Word of the Week: Inflorescence

inflorescence [ in-flaw-res-uhns ] noun: 1. the flowering structure consisting of more than one flower, usually comprising distinct individual flowers 2. the way flowers are arranged or develop on a stalk 3. the budding and flowering of a plant

Some plants produce solitary flowers–one flower per stem. Others produce a cluster of flowers or inflorescences. They are grouped by the arrangement of flowers on the stalk and by the sequence of anthesis, or opening of the flower bud, which occurs in two forms, determinate and indeterminate. Determinate (or cymose) flowering plants have the oldest flower at the top of the main axis (rachis or stalk), meaning the terminal bud stops growing and lateral flowers are produced from axillary buds lower on the stem. Indeterminate (or racemose) plants flower with the youngest bud at the top of the main axis. Continue reading

Posted in Illustrated Glossary, Word of the Week, WoW | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Word of the Week: Inflorescence

Between the Rows – May 2021 Edition

Welcome Veggie Gardeners!
Check out the May 2021 edition of BTR!

  • May To-Do List
  • Now is the time to harvest, sow, protect and transplant
  • Friends of Urban Agriculture: Drop off your fresh garden produce to support local food pantries!
  • Beating the Bugs: Pests of cucurbits (cantaloupes, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, and watermelons)
  • News from the Organic Vegetable Garden
Illustration © Melissa Joskow

Previous garden guides are available at Between the Rows.

VCE and MGNV support local gardeners with a host of resources, including free classes, plant clinics and this newsletter.

Posted in Between the Rows, Friends of Urban Agriculture, Organic Vegetable Demonstration Garden, VCE | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Between the Rows – May 2021 Edition

PERENNIAL: Polygonatum biflorum (Smooth Solomon’s Seal)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Common in moist woods throughout much of the Mid-Atlantic, this native understory plant is noted for its graceful arching stems, dainty bell-like flowers, and conspicuous leaf veins. Its common name may come either from resemblance of rhizome scars (from break-away stalks) to the ancient Hebrew seal of King Solomon or from purported “wound sealing properties.”.

More information . . .

Posted in MG in the Garden, Perennial, Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on PERENNIAL: Polygonatum biflorum (Smooth Solomon’s Seal)

Mosquito Control Begins with a Home Walk-Around

by Kirsten Conrad,  Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent, VCE

We are already seeing calls for spraying to control mosquitoes on neighborhood social media sites. Before you think of spraying, check outmosquito these better options for controlling mosquitoes that will not hurt beneficial insects.

Living in Virginia often means sharing our outdoor spaces with mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can transmit disease, as well as being an annoyance. Protection from these flying bloodsuckers starts at home with steps we all can take to eliminate mosquito breeding sites. Continue reading

Posted in Mosquitoes & Ticks, Pests, Public Education | Tagged | Comments Off on Mosquito Control Begins with a Home Walk-Around