tomatoe-on-vineOWENSBORO, Ky. (7/30/14) — Everyone tries to have their first ripe tomato by July 4 and they will go to any lengths to do it.

Beating thou neighbor to have the first ripe tomato seems to be the sign of a good gardener. It does take a lot of thought and work to accomplish this feat, the holy grail of gardening. But not getting the first tomato in the neighborhood doesn’t mean the reward is any less.

Tomatoes are a summer crop and one that should be enjoyed while they are growing. Now is the time to harvest other vegetable crops such as squash, green beans, corn, cucumbers and okra. Watermelons and cantaloupes should be ripe soon. Being able to harvest all this is the sign of a good gardener.

Fresh vegetables are what summer is about, but so are the flowers. Growing a combination of flowers is also the sign of a good gardener. There are a lot of combinations to be seen at the Western KY Botanical Garden.

The English Cottage Garden has new varieties as well as some old favorites as companions. An old favorite is the oak leaf hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia that makes up a mixed border between the Joann Weller Memorial Garden and the English Cottage Garden. These hydrangeas have leaves with the same shape as the oak tree. The leaves are green in the summer, changing to shades of red, orangish brown and purple in the fall. The shrub is rather coarse, but handsome by virtue of exfoliating bark. The flowers are white changing to purplish pink and finally brown 4” to 12” long panicles. Oak leaf hydrangeas can reach 4’ to 8’ in height and width. This particular variety is ‘Pee Wee’, which should not get that large. .

Barbara Cecil Russ, Horiculturist for Western Ky. Botanical Garden

Disclaimer: The content supplied by columnists and letters to the Editor on this site does not in any way, shape or form, implied or otherwise, necessarily express or suggest endorsement or support of any of such content, statement, or opinions therein. SurfKY News does not necessarily adhere to or endorse content provided by outside non-staff sources. your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Weather Sponsored by

In Other News...

Upcoming Events at Land Between the Lakes

KENTUCKY (11/26/15) — Land Between the Lakes offers a variety of fun programs for all ages and interests. Thursday,… Read More

Most Read This Week

November 20, 2015 9602

Dispatchers Overhear Drug Activity during…

by SurfKY News
November 24, 2015 9405

Distillery to Operate in Old Graham School…

by SurfKY News
November 21, 2015 8575

Injuries Result from Beulah Road Accident

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
November 23, 2015 7319

Relative Charged with Murder, Arson in Deaths of…

by SurfKY News
November 24, 2015 4186

Ohio County Most Wanted - Top 10 - November 24

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

November 17, 2015 14943

Ohio County Most Wanted - Top 10 - November 17

by SurfKY News
November 18, 2015 14261

Runaway Teen Returns on His Own

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

November 25, 2015 1564

Hopkins County Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted -…

by SurfKY News
November 25, 2015 1414

Man Hospitalized after Early Morning Car Accident

by SurfKY News
November 25, 2015 930

Students Serve to Learn Life Lesson

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
November 25, 2015 832

Madisonville Police Reports Released

by SurfKY News
November 25, 2015 760

Two Vehicle Collision Sends Four to Area Hospitals

by SurfKY News
November 25, 2015 724

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

by SurfKY News
November 25, 2015 687

A.G. Conway Announces $256 Million Settlement…

by SurfKY News
November 25, 2015 612

Thanksgiving is Peak Day for Cooking Fires

by SurfKY News
November 25, 2015 488

Ky. Division of Forestry Firefighters on Standby…

by SurfKY News
November 25, 2015 448

Members of Congress Need to Spend More Time on…

by SurfKY News