I was walking through my garden, on a mission to get pruners from the shed, and was struck by the scents of my lilies. The fragrance lifted my spirits, slowed me down and gave me an extra spring in my step to get my task done.
I must have fragrance in my garden. Sticking my nose into a petunia with no scent is like kissing someone through a screen door. All the parts of the scene are there but not the pleasure. So I shop for petunias in the evening when they are releasing their heavenly odors and I can determine just which ones do have that velvety, cinnamon-clove essence.
Question: I am hoping you are the correct person to contact with my lawn problem. I have necrotic ring spot on my lawn. I am looking for advice of handling this disease. Any information would greatly be appreciated. — B.T.
Answer: On the same day I received your email, the Kenosha County University of Wisconsin-Extension horticulture helpdesk master gardeners got a photo of a home lawn with light brown circles. Necrotic ring spot and summer patch are two different diseases caused by different fungi. Both diseases cause circular or ring patterns of tan grass in the lawn. Turfgrass diseases are notoriously difficult to diagnosis, even for professionals, so I can’t tell for sure which disease is causing the rings.
Kitchens in traditional and vintage homes often are dressed in conservative garb: neutral hues, stainless steel, white-on-white or beige-on-beige.
Historically, however, kitchens were actually pretty peppy, according to Deborah Baldwin, editor of This Old House magazine.
We’re officially past midsummer, and the heat seems to be on its way. Now that everything is planted, I think it’s time to slow down a bit. Time to relax and enjoy all our efforts. I know I don’t work well in the heat, but in reality, can any gardener actually relax?
While it may be hard to stop picking and tucking and weeding and fussing, relaxing in the garden you’ve created is the best part of the day. After hours of hard work, what better reward can there be than to flop into an overstuffed chair on the porch with a novel or laze in a soft cotton hammock, swaying gently in the breeze and counting clouds.
Question: The lower leaves on a few of our tomato plants have spots with very dark centers and yellow edges. Some leaves are completely yellow with dark dots. We have several beds of tomatoes and the problem is happening in one bed only. Please advise. L.L.
Answer: The tomato in the photo you sent has a fungal leaf disease called Septoria. Some types of tomatoes are less susceptible to the disease than others, so that may be why a few plants have it and others don’t. Tomatoes with less air flow around the plants, or the leaves stay wet longer after rain or irrigation, are more likely to develop fungal leaf diseases.
Here in Kenosha County, it’s not unusual to see hostas growing in someone’s yard. And while roses, peonies and hydrangeas may be beautiful, most folks don’t bat an eye when they see them in a southeastern Wisconsin garden because they’re pretty common in these parts.
But every now and then a plant growing in a Kenosha yard gets noticed because it’s unexpected.
About seven years ago, Kenosha resident Steve Schneider held a family vote to determine whether he should keep or sell his 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, which he had owned for more than 30 years.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Ever since his childhood, John Serzynski has been a big fan of John Deere tractors and riding mowers.
“My stepfather (George Paulausky) owned a landscaping business, and I used to play out in the sandbox all the time, all day long, with my cousin,” said Serzynski, a Waukegan, Ill., native who moved to Kenosha County in the late 1990s.
A bit of nostalgia prompted Peter Wenglowsky to obtain his 1961 Rambler Classic about 20 years ago.
BY JEREMY REEVES
If there’s anyone who appreciates having a luxurious car like a black 1999 Mercedes-Benz S420 more than David Gregorski, good luck finding him.
Gregorski, 56, was a local barber for 28 years who was forced to retire about a decade ago because of back problems. He’s since had eight back surgeries.
Jim Masi, his older brother Jeff Masi, Dennis Curnes and Butch Funk were all Kenosha teenagers in the early 1960s. And their passion was cars.
Whenever John Munson gets behind the controls and lifts off in his 2006 AMD Zodiac CH601XL factory-built, special light-sport aircraft, he experiences emotions unlike any other.
“As soon as the wheels leave the ground, it’s exhilarating,” said Munson, 66, a Kenosha resident. “You’re airborne, and it’s a whole different feeling. It’s the most enjoyable recreational activity I’ve had. I like it a lot.
