Another approach would be to plant a seed mixture of grass and wildflowers. Pro Time Lawn Seed Company in Portland (ptlawnseed.com) has an excellent mixture which they call Fleur de Lawn. This mix contains the proper selection of grass seed varieties and low-growing flowers to achieve good results with low maintenance. It even contains a dwarf clover so no fertilizer is required. An occasional, well-timed mowing at 3-inch height is all the maintenance needed.
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Saturday against No. 21 California.
CS Northridge: The Matadors (2-9) beat Penn State 81-73 on Nov. 27 but have won just one other game over Portland on Dec. 18. Tessa Boagni, a 6-2 post from New Zealand, averages 13.1 points and 6.5 rebounds and Serafina Maulupe, a transfer guard from Virginia Tech, 11.6 points. Under coach Jason Flowers, Northridge reached the NCAA Tournament in 2014 and 2015 but is rebuilding this season.
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The topsy-turvy December temperatures — on Christmas, Bangor tied its record high of 54 degrees and Portland broke the record with 62 degrees — meant that some plants got confused and decided to start to bloom earlier than normal, according to University of Maine Cooperative Extension horticulturist Kate Garland.
“It’s basically jumping the gun on the next season,” Garland said, adding that the unseasonable blooms shouldn’t be a big deal to the plant in the long term.
According to the horticulturist, plants such as forsythia and rhododendrons require a certain amount of cold for the flowers to develop. Then, the blooms will open up with the right amount of warmth. This fall, both of those things happened.
“In some years, we have this wacky series of days,” Garland said. “The bud has met its chilling requirement, and all of a sudden, we get this window of enough warm degree days for that flower to open.”
The flowers that have opened will not bloom again next spring, she said. However, it doesn’t mean there won’t be flowers come spring — whenever that is.
“It’s usually not a high percentage of the flowering plants. It’s not a huge deal,” Garland said. “Those flower buds will not rebloom in the spring, but probably there will be plenty more f... http://bangordailynews.com/2015/12/30/living/higher-than-normal-temperatures-cause-plant-confusion-in-maine/