March 26, 2008
Spring has sprung! And two insect pests common to early spring appeared in our samples this week.
The attractive flowers of the weigela (Weigela florida) are a common sight in landscapes in late spring. The funnel-shaped flowers may be white, pink, red, or purple-red. The flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Weigelas bloom on both old and new wood. The shrubs bloom heavily in late May or June on the previous year's growth. They also bloom intermittently through the summer on the current season's growth.
It is my pleasure to introduce the new State Apiarist at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Andrew Joseph.
Andy started in late February, and has been restarting apiary programs that were curtailed when the State Apiarist position was suspend in 2001 because of departmental budget constraints. Maury Wills, Bureau Chief for the Agricultural Diversification and Market Development Bureau, has been maintaining basic apiarist's duties in addition to his other full-time responsibilities for the past seven years.