‘THE SAGE’-Klein’s Online Newsletter—JUNE 2016
Klein’s Floral & Greenhouses
3758 E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53704

 

 

THIS MONTH’S HIGHLIGHTS:
You’re Invited to a ‘Ladies’ Night Out’ at Klein’s
Our ‘Mad Gardener’ Is Ready for Your Questions
Klein’s 8th Annual Most Beautiful Garden Contest
Plucked Tomato Suckers Produce a Quick New Crop
Native Flowers in the Garden
Klein’s Favorite Seed, Bulb & Plant Sources
You Asked the Mad Gardener About Fading Tulips
Tomato Growing Know-How from Jack’s Fertilizers
Plant of the Month: Japanese Tree Lilac
Our Very Favorite Recipes Using Oregano
Product Spotlight: Jack’s EXACT MIX Sprayer
Notes from Rick’s Garden Journal—from May 2016
—Perfect Day Trip to Stop & Smell the Roses
—Our Far North Mockingbird—the Catbird
—About Basil Downy Mildew
June in the Garden: A Planner
Gardening Events Around Town
Review Klein’s @: Yelp, Google Reviews or Facebook Reviews
Join Us on Twitter
Follow Us on Facebook
Join Klein’s Blooming Plant or Fresh Flower Club
Delivery Information
Related Resources and Websites
Plants Harmful to Kids and Pets

 
 

KLEIN’S 8TH ANNUAL MOST BEAUTIFUL GARDEN CONTEST
Think you have the Most Beautiful Garden? Perhaps all of that hard work and creativity can literally pay off by entering our Most Beautiful Garden Contest. We invite you to submit photographs along with our entry form to Klein’s via e-mail to [email protected] by September 1. Winners are selected by our staff and will be announced on our website in early September. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places include gift cards for a Klein’s shopping spree.

 

They say pictures say a thousand words and sometimes the most simple of designs says more than the most elaborate. Please visit our home page in the following weeks at www.kleinsfloral.com for details and entry information.

 

YOU’RE INVITED TO A LADIES’ NIGHT OUT AT KLEIN’S
On Wednesday, June 15 we will be hosting “Ladies’ Night Out” from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Come out for a fun-filled night of shopping, refreshments, door prizes and more!

 

We will have door prizes from Dramm, Firepot, Dr Earth, Purple Cow Organics, The Princeton Club, a Patio Container Garden from Klein’s and the Grand Prize will be a “Bouquet-a- Month” for a year! Receive a raffle ticket for attending and for every $50 purchase. Need not to be present to win.

 

The first 100 people to pre-register will receive a bag with two extra door tickets, Jack’s sample packets, Dr. Earth booklet, free two week Princeton Club membership, among other items.

 

Representatives from Purple Cow Organics, Jack’s Fertilizers and Dr. Earth will be here to answer questions,

 

Receive double rewards points on all purchases that evening.

 
 

FOR NEIGHBORHOOD EVENTS OR GARDEN TOURS that you would like posted on our web site or in our monthly newsletters, please contact Rick at (608) 244-5661 or [email protected] or Sue at[email protected]. Please include all details, i.e. dates, locations, prices, brief description, etc. Our readership is ever-growing so this is a great opportunity for free advertising. Events must be garden related and must take place in the immediate Madison vicinity.

 
 

THE MAD GARDENER
“Madison’s Firsthand Source for Expert Gardening Advice”

 

Ask any of your gardening questions by e-mailing them to us at [email protected]. Klein’s in-house Mad Gardener will e-mail you with an answer as promptly as we can. We’ve also posted a link to this e-mail address on our home page for your convenience. Your question might then appear in the “You Asked” feature of our monthly newsletter. If your question is the one selected for our monthly newsletter, you’ll receive a small gift from us at Klein’s. The Mad Gardener hopes to hear from you soon!

 

Sorry, we can only answer those questions pertaining to gardening in Southern Wisconsin and we reserve the right to leave correspondence unanswered at our discretion. Please allow 2-3 days for a response.

 

Please note that our Mad Gardener is not only an expert gardener, but can answer all of your indoor plant questions as well.

 
 
 

JUNE STORE HOURS:
Through June 19:
Monday thru Friday : 8:00-8:00 (Open Tuesdays at 7:00)
Saturday: 8:00-6:00
Sunday: 9:00-5:00

 

After Father’s Day, June 19:
Monday thru Friday : 8:00-6:00
Saturday: 9:00-5:00
Sunday: 10:00-4:00

 

Open Monday, July 4: 10:00-4:00

 
 
 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
Throughout June, visit Klein’s and check out our specials on annuals, vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets and containers. Specials and selection change weekly so give us a call for the most up-to-date information at (608) 244-5661 or toll free at 888-244-5661 or on our home page @ www.kleinsfloral.com. We pride ourselves in having the best cared for plants in even the hottest weather and throughout the month we’ll continue to offer a full selection of annuals and perennials.

 

June 6—Start of Ramadan

 

June 14–Flag Day

 

June 19–Father’s Day

 

June 20–Full Moon

 

June 20–First Day of Summer

 
 
 

‘THE FLOWER SHOPPE’:

 

NATIVE FLOWERS IN THE GARDEN
With all the press on nonnative invasives, it’s time to focus on many the great plants that are native to Wisconsin and would make wonderful additions to any garden. We’re lucky to come from an area of the country that has supplied many of the world’s most popular garden perennials–or hybridized versions thereof. Many plants native to the Midwest have made their way to Europe, where plant breeders have improved on many of the their already desirable qualities. These plants are now returning to the United States in completely new forms and colors.

 

Adding native plants to the landscape has become exciting and trendy. The best example is the explosion of echinacea cultivars available to the consumer. Just 20 years ago, purple cone flower was seldom used in most urban American gardens. Because it’s a native, many thought of it as boring, a little weedy looking and even invasive because it readily self sows. Things have changed drastically as echinacea has been hybridized in both Europe and Japan. We now offer large-flowered echinacea (Rubinstern), short echinacea (Kim’s Knee High), double echinacea (Razzmatazz), fragrant echinacea and echinacea in shades of pastel pink, orange (Sunset), rosy red (Twilight) and yellow (Sunrise). And this is only the beginning, as new forms of Wisconsin natives make their way back to the United States.

 

In the coming years look for dramatic changes offered in cultivars of goldenrod (we already have the unbelievable Fireworks), rudbeckia (new cultivars appear almost yearly), joe pye weed (see Baby Joe for a mini-version), blanketflower (check out Fanfare for something unique), spiderwort, asters, helenium, perennial sunflowers and liatris. The list goes on and on, from grasses to ferns to even native orchids.

