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Help! My Container Plants Look Terrible....(read more tips here)

We’ve been busy sprucing up the website!! Now you can find all the newsletters for the last year in one place and the tips pages have . . . well, you’ll see! Take a look and enjoy.

Some very beautiful notecards are on their way! See our announcement at the bottom of this column.

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Designer's-Palette 3

Desgner Palette
Astoria, Oregon

Look how these three containers grab your attention! This is a restaurant in Astoria, Oregon. The simple and yet elegant beauty of the Japanese Maples and the cool looking rounded sides of the containers really took my breath away! Notice how they matched the awning color and the colors of the containers and maples. So Beautiful!

When you’re ready to learn how to design your own garden, contact Mary 545.6863 for a consultation date!




 Container Combos
Color Palooza on a Deck

Why am I thinking of Can-Can Girls? This combination is so happy and thrilling with all its color! There are three different types of begonia in here as well as Coleus, Bacopa and Vinca. Using hot colors like these creates an exiting design, perfect for a party!

Want to learn more about container gardening? Contact Mary for an appointment 707.545.6863.



Something exciting is on it's way!
The Gardening Tutor will soon be
offering notecard collections!
Each collection will contain 8 notecards with envelopes.

These beautiful cards are great for any occasion.
There are 4 designs in each collection, the interior is blank.

Notecards Collection One

Notecard Collection One
Watch for pricing and availablity on our Facebook page and web site! We’ll also be sending an e-postcard when our notecards are ready for purchase. 

Gardening Detective

Mosaic Virus

Guess what this is...
You’ll find this culprit on your roses sometimes.
A) Powdery Mildew
B) Mosaic Virus
C) Sunburn

Check out The Gardening Tutor Facebook page for more details.

Answer at the bottom of this page.


Plant Suggestions for July

Pansy and Bellis perennis 

Pansies are cool season annuals*.
This means they can take the cold of our winters here in Sonoma County! Plant pansies in September (while the soil is still warm from summer), keep them watered and deadhead the spent flowers to encourage more flowers. Also, protect them from the hot sun on super hot days. Keep up on the deadheading (not allowing your pansies to go to seed) and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how pretty your garden will be all winter long.

Other plants in the nursery this month

Dianthus (carnation)
*Iceland Poppies
Spring Blooming Blubs
Alliums (ornamental onions-awesome!)
Cauliflower starts
Some Lettuce varieties
Swiss Chard
Shop for garlic-plant in November 




Worth the Wait!
It took five years for the new fig tree to fruit but look how large and luscious the first crop turned out!! The mother tree died after 90 years of life. So, I chose a few suckers for possible replacement trees. After three years I removed two of the sucker starts and allowed the remaining tree to develop its branch structure. After all this waiting and training, these figs are amazing! Totally worth the wait.


Hibiscus 5512
Hardy Hibiscus

Late summer bloomer! This hardy hibiscus comes back year after year and starts blooming when summer bloomer are starting their decline!



Answer: B) Mosaic Virus

Design Intensive
One-On-One Design Intensive

2.5-3.0 Hours
Hands On Lecture and Tasks

Learn How To . . .
• Think like a Garden Designer
• Choose Colors
• Arrange your Plants
• Decide on Quantity of Plants
and much, much more
This is a very interactive one-on-one meeting! Just you and Mary, The Gardening Tutor. You will be using the Demo Garden and props to help build your confidence for designing in your own garden! Bring your notebook and camera!

Contact Mary to schedule your One-On-One Design Intensive today.

Sometimes people experience trouble accessing the Gardening Tips.
Please let Mary know if you ever have any trouble with the emails she sends out,
this is the only way that we will know there is a problem. Thank you!
The Gardening Tutor
Hands-on, Individualized Gardening Instruction And Consulting in Sonoma County
Santa Rosa, California


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