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OCTOBER 2015 TIPS ARE READY

To Fertilize or Not to Fertilize....(read more tips here)

Notecards will be here next week!
You can start purchasing your Notecard Collections on Wednesday October 21st in The Garden Shoppe.

Want to find more photos and tips? Check out our facebook page.
 
 
 

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Designer's Palette
Lantana-orange. Salvia leucantha-purple spikes.
 

Designing with Orange

Have you ever used orange colored flowers in your garden design? There was a time when I would not use orange in the garden and then one day I saw orange combined with pink and I was smitten!

A little orange can go a long way. When you’re ready to try some orange, pay attention to how much orange you use in combination with other colors. The orange flowers in the photo are taking up about one third the space in this section of garden, while the purple salvia flowers take up the other two-thirds. The feeling would be completely different if the amounts of color were switched. Also, notice that there is a little yellow in the flowers of the Lantana; yellow and purple are compliments (opposite) of each other on the color wheel. Blue is the compliment of orange.

White and orange can go well together too but it can be tricky to get the design just right; you may need to add some yellow or cream in there to help the colors to meld.

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


 

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Container-Combos

 Container Combos
Coreopsis and Lantana

Swap Summer Flowers for Winter Color!

Although the Lantana and Coreopsis in this beautiful container combo (by Lynzie) was a knockout during the summer months, it will soon go dormant for winter. For your winter containers, try Pansies and Iceland poppies or fill your container with lots of yellow and orange Calendula! If your calendula suffer later in the season with powdery mildew, you can swap the calendula out for some Cyclamen.

With our first frost generally arriving close to Halloween, it’s important to get your cool-season annuals in the ground as soon as possible!

Just in case we do get the rains that are being predicted, you can plant your plants a bit high (just above ground level-an inch or even two) to ensure that your plants can avoid being rotted out by standing water. Use compost to mulch around the plants so their roots are not exposed though.

Contact Mary for an consultation when you’re ready to learn more about container gardening. 707.545.6863
 

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Product-of-the-Month

On Wednesday October 21st you can
start purchasing you Notecard Collections
in The Garden Shoppe!

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

Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly on Buddleja Flower 

Guess what this is...
Of the three choices, which flower type do butterflies prefer:

A) Umbel
B) Panicle
C) Deeply Tubular

Check out The Gardening Tutor Facebook page for more details.


Answer at the bottom of this page.


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Plant Suggestions for October

Primrose
Primrose

Do you know that yellow flowering primrose smell delicious? Not all primrose are fragrant but the yellow ones will bring a welcome scent when planted near your front door in winter! Provide primrose with at least a few hours of sun and good drainage. Remove spent flowers and any leaves that start to look ragged. Also if needed, you can fertilize primrose during their growing season, even though it’s the cold weather time of year when you would not be fertilizing other plants.

There is more to know about primroses and other cool season plants for color. Contact Mary 707.545.6863 for a consultation.

Other plants in the nursery in October

California Natives
Mimulus
Sisyrinchium californicum
Pacific Coast Iris
Annuals
Primrose
Calendula
Pansy
Iceland Poppy
Perennials
Lavender
Chrysanthemums
Achillea (yarrow)
Aster
Veggies
Beets (plant seeds)
Carrots (plant seeds)
Radish (plant seeds)
Swiss Chard
Peas


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Etc...
 

Iceland Poppies
Iceland Poppy Bouquet

Poppies
When you cut your poppy flowers make sure to singe the cut end for a few seconds with the flame from a lighter or stovetop before you put them in water. This treatment will help your poppies last longer in your vase!


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Dahlia
Dahlia

 

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Answer: A) Umbel
Butterflies are attracted to umbel shaped flowers (flat-topped or umbrella shaped) and flowers that are clustered (like butterfly bush flowers) that have short flower tubes.

 

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!
 
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The Gardening Tutor
Hands-on, Individualized Gardening Instruction And Consulting in Sonoma County
Santa Rosa, California
707.545.6863
www.thegardeningtutor.net
mary@thegardeningtutor.net


 




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