The best way to show peony and other large blossoms is to cut them with a two-inch stem and float them in a crystal bowl in water. They will last for several days.For more information on growing garden peonies and their pest problems visit Larry Sager's Web site at http://www.utahgreen.org/larry/index.html.
To prevent wormy apples, spray apple and pear trees right now. The preventive spray program requires that the fruit be protected from now until Labor Day. Spray Imidan every 14-21 days, Diazinon every 7-14 days or BT (Dipel or Thuricide) every 3-5 days. The codling moth lays eggs on the skin of the fruit and if they are not sprayed most of your apples will be wormy.
Thursday, June 10: "Utah Snakes: The Swift, the Wary, the Beautiful and the Harmful," Bob Larson, Herpetologist, Hogle Zoo, noon, Red Butte Garden.
Friday, June 11, through Sunday, June 13: Art and Garden Show -- "Nature's Canvas," Gallivan Utah Center, 10 a.m.
Saturday, June 12: Walk on the Wild Side -- Trees and Shrubs of the Foothills, 9 a.m. Red Butte Visitor Center.
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