 

By incorporating natives into your landscape, both in original and hybridized form, one also helps with the native butterfly, insect and bird populations. Native pollinators are naturally drawn to plants that played a major roll in their evolution. And change the way you look at gardening forever by adding some beautiful “roadside weeds” like milkweed, vervain, fleabane, bee balm, nettle, cardinal flower. By taking your cues from nature you can make your garden ever changing and always exciting.

 
 
 

YOU ASKED THE MAD GARDENER . . .
My tulips of 8 years did not bloom this year. I’m wondering what could
be wrong. They’ve been beautiful up until now. Also, I divided some daffodils last year, and they did not bloom this year. Wondering if you could help with this as well. Nancy

 

Hi Nancy,
Today’s fancy tulip hybrids are not the reliable bloomers from our grandparents’ days. The modern hybrids put on a good show for usually about 5 years before they begin deteriorating; with fewer to no blooms from then on. That’s why you’ve probably noticed that the best ‘perennial’ tulip beds are usually red and/or yellow–the old and reliable Appeldoorn varieties. The Darwins are the next best perennializing type in our area. For an impressive tulip display I recommend planting the bed new each year (like the beds on the Capitol grounds) or planting a few new ones every year in the existing bed.

 

Some other reasons tulips fail to bloom is that they are in too much shade, i.e. a nearby tree has grown too big or perhaps you removed the foliage before it yellowed completely the previous year.

 

The fact you divided the daffodils just last year and they didn’t bloom doesn’t surprise me in that plants oftentimes spend their first year rooting into their new environment before blooming in subsequent years. If they continue not to bloom reasons might be that they are planted in too much shade, they were planted too deep or the foliage was removed last season before yellowing completely.

 

Thanks for your question,
Klein’s Mad Gardener

 
 
 

DID YOU KNOW. . .
. . . that you can raise a quick crop of tomato seedlings by rooting the suckers from plants already in your garden?

 

A version of the following article by Greg Coppa appeared in a recent issue of Horticulture magazine.

 

Putting On a Tomato Variety Show/Rooted Cuttings Will Diversify Crop
Each summer I used to grow a couple of dozen tomato plants. I now rarely have more than eight plants in my garden, but of those there may be seven different varieties.

 

Sometimes I have participated in tomato plant swaps with co-workers. We would each bring in a six-pack or a dozen plants of a different variety, then we would trade them in late May.

 

In this way I was able to try yellow, orange and pink tomatoes as well as those shaped like oxhearts, grapes, bananas, small marbles and plums.

 

Some had high sugar content and others were bred for low acidity. A certain variety was not the best tasting, but it kept in a cool garage until February. An early cultivar matured in only 46 days and the seed package of a big meaty one advertised that it would take 78 days for it to get that way.

 

Strength in Diversity
One year I even grew and exchanged plants from seeds that had been irradiated during a spell on Skylab in space. The variety was ‘Rutgers’ and the hope among researchers was that there might be some interesting mutations among the specimens. We didn’t discover any, but that was probably welcome news for the spouses of the astronauts.

 

There are good reasons to grow different tomato cultivars in your garden. One is that different species have different resistance to diseases and environmental factors. If you grow the same kind of tomato plants and they are susceptible to wilt, a particular insect infestation or a dry spell, than you could lose all your plants or at least have very dramatically reduced yields. But with plant diversification that won’t likely happen.

 

And another advantage of diversification is that the plants won’t all mature fruit at one time, leaving you with a glut followed by a shortage.

 

If you see an interesting plant in a friend’s garden and think that you have to wait till next year to try it, you may be wrong. Ask your friend for a “sucker” from the plant. For more than a decade I have had very good luck rooting the so-called “suckers,” or side stems, which many tomato plant aficionados pinch off and discard to discourage vegetative growth and encourage fruiting.

 

Rooting a Sucker
With scissors, I just cut a 6-inch sucker and put it in a dark-colored bottle, like a brown or green beer bottle, so that 2 inches of the plant stem is immersed in water. I put the plant in indirect sunlight and in three or four days I see bumps on the immersed stem from which roots quickly emerge.

 

They say that suckers are born every minute, but my record is seven days. In seven days a plant developed from a sucker that had enough root structure to set out in soil. With results like this, I typically don’t even bother using a rooting hormone anymore.

 

But there is something else interesting about these suckers that you should know. I have to do more research, but it does appear that the rooted plants give mature fruit much faster than their seed-grown parents, even taking into consideration that, of course, you don’t have to wait for germination of a seed and that the plant is already 6 inches tall and hardy looking at “birth” in a week or two.

 

Frankly, it is sometimes difficult for me to tell the difference between the parent and offspring plants even when the two plants have been grown side by side.

 

Many garden centers have started selling larger, single plants in place of smaller ones in starter packs. If you can’t find several of the variety that you really want, or if a gardening friend has a specimen you would like to try, but does not have an extra plant for you, consider trying to root a sucker.

 

Remember that the suckers are genetically identical to the mother plant. Also remember that since most tomato plants are hybrids, it is not worth saving seeds from a plant for later in the season or the following year. The fruit that you will get will probably not resemble the fruit from which you harvested the seeds. But then again, you just might develop a very special tomato that nobody else will have.

 
 

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHTEach month we spotlight some product that we already carry or one that we’ve taken note of and plan to carry in the near future. Likewise, if you would like to see Klein’s to carry a product that we don’t currently, please let us know. Our goal is to be responsive to the marketplace and to our loyal clientele. If a product fits into our profile, we will make every effort to get it into our store. In addition, we may be able to special order an item for you, whether plant or hard good, given enough time.

 
 

New Product from JR Peters, Maker of Jack’s Fertilizers
From the JR Peters website @ www.jrpeters.com

 

Jack’s EXACT MIX Sprayer
Spring is finally here, which means it’s time to plant, prune, prepare beds, and care for your gardens and lawn! Once you have your beds ready and flowers planted, it’s time to feed! We created the EXACT MIX Sprayer to help feed large areas efficiently and quickly.

 

The Jack’s EXACT MIX Sprayer was designed for plant and garden lovers using the three exact settings on the sprayer. The sprayer was made specifically for the application of Jack’s Classic fertilizers. You can use all of the Jack’s Classic Formulas in the sprayer except the Hydrangea Blue and Classicote with Crystal Green. Jack’s Classic Water Soluble fertilizers are completely soluble which allows them to be applied accurately using the 3 EXACT settings on the sprayer. Full Strength used for Flower and Vegetable Gardens, hanging baskets, containers, bedding plants at 1 tablespoon per gallon rate of application (every 7-14 days). Half Strength used for Perennials and low feeding annuals like new guinea impatiens at ½ tablespoon per gallon rate. Quarter strength for feeding plants everyday (Constant Feed).

 

Jack’s EXACT MIX Sprayer is easy to use and comfortable to hold while you spray and feed. Fill the sprayer with 6 ounces or 12 Tablespoons of Jack’s Classic, add water to the fill line (36 ounces), attach the sprayer to the bottle and choose your setting.

