Monday, May 12, 2014

Spring Observations on the CIA Campus

by Andra Sramek, CIA Supervisor of Grounds, Recycling & Horticulture
Advice for your garden:
If your daffodils and/or tulips are past their prime, use a sharp scissor to cut off the developing seed heads where the flower once was. By cutting off the seed heads, you will be helping the nourishment go back to the bulb.  Neither daffodils or tulips reproduce by seed, so by doing this you are helping the bulb stay as strong as possible for next year's flowers. Also, do not cut off the foliage until it has turned completely brown. The leaves are photosynthesizing and sending "food" back to the bulb where it will soon go to "sleep" for the summer and winter. 
If the messy brown leaves are ruining the look of your garden or lawn, you can cut back the leaves by two-thirds, and you will not be sacrificing bulb health for neater looking garden.  But don't take more than two-thirds!

More spring thoughts...

Wisteria surrounds the front
entrance to Roth Hall.
1. Our hummingbirds are back on campus and have already discovered the feeder near the grounds garage.  Time to get your feeders back up at home as well. 
2.  Did you know that the praying mantis is the only insect that can turn its head?

3. Did you know that a honey bee can travel up to 60 miles in one day searching for food?  Three honey bees were observed checking out the campus dandelions two days ago.  IPM, Intergrated Pest Management, condones having dandelions in your lawn -- the flowers provide some of the first food sources for busy, busy bees.  

4. In the "Language of Flowers," the meaning of wisteria is "welcome."  You think the Jesuits knew this?  I do.

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