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The Grapevine (July 6)

Daylilies, tea cups to pair up

The Prairie Winds Daylily Society will have a bloom show of daylilies and a mini plant sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Extension Education Center, 21st and Ridge Road. The theme will be Mad Hatter's Tea Party, including mini arrangements in tea cups. The plant sale will feature daylilies and other plants.

The public will be able to vote for their favorite Mad Hatter Tea Party arrangement and also their favorite daylily. There will then be two drawings, to give away a Cup of Blessings daylily (pictured above) and a Mama’s Cherry Tart daylily. Admission is free and open to the public.

Rose tip

Roses that have flowered should be pruned to promote reblooming and general health. Use hand pruners to remove flower clusters back to just above a lower leaf, and take out suckers and wayward stems. Any leaves showing signs of black spot also should be removed. Wear thorn-proof gloves and a long-sleeved shirt. Fertilize once a month, stopping in early August.

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Decluttering Q&A

Q: How can you make decisions quickly about what to keep and what to get rid of before a move? I know of so many friends struggling to dispose of stuff after their parent moves to assisted living.

A: Susie Danick, co-owner of TAD Relocation, responds: I always tell people to ask themselves: Do I use it? Do I love it? Do I need it? If the answer is “yes,” the item goes into your keep pile. You will have three piles: keep, sell/donate and trash. Don’t throw away anything that has special memories, has value or is a family heirloom. That said, keep only the items that mean the most to you. Some people make these decisions quickly, some don’t. Know yourself and know that it’s never too early to start sorting and “right-sizing” to prepare for a move.

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In bloom at Botanica

Hardy water lilies are among the flowers blooming now at Botanica, including this Georgia Peach, in the Jayne and Glenn Milburn Aquatic Collection.