June 26, 1998

Tender Summer Blooming Bulbs, Corms, and Tubers

Summer blooming bulbs are long-blooming and have showy flowers available in a wide range of colors. None of the following perennials will survive our cold Iowa winters. Therefore, they must be dug in the fall and stored indoors through the winter months. They should be carefully sorted and any damaged or diseased bulbs, corms, or tubers should be discarded prior to storage. All should be planted frost in spring after the threat of has passed and the soil temperatures are above 60 F. This usually means planting in mid to late May at the earliest.

A Chat with Your Tree



"You with the lawnmower. Turn that thing off and talk to me."

"My tree is talking to me? Is this some kind of sick joke?"

"No joke. I don't have a mouth, but I've got bark, right? Ha ha!"

"O.K., where's the hidden camera? I'm not dumb enough to fall for this!"

"You look dumb enough to me! Especially considering the way you've been treating me."

"I don't think this is very funny. I'm calling the cops."

"I'll tell them how you hurt me. Then you'll be the one in trouble."