Visit www.kanawhacountyfair.org to get the full schedule of events and to download entry forms and rules, or call 304-768-1202.
Betty Anderson of St. Albans called to tell me her bleeding hearts are disappearing from her garden. When she moved to St. Albans from Buckhannon years ago, she said there were lots of the beautiful plants, but they are not as plentiful now.
Bleeding hearts die off in the summer, and the foliage can turn ugly. Continuous watering, even after the blooms are gone, will help keep the foliage attractive. Cut the dead plants in the fall.
I'm not sure why Betty's plants are disappearing, other than due to natural old age. I once read that plants die because of lack of energy -- like an old, rechargeable battery, they are drained and can't be recharged.
Are there any bleeding hearts experts who can help us here?
If you're looking for a nice getaway for the weekend, visit the Country Festival and Back Forty Nature Walk in Paris, Ky. You can pick your own apples and pears (including Asian pears). There's a beautiful nature trail, walks along an old stagecoach road, the campsite of Frank and Jesse James and a longer hike out to the "Back Forty." Crafts, food booths from area craftsmen and vendors, local musicians, as well as fresh fruit slushies, ice cream made from the farm's fruits and berries or homemade oven-fried pies make for a lovely day.
This all takes place outside Lexington, Ky., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Reed Valley Orchard, 239 Lail Lane, Paris, KY 40361. Call 859-987-6480 or visit www.reedvalleyorchard.com.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.