Aug. 15 column: Extend the bloom

Extend the bloom
Here is a link to my article in today’s edition of The Spokesman-Review: Growth management.

It outlines ways to extend the bloom in our gardens through the end of the season. Many of us have a lot of color in the landscape up until about midsummer, then the color slowly fades away when we run out of late-bloomers.

I had the pleasure of visiting with Master Gardener Maralee Karwoski – who really knows her flowers – and she had plenty of great ideas to solve this problem. There are several photos of her beautiful garden in today’s article.

Within the article, I included a list of Maralee’s suggested late-blooming plants that will be available at The Friends of Manito fall plant sale. I urge you to check out the plant sale list on their web site at thefriendsofmanito.org. The sale will be held on Aug. 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., although if you are a TFM member, you can get in as early as 8 a.m.

Oh, and if you are curious – the flower pictured above is Agastache, or Hummingbird Mint. It is just starting to bloom in my garden and attracts hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. The sunset colors of these blooms are glorious.