Gardener’s almanac (June 7)

06/07/2014 12:00 AM

08/06/2014 11:46 AM

Plant – Beans (snap and lima), pumpkins (wait until late June to July 4 for a Halloween harvest), sweet potatoes, sweet corn, squash, tomatoes.

Little barley in lawns – The grassy weeds that are waving their seedheads above the lawn now are little barley. They are a winter annual that die out in the summer, says Ward Upham of K-State, so now is not the time to treat for them. If you want to prevent little barley next year, use a pre-emergent in September, Upham says. (A similar-looking weed that will put on seedheads in mid- to late summer is the summer annual foxtail.)

Tree seedlings everywhere – As was reported in The Eagle on Tuesday, tree seedlings have been invading landscapes in incredible numbers this spring. Elms and maples are among the most common. Take a hoe to them while they are small. Mowing should kill them in a lawn. If they are in an area where they will dry out, that will kill them too.

Garden events

Butterfly-gardening talk and daylily show – Butterfly grower and popular speaker Lenora Larson of Paola will be in Wichita on Sunday at the Butterflies ’n’ Bloom Show at Botanica. She will speak at 1:30 p.m. about how to plant in containers and in the ground to attract butterflies. The show is sponsored by the Prairie Winds Daylily Society and will feature a rainbow of daylily blooms, singly and in arrangements, from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission to the show and talk is free.

Bartlett Arboretum concert – Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine will be open Sunday for a concert by the danceable Brave Combo from Denton, Texas. The gates open at 3 p.m., and the concert is at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10. Picnics are welcome, and food will also be for sale.

Tuesdays on the Terrace – The Haymakers will perform at Botanica for the next Tuesdays on the Terrace, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The theme is “Calla Lilies and Cosmopolitans,” and there will be a cash bar. Admission is $7, $3 for members. The gardens are open until 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer.

Weather talk – Retired meteorologist Dick Elder will be at Botanica on Wednesday to talk about weather patterns and their effects. The lecture, at 12:15 p.m., is included in Botanica admission. Colette’s Catering will have lunch for sale for $7.

Botanica sunrise breakfast – Doo-Dah Diner will serve breakfast at Botanica from 6 to 9 a.m. Thursday. Radio station 100.5 FM will broadcast from the gardens. Cost is $5 for members, $7 for nonmembers. Call Kristin Marlett at 264-0448, ext. 108, for reservations.

Family game nights at Botanica – Botanica is offering lawn games on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is $3 for nonmembers. The gardens are open until 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer.

McPherson Master Gardener & Friends June Bloom Garden Tour – McPherson County’s master gardeners will have their annual tour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 14 in McPherson. Four home gardens and the Master Gardener & Friends Demonstration Garden will be on the tour. Tickets are $5, available at all the gardens, along with maps. The McPherson trolley will give free rides from the demo garden to the four others. A scavenger hunt will offer a chance to win prizes for people who match gardens with photos from the gardens. On the tour are Carol Hulse at 1640 Sunset Drive, Al and Ann Engel at 1516 Dover Drive, Jim and Aggie Amann at 200 W. Sixth St., Steve and Terri Salter at 516 S. Ash St., and the demo garden at 600 W. Woodside.

The Wichita Daylily Club will meet at Botanica on Monday at 7 p.m. The program will be grooming and getting flowers ready for showing in our show on July 6. The show will be at Botanica and open to the public from 1 to 5.

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