 

Tomato Growing Know-How with Jack’s Fertilizers
Things are really moving now in the garden with the onset of the warmer temperatures. Your transplants should be responding to their new environment and producing new growth. The root systems are ready to take up all the nutrients they need to maximize their bud set and flower initiation.

 

Here is the feeding program I use for my tomato plants and some of the reasons I use it.

 

• After transplanting the tomatoes I want to get them off to a great start. In order to do that you need to provide plenty of phosphorus to the root system which has not yet spread out in the soil. I use the Jack’s Classic® Blossom Booster 10-30-20 at 1 tablespoon per gallon when I set the plants in place.

 

• After the first week I come back and make my first application of Jack’s Classic® 20-20-20. This 1-1-1 ratio fertilizer is just what the plant needs to grow in mass with plenty of new leaves and thick stems that will be the factories to produce lots of energy that will give you a high fruit yield. I repeat these feedings every 10 days to make certain there are no nutrient stresses to hold back production.

 

• Tomatoes respond well to increased levels of magnesium in the feed program. Be sure to add some additional Epsom salts (1 teaspoon per gallon) to your fertilizer applications. Your leaves will develop a deep green in response to the fertilizer applications and the increased magnesium.

 

• After the first month I switch my feeding program to a combination of 1 tablespoon of 20-20-20 and 1 tablespoon of 10-30-20 in 2 gallons. That combination makes a 15-25-20 fertilizer, which is a great formulation to feed as the plants are setting buds and fruit. Stick with this combination until all your fruit is set and the first of the fruit is starting to turn red

 

• From this point on I stick with the Blossom Booster 10-30-20. The high potassium will let the fruit finish nicely. Apply the fertilizers every 10 days or so right through the end of the crop.

 
 
 

NOTES FROM MY GARDEN JOURNAL–Tips and Observations from My Own Garden by Rick Halbach

 

ENTRY: MAY 3, 2016 (Perfect Day Trip to Stop & Smell the Roses)
As I was going through paperwork this morning, I came upon a brochure from a day trip I made a few years back to a beautiful farm out in the countryside a few miles north of Delavan and a few miles west of Elkhorn. Friends who have a home near Delavan took us to this out-of-the-way little known treasure. Stop & Smell the Roses is the current life’s passion of retired Doug Amon. A number of year’s ago, Doug’s wife passed away and he has devoted an enormous amount of time and energy sharing the beauty and inspiration of his wife’s favorite flower-the rose. If home, Doug will personally greet you as you drive up to his open-to-the-public rose garden and share all he knows about his vast collection in his perfectly manicured country garden. The visit to Doug’s garden makes for a perfect day trip from Madison; with Lake Geneva also just a few miles away. Free of charge, Doug has a table set up in a small shed for donations.

 

From Doug’s website @ www.stopnsmelltheroses.org/
Doug has been nurturing his rose garden since he was 70 years old. Through a little trial and error, he now has 400 rose bushes and a lot of curious visitors.

 

Located in Walworth County, his rose garden has become a quiet getaway where folks are free to ‘Stop and Smell the Roses’; and they do. Doug can almost always be seen outside pruning and nurturing the bushes that draw up to 1,700 visitors each summer.

 

There are 14 raised beds among the trellises, along with a pond (with a waterfall and bridge) and a gazebo. The garden has wheelchair accessible paths and senior centers bring many people in for visits.

 

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ENTRY: MAY 8, 2016 (Our Far North Mockingbird—the Catbird)
The catbirds are back! Along with the wrens and hummingbirds, the arrival of the catbirds means that summer’s almost here!

 

If you’re convinced you’ll never be able to learn bird calls, start with the Gray Catbird. Once you’ve heard its catty mew you won’t forget it. Follow the sound into thickets and vine tangles and you’ll be rewarded by a somber gray bird with a black cap and bright rusty feathers under the tail. Gray Catbirds are relatives of mockingbirds and thrashers, and they share that group’s vocal abilities, copying the sounds of other species and stringing them together to make their own song.

 

Catbirds are secretive but energetic, hopping and fluttering from branch to branch through tangles of vegetation. Singing males sit atop shrubs and small trees. Catbirds are reluctant to fly across open areas, preferring quick, low flights over vegetation.

 

To attract Gray Catbirds, plant shrubs in areas of your yard near young deciduous trees. Catbirds also love fruit, so you can entice them with plantings of native fruit-bearing trees and shrubs such as dogwood, winterberry, and serviceberry.

 

Feeding Behavior
Does much foraging on ground, flipping leaves aside with bill as it seeks insects. Feeds on berries up in shrubs and trees.

 

Eggs
4, sometimes 3-5, rarely 2-6. Greenish blue, rarely with some red spots. Incubation is by female only, about 12-13 days. Young: Both parents feed the nestlings. Young leave the nest about 10-11 days after hatching. 2 broods per year.

 

Young
Both parents feed the nestlings. Young leave the nest about 10-11 days after hatching. 2 broods per year.

 

Diet
Mostly insects and berries. Especially in early summer, eats many beetles, ants, caterpillars, grasshoppers, crickets, true bugs, and other insects, as well as spiders and millipedes. Nestlings are fed almost entirely on insects. More than half the annual diet of adults may be vegetable matter, especially in fall and winter, when they eat many kinds of wild berries and some cultivated fruit. Rarely catches small fish. At feeders, will eat a bizarre assortment of items including doughnuts, cheese, boiled potato, and corn flakes.

 

Nesting
Early in breeding season, male sings constantly in morning and evening, sometimes at night. Courtship may involve male chasing female, posturing and bowing with wings drooped and tail raised; male may face away from female to show off patch of chestnut under tail. When Brown-headed Cowbirds lay eggs in nests of this species, the cowbird eggs are usually punctured and ejected by the adult Catbirds. Nest: Placed in dense shrubs, thickets, briar tangles, or low trees, usually 3-10′ above the ground. Nest (built mostly by female) is a large bulky cup of twigs, weeds, grass, leaves, and sometimes pieces of trash, lined with rootlets and other fine materials.

 

 

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ENTRY: MAY 23, 2016 (About Basil Downy Mildew)
In the past few summers, basil downy mildew has been a problem in my garden; less so last year than the previous few due to a strict regimen of applying copper fungicide weekly and planting mildew resistant varieties such as Eleanora. The following article about basil downy mildew is from the UW Extension website at hort.uwex.edu

 

Basil Downy Mildew
by Marian Lund

 

What is basil downy mildew? Basil downy mildew is a devastating disease that affects the leaves, branches, and stems of many types of basil (i.e., plants in the genus Ocimum) commonly used for cooking. Green-leafed varieties of sweet basil are particularly susceptible to the disease, while purple-leafed varieties of basil, Thai basil, lemon basil, and spice basil are less susceptible. Certain ornamental basils (e.g., hoary basil) appear to be highly resistant to the disease. Basil downy mildew was first reported in the United States in 2007 and has since spread widely to wherever basil is grown, including Wisconsin.

