care for winter — Shrub roses usually don’t need it, but it’s good to give hybrid tea roses some winter protection to help them survive the winter. Some species originated in the warm climate of southern China, Ward Upham of K-State says. Mounds of soil or compost about 8 to 10 inches high around a hybrid tea usually are put on by Thanksgiving, he says.

Once the ground has frozen, add a 4-inch mulch of straw, leaves or hay on top of that, maybe with more soil on top to hold that in place, Upham says. If canes are really tall, prune them to 36 inches and tie them together to keep wind from damaging the crown, he says. In the spring, remove the coverings after the ground thaws but before new growth starts, Upham says.

Garden events

Talk on poinsettias and Christmas cactuses — Jerry DeRee of Dutch’s Greenhouse will be at Botanica on Wednesday to talk about poinsettias and Christmas cactus. The lunchtime lecture, at 12:15, is included in Botanica admission. This will be the last lunchtime lecture of the year at Botanica, as the staff gears up for Illuminations. The gardens lighted for the holidays will be open every evening starting Nov. 29 through the end of the year (excepting Christmas Eve and Christmas).

Project Beauty luncheon — Sarah Robinson of the Wichita Children’s Home will be the speaker for Project Beauty’s November luncheon on Thursday at Scotch & Sirloin, 5325 E. Kellogg. The public is invited. Make a reservation by Monday by mailing a check for $17 made out to Project Beauty to Nancy Garrett, 1300 Dry Brook Ct., Derby, KS 67037-2832.

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