Savor Life's weekly hour dedicated to the splendor and beauty of everything growing in our region.
Since 1994 your host Michael Warren Thomas has brought his knowledge of gardening, landscape design, and horticulture to listeners through this show.
Callers often have questions about when to prune trees, when it's safe to put new plants in the ground, and how to care for their gardens. Additionally, Michael is often sent photos of things that callers are hoping to identify and learn more about!
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The Monarch eggs that I have found this week are probably the third generation, and these Monarchs will lay their own eggs in late August. That fourth generation will be the one that flies to Mexico in late September.
Summer is the time to sow seeds for fall crops.
The battle against invasive species includes some common vines like bittersweet and wisteria that should be avoided. On July 15 at 1pm Cornell Cooperative Extension will offer a Zoom class on invasive plants, hosted by the Central Library.
Charlie & Judy Zettek’s Daylily Gardens will be open for visitors (with masks) each Sunday of July from 2-6pm. There is no charge, and no reservation needed. They have about 250 varieties of daylilies at #1 Hillside Avenue, between the Water Authority and School #1.
It isn’t too late to plant annuals, and even propagate some of the ones already in your garden. Geraniums, Begonias, and Plectranthus are very each to propagate to share with family, friends, and neighbors. Gypsy Moths are in the process of defoliating trees in the Bristol Hills, which can be very disturbing to witness. In most cases the trees can leaf out again, but it is unnerving to look up at an Oak tree in July and there is not a single leaf left.
The drought in the Rochester area may continue if the thunderstorms forecasted for Monday and Tuesday don’t actually happen. Water your gardens deeply but not very often. There are many things you can do to encourage fireflies in your yard, details from the Xerces Society.
I have left WYSL 1040 after 19 years of broadcasting five hours every weekend. I talk about the history of my gardening show, but also the fact that weeds are wilting and there is no rain in the forecast until next Saturday, so please water your landscape using a sprinkler for several hours so the water reaches the root zone.
A continuing plea to wear masks and also water your gardens. We are basically in a drought with very little rain in the forecast. Amy Machamer’s interview is the first of three interviews with the three generations of the family owned Hurd Orchards.
With much warmer temperatures, both weeds and insects are multiplying and scouting for them can be interesting. To insure a lower maintenance landscape, consider using plants that are less likely to have pests. Deadheading is also a key way to have more flowers this summer.
Covering everything from how not to plant annuals, to millions of cicada’s (luckily not around here) and Murder Hornets.