 

What does basil downy mildew look like? Symptoms of basil downy mildew typically develop first on lower leaves, but eventually an entire plant will show symptoms. Initial symptoms include leaf yellowing (which gardeners often think is due to a nitrogen deficiency) followed by leaf browning. Affected leaves also curl and wilt, and on the undersides of the leaves, a gray-purple fuzzy material will develop.

 

Where does basil downy mildew come from? Basil downy mildew is caused by the fungus-like organism, Peronospora belbaharii. This pathogen can be easily introduced into a garden each year via contaminated seed, on infected transplants, or via wind-borne spores (technically called sporangia). Once introduced into a garden the pathogen can spread by wind, by rain splash, or via items (e.g., hands, clothing, garden tools) that come into contact with infected plant and then are used to work with healthy plants. The pathogen thrives in humid, warm environments and can spread rapidly, decimating an entire basil crop.

 

How do I save plants with basil downy mildew? There is no known cure for basil downy mildew. If you see basil downy mildew, harvest any asymptomatic leaves on infected plants, as well as other healthy basil plants in your garden. Use these materials immediately (e.g., to make pesto). Remove and bag any symptomatic plant remains and dispose of this material in your garbage.

 

How do I avoid problems with basil downy mildew in the future? Avoid planting sweet basil if possible. Instead, plant other types of basil that are more resistant to basil downy mildew. If you decide to grow sweet basil, try growing the variety ‘Eleonora’ which has been bred for at least some resistance to the disease. If you grow basil from seed, check to see if the seed you are buying has been steam-treated to kill the downy mildew pathogen. Be aware however, that this information may be difficult to find, because steam treatment of basil seed is relatively new and the use of this technique is not widely advertised (at least to home gardeners).

 

Whatever type of basil you choose, try to grow your plants in a manner that will keep them as dry as possible, thus creating an environment that is less favorable for the downy mildew pathogen to develop and infect. Plant basil in a sunny location, space plants as far apart as possible and orient rows in the direction of prevailing winds to promote good airflow and rapid drying of plants when they get wet. Avoid overhead watering (e.g., with a sprinkler) that will wet leaves and spread the pathogen; instead, use a drip or soaker hose to water.

 

Use of fungicide treatments to control basil downy mildew is NOT recommended. Products that currently are available to homeowners, even when applied in the best manner possible, will likely not control the disease adequately, if at all. Thus using these products would be a waste of time, effort and money.

 
 
 

KLEIN’S RECIPES OF THE MONTHThese are a selection of relatively simple recipes chosen by our staff. New recipes appear monthly. Enjoy!!

 

Oregano and its relative, marjoram, are very similar in appearance and culture, however Marjoram is more delicate. The difference lies in their uses in the kitchen.

 

The popularity of Oregano in the United States did not emerge until the soldiers of World War II returning from campaigns in Italy brought home the flavors of the pizza and tomato sauces they had grown to love while being there; which explains its nickname “The Pizza Herb”. It is perfect for tomato, egg, or cheese dishes, or garlicky food where its sharp taste is not overpowering. It is a hardy perennial in zone 5.

 

Marjoram on the other hand, is a more tender plant, grown as an annual in zone 5. It has smaller leaves and a milder taste. It is often used in rice dishes, butter sauces, and poultry recipes. Marjoram grows wild in the Mediterranean where is has been adored for centuries.

 

Some oreganos bloom later than others and some, like Hopley’s, Kent Beauty, Bristol and Dittany of Crete are valued for their flowers and we view them as mainly ornamental. The best culinary ones are Italian, Turkish, Greek and Hot & Spicy. Of these, Greek and Italian bloom about mid-summer through fall and have the most flavor-filled leaves right before the flowers bloom. Although the flowers are edible too, it’s usually the leaves that are used for flavoring foods. They retain their flavor better in hot dishes if added toward the end of cooking. Heating too long may result in bitterness.

 

 
 

ITALIAN MARINARA SAUCE—This is the classic base for spaghetti, lasagna, or marinara meatballs. Start it early in the morning and let it simmer all day to condense; your kitchen will smell heavenly.

 

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced or 3 large cans of diced tomatoes
2 tsp fresh oregano, chopped
1 tsp fresh thyme
2 tsp fresh basil, chopped
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 bay leaves
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp balsamic or red wine vinegar

 

Instructions
-Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil.
-Put half of the tomatoes in the blender and puree.
-Add all the other ingredients to the pot except the vinegar and allow to simmer all day.
-Stir in the vinegar during the last half hour.
-Serve over pasta, meatballs, or both! Serves 6.

 

SAVORY ORANGE AND OREGANO SALAD—he mix of sweet and savory is a pleasant surprise – It’s beautiful too.

 

Fresh oranges or a large can of Mandarin Oranges
Red Onion thinly sliced
Olive oil
Crushed black pepper
Fresh Oregano

 

Lay orange slices on a plate, sprinkle with red onion slices then drizzle with olive oil. Top with fresh cracked pepper and oregano. Serves 4.

 

SPICY ITALIAN PIZZA SAUCE—he perfect sauce for your favorite pizza. Try it as a dipping sauce for breadsticks or fried mozzarella sticks.
1 16 oz can tomato sauce
1 Tbls olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 bay leaf
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 fresh oregano leaves, chopped
3 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 two-inch sprig of thyme, leaves only, chopped

 

Sauté the garlic in olive oil. Add tomato sauce, pepper flakes, bay, and lemon juice and gently simmer for 20 to 30 minutes uncovered. Add oregano, basil and thyme at the end of cooking time. Discard the bay leaf. Spread over pizza crust and top with meat, vegetables and cheese. Bake until cheese is slightly browned and crust is toasty. Serves 6.

 

MARINATED BLACK OLIVES—Marinated olives make a great appetizer served with chunks of cheese, are wonderful in pasta salads, and terrific on sandwiches too.
1x 6 oz can black olive
1 clove minced garlic
2 Tbs. minced fresh oregano
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. sea salt
3 Tbs. Extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbs. chopped fresh Italian Parsley

 

Combine all ingredients. Transfer into a quart jar and refrigerate, covered for several days before serving. Drain before serving. They will keep for up to 1 month. Serves 4.

 

FRESH SALSA WITH OREGANO—One of the infinite possibilities of homemade salsa. Eat with chips!
6-8 medium tomatoes, pref. vine-ripened, blended or finely diced
2 tsp finely chopped oregano
1-2 jalapenos, chopped
1/4 yellow onion, finely diced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. taco spice, opt.
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp. sugar, opt.

