August 27, 2008

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Viola F1 'Rain Blue and Purple.' (Photo courtesy of All-American Selections)
Viola F1 'Rain Blue and Purple' AAS Cool Season Bedding Plant award winner

Each year All-American Selections introduces new, tested flowers and vegetables that have proven, superior qualities. The 2009 AAS Cool Season Bedding Plant award winner is Viola F1 'Rain Blue and Purple,' which creates a spreading pool of cool blue colors. The plants are cold and heat tolerant, resulting in flowers throughout the seasons. Viola 'Rain Blue and Purple' will bloom in the south during fall and winter; in the north in the spring and summer. There is always a season of bloom for 'Rain Blue and Purple.' Another appealing trait is that the 1-1/2 inch blooms change color from purple and white to purple and blue as they mature. Few flowers change colors naturally and 'Rain Blue and Purple' is one of them. The plants spread 10 to 14 inches in the garden or container. The trailing habit is perfectly designed for hanging baskets or patio urns. 'Rain Blue and Purple' was bred by Tokita Seed Co. Ltd., Saitama, Japan. Seed and plants of this AAS Winner will be available from your favorite retailer.

AAS WINNER DATA

Genus species: Viola cornuta

Common names: Johnny Jump-Up

Unique qualities: Creeping habit, flower color changes naturally from purple/white to purple/blue

Flower size: 1 1/2 inches

Color(s): Purple/white to purple/blue

Plant height: 6 inches

Plant width: Spreads 10 to 14 inches

Garden spacing: 10 to 12 inches

Length of time from sowing seed to flower: 70 days

Closest comparison(s) on market: 'Alpine F1 Violet & White,' Viola F1 'Rebel Blue'


Handbook helps gardeners select the right roses for their gardens

The choice of beautiful roses in rose catalogs, at local nurseries and at garden centers can be overwhelming. The American Rose Society (ARS) offers a publication to help you look beyond the pretty pictures and select the right roses for your home garden.

The American Rose Society’s 2009 Handbook for Selecting Roses is a rose-buying guide to more than 3,000 rose varieties. The Handbook provides valuable information about each rose, including the color, class or type, fullness of bloom, year of introduction, and most importantly, the “Roses in Review” score. The RIR score is compiled from garden performance ratings by thousands of ARS members from across the country.

ARS members receive the 100 page Handbook for Selecting Roses as a benefit of membership. It is the resource rosarians turn to time and again to help ensure a successful rose gardening experience. The 2009 edition is available to the public for only $5.

The American Rose Society has been the premier organization devoted exclusively to the cultivation of roses in the United States for more than 116 years. With approximately 14,000 members nationwide, the ARS supports 330 local societies offering rose-related activities and information at the community level.

To order the 2009 Handbook for Selecting Roses or to receive information about growing roses, write: American Rose Society, P.O. Box 30,000, Shreveport, LA 71130-0030, call (800) 637-6534 or e-mail the society at ars@ars-hq.org. Bulk prices for the Handbook are available. You can also visit their Web site at www.ars.org.


The compost heap
TPWD ad placement concerns

"We have some concern regarding the placement of our Bluebonnet License Plate Banner ad within the last issue of the Seeds newsletter," writes Carly Drees, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. "The ad and link to our Web site was located at the bottom of an article on getting rid of wildlife around your home. This article encourages actions that are contrary to Texas Parks & Wildlife's mission and programs including Texas Wildscapes (you can familiarize yourselves with this program at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/wildscapes) We've had several TPWD employees and valued partners concerned that this gives the impression that Texas Parks and Wildlife endorses the recommendations and/or the products mentioned in the article, which we do not."

Tomato plants growing but not producing fruit

“I am looking for help in raising tomatoes as I have planted 3 plants in a location with shade and do water frequently,” writes Clint Faulkner. “The plants have grown to about 4 feet tall but after about 3 months, have no fruit. I have tried to get help but with no return.”

You don't say how much sun your plants are getting but tomatoes need a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight in order to produce fruit. It is likely that your plants are getting too much shade. Other factors that could be contributing to the problem are: the wrong varieties, too much nitrogen fertilizer at planting or temperatures too high to set fruit. — Chris Corby, Publisher


Gardening tips

"I put a used fabric softener sheet in the bottom of my potted plants to cover up the hole," writes Rasmey MauRaymond. "This way the water goes through but not the potting soil."

Have a favorite gardening tip you'd like to share? Texas Gardener's Seeds is seeking brief gardening tips from Texas gardeners to use in future issues. If we publish your tip in Seeds, we will send you a free Texas Gardener T-shirt. Here's a chance to get published and be a garden stylist as well! Please send your tips of 50 words or less to the editor at: Gardening Tips.


Did You Know...

Bloodmeal and bonemeal are two organic fertilizers that gardeners often sprinkle around their favorite plants but if you have dogs, watch out. Dogs are very attracted to them and will dig up your beds trying to get at the substances.


Upcoming garden events

Kemah: "If You Build It, Will They Come? Creating a Habitat for Birds and Butterflies," presented by Alecya Gallaway, environmental historian, will be the program at the Kemah-Bay Area Garden Club's Wednesday, September 3, meeting. The meeting will be held at 9:45 a.m. at the Kemah Visitor Center and Schoolhouse Museum, 603 Bradford St., Kemah. Light refreshments will be served and the public is welcome. For additional information, call Mary Ellen Chapman, president, (281) 559-1912.

