Garden Patch Pointers

Shamrocks and Dahlias

GARDEN PATCH POINTERS
By Robert and Hoberley Schuler, M. G.

Q: Where does the three-leaf symbol for Saint Patrick’s Day come from and where can I buy the plant? Robert Lowry, Yreka

A: The SHAMROCKS have been the symbol for St. Patrick’s Day because the leaves are divided into three leaflets, a symbol of the trinity. Oxalis acetosella is a perennial and is the most common variety sold at nurseries. It can be kept on a sunny windowsill or planted in the garden. Beware that the new plant you might purchase is likely to be invasive and is considered a weed.

PHLOX and DAPHNE

GARDEN PATCH POINTERS
By Robert and Hoberley Schuler
                                            
PHLOX and DAPHNE

Q:  Can I grow Phlox successfully in zone 8?  I see them advertised in the bulb magazines.  Harry Graf, Oklahoma

2012 MARCH GARDENING ACTIVITIES

2012 MARCH GARDENING ACTIVITIES

GARDEN PATCH POINTERS
By Robert H. and Hoberley Schuler

March 7th is Luther Burbank’s Birthday! I can’t think of a better way to honor one of our nation’s greatest horticulturists than to open our March Activities dedicated to “Happy Birthday Mr. Burbank! He was born in Lancaster, Mass. in 1849. He moved to Santa Rosa in October 1875.

In California, many of us celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree to honor Luther Burbank, a man who changed the world when he lived in California.

LILACS

GARDEN PATCH POINTERS
By Robert and Hoberley Schuler

LILACS

Q: I purchased two lilac bushes from the Descanso Gardens 2 ½ years ago which are supposed to tolerate summer heat. They are doing OK, but do not produce many blooms. What should I do throughout the year to promote better growth/blooms? Violet, Redlands

Tomato, Camellia, Azalea, Berries, Tuberous Begonia, and Celery

GARDEN PATCH POINTERS
By Robert H. and Hoberley Schuler

Q: Is it too early to plant tomatoes in the garden. What do you recommend? Fred Hiatt, Yucaipa

Chives, Lovage, Borage & French Tarragon

GARDEN PATCH POINTERS
BY ROBERT H. AND HOBERLEY SCHULER

Chives, Lovage, Borage & French Tarragon

Q: Thank you for the articles on herbs. What can you tell me about other garden herbs? George Springer, San Louis Obispo

2012 FEBRUARY GARDEN ACTIVITIES

GARDEN PATCH POINTERS
By Robert H. AND Hoberley Schuler

2012 FEBRUARY GARDEN ACTIVITIES

We hope that you enjoyed the recent rains and have prepared for a possible downpour.
Did you cover or bring in your most valuable plants during the cold weather? Except for deciduous bushes and trees, do not prune until after the 15th of March at the earliest. Do not prune tropical bushes or fuchsias as more damage could occur if we have more cold weather.

Oregano and Parsley

GARDEN PATCH POINTERS
By Robert and Hoberley Schuler

Oregano and Parsley

Q: What is the best variety of Oregano? Also Curly Parsley and Flat leaf Parsley? Gerald, San Francisco
A: OREGANO (Origanum vulgare), the packaged dried oregano usually comes from a mixture of dried herbs (oregano, thyme and salvia) blended for their flavor. Select a plant by tasting or rubbing the leaf or get a cutting from a friend who thinks their plant is the “taste tested best”. We have four favorites in my garden.

BIENNIAL ANNUAL PLANTS

GARDEN PATCH POINTERS
By Robert and Hoberley Schuler

2012 JANUARY GARDEN CHORES

GARDEN PATCH POINTERS
By Robert H. and Hoberley Schuler

2012 JANUARY GARDEN CHORES

Gardening Chores for January can keep you busy when the sun shines and on rainy days as well. Holidays are over, and gardeners are clutching their pruners and are eyeing their shovels with an itchy foot eager to start digging into the soil. Don’t start to turn over the garden soil until you are able to take a fist full of soil, squeeze it and it crumbles easily when it hits the ground. During damp days you can prune and if the weather is really bad, stay in and finish ordering your seeds for planting. Of course you can always pull the ever present weeds!

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