There are some perennials that I can’t live without because of their fabulous late summer and fall performance. Plant them in your garden now because you will overlook them at garden centers come spring. My mixed perennial beds look the best this time of the year (barring any unpleasant summer drought). The black-eyed Susan’s, Russian sage and various species of Aster, Salvia and Nepeta are prolific but they are only mediocre anchor plants compared to some of the other species that come on this time of the year.
The Spencer County Cooperative Extension Service is proud to be one of the host sites that will be presenting the Fall Forestry Webinar Series, which is presented by the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry. This is a 5 part series that allows you to be a part of as many of the 5 sessions as you would like.
The program begins Tuesday, October 1, and all of the programs will run from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. or so. You must pre-register by either calling our office at 477-2217 or you can register online at spencerextension.com.
The other evening I was sitting outside under a tree babysitting our hens. We have only been letting them out in the evening under supervision until we can get a handle on some fox problems (we are working on it). As I sat and read, a sense of calm came over me and I was surprised to realize that it was triggered by a little flock of nasty starlings. Starlings start to flock up this time of the year and I guess there was just some sort of Pavlovian response that said, yes, fall is just around the corner, the starlings say so.
September and October is a busy time for Kentucky’s apple growers. Hopefully they’ve chosen the varieties resistant to as many diseases as possible. Ripening times vary from year to year depending on the weather. If apples have coddling moth damage, they will drop up to two weeks before the crop is ripe.
Anne Patton Schubert of Taylorsville has been elected as a delegate to the 130th Annual American Angus Association Convention of Delegates on Nov. 18 in Louisville, Bryce Schumann, CEO of the American Angus Association, announced.
Congratulations to Spencer County 4-H and FFA members Sydney Warren, Darilyn Browning, Georgi Herndon, and Emily Hume for participating in the 2013 Kentucky State Fair Market Lamb Show. In Market Lamb Showmanship, Sydney won her class, Darilyn was fourth, Emily was fourth and Georgi was seventh. They each did an outstanding job in the market classes.
This time of the year I am on the lookout for a variety of masterfully camouflaged stinging caterpillars. The first time I saw one it sort of turned into a game: I took Andy down to the Parrotia tree and said “can you find the caterpillar?” He never did because this caterpillar looked exactly like the scorched edge of a leaf that would be a result of a long hot summer.