Austin: Travis Country Master Gardeners Association, a volunteer arm of the Texas A&M and Travis County AgriLife Extension Service, will present "Using Water Wisely," a seminar that concentrates on capturing rainwater and landscaping with plants requiring little water, 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, September 6, at the West Rural Community Center, 8656 Hwy. 71 W, Build. A, Austin. Gain the knowledge necessary to build a rainwater harvesting system. All the basics are covered to build a non potable water harvesting system. A demonstration will show how to make a simple, inexpensive rain barrel collection system. Lower your water usage by utilizing native and adapted landscape plants that look great and need a minimal amount of water to thrive. This method of gardening is called Xeriscaping. If desired, a green, lush looking landscape can be achieved. Vendors representing tanks, pumps and guttering will be available to answer specific questions. This seminar is free. No reservations will be taken. For more information, call (512) 854-9600 and ask for the Master Gardeners desk or visit http://www.tcmastergardeners.org.

The Woodlands: Turf grass is the thirstiest plant in the landscape. Brenda Beust Smith, Houston Chronicle’s Lazy Gardener, offers quips, maxims and techniques that conserve water and beautify landscapes in How to Reduce the Size of Your Lawn (for the Ecology’s Sake) Without Infuriating Your Neighbors on Thursday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m. Organized by Community Associations of The Woodlands, the free program will be held in the L.G.I. Lecture Hall at McCullough Junior High, 3800 S. Panther Creek Dr., The Woodlands. For more information, call (281) 210-3900 or visit www.thewoodlandsassociations.org/site/environment/default.aspx?page=355.

Rockport: The 20th Annual Hummer/Bird Celebration will be held September 11-14, 2008 at the Rockport-Fulton High School. Four days of programs, exhibits and field trips about hummingbirds, other birds, butterflies, and habitat gardening by renowned speakers and a visit to Hummer Homes to see Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds during their migration south for the winter. For more information, visit www.rockporthummingbird.com.

Kilgore: Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association will host the "East Texas Organic Workshop" on Saturday, September 13. Expert speakers will present topics such as The Soil Food Web, Organic Insect Management, Organic Growing for the Small Farm, and Raising/Management of Free-Range Chickens. It will also include a tour of a grass-fed beef ranch. For more information, visit www.tofga.org or call (903) 986-9475.

Houston: The Native Plant Society of Texas-Houston (NPSOT-H) presents its 11th Annual Wildscapes Workshop & Plant Sale, "Landscaping with Native Plants to Attract Wildlife," on Saturday, September 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Houston's Main Campus (I-45 & Cullen Blvd.), Cullen College of Engineering, Building 1. The workshop will feature the following speakers: Chris LaChance and Angela Chandler on "Rain Gardens and Introduction to Rainwater Harvesting," Jason McKenzie on "Great Plants for a Wildscapes Landscape," Farrar Stockton on "Local Butterflies, Moths & Flight of the Monarch," and Diana Foss on "Designing with Natives." The Native Plant Sale, which opens at 11:30 a.m. for workshop attendees, will feature many hard-to-find natives. From 12:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. the plant sale will be free and open to the public as well as attendees. Visit the book sale, exhibits, and booths. In addition, there will be raffles, door prizes, refreshments, and lunch. Fee: $30 per person ($25 for NPSOT members). Preregistration on or before September 1, 2008 is required. Registration form, flyer, and more information can be found at http://www.npsot.org/Houston/Wildscapesflyer2008.pdf. Sponsored by NPSOT-H, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, and the University of Houston, the proceeds of this NPSOT-H fundraiser will be used for school habitats, grants, and education.

Houston: The Harris County Master Gardeners at Precinct 2 are accepting applications for Master Gardener Certification Training Classes. Classes will be held at The Precinct 2 Road Camp, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff, Houston, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning September 16 and continuing through October 28. For additional information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Sugar Land: On Tuesday, September 16, the Sugar Land Garden Club will host Heidi Sheesley, owner of TreeSearch Farms, presenting "A Palette of Color for Fall Gardening," a program on plants that are well suited to our local climate and soils. All of the plants covered in the program will be available at the sale on September 20th (see below). Anyone with an interest in gardening and horticulture is invited to attend the program. Refreshments start at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10 a.m. at the Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land.

Houston: Harris County Master Gardeners are now accepting applications for Texas Master Gardener Certification Training Classes to be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 16-October 28, 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Harris County Master Gardeners, Precinct 2 Road Camp, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff, Houston. In addition to attending classes, volunteer hours are required for certification as a Harris County Texas Master Gardener. The registration deadline is September 15 and there is a fee of $150. For more information, please call (281) 855-5600or visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Austin: The Travis County Master Gardeners Association, a volunteer arm of the Travis County AgriLife Extension Service, will present Vegetables for Cooler Times, a free seasonal seminar that will cover multiple topics pertinent to fall gardening activities from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 17, Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin. In spite of the heat, it is time to be in the vegetable garden. "Fall Vegetable Gardening" by Patty Leander, a regular contributor to Texas Gardener, will include the basics of vegetable gardening with the emphasis on plants and varieties that flourish in the fall and winter months. Leaves, leaves everywhere! Don’t rake, bag and send it to the landfill. Learn how to convert leaves and other material into plant food. It is called compost. Plants adore it. Learn how to make this magic act happen. Thought only Yankees could grow rhubarb? Wrong! With a little thinking outside the box, you can grow rhubarb and strawberries, too, right in your own backyard. Learn how these two favorites can be successfully in Central Texas. A Plant Clinic will be held during the entire seminar. Bring your diseased/bug eaten plant, roots and all, in a plastic bag. Gain knowledge from expert Master Gardeners on action you can take to remedy the situation. The seminar is free. No reservations will be taken. For more information, call (512) 854-9600 and ask for the Master Gardeners desk or visit http