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News for Oakland County Residents
May Landscape Tip - Planting Annual Flowers
Annual flowers increase the beauty of our gardens with their vibrant colors and instant floral display. These flowers only live one growing season and are usually not cold tolerant. It is best to plant annual flowers when all danger of frost is passed and soil temperatures have warmed up sufficiently. For Oakland County residents this usually occurs in late May around Memorial Day. Although plants can be covered to protect them from frost, they may be stunted or die back if they are planted in soil that is too cold. More information can be found at: Cornell University-Planting Options
, MSU Extension-Annual Flowers
and MSU Extension News-When is the Last Day My Garden Will Get a Frost?
What happened to your impatiens last year?
Maybe the biggest news of the spring will be the situation with impatiens and downy mildew disease. If you grow impatiens in the shady part of your yard you'll want to learn more before you plant your flowers. Listen to our podcast to learn more.
Summer Discovery Cruises offer anyone interested in exploring Lake Erie, the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair the opportunity to get out on the water for an educational experience. Cruisers can learn about many aspects of the lakes, from lighthouses, shipwrecks, bootleggers and history and culture of the region to fish, ecology, restoration and wind, waves and water — and much more, depending on the cruise theme.
This summer 16 Polish youth between the ages of 14 and 18 will travel to Michigan along with two adult chaperones. These young people are excited to learn about the customs, culture, values, foods, clothes, and lifestyles of Michigan families. But mostly they want to make friends, meet other young people, and try communicating in English! Open your home to an exchange student and open your lives to the world. You don't need to be involved with 4-H to host.
For more information, or if you are interested in hosting, please contact Insa Raymond, 2013/14 4-H Poland Exchange Coordinator, at (517) 439-9301.