Monthly Garden Gossip
Petals from the Past
Welcome to our garden! We're proud of our
hard work and want to share the reward with you, so here is what's going on in
the garden this month.....
Time has come to check out your winter cloth and have it
ready when below freezing temperatures are expected. Although satsumas,
kumquats and Meyer Lemons are hardy to about 18 degrees, it is best to cover
all the citrus when the temperature is 28 degrees. This is the temperature
at which the fruit will freeze. Place the winter cloth over your trees and
place some large pans of water underneath the cloth; the water will release
heat during the night, raising the temperature under the freeze cloth by
several degrees. You can also use the freeze cloth on your vegetable garden.
The pans of water are not necessary in the garden since the earth releases
heat during the night. The cloth is sold in a 15 X 15 foot section for
$25.00. Larger pieces are available upon request. With proper care the cloth
will be usable for several years.
Meyer lemon at Petals with Winter cloth pulled back during a warmer
Our supply of spring bulbs has arrived and there is a great selection of
narcissus, species tulips, leucojum (snowdrops for the south) and many more.
Plant your bulbs before January for spring flowers. Shop early for the best
Now is the time to start forcing paper white narcissus and amaryllis for the
holidays. Paperwhites need no pre-chilling, they may be planted in potting mix
or gravel and water. Give them plenty of strong sunlight to keep them compact.
Should they get leggy, make a cage of grape vine to support your leaves and
flower stems for a natural effect. The paperwhite bulbs can be discarded once
they finish blooming or you can plant them in the border, however it will take
several years before they re-bloom. Plant rye grass in the soil of your
containers to give added interest. Amaryllis can also be planted in soil or
gravel and water. We think they do best in soil. They will flower first and then
produce leaves. Let the leaves develop and when they die back take your bulb out
of the dirt and give it a rest. Plant it again next year in November for Holiday
Paperwhites for Christmas Color
can be sprayed with ultra fine oil mixed with Neem oil. This helps to
control greasy spot and mites
Snap Dragon, California Poppies and Calendulas
The cool season annuals such as Larkspur, bachelor buttons. California
poppies, Oriental poppies and corn poppies should be planted between October
and January. Our 2009 seed is now available to sale. Sow seeds using a
mix of 4 parts sand to 1 part seed to help disperse the seeds evenly.
Prepare your bed by tilling lightly, scatter the sand and seed mixture on
the prepared area and water. Many of these seeds need the cold weather to
germinate. The California poppies to the left caused quite a stir in the
early spring. The seeds are sold the teaspoon or tablespoon depending on the
size of the seed for $1.00.
Fall is a good time to collect seed for summer
flowering annuals. Zinnia and Cosmos are good examples. Pick the seed
pods or seeds and place in a paper bag to dry. Close the bag when the
seeds have dried and shake. The seeds will fall out. Store in a cool
dry place. A glass canning jar works well
Don't forget about our Open House.
There is a always plenty of goodies to be had as well as wonderful sales on
our Christmas decorations. Joins us on Saturday, December 4 from 9 - 5 pm
and again on Sunday, December 5 from 1-5pm for some Christmas Cheer.
Pansies can still be planted.
Better hurry though the selection is getting limited. Plant them in full sun
to light shade in a slightly acid soil. Use a water soluble fertilizer
15-3-20, 15-3-30, 13-2-13 are some suggested ratios. Avoid slow release
fertilizers since they are less effective in the cooler weather. Watering
pansies will vary with the season. You will have to water more in the fall
and spring and less in the winter months when it is cooler and the ground
stays moist longer. Plant snapdragons now also.Snap off the flower spikes
about 2" above the soil line this will make a fuller plant. In spring you
will be surprised
how many flower spikes the plant will have.
Take time to drain your garden hoses and winterize
irrigation pipes so they won't freeze and break.