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The Adams County Record Wednesday, July 18, 2012 Page 7 Garden Corner Summer has certainly come with a vengeance. I for one am trying to keep up with the watering and weeding -- a losing battle I'm afraid. It is about this time of year that one of my favorite flowers needs some attention, the beautiful Iris. As far as I am concerned the Iris out shines the highly touted Orchid. Iris are worth the time and effort that you put on them, I only wish that they would bloom longer than just a few weeks in the spring. Iris really are not too fussy, you can plant them just about anywhere and they will be happy. If you have not attempted to grow Iris yet, August is the time of year that you can order them from a catalog, or find a friend that is more than willing to share rhizomes that must be separated, in fact I find that Iris rhizomes are a lot like zucchini, people see you coming with them and they lock the door. If you are just getting started with this beautiful flower, planting instructions are fairly simple. Dig a shallow hole, build a mound in the middle, place the rhizome on top of the mound with the roots hanging over the edge, fill in with garden soil, being careful not to cover Iris the top of the rhizome, then water it. If you are going to plant several together, plant them about eighteen inches apart with the fans all facing the same direction. If you want to plant them in a circle, the fans should be facing outward. One word of caution: they do like a well-drained soil, and only need water in the hottest part of the summer and while they are establishing themselves. Iris will need to be divided about every four years. When the rhizomes are growing over one another or they are not blooming, you will know it is time to divide. You start by digging one clump at a time, that way you will be able to keep the varieties separated, hopefully. After digging them, wash off the dirt and check the rhizomes for any rot or bugs, throwing those away. Cut the rhizomes apart, being careful that each one has leaves and some roots, then cut the leaves in a fan shape, mark the fan with a permanent pen naming the color of each clump--otherwise you will never be able to figure out which is which and will end up with a smorgasbord of colors all together. One other little tip, if you are planning to By Glenda Castleberry separate your Iris, mark a leaf while it is blooming so you will be sure of its colon The Iris should be fertilized twice a year. In the spring you can use 5-10-10. Sprinkle around the clump and water it. In the fall 0-10-10 should be used, making sure there is no nitrogen with the fall fertilizer, as it will cause the rhizomes to rot. Bone meal is another good source of food for them. To keep your Iris healthy, cut the flower stock as soon as they have bloomed. -here are two theories on when you should trim back the leaves into fans. The first is to trim in the late spring or early summer after the bloom, then again in the fall. The second theory is to just trim in the fall, leaving the leaves to help feed the roots all summer. I have tried it both ways, plus not trimming at all. Not trimming at all is a bad idea; it makes the Iris susceptible to leafspot. I have had equal success with both theories, so I am all for the second; it's less work, and at my time of life that is very appealing. Well I guess I'd better get out there and start cutting Iris stock, if the truth be known, I hate that job, but the Iris always show their gratitude in the spring. (Myrna is on vacation and I am filling in for her) Cambridge Senior Chatter Still in Limbo It's Monday and when I walked in the door this morning and saw water from the freezer all over the floor, I should have known that today was going to be one of those days where I wasn't in control of anything. My day has gone downhill ever since. It's almost time to go home and I haven't even started on anything important. I really thought I might have some good news today regarding talks with CCOA (Canyon County Office on Aging), you remember, the group that won the nutrition contracts. I know that our Treasurer, Charlie Caruso, has been working non-stop to try to get something negotiated with CCOA that we can live with, but to date, nothing. We have until July 23rd to sign a contract with CCOA. Stay tuned, for by ]anice Vuich Cawyer -- 257-3358 further updates, baked beans, corn on On Friday, August 3rd, the cob and cherry crisp we will be having our for dessert. Coffee and Washington County Fair lemonade are included Pulled Pork BBQ dinner in the cost of the dinner. fundraiser from 5 to 7 PM. The Council ]ammers will The cost is $8 for adults play for your listening and $4 for children under and dancing pleasure, the age of 12. We will have so be sure to mark your BBQ Pulled pork, coleslaw, calendars and join us for an evening of good old- fashioned fun and really good food! Remember July 23rd is the day for our foot clinic and July 26th from 3 to 4 PM is the day for our food pantry. Until next time I hope you are well and happy. Pastor's Corner God's Answers It seems these days that a lot of us are looking for answers and are unsure. And it seems that a good part of the time, the answer is right in front of us if we would just take the time to really look and listen. In 2 Kings 1:1-18 there is a story about a King who had a pretty bad fall. Instead of turning to God for his answers, he sent messengers to the temple of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron to ask if he would recover. An angel of the Lord told Elijah to meet the messengers and tell them the king would die. The king got mad and told his men to go and get Elijah. But Elijah called down fire from heaven CALDWELL 454-9532 BOISE 343-0471 and the king's men were all consumed by the fire, not once, but twice. There is a lot more to this story, but this King was putting his hope in a false god. (I recall the Bible saying that we should have no other gods before the Lord our God!) Even when God sent someone to this King to give him an answer, he still did not hear or see what was right in front of him. So where do we stand today? We have so much to do in our lives, my days seem to run out of hours much too fast. We put so much in our lives and by ]on Sorg we fill it till it overflows. There are still false gods out there today. When we look for answers in all the wrong places and give no time to God, I believe God has the right to be upset with us. It seems that there is no fear of God any longer and God tells us we should fear Him. We are to look to Him and no other gods. We need to look to God for all of our answers for our lives, our time, our health. Don't rob God, he asks us to pay attention to what He says. Listen carefully to God's words. He wants to be our answer. - Burial Serviom - Cremation Services - 00tmnkng Optiom . Monuments 221 E. 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