KENOSHA — What started as a gift for his wife, Mary, more than 30 years ago has evolved into a type of extended relative for Kenosha resident Jim Hawkins.
Kenosha resident Jason Beiser, 30, has been welding for about seven years and started his own business, “Skully’s Welding,” a couple years ago.
SALEM — It took Mike Vandeville about 25 years but he finally made true on his pledge to himself.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — When it came to his first car, Eric Nelson Jr. didn’t have many options.
Kenosha resident Florian Kreft, 84, has owned about 25 cars in his lifetime, covering most American manufacturers (Chevy, Ford, Buick, Chrysler and Dodge).
Whether on Lake Michigan, inland lakes or even the Gulf of Mexico, Jeff and Mary Albrecht have been boating enthusiasts since they were kids.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Wayne Walker isn’t the type of person you’d immediately expect to own a Mercedes Benz, especially one imported from Germany.
SALEM — Judy Grasser said her husband of 26 years, Mike, isn’t much of a sentimental type.
A day after returning from a mission to Berlin and the Czech Republic, Rabbi Dena Feingold, of Kenosha, reflected on what it meant to participate in the dedication of a memorial honoring Regina Jonas, the world’s first ordained female rabbi.
The Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated a year of accomplishment at its annual meeting Tuesday.
Kenosha Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Miller Campground at Country Thunder, 2305 Lance Drive, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday when a 27-year-old Plano, Ill., man reportedly pushed a woman to the ground causing a head injury.
Authorities have identified a Bristol woman as the victim of Monday night’s fatal car crash in the 21700 block of Highway C.
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to combat poverty is inspiring both praise and debate.
A proposed Costco store that cleared the Pleasant Prairie Plan Commission Monday night will go before the Village Board for final review next week.
For Kenosha County voters, the Aug. 12 partisan primary will present a question: Which race is most important?
KENOSHA — A folk music hootenanny will be 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Anderson Arts Center, 121 66th St.
SILVER LAKE — Allie Draeger is serving as the de facto Silver Lake fire chief following the resignation of Dave Kordecki.
Festival Foods announced Tuesday the business will expand to Mount Pleasant.
WAUKEGAN, ILL. — Prosecutors want to see something definite happen soon in the case of a babysitter charged with killing a 3-month-old Kenosha girl.
When country music fans packed up their tents and exited Country Thunder campgrounds in Randall Monday, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department finally was able to assess the four-day festival from a law enforcement perspective.
Mark Skogen, president and CEO of Skogen’s Festival Foods, was named 2014 Grocer of the Year by the Wisconsin Grocers Association Monday.
BRISTOL — One person was killed in a rollover crash Monday night in the 21700 block of Highway C.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Costco Wholesale Corp. won unanimous approval Monday night from the Plan Commission to move forward with a 154,000-square-foot development on some 17 acres in the Prairie Ridge subdivision.
I-94 closures are slated this week in Racine County.
The business of domestic drones, or unmanned aircraft, is taking off, and one Pleasant Prairie entrepreneur hopes to get in on the ground level.
Bear Development, hoping to capitalize on the industrial boom in the county, has proposed a 292-unit apartment complex on a 19-acre site adjacent to the Walmart and Sam’s Club stores in Somers.
A Kenosha man broke into a woman's apartment, raped her and stole money and an iPad before leaving, according to police.
Claudia Schiller used a small eraser, rubbing back and forth to clean the type on a tombstone before it was photographed at Green Ridge Cemetery Friday.
Early voting for the fall primary began Monday, but local clerks are not expecting a rush of voters.
The Shalom Center will try once again to win city approval to establish the city's first homeless shelter in a former thrift store building.
KENOSHA — Joe Eleniewski, a St. Joseph Catholic Academy graduate now working as a tax accountant, is raising money to purchase a new handicapped-accessible van that he can enter with his wheelchair and drive using hand controls.
Building off its popular “Shop with a Cop” program, Kenosha Professional Police Association is hoping its newest community event will generate just as much enthusiasm.
A 5-year-old Kenosha girl died after she was twice run over by a van backing out of a Racine driveway on Saturday.
Question: Here’s one for those long-suffering Cub fans: Today a beer at Wrigley Field in Chicago costs $8. What was the price in 1960?