 

Combine ingredients in blender or food processor and blend until it reaches desired consistency.

 
 
 

NATURAL NEWS–

 

A Beneficial Predator/Scavenger in the Garden: The Daddy-longlegs

 

You see them almost every day, but very little is known about daddy-longlegs, also called harvestmen. They are not spiders, but belong to a group with many different species, called Opiliones. The common name, daddy-longlegs, likely came about because of their small oval body and long legs, and the name harvestman because they are most often seen in large numbers in the fall around harvest time.

 

While they have eight legs and an outward appearance of a spider, daddy-longlegs lack two of the most important features that make a spider a spider: silk production and venom. Daddy-longlegs do not have spinnerets that spiders have to produce silk and make webs. Spiders also produce venom they inject through fangs to quickly kill and digest prey. Daddy-longlegs do not produce venom, nor do they have fangs. A very popular urban legend states that the daddy-longlegs are the most poisonous spiders in the world, but their fangs are too small to penetrate human skin. This is false. Daddy-longlegs have mouthparts similar to those of crabs or scorpions that they use to hold prey while they eat. To protect themselves, daddy-longlegs produce a pungent odor most predators find distasteful.

 

Life Cycle and Habits
The body of most adult daddy-longlegs is about 1/16-1/2 inch long, oval with very long legs. Males tend to have smaller bodies than females but they have longer legs. Legs easily break off. The ability to break off legs is similar to the ability of lizards to break off a portion of their tail if being attacked by a predator. The second pair of legs are the longest and are used as a sensory structure similar to the way insects use their antennae.

 

Female daddy-longlegs lay their eggs in soil, under stones, or cracks in wood. The eggs are laid in the autumn and hatch in the spring. In the northern areas of the United States, daddy-longlegs live for only one year. In South Carolina and the rest of the southeast, daddy-longlegs can overwinter as adults and live for up to two years.

 

Daddy-longlegs are generally beneficial. They have a very broad diet that includes spiders and insects, including plant pests such as aphids. Daddy-longlegs also scavenge for dead insects and will eat bird droppings. In the fall, they can become a nuisance when they congregate in large clusters on trees and homes, usually around eves and windows. Additionally they can be found in damp crawl spaces, unfinished basements, and garages. Rarely are daddy-longlegs encountered inside finished, living spaces of homes.

 

Control
Since daddy-longlegs are beneficial predators and scavengers in nature, control should only be performed when absolutely necessary. The clustering behavior only occurs during the fall and for only a brief period of time. Daddy-longlegs do not damage structures when they cluster. If control is necessary, due to a large number of daddy-longlegs that is considered unpleasant, insecticide sprays labeled for exterior use on spiders can also be applied directly to daddy-longlegs found outdoors. However, in nearly all situations, chemical control is not necessary. Most daddy-longlegs can be removed from structures with a vacuum or broom.

 

 
 
 

JUNE’S PLANT OF THE MONTH:

 

Japanese Tree Lilac
By Jackie Carroll
Japanese tree lilac (Syringa reticulata) is at its best for two weeks in early summer when the flowers bloom. The clusters of white, fragrant flowers are about a foot long and 10 inches wide. The plant is available as a multi-stemmed shrub or a tree with a single trunk. Both forms have a lovely shape that looks great in shrub borders or as specimens. Growing Japanese lilac trees near a window allows you to enjoy the flowers and fragrance indoors, but make sure you leave plenty of room for the tree’s 20-foot spread. After the flowers fade, the tree produces seed capsules that attract songbirds to the garden.

 

Japanese lilacs are trees or very large shrubs that grow to a height of up to 30 feet with a spread of 15 to 20 feet. The genus name Syringa means pipe, and refers to the plant’s hollow stems. The species name reticulata refers to the network of veins in the leaves. The plant has a naturally attractive shape and interesting, reddish bark with white markings that give it year-round interest. The trees bloom in clusters that are about 10 inches wide and a foot long. You might be reluctant to plant a flowering tree or shrub that takes up so much space in the garden but blooms for only two weeks, but the timing of the blossoms is an important consideration. It blooms at a time when most spring-bloomers are through for the year and summer-bloomers are still budding, thus filling in a gap when few other trees and shrubs are in flower. The care of Japanese lilac tree is easy because it maintains its lovely shape without extensive pruning. Grown as a tree, it only needs an occasional snip to remove damaged twigs and stems. As a shrub, it may need renewal pruning every few years.

 

 
 
 

AROUND TOWN:

 

For neighborhood events or garden tours that you would like posted in our monthly newsletter, please contact Rick at (608) 244-5661 or [email protected] or Sue at [email protected]. Please include all details, i.e. dates, locations, prices, brief description, etc. Events must be garden related and must take place in the Madison vicinity and we must receive your information by the first of the month in which the event takes place for it to appear in that month’s newsletter. This is a great opportunity for free advertising.

 
 

Windsor Area Garden Club Plant Sale
Saturday, June 4, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Near the historical Lyster House in DeForest

 

As always we will have a wide variety of tried and true perennial plant divisions from our own gardens. We will also have a few annuals, vegetable, and misc. plants available. Come visit with our garden club members and receive help with general gardening questions in a welcoming environment. Master gardeners will also be available for more specific questions you may have. 100% of our profits will be donated to local charities.

 

 
 

Garden Thyme Bus Tour
Saturday, June 4, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Departure from River Arts on Water (590 Water St, Prairie du Sac)

 

Join us on a wonderful tour through the Sauk Prairie rural area. We will meet at River Arts on Water Gallery (590 Water Street in downtown Prairie du Sac, WI) at 9am. Then, climb onboard our comfy coach bus, sit back, and relax as we take you to 4 different kinds of gardens and 1 local bakery. During the ride, we will learn more about the 18 barn quilts along the tour (led by Kathy Hartmann-Breunig). We will return to the gallery around 1pm. Don’t forget to check out our plant sale happening the same day from 1pm-5pm next to the gallery! We will have sun, shade, and succulent plant options available.

 

We will also have a free flower arranging presentation and two art workshops in conjunction with this event.

 

For more information visit: www.riverartsinc.org/gardens/

 
 

Permaculture
Wednesday, June 8, 7:00 p.m.
Longenecker Horticultural Gardens Tour

 

Kate Heiber-Cobb, founder of the Madison Area Permaculture Guild, and Marian Farrior, Arboretum restoration work party manager, explore urban permaculture design and highlight permaculture functions of woody plants in the collection. Free, no registration required.

 

University of WI Arboretum
1207 Seminole Hwy.
Madison, WI 53711

 
 

Hosta Sale
Sunday, June 12, 9:00-3:00 or until supplies last
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Hosta Society

 

Pick up some interesting hostas to add to your collection at the Wisconsin Hosta Society’s Plant Sale. These shade-loving perennials, prized for their interesting foliage, come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. For more information e-mail [email protected].

