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Waynedale Outdoors Guide

Enjoy outdoors activities like gardening, camping, hiking and more? This section is for you! These articles contain the latest local outdoors news and entertainment from around the Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana area.

HIBISCUS & MANDEVILLEA

Details Broadview Florist Doug Hackbarth

Every year hibiscus and mandevillea plants are ordered in from Florida and as always, it's a guessing game as to how many of each will be needed to supply the public. Well it seems that this year everyone wants the mandevillea as there is now a shortage of them. Everyone seems to be "sold out" of them but be patient, I am sure most garden centers will re-stock soon.

I think that we all are familiar with the hibiscus plant, both bush and tree. This is a tropical, warm temperature loving plant...

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I&M ASKING FOR ASSISTANCE IN NAMING FALCON CHICKS

Details For almost two decades, peregrine falcons have made their homes in a nest high atop the 26-story AEP Building in Fort Wayne, Indiana. You can watch nesting families of this raptor species via webcam, thanks to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Soarin’ Hawk Avian Rescue, and Indiana Michigan Power.

Moxie and Jamie, the adult Peregrine Falcons nesting atop the One Summit Square building, are the proud parents of three baby chicks that recently hatched.  Moxie, the two-year-old mother, and Jamie, the three-year-old father, are awaiting the hatching of a fourth egg.
Falcon followers can check for a peak of the new baby birds at I&M's FalconCam online at http://www.aep.com/go/falconcam/, where an image of the falcon's nest is updated every 15 seconds.

I&M is asking classrooms grades 5...

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BAD PREDICTIONS - GOOD FOR GARDENERS

Details Doug Hackbarth - Broadview Florist & Greenhouse

Originally the weather forecast for last weekend called for rain with lows in the low 40s. We were so lucky that time that they were wrong. Instead we are getting perfect highs in the 70s with lows only dipping into the low 50s and no rain at all, what a break for gardeners.

The reason for this was the unusual push of warm weather from the south which had kept the cold, rainy weather to our west and northwest.

So is it safe to plant now? Is frost-free weather here to stay? The answers to...

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MAXIMIZE YOUR HARVEST THIS SEASON

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Increase your garden's productivity even when space, time and energy are limited. Just follow these six simple planting, maintenance and harvesting techniques for a more bountiful harvest.

Maximize your planting space with wide rows. Leave just enough room for plants to reach their maximum size. Make wide rows, 4 to 5 feet wide, so you can reach all plants for maintenance and harvest.

Minimizing walkways means more planting space.
Try interplanting. Grow short season crops like lettuce and...

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FREE KIDS FISHING DERBY

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Kids ages 2 to 14 and their adults are invited to Kids Free Fishing Derbies at Salamonie and Mississinewa lakes, J. E. Roush Fish & Wildlife Area and Ouabache State Park, on June 1.

Age categories are: 2 to 5; 6 to 10; and 11 to 14, with first-, second- and third-prize winners for largest fish in each age category. The largest overall fish will be awarded a grand prize. Each participant must use bait provided by DNR staff.

Each property will host its own derby, with winners announced at...

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COULD IT BE A SPIRIT TREE?

Details Richardville House Spirit Tree

There are plenty of trees on the grounds where Chief Richardville lived, but there are two Silver Maple trees sitting at the entrance that are extra special.

The trees are huge and old, possibly over 100 years old, with branches growing every which way.

What makes the Chief Richardville trees so special are the deep, y-like branches that spread out from its base along with a gnarly knotted piece in the center.

The y-bend and knot mark it as a "bent" tree. When it was just beginning to grow...

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