Garden Patch Pointers Questions and Answers

GARDEN PATCH POINTERS
By Robert and Hoberley Schuler

Q: What causes trees to have colored leaves in the fall? Charles Frazer, Laguna

Monkey Puzzle Tree

Monkey Puzzle Tree

GARDEN PATCH POINTERS
By Robert H. Schuler, Master Gardener

Q: We live in a condominium where the landscaping is taken care of by a very professional landscaper. Recently a “monkey puzzle tree” was removed from the grounds. Can you tell me what kind of tree this is? It has very sharp looking leaves on its branches. Gini W., Crescent City.

2010 OCTOBER ACTIVITIES

 2010 OCTOBER ACTIVITIES
By Robert and Hoberly Schuler, Garden Patch Pointers

Leaving my colorful and warm fall scented garden to sit at my computer to start this week’s Garden Patch Pointers, I am reminded of the many things that need to be done during the coming weeks.

FLORAL DESIGN STUDY UNITS

DESIGN STUDY UNITS
For those who want to learn more about basic flower arranging or about creative table settings to enhance their homes, the Design Study Units offered by NGC are the answer. Beginning or experienced arrangers will receive valuable "how-to" information, as well as many ideas to inspire creativity.

November is the Time to Plant Cool Season Flowers

One of the fall outs of the crisis of the economy is that more people are going back to the earth, eating at home, growing their own veggies and fruits, bicycling to the store, to work or for just plain fun. There is more walking and talking with neighbors and sharing their gardens. My neighbor gave us some really great tomatoes as mine seem to be behind hers this summer/fall, probably not enough water as I cut back because of the drought. Also, we did get some great plums and apples picked from two friends’ houses and John made some jam and I made sugar free applesauce.

Spiced Pickled Beets, Species/Hybrids, etc.

Spiced pickled beets, species/hybrids etc.

Q: I tasted a pickled beet made by a Master Food Preserver at their July program, “Preserving the Garden”. I have never tasted a better product. I want to plant enough to preserve my own crop. When is a good time to plant beets? Kathy Satterfield, Ontario

Perennial and Annual Seedlings

Perennial and Annual Seedlings
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September Activities

SEPTEMBER ACTIVITIES

Soon it will be autumn when you can enjoy warm days and cool evenings. Fall is the prime planting time beginning in mid-September and lasting through November. Now is the time to plant winter vegetables, bulbs, perennials, trees, shrubs and annuals. Don’t forget the sun screen, hat, and bottled water!

Alliums All Season Long

Allium Moly LuteumWhile visiting the Chelsea Flower Show in London a few years back, I came across one beautiful allium after another throughout the show. When I finally started asking about the unusual blooms, the Brits proudly reported that they were alliums  "from California." What a surprise it was to see more California flowers blooming across the ocean rather than in our own backyards. 

Gaillardia (Blanket Flower) Geraniums and Pelargoniums

Gaillardia (Blanket Flower) Geraniums and Pelargoniums

GARDEN PATCH POINTERS
By Robert and Hoberley Schuler
U C Davis and O S U Master Gardeners; National and C G C I
Garden Study and Landscaping Design Master Consultants

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