Weatherford Democrat

Parker County Master Gardeners

February 23, 2014

ASK A MASTER GARDENER: For some roses, it’s pruning time

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Finally, step back and make any other pruning cuts that yield a pleasant rounded shape. Don’t worry too much about doing this perfectly. Roses are very well-adapted to severe pruning and new growth will emerge wherever you make a clean cut.

What is the shrub that is covered in pink blooms right now?

Chaenomeles Japonica, commonly known as flowering quince or japonica, is the first shrub to bloom in Parker County. These pink buds are a telltale sign that spring is near. It can grow to 3 feet tall, and is fairly nondescript most of the year; but puts on a spectacular show in February. The fruit can be made into a jelly.

Birds and butterflies

Parker County Master Gardeners present Gardening for Birds and Butterflies on Saturday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to noon.

This will be a fun and informative class teaching gardening methods and techniques that are both effective and friendly to the environment. Learn about birds and butterflies that are common to our area, identify plants that will attract them to your garden, and learn landscape methods that will promote a healthy environment.

It will be hosted by the Weatherford ISD Community Education at the Bowie Learning Center located at 900 N. Elm  St.  The cost is $20.

For registration information go to http://comed.weatherfordisd.com or call 817-598-2806.

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Parker County Master Gardeners