Variegated Tapioca with Celosia 'Kelos Fire Yellow' and Impatiens 'SunPatiens Compact Electric Orange.' Reflecting on the last couple of months, we have been through an unpredictable spring full of heavy rains and cool temperatures, followed by an early summer with blazing heat, wind, and the occasional deluge. The plants in the K-State trials are always being challenged -- and that's why it's so interesting to see what does well and what doesn't! Looking ahead, we always have Field Days a [...]

Variegated Tapioca with Celosia 'Kelos Fire Yellow' and Impatiens 'SunPatiens Compact Electric Orange.' Reflecting on the last couple of months, we have been through an unpredictable spring full of heavy rains and cool temperatures, followed by an early summer with blazing heat, wind, and the occasional deluge. The plants in the K-State trials are always being challenged -- and that's why it's so interesting to see what does well and what doesn't!

Looking ahead, we always have Field Days at the research center in late July when people are invited to come see for themselves how the various cultivars have performed. This is the best way to see how different plant genetics do in your local area. (Not California, not Florida - Kansas!) For professionals in the floriculture industry, the Field Day is July 21 with an afternoon of education geared toward growers, landscapers, and city parks departments. For home gardeners, the Field Day is July 25. The Johnson County Extension Master Gardeners host a day full of learning on flowers, vegetables, turf and more, with "walk and talks" geared toward the general public.

So put on your sunscreen and join us! You'll be sure to leave feeling more confident about what to plant next year.
At the Field Day, come see fun new cultivars like the variegated Asclepias 'Monarch Promise.'