July-August 2012 Cuttings
"Cuttings" is your source for garden updates and horticultural tips from the Reeves-Reed Arboretum's horticulture staff. Check back monthly to find out what's blooming at the Arboretum, get the inside scoop on upcoming events, and learn some timely tips you can put to use in your own garden.
In the Gardens: Daylilies
Summer is the perfect time to come out to Reeves-Reed Arboretum and experience our daylilies in full bloom. Daylilies, or in botanical Latin, Hemerocallis, are among the easiest and most rewarding of garden perennials to grow. They're low-maintenance, drought-tolerant, and adaptable to a wide variety of soil types and light conditions. While each individual blossom lasts for only a day, blooming plants can continue to produce new flowers for over a month. Some newer daylily varieties even flower repeatedly over the course of the summer and early autumn, sending forth as many as three successive flushes of blossoms. Our daylily border will be in bloom throughout July and August, so please stop by for a visit!
A daylily blossom glistens with water droplets after a summer rain at Reeves-Reed Arboretum (Photo: Julieanne Frascinella)
July-August Garden Tips: Water Conservation
Summer's hot and dry conditions pose challenges for anyone looking to keep their plants in good health and their garden looking fresh. As you watch your plants wilt in the unrelenting heat, the temptation can be great to whip out the sprinklers and water everything in sight. However, water conservation becomes increasingly important in times of drought, as increased water demands are made on municipal reservoirs and groundwater reserves alike. Here are some easy things you can do to conserve water in your garden this summer:
A typical rain barrel can capture about 50 gallons of water, enabling you to irrigate your garden for free while minimizing stormwater runoff! (Image: Chesapeake Bay Trust)
Volunteer in our Gardens!
Are you looking to lend a hand at Reeves-Reed Arboretum this summer? We're hosting volunteer work sessions the second Saturday of every month! Join us on the following upcoming dates for a morning of outdoor garden work:
To sign up, or to learn about other volunteer opportunities at the Arboretum, please contact Lisa Martin@ email@example.com