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• Oklahoma Horticulture Society, 7 p.m., Tuesday, OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N Portland. Program presented by Julia Laughlin, director of the Oklahoma County Extension Office horticulture department, on the Italian Renaissance garden. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.
• Apogon Iris Garden Club, noon, Wednesday, 406 N 44. Hostesses are Tis Bohlman and Pearl Sullens. Program is on planning meetings for 2013-14. Leader is Sharon Burton. Call 773-4443.
• Central Oklahoma Beekeepers Association, 7 p.m., Thursday, Oklahoma County Cooperative Extension Service, 930 N Portland. Visitors are welcome.
• Lawn Management, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oklahoma County Cooperative Extension Service, 930 N Portland. Free and open to everyone. Call 713-1125.
• Low Maintenance Landscapes, 9:30 a.m. to noon, May 4, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Using native plants can reduce watering, pest and disease treatments, and assist in many other areas. Learn how to choose and design with natives. Drawbacks to using native plants will be discussed. Registration required by calling 943-0827. Free.
• Personal Flower Arranging, Friday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., May 10. This session on basic flower arranging gives novices a chance to learn the tips of the trade. Participants bring floral material, vases, plus hand pruners and floral wire. Registration required by calling 943-0827. Free.
• Plant sale and garage sale sponsored by Midwest City Council of Garden Clubs, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Rubye Atkinson Center, 422 Russell Dr., Midwest City.
• Spring Walking Tour, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Friday, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Enjoy the beauty and bounty throughout the gardens at Will Rogers Park. Cameras welcome, and comfortable walking shoes recommended. Free.
• Festival in the Park, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 18, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. This annual celebration combines a plant and gardening materials sale with free horticulture seminars, floral design and entertaining kids' activities.
A GREENER VIEW
Fertilize tulips, daffodils now
Q: My tulips and daffodils are coming up. When is the best time to fertilize them?
A: Right now is the perfect time. Most people wait until the end of flowering, but just as they are coming up out of the ground is better. To get more flowers next year, a bulb needs to produce flowers and maybe seeds right now, and then it must store carbohydrates in the bulb for next year. We want the flowers, but we don't want the seeds to develop, so when the flowers are done, cut off the flower stalk to prevent any seeds from growing. Don't cut off any leaves until they have turned yellow and never tie them together. Fertilize with a high middle number fertilizer, such as a 15-30-15 or a 10-20-10. By fertilizing when the leaves are coming up, you give the plant the most time to grow and store food for next year. If you wait until after it is done blooming, there is much less time for the leaves to produce carbohydrates for next year's food supply.
Jeff Rugg, Creators Syndicate
Brighten your corner
Q: We are rehabbing an elegant old townhouse (1889). It's a row house, and the only windows are on the front and back. The dining room is very dark, so we are looking for ways to brighten it up that work with the Victorian atmosphere of the house.
A: Of course, you will add new lighting fixtures, say, cove lighting if you have a cove ceiling. Or consider lighting up the entire ceiling. A couple of torcheres should do the trick. What's really good about a torchere is that the lamp itself virtually disappears. You see the light above you, but not the source.
At the same time, color all other major surfaces light: walls and floor. As your house is vintage, chances are you have a darkish hardwood floor. Cover it with a light area rug or room-sized rug. The Victorians had a thing for sisal, at least, in warm weather. In today's climate-controlled environments, a natural-colored wool sisal would be appropriate year around.
About the walls: Wallpaper is the right answer in a Victorian house. Just not the dark, heavy patterns that once gave wallpaper a bad name. Thanks to modern technology and inspired innovators like Ronald Redding, today's wallpapers can be metalized, glamorized and sparkling with silvered surfaces and finishes like sand, glass (from recycled auto windshield) and even real crystals.
We're not talking bling — these papers are as elegant and classic as, say, cashmere, silk and diamonds. In the room we show here, the wall wears “Cypress Gardens,” a 9x13.5-foot mural by the designer, who was inspired by an antique Chinese silk embroidery at York Wallcoverings in York, Pa.
For more information: ronreddingdesigns.com; yorkwall.com.
Rose Bennett Gilbert, Creators Syndicate