A: Your tree is a linden. The small, pale yellow flowers have a candy perfume, simply detected whereas strolling close by. Lindens flower for a number of weeks in June, and bees love visiting these bushes, that are an necessary supply of honey. As the flowers fade and fall, they’re finally changed by fruits in the type of onerous, spherical nutlets that grasp from a stalk with a yellow leaflike bract. Linden leaves are wealthy inexperienced and considerably heart-shaped. The botanical genus of linden is Tilia, and there are totally different species with many named cultivars. Lindens are well-liked selections for boulevard bushes, and lots of have neat, pyramidal shapes. Linden sorts embody the American linden, whose different nickname is basswood. Basswood is generally discovered in forested areas alongside rivers and lakes, and develops into a big, broad-spreading shade tree.
RELATED COLUMNS: Q: I dwell in a 3-year-old metal sided condominium. The grass is lifeless about 1 foot out from the storage wall and we aren’t certain why it’s occurring this yr. — Holly C. A: The brown grass in a foot-wide line alongside the basis is most definitely from warmth and moisture stress. The area skilled a record-setting warmth stretch throughout the first two weeks in June, and the excessive temperatures triggered many warmth stress points. Steel siding can simply mirror warmth, compounding the excessive temperatures, and the soil alongside concrete foundations usually dries out quicker than different garden areas. Even although the garden is perhaps watered, the areas alongside the basis can nonetheless turn into moisture-starved, particularly in periods of excessive warmth.
Kentucky Bluegrass has the functionality to go dormant in warmth and drought. When given sufficient moisture and cooler temperatures, the grass crowns can start sending up inexperienced shoots as soon as once more. Even although grass can go dormant when subjected to warmth and drought, there is a degree of no return, and grass might be killed if excessive circumstances final lengthy sufficient. Soak the broken garden space nicely and see if new inexperienced grass shoots start forming inside 10 to 14 days. If not, the space may have to be re-seeded. RELATED COLUMNS: Q: We have had a brutal backyard summer season up to now with lately of excessive warmth and little or no rain. Our perennials have actually taken a beating, and our 45 iris vegetation haven’t budded and lots of of the leaves are brown. Our daylilies don’t have buds both they usually too have important brown leaves, though we’ve watered. The perennial salvia, catmint and wild geraniums are doing nice.
Might the iris nonetheless set buds or ought to I minimize them again? Should I take away them from the floor and replant in the fall? What about the daylilies? We’re hoping they’ll come again in 2022. — Mary P. A: Many of our perennials couldn’t endure the prolonged weeks of utmost warmth when the vegetation have been nonetheless fairly tender. Even although we will apply water, sizzling air temperatures are a significant stress issue. Daylilies and iris simply scorch below such prolonged warmth. Flower bud formation is simply affected, and foliage develops browning of margins and suggestions. Even although these vegetation may not look very fairly, and the iris may not bloom, it is necessary to depart the foliage intact. The leaves are nonetheless feeding the roots and carrying on photosynthesis, though they could have areas of scorch. Cutting the iris or daylilies again might add one other stress. I would depart them intact. If any of your iris or daylilies want dividing or transferring, August by early September is a good time, however for now I would depart them in place. If you could have a gardening or garden care query, electronic mail Don Kinzler, NDSU Extension-Cass County, at [email protected]. Questions with broad enchantment could also be revealed, so please embody your title, metropolis and state for acceptable recommendation.