 

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave., Madison

 
 

Rhapsody in Bloom: Wisco Polka Dot
Saturday, June 18, 5:00-10:00
One of Olbrich Garden’s biggest fundraisers.
For reservations call 608/246-5616 by June 10

 

Some people march to a different drummer – and some people polka!

 

Surprises to delight the senses will abound at Olbrich Botanical Gardens’ annual garden party, Rhapsody in Bloom.

 

Celebrate all-things-Wisconsin – with a twist! Prepare to be transported to a modern interpretation of our Olde World heritage. Sip on an Old Fashioned while tasting delectable treats, and enjoy an unprecedented evening of Wisconsin delight!

 

In keeping with tradition, our evening begins with hors d’oeuvres, music and live performers in the Gardens. We continue the magic with dinner and dancing under beautiful white tents as the sun sets over Lake Monona. All the while, you and your guests will be surrounded by the beauty of Madison’s very own award-winning public gardens.

 

Purchase individual tickets for $135 or a table of 8 for $1,000.

 

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave., Madison

 
 

2016 Summer Concert Series at Olbrich Gardens
Enjoy the summer evening with a concert on the Great Lawn of Olbrich’s outdoor gardens. A wide variety of music is highlighted, including jazz, folk, honky-tonk, and much more. Olbrich’s Summer concerts are Tuesdays, June 21 – July 26 at 7 p.m. with special performances August 2 and August 9. A $2 admission donation is suggested.

 

Olbrich Concerts in the Gardens 2016 Schedule:
(All concerts are on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.)

 

June 21
The Blues Party—Blues/Classic Rock Trio

 

June 28
Sena Ehrhardt & Cole Allen Acoustic Duo—Acoustic Blues & Rock

 

July 5
WYSO—Youth Orchestra

 

July 12
Listening Party—Alt-Folk

 

July 19
Bird’s Eye—Funk/Hip-Hop/Soul

 

July 26
Stone Barone and the Mad Tones—Funk/R&B

 

August 2
Madison Public Library Summer Reading Program Concert. Performer TBA. Open to the public

 

August 9
Fresco Opera-Opera Made Fresh. Live opera performances in different locations throughout the Gardens. Stand and stroll concert viewing; no seating provided.

 

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave., Madison

 
 

Madison Rose Society Rose Show
Sunday, June 19, 12:00-5:00
Free Admission

 

The Madison Rose Society hosts this indoor exhibit of cut roses and arrangements in all sizes and colors. Members of the Rose Society will be available to answer questions. Stroll through Olbrich’s two acre Rose Garden. For more info call 608-634-2146.

 

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave., Madison

 
 

Rotary Garden’s Evening Garden Seminar: Gardening with Edible Landscape Plants
Wednesday, June 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m
Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville, WI

 

Who says a garden can’t be both beautiful and functional? Michael Jesiolowski, senior horticulturist at the Chicago Botanic Garden, will help you get the most out of your space; as he discusses trees & shrubs that are not only aesthetically pleasing in the landscape, but will produce fruit that is delicious! Michael will also show examples of how common fruits & vegetables can be incorporated into the landscape and will cover proper cultural requirements for the plants, as well as how their fruits have been historically used.

 

Admission: $3 for RBG Friends members and $5 for the general public. No registration required

 

Rotary Botanical Gardens
1455 Palmer Drive
Janesville, WI

 
 

Guided Garden Strolls
Sundays, June thru September, 1:30-3:00

 

Get an insider’s view of Olbrich’s outdoor gardens during a free guided garden stroll. All ages are welcome for this casual overview of the Gardens. Guided garden strolls will vary somewhat according to the season to reflect the garden areas that are at peak interest.

 

Strolls start and end in the lobby near the Garden entrance and are about 45 to 60 minutes in length. No registration is required; strolls are drop-in only. Strolls are held rain or shine and will be cancelled only in the event of dangerous lightning.

 

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave., Madison

 
 
 

Olbrich Garden’s
Bolz Conservatory Exhibit-Light Gaps
Thru July 10
Daily from 10:00-4:00
In the Bolz Conservatory

 

The trees are trimmed, the bushes pruned, and it’s time to see the light in the forest. Learn how plants develop and change in the forest as light fluctuates. When a gap in the forest is created naturally or by a clipping from Olbrich’s staff, growth develops at an exceptional rate. The conservatory is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $2 for the general public. Admission is always free for Olbrich Botanical Society members and children 5 and under, and is free for the general public on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon.

 

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave., Madison

 
 

Dane County Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, April 16 thru November 5, 6:00-2:00
On the Capitol Square

 

Wednesdays, April 22 thru November 4, 8:30-2:00
In the 200 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

 

For details visit www.dcfm.org

 
 

Northside Farmers Market
Sundays, May 8 through October 23, 8:30-12:30
In the Northside TownCenter at the intersection of N. Sherman Ave. and Northport Dr. across from Warner Park.

 

The Northside Farmers Market is a nonprofit community enterprise. It is one of the newest and fastest growing farmers’ markets in Dane County. In keeping with the innovative spirit of Madison’s Northside, we are surpassing what defines the traditional farmers’ market. Our fundamental principles include:

 

–Providing an abundant selection of high quality, locally grown foods.
The market accepts Quest, WIC and Senior FMNP vouchers.

 

–Supporting our local agricultural entrepreneurs who are increasingly important today in ensuring that we have the best and safest food possible.

 

–Educating the community about traditional foods and the history of local agriculture in an attempt to preserve (and expand upon) our rich heritage.

 

–Promoting nutrition and the market by hosting dinners for neighborhood groups and seniors.

 

Parking is always FREE!

 

 
 
 

JUNE IN THE GARDENA checklist of things to do this month.
___By early June, finish planting all annuals and vegetables.
___By early June, move all houseplants out that spend the summer outdoors.
___In early June give all beds a thorough weeding for easier follow-up.
___June is a great month to plant perennials, trees and shrubs.
___Prune evergreens.
___Prune hard any spring flowering shrubs like forsythia, quince, etc.
___Mulch beds to conserve moisture and keep down weeds.
___Begin deadheading spent blooms as needed.
___Remove yellowed foliage of spring tulips, daffodils, etc.
___Begin staking and supporting tall plants as needed.
___Begin your fertilizing regimen. Regular fertilizing makes for healthy plants.
___Order spring bulbs from catalogs while your memory is still fresh.
___Keep and eye on the weather. Water as needed.
___Watch for pests and control as needed or desired.
___Begin seeding cole crops for fall harvest. Also sow pansies and wallflowers.
___Pinch hardy mums until July 4 for bushier less floppy plants.
___Visit Klein’s—Watch for end of season savings on annuals and perennials.

 
 

Some of our very favorite seed and plant sources include:

 

For seeds:
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds @ www.rareseeds.com or 417/924-8887
Johnny’s Select Seeds @ www.johnnyseeds.com or 207/861-3901
Jung’s Seeds @ www.jungseed.com or 800/247-5864
Park’s Seeds @ www.parkseed.com or 800/845-3369
Seeds of Change @ www.seedsofchange.com or 888/762-7333
Territorial Seeds @ www.territorialseed.com or 888/657-3131
Thompson & Morgan @ www.thompson-morgan.com or 800/274-7333

 

For bulbs:
Brent & Becky’s Bulbs @ www.brentandbeckysbulbs.com or 877/661-2852
John Scheeper’s @ www.johnscheepers.com or 860/567-0838
McClure & Zimmerman @ www.mzbulb.com or 800/883-6998

 

For plants:
High Country Gardens @ www.highcountrygardens.com or 800/925-9387
Logee’s Greenhouses @ www.logees.com or 888/330-8038
Plant Delights Nursery @ www.plantdelights.com or 912/772-4794
Roots and Rhizomes @ www.rootsrhizomes.com or 800/374-5035
White Flower Farm @ www.whiteflowerfarm.com or 800/503-9624

 

Note: To receive every possible seed, plant or garden supply catalog imaginable, check out Cyndi’s Catalog of Garden Catalogs @ www.gardenlist.com. Most catalogs are free and make for great winter reading!

 
 
 

BEHIND THE SCENES AT KLEIN’SThis is a sneak peek of what is going on each month behind the scenes in our greenhouses. Many people are unaware that our facility operates year round or that we have 10 more greenhouses on the property in addition to the 6 open for retail. At any given moment we already have a jump on the upcoming season–be it poinsettias in July, geraniums in December or fall mums in May.

 

IN JUNE:
—The back greenhouses are nearly empty of product. We’ve had another successful season. This is the time to plan for next spring–while our memories are still fresh: How can we improve in 2017? Which plants did we run out of too early? How was staffing?

 

—Watering is a nonstop endeavor. On hot, windy days, we no sooner finish the first round, when we have to start all over again. Some plants in our retail areas may need watering 3 or 4 times in a single day! You wouldn’t do this at home, but customers don’t like to see wilted plants. It’s not harmful for us to let them wilt a bit, but it makes for bad presentation.

 

—We continue to plant some annuals, hanging baskets and containers for summer sales. Our summer “Jumbo Pack” program is under way.

 

—Fall mums and asters are stepped up into larger tubs and containers for fall sales.

 

—We begin prepping some of the back greenhouses for the arrival of poinsettia plugs in just a few weeks.

 

—Our employees breathe a sigh of relief and spend some much needed downtime with family and friends.

 
 
 
 

PERMANENT FEATURES–
KLEIN’S MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
Have our monthly newsletter e-mailed to you automatically by signing up on the right side of our home page. We’ll offer monthly tips, greenhouse news and tidbits, specials and recipes. . .everything you need to know from your favorite Madison greenhouse. And tell your friends. It’s easy to do.

 

THE MAD GARDENER–“Madison’s Firsthand Source for Expert Gardening Advice”
Ask us your gardening questions by e-mailing us at [email protected]. Klein’s in-house Mad Gardener will e-mail you with an answer as promptly as we can. The link is posted on our home page and in all newsletters.

 

We can only answer those questions pertaining to gardening in Southern Wisconsin and we reserve the right to leave correspondence unanswered at our discretion. Please allow 2-3 days for a response.

 

TO WRITE A REVIEW OF KLEIN’S, PLEASE LINK TO

 

FACEBOOK
Follow Klein’s on Facebook where we post updates and photos on a regular basis.

 

TWITTER
Join Klein’s on Twitter where we post company updates and photos on a regular basis.

 

SENIOR CITIZEN DISCOUNT
We offer a 10% Off Senior Citizen Discount every Tuesday to those 62 and above. This discount is not in addition to other discounts or sales. Please mention that you are a senior before we ring up your purchases. Does not apply to wire out orders or services, i.e. delivery, potting, etc.

 

RECYCLING POTS & TRAYS
Plastic flower pots and garden edging can now be recycled as part of the City of Madison’s rigid plastic program. Flowerpots and edging must be free of dirt and can be placed in your green recycling bin. For more information call 267-2626 or visit www.cityofmadison.com/streets/recycling/plastic.cfm

 

KLEIN’S “BLOOMING PLANT OR FRESH FLOWER CLUB”
Send or receive 3 month’s, 6 month’s or a whole year’s worth of seasonal blooming plants or fresh flower arrangements and SAVE!!

 

There’s no easier way to give gorgeous blooming plants or fresh flower arrangements, month after month. Each month a seasonal blooming plant or fresh arrangement will arrive on yours or a loved one’s doorstep. You choose the start date and we’ll make your special delivery the very same day each month.

 

For just $75, $150 or $300, respectively, we’ll send 3 month’s, 6 month’s or a year’s worth of seasonal blooming plants–perhaps a bulb garden or azalea in the spring, one of our famous large geraniums or a tropical hibiscus in the summer, a chrysanthemum or Thanksgiving cactus in the fall or one of our homegrown poinsettias or cyclamen for the holidays and winter months. Selection of the blooming plant will be based on availability.

 

And for just $90, $175 or $350, respectively, receive one of Klein’s lovely fresh floral arrangements. All arrangements will be seasonal and will contain only the freshest flowers. All arrangements are Designer’s Choice, but are sure to satisfy the most discerning lover of fresh flowers.

 

Prices include delivery within our delivery area. Enclosure cards will accompany all gift deliveries if desired. For delivery details visit the “Permanent Features” section of our newsletter below. If your chosen delivery date happens to fall on a Sunday or holiday, we will deliver it on the next available delivery day. All regular delivery conditions apply.

 

Join our Blooming Plant or Fresh Flower Club by calling Klein’s at 608/244-5661 or 888/244-5661 or by stopping in. We request that payment be made in full before the first delivery and prices do not include sales tax.

 
 

DELIVERY INFO

Klein’s Floral and Greenhouses delivers daily, except Sundays, throughout all of Madison and much of Dane County including: Cottage Grove, DeForest, Fitchburg, Maple Bluff, Marshall, McFarland, Middleton, Monona, Oregon, Shorewood Hills, Sun Prairie, Verona, Waunakee and Windsor. We do not deliver to Cambridge, Columbus, Deerfield or Stoughton.

Current delivery rate on 1-4 items is $7.95 for Madison, Maple Bluff, Monona and Shorewood Hills; $8.95 for Cottage Grove, DeForest, Fitchburg, McFarland, Sun Prairie, Waunakee and Windsor; and $9.95 for Marshall, Middleton, Oregon and Verona. An additional $3.00 will be added for deliveries of 4-10 items and $5.00 added for deliveries of more than 10 items. For deliveries requiring more than one trip, a separate delivery charge will be added for each trip.

 

A minimum order of $25.00 is required for delivery.

We not only deliver our fabulous fresh flowers, but also houseplants, bedding plants and hardgoods. There may be an extra charge for very large or bulky items.

Delivery to the Madison hospitals is $5.95. Deliveries to the four Madison hospitals are made during the early afternoon. Items are delivered to the hospital’s volunteer rooms and not directly to the patients’ rooms per hospital rules.

There is no delivery charge for funerals in the city of Madison or Monona, although normal rates apply for morning funeral deliveries to Madison’s west side (west of Park St.). Our normal rates also apply for funeral deliveries in the surrounding communities at all times. Although we don’t deliver on Sundays, we will deliver funeral items on Sundays at the regular delivery rate.

 

Morning delivery is guaranteed to the following Madison zip codes, but only if requested: 53703, 53704, 53714, 53716, 53718 and Cottage Grove, DeForest, Maple Bluff, Marshall, McFarland, Monona, Sun Prairie, Waunakee and Windsor.

We begin our delivery day at 8:00 a.m. and end at approximately 3:00 p.m. We do not usually deliver after 4:00 unless specific exceptions are made with our drivers.

Except for holidays, the following west-side zip codes and communities are delivered only during the afternoon: 53705, 53706, 53711, 53713, 53717, 53719, 53726, Fitchburg, Middleton, Oregon, Shorewood Hills and Verona.

During holidays (Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, etc.) we are able to make morning deliveries to all of the above areas. We are not able to take closely timed deliveries on any holiday due to the sheer volume of such requests.

It’s best to give us a range of time and we’ll try our absolute hardest. Orders for same day delivery must be placed by 12:30 p.m. or by 2:30 p.m. for Madison zip codes 53704 and 53714.

 
 

DEPARTMENT HEADS: Please refer all questions, concerns or feedback in the following departments to their appropriate supervisor.
Phone: 608/244-5661 or 888/244-5661

 

Horticulturalist & General Manager–Jamie VandenWymelenberg [email protected]
Accounts, Billing and Purchasing—Kathryn Derauf [email protected]
Delivery Supervisor & Newsletter Coordinator—Rick Halbach [email protected]
Owner, Floral Designer & Purchasing—Sue Klein [email protected]

 
 

RELATED RESOURCES AND WEB SITES
University of Wisconsin Extension
1 Fen Oak Ct. #138
Madison, WI 53718

 

Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic
Dept. of Plant Pathology
1630 Linden Dr.
Madison, WI 53706

 

Insect Diagnostic Lab
240 Russell Labs
1630 Linden Dr.
Madison, WI 53706

 

U.W. Soil and Plant Analysis Lab
8452 Mineral Point Rd.
Verona, WI 53593

 

American Horticultural Society

 

Garden Catalogs (an extensive list with links)

 

Invasive Species

 

Community Groundworks
3601 Memorial Dr., Ste. 4
Madison, WI 53704

 

Madison Area Master Gardeners (MAMGA)

 

Wisconsin Master Gardeners Program
Department of Horticulture
1575 Linden Drive
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Madison, WI 53706

 

The Wisconsin Gardener

 

Allen Centennial Gardens
620 Babcock Dr.
Madison, WI 53706

 

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave.
Madison, WI 53704

 

Rotary Gardens
1455 Palmer Dr.
Janesville, WI 53545

 

University of WI Arboretum
1207 Seminole Hwy.
Madison, WI 53711

 

University of Wisconsin-West Madison
Agricultural Research Center
8502 Mineral Point Rd.
Verona, WI 53593

 
 

PLANTS POISONOUS TO CHILDREN:
Children may find the bright colors and different textures of plants irresistible, but some plants can be poisonous if touched or eaten. If you’re in doubt about whether or not a plant is poisonous, don’t keep it in your home. The risk is not worth it. The following list is not comprehensive, so be sure to seek out safety information on the plants in your home to be safe.
•Bird of paradise
•Bull nettle
•Castor bean
•Chinaberry tree
•Crocus
•Daffodil
•Deadly nightshade
•Dieffenbachia (dumb cane)
•Foxglove
•Glory lily
•Hemlock
•Holly berry
•Indian tobacco
•Iris
•Jimsonweed
•Lantana
•Larkspur
•Lily of the valley
•Marijuana
•Mescal bean
•Mexicantes
•Mistletoe
•Morning glory
•Mountain laurel
•Night-blooming jasmine
•Nutmeg
•Oleander
•Philodendron
•Poison ivy
•Poison sumac
•Pokeweed
•Poppy
•Potato
•Privet
•Rhododendron
•Rhubarb
•Water hemlock
•Wisteria

 

PLANTS POISONOUS TO PETS:
Below is a list of some of the common plants which may produce a toxic reaction in animals. This list is intended only as a guide to plants which are generally identified as having the capability for producing a toxic reaction. Source: The National Humane Society website @ http://www.humanesociety.org/
•Aconite
•Apple
•Arrowgrasses
•Autumn Crocus
•Azaleas
•Baneberry
•Bird-of-Paradise
•Black locust
•Bloodroot
•Box
•Buckeye
•Buttercup
•Caladium
•Carolina jessamine
•Castor bean
•Chinaberry tree
•Chockcherries
•Christmas berry
•Christmas Rose
•Common privet
•Corn cockle
•Cowbane
•Cow cockle
•Cowsliprb
•Daffodil
•Daphne
•Day lily
•Delphinium (Larkspur)
•Dumbcane
•Dutchman’s breeches
•Easter lily
•Elderberry
•Elephant’s ear
•English Ivy
•European Bittersweet
•Field peppergrass
•Foxglove
•Holly
•Horsechestnut
•Horse nettle
•Hyacinth
•Iris
•Jack-in-the-pulpit
•Jerusalem Cherry
•Jimsonweed
•Lantana
•Larkspur
•Laurels
•Lily of the valley
•Lupines
•Mayapple
•Milk vetch
•Mistletoe
•Monkshood
•Morning glory
•Mustards
•Narcissus
•Nicotiana
•Nightshade
•Oaks
•Oleander
•Philodendrons
•Pokeweed
•Poinsettia
•Poison hemlock
•Potato
•Rhododendron
•Rhubarb
•Rosary pea
•Sago palm
•Skunk cabbage
•Smartweeds
•Snow-on-the-mountain
•Sorghum
•Star of Bethlehem
•Wild black cherry
•Wild radish
•Wisteria
•Yellow jessamine
•Yew