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Friday, June 01, 2001

FLOWER of the MONTH: gaillardia

Because it is in bloom everywhere one looks now, I’ve chosen gaillardia as this month’s flower. It’s bright rd and yellow show of color looks quite like a firework display, just in time for 4th of July celebration. Also called blanket flower, it is suited to zone 4; however, seems to like it here in our high desert where it tolerates adverse conditions with average soils. Once established, it requires low water and the flowers are perfect for cutting. Plant gaillardia in the middle of the garden to add warmth and lots of color all summer and early fall.

BUG of the MONTH: Earwigs

Earwigs are having Thanksgiving Feast in my gardens these days, munching on the lamb’s ears, echinacea, hollyhocks and roses. A good cure for these little critters is Bug-B-Gone dust or an insecticide with diazinon sprayed in the evening. Chemical-free remedies include rolled up, damp newspapers set on the ground as traps or a low-sided can filled with ½” vegetable oil may be used as well. Both may be discarded once full. Happy hunting!