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May 2014 gardening in Tulsa

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Because we had a very cold winter, some of the more tender plants may take longer to sprout. Give plants such as figs, hardy ferns, some hydrangeas and others more time to start growing before cutting them back or digging them up.

Prune forsythias, quinces, weigelas, azaleas and any other spring flowering shrub immediately after they flower. But it's not necessary to prune unless you want to reduce the size, change the shape or cut out dead and diseased limbs.

If you're looking for a perennial that requires at least 6 hours of sun a day, consider the beautiful daylily. Choose them while they are blooming so you will get the right color and form. They prefer soil that has been amended with organic matter but will grow well in almost any condition as long as they have good drainage. Daylilies display best when planted in large swathes of one color or mix groups of odd numbers (3, 5 or 7 plants) with other perennials that will complement each other.

As the blooms from your bulbs fade, snap the flower stalk off at the ground to prevent seeds from ripening. Doing this, and leaving the foliage until it turns yellow and falls over, keeps the nutrients in the bulbs for next year's growth.

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