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20 TUESDAY, MAY 3 - THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011 Cape Gazette -MILTON FARMERS MARKETCUTS RIBBON ON NEW LOCATION THE MILTON FARMERS MARKET cut the, ril:~ml ~ - " t ns and every fourm Fr ay. Shown arthe cutUnS a-O board mem- bets Lynn E] Jumd, Pat and Gre , town Councilman Tom ~ PattiNichoison; town nl The University of Delaware Sustainable Coastal Communi- ties Initiative and Sussex Eco- nomic Development Action Committee will host a combined networking and workshop event featuring the special presenta- tion Economic Gardening by Christine Hamilton Pennell, president of economic develop- ment consulting and training fu'rn Growing Local Economies. Also on hand will be Delaware Economic Development Office Director Alan Levin and Deputy Director Bernice Whaley, with Levin offering brief remarks regarding eco- nomic garden- ing and Del- aware. The event will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 5, at the Christine Pennell Cordrey Center in Millsboro. This special network-shop is a perfect opportunity to mingle with area business people and economic development officials, as well as receive interactive training to. help grow businesses in area communities. Economic gardening was first pioneered in Littleton, Colo., in 1989, and focuses on creating en- vironments that nurture local and regional entrepreneurial growth rather than recrtiiting business from outside a region. Pennell has a long history of community economic develop- ment, formerly as economic in- telligence specialist for Littleton, and currently provides training and consulting to both national and international community and business groups, The Uni- versity of Delaware is making this presentation available to There is no charge to attend business people, municipal offi- the economic gardening net- cials and interested stakeholders work-shop, but preregistration is to help them take advantage of required. this innovative economic gar- Light refreshments and bever- flening concept, ages will be available. The May 5 network-shop is al- For more information or to so an opportunity to meet register, contact Michele Wal- SEDAC board members and fred at the University of learn more about upcoming Delaware's Sustainable Coastal events and offerings developed Communities via email to wal- by this group, n acting you have players and you have "props:' Props is a shortened form of the old word "proper- ties" dating back to 15th century theatrical plays. Today instead of plays we have television, and if television seems trivial, it helps to fred television trivia. Superstition or simple pranks often require certain items to be displayed in each television show. Roseanne Barr's husband Tom Arnold hated her favorite Egg and Chicken T-shirt, so after their divorce, she made sure the shirt appeared in every episode of"Roseanne," whether it was worn by a cast member or framed and hung on a wall. Every episode of"Seinfeld" has a Superman somewhere. And in every episode of the TV show "lust Shoot Me," there is a new bouquet of flowers on Jack Gallo's office window. Bouquets of flowers seem to strike us as somehow frivolous or fancy rather than everyday. Many gardeners love cut flowers so much that they plant a sepa- rate cutting garden to provide cut flowers without destroying careful landscapes. Best of all, many cutting flowers are hardy, easy to grow and can be started from seeds inexpensively. Choose a planting site with well-drained soil in full sun with easy access to water. For best results work organic matter, such as compost or aged manure, into the soil. Because you won't be con- cerned with how the plants look in the garden, you can plant your cutting flowers in straight rows for easier harvesting. Cut- ting blossoms encourages them to grow even more blooms. Choose flowers such as zin- nias. The zinnia is an easy-to- grow, and very hardy annual, that comes in a vi d array of colors including red, orange, pink, white and yellow. There are even striped zinnias such as Candy Cane and big spiky cue- ms-flowered zinnias. You can dry zinnia flowers by placing them between books. Sunflowers are another good cut flower. It only takes a few to fall a vase. Sunflowers come in traditional big yellow, but also redsuch as Moulin Rouge, and white vanilla ice sunflower. Cosmos are another tall, easy- to-grow cut flower. There are the old-fashioned cosmos such as Sensation Mix with single flowers in pink, mauve and white. Picotee Cosmos have two- to two-and-three-quarter- inch blooms of pure white edged with carmine pink shad- ing to solid red. Picotee Cosmos have strong stems that are good for cutting. Newer varieties such as Dou- ble Click Cranberry Cosmos has semi-double to fully double flowers on strong stems. They are a little later in the season than many other blooms. At three feet tall, Larkspur is an impressive flower with state- PLANTING enjoying cut flowers inside as well. ly spikes that make for big, showy bouquets. Larkspurs bloom in a wide range of colors including light pink, dark pink, white, blue, rose and lavender. To fill in the spaces of a bou- quet, you will need something light and open with plain leaves such as fernsor baby's breath, with its masses of tiny, pure white single flowers. Baby's breath is multi- branched, with stems up to sev- eral feet long. The airy foliage A CUTTING GARDEN allows gardens to preserve landscapes, while gives it a delicate, almost dainty look that is most attractive when mixed with other cut flowers. Baby's breath can bloom for up to eight weeks. A simple cutting garden plant- ed from seed can give you hun- dreds of blooms for cutting for your own home or as gifts. Or as props on a TV show. Paul Barbano writes about gardening from his home in Rehoboth Beach. Contact him by writing to P.O. Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958.