I would also advise you to check with your local County Extension Office.
- Craig Wood
University of Kentucky
I felt like I had a new friend! While I had asked a very simple question, I'm sure that any gardening question is fair game for the experts on this site. And the last suggestion, "Check with your local County Extension Office," is always good advice.
The other recommendation from my gardening friend is a diagnostic site managed by the Bartlett Tree Experts Co., www.dddi.org/bartlett/.
While there is no Bartlett Tree Expert location in West Virginia and you must be a customer to use portions of the site, there are many parts of the site that are invaluable.
In the "What's wrong with my tree?" section, visitors to the site can print information from the Bartlett Tree research laboratories in Charlotte, N.C., on a wide variety of topics. They include different tree species "Plant Health Care Programs," technical reports on various pests and diseases, as well as reports on many environmental issues such as drought, dieback and decline, construction damage and other problems. I could have used several ink cartridges printing out the pamphlets and articles that I found interesting.
Perennial of the year
The Perennial Plant Association has named Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' as the 2009 Perennial Plant of the Year. Golden variegated hakone grass or golden variegated Japanese forest grass are common names for this perennial. This hardy ornamental grass grows 12 to 18 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide with an arching form that resembles a cascading miniature bamboo. It can be used as a groundcover, a border-front specimen, a mass planting or in a patio container.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.