Interesting Articles by Master Gardeners

The Chesapeake Master Gardeners have been busy researching and submitting so many interesting articles about their favorite plants, flowers and vegetables. Find out what grows well in this area so you can add it to your garden.   

CMG Vegetable of the Week

1.  Monday, June 1: Asparagus. Submitted by Cliff Winter  

2. Monday, June 8: Bok Choy, Submitted by Denise Bennett

3. Monday, June 15: Fennel, Submitted by Misty Goldman

4. Monday, June 22: Tomatoes, Submitted by Cecilia Bernuy

5. Monday, June 29: Okra, Submitted by Phil Peek

6. Monday, July 6: Burpless Cucumber, Submitted by Diane Fenno

7. Monday, July 13: Beets, Submitted by Cliff Winter

8. Monday, July 20: Pole Beans, Submitted by Cliff Winter 

9. Monday, July 27: Butternut Squash, Submitted by Helene Haluska

10. Monday, August 3: Swiss Chard, Submitted by Vicki Roberts

11. Monday, August 10: Curley Leaf Kale, Submitted by Amy Weber

12. Monday, August 17: Eggplant, Submitted by Cliff Winter

13. Monday, August 24: Bush Beans, by Vicki Roberts


"Friday Favorites"

Friday, June 5, 2020: by Brenda Barrett,Synandra hispidula, Commonly known as Guyandotte Beauty

Friday, June 12, 2020:  by Cecilia Bernuy, Sambucus canadensis, Commonly known as Elderberry

Friday, June 18, 2020:  by Vickie Greene, Arisaema triphyllum, Commonly known as Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Friday, June 26, 2020:  by Toni McKenna, Monarda didyma, Commonly known as Bee Balm

Friday, July 3, 2020:  by Yen Bao, Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue, Commonly known as Anise-scented Sage

Friday, July 10, 2020: by Kathy King, Heliotropium arborescens, Commonly known as Heliotrope

Friday, July 17, 2020:  by Helene Haluska, Stokesia laevis 'Blue Danube', Commonly known as Stokes'Aster 

Friday, July 24, 2020:  by Vicki Roberts, Gordlinia grandiflora, Commonly known as Mountain Gordlinia

Friday, July 31, 2020:  by Patty Hamilton, Pomegranate

Friday, August 7, 2020:  by Kathy King, Reblooming Iris

Friday, August 14, 2020: by Ceil Rochevot, John Clayton Honeysuckle

Friday, August 21, 2020:  by Debbie Cyburt, Pugster Periwinkle Buddleia

Friday, August 28, 2020:  by Patty Hamilton, Cardinal Flower

Uncommon Invertebrates

Invertebrates are animals without a backbone or bony skeleton. They range in size from microscopic mites to giant squid with soccer-ball-size eyes. This is by far the largest group in the animal kingdom: 97 percent of all animals are invertebrates.

1. Broadhead or Land Planarian, Submitted by Brenda Huff

2. Mottled Tortoise Beetle, Submitted by Donell Moose

3. Margined Leatherwing Beetle, Submitted by Lauren Ragsac

4. Soldier Beetle, Submitted by Ceil Rochevot

5. Fireflies, Submitted by Brenda Barrett

6. Walking Stick, Submitted by Marvin Barnes 

7. Rabidosa rabida, Commonly known as Rabid Wolf Spider, Submitted by Ceil Rochevot 

8. Saddleback Moth Caterpillars, Submitted by Amy Weber

9. Caterpillar of the Variegated Fritillary, Submitted by Nadine Scott

10. Milkweed Bugs and Beetles, Submitted by Diane Fenno

11. Zebra Swallowtail Caterpillar, Submitted by Brenda Huff

12. Dragonfly, Submitted by Sandy West

13. Cicadas, Submitted by Nadine Scott


"Favorite May Flowers"

 1. Caryopteris x clandonensis, Commonly known as Bluebeard, Blue Mist Shrub and Blue Spirea. Submitted by Victoria Thomas

2. Nepeta Racemosa 'Walker's Low', Commonly know as Catmint. Submitted by Sandy West

3. Pycnanthemum tenuifolium, Commonly known as Narrowleaf Mountain Mint, Submitted by Lauren Ragsac

4. Aquilegia flabellate, Commonly known as Fan Columbine, Submitted by Misty Goldman

5. Paeonia lactiflora 'Sarah Bernhardt', Commonly known as Peony, Submitted by Janet Grubbs

6. Tradescantia virginiana, Commonly known as Spiderwort, Submitted by Ceil Rochevot

7. Liatris spicata, Commonly known as Blazing Star or Gayfeather, Submitted by Helene Haluska

8. Lavandula stoechas 'Bandera Pink', Commonly known as French Lavendar, Submitted by Kandy Keith

9. Rhododendron austrinum 'Ball Truss', Commonly known as Native Azalea, Submitted by Nadine Scott

10. Trillium grandflorun, Commonly known as Large-Flowered Trillium, Submitted by Brenda Huff

11. Heleborus orientalis, Commonly known as Lenten Rose, Submitted by Denise Bennett

12. Stylophorum diplyllun, Commonly known as the Celandine or wood poppy, Submitted by Brenda Barrett

13. Callicarpa americana, Commonly known as Beautyberry, Submitted by Cliff Winter

14. Rehmennia elata, Commonly known as Chinese Foxglove or Beverly Bells, Submitted by Rebecca Jones

15. Plsum sativum, Commonly known as Sugar Snap Pea, Submitted by Connie Smith

16. Zinna elegans, Commonly known as Zinnia, Submitted by Vicki Roberts

17. Rhododendron 'Conles' Encore Autumn Express, Commonly known as Evergreen or Encore Azalea, Submitted by Sandra Koppen

18. Chionanthus virginicus, Commonly known as White Fringe Tree, Submitted by Diane Fenno

19.  Baptisia sphaerocarpa 'Carolina Moonlight'", Commonly known as False Indigo, Submitted by Donell Moose  

20. Iris germanica 'Mango Entree', Commonly known as Bearded Iris, Submitted by Joan Gregory

21. Chrysogonum virginianum, Commonly known as Golden Knee or Goldenstar, Submitted by Patricia O'Connor

22. Leucanthemum x Superbum 'Becky' and 'Crazy Daisy', Commonly known as Shasta Daisy, Submitted by Shawn Tasch

23. Viburnum dentatum 'Blue Muffin', Commonly known as Viburnum, Submitted by Celilia Bernuy

24. Paeonia 'Bartzella', Commonly known as Itoh peony, Submitted by Vickie Green

25. Rosa 'KORladcher' Fiji, Commonly known as Hybrid Tea Rose, Submitted by Pat Starling

26. Clematis 'Kakio' (Pink Champagne), Commonly known as Leather Flower, Submitted by Erica Jones

27. Penstemon 'Dark Towers', Commonly known as Beardtongue, Submitted by Brenda Orton

28.Stewartia malacodendron, Commonly known as Virginia Stewartia or Silky Camellia, Submitted by Linda Bradley

 29. Thermopsis villosa, Commonly known as Carolina Lupine or False Lupine, Submitted by Kathy King

30.Hydrangea macrophylla - 'Endless Summer the Original', Commonly known as Bigleaf hydrangea, Submitte by Amy Weber

31. Gloriosa superba 'Rothschildlana', Commonly known as the Gloriosa lily, Submitted by Yen Bao


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