Ask A Master Gardener – A Patriotic Trio in the Garden

Soon we will be celebrating Independence Day. The symbolic colors of our flag speak to our better angels: red for hardiness and valor, white for purity and innocence, blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice. A patriotic plant trio, cardinal flower, American mountain mint, and great blue lobelia, has grown in North American moist meadows, along rivers, and at woodland edges for millennia.

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Ask A Master Gardener – You’ve Got a Lot of Galls

With the Dodge County Master Gardener Help Line starting its season, the Help Line will begin to receive inquiries about “bumps” on the leaves of maple and oak trees. Many people assume the trees have a disease and want to know what is necessary to control the problem and restore the tree to good health. Surprisingly enough, these noticeable bumps are not a disease, but are insect related and are called galls.

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