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  • June plant swap is Saturday
    “June Plant Swap” is 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Reservations are required by Thursday; 427-6000 or go to www.
  • Workshops focus on preserving produce
    FORT WAYNE – The Purdue Extension Service in Allen County is offering Preserving Nature’s Bounty workshops on safe home food preservation procedures and to answer frequently asked questions on canning, freezing
  • Master Gardener helpline available
    A free Master Gardener Volunteers Helpline is available through The Ohio State University Extension Office in Paulding, Ohio.
Cathie Rowand/ The Journal Gazette
One iris bud was left and the other eaten.

Mystery of the iris

The tops of the iris stalks that would have had flowers have mysteriously vanished. It looks like someone took pruning shears and cut the stalks. However, this is very unlikely for many reasons.

First I can't think of anyone in my neighborhood who would do that. Most everyone enjoys seeing the flowers in bloom. Second if it were vandalism they would have had to have planned ahead and carried some shears in their pocket. If one were to destroy my flowers, wouldn't it have been easier to just pull out the plants? Third, the cut off tops are nowhere to be seen. My guess is that a deer ate them for dinner one night.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)