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Rhonda J. Ferree

Rhonda J. Ferree
Former Extension Educator, Horticulture

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View of patio and pergola from the herb garden on 4-15-12
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Week Six in my Garden

Week Six brought more blooms to my garden, but it also brought tree weed seeds. Here are some highlights: 1-Japanese maple leaves are a brilliant burgundy red. 2-Northern lights azalea in full bloom and reminds me of eggs showing off their yellow yolks 3-Lunaria (money plant) is such a pretty purple 4-Peony are almost ready to bud 5-Clematis in bloom!...

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Comparison of 2011 & 2012 Flowering Times

I led a roundtable discussion at a recent Emiquon Audubon Society meeting on how the mild winter and early spring are impacting flowers, insects, birds, and more. It was very interesting. In preparation, I reviewed my photos to see when various plants bloomed in my years last year compared to this year. Most agree that we are 3-5 weeks early in central Illinois. Here are some examples f...

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Flowering dogwood on 4-3-12
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Week Five in my Garden

Flowering shrubs continue to amaze me. I love how the garden changes every week. Some changes are subtle, while others are eye-popping. Highlights for me this week included: 1-Flowering dogwood and PrairieFire crabapple were amazingly beautiful this year! 2-Lily-of-the-Valley bloom are almost ready to open. This is my second favorite flowers (behind poppy) 3-We opened the...

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Ferree provides weed control tips to attendees at Gardener's Day in Jacksonville on March 24, 2012.

Gardeners' Day a Success in Jacksonville

"The worms were a big hit!" says one Master Gardener who helped organize the recent Gardener's Day. University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners organized the outstanding event held on March 24 th in Jacksonville. The program was presented by University of Illinois Extension staff in the Calhoun-Cass-Greene-Morgan-Scott Unit. Duane Friend taught the group how to control n...

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