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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.

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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DIFFERENT KIND OF SPRING

Details broadview florist doug hackbarth

Well, totally unlike last year's spring season, this year's spring gardening is off to a very slow start. In 2012 we experienced temperatures in the middle to high 80s in March, repeated again and again in April. This year frankly, it is cold! What happened? I have always preached the theory that spring season (not actual spring) begins around the 21st of April, and even then it's too early for many plants. It's on the 21st that I make the decision as to whether or not to make available all of...

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PRUNING & DORMANT OIL

Details Doug Hackbarth - Broadview Florist & Greenhouses

Reasons for pruning include: removing dead or diseased branches, branches that rub together, keeping your plants at a manageable size, to encourage fruiting or flowering, to open up walkways and to keep trees and shrubs from touching your house or car. Assuming your trees and shrubs are already established on your property, stand back and take an imaginative look at how they are growing. Are they growing sideways or touching anything? Are they growing way too tall and too fast? Is there a lot...

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APRIL NATURE EVENTS AT LRWP

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Little River Wetlands Project, a local nature organization protecting almost 1,200 acres of natural and restored wetlands in Allen and Huntington Counties, offers interesting and informative nature events this April. All are free and open to the community. Contact info@lrwp.orgor 260-478-2515 for information.
Every Tuesday in April
9 to 11 a.m.

"Little River Ramblers"
Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6301 Engle Road, Fort Wayne to hike and explore the preserve's interesting plants and wildlife....

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SPRING BULB GARDENS

Details Doug Hackbarth - Broadview Florist & Greenhouses

With March temperatures hovering around 22-38 degrees, we all welcome any sign of spring. One of my favorite signs is a mixed garden pot of spring flowering bulbs. Mixed gardens are usually made up of an assortment of spring bulbs such as tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, and crocus and new for this year, mini iris. Mixed gardens can be placed around the house at any stage of growth and you get to watch them grow and develop into bloom.

When we see these gardens we are all tempted to try and make...

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SHAMROCKS (OXALIS)

Details Doug Hackbarth - Broadview Florist & Greenhouses

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner so many of you will be looking to buy a shamrock plant, i.e. oxalis plant. Oxalis is grown from tiny bulbuls, which rapidly re-develop underground and continue to grow year after year, making it a perennial. Sometimes, if you get a hold of the wrong variety of oxalis, such as wood sorrel, you may get an invasive plant that will take over your garden and be almost impossible to kill. Try growing them in containers instead of planting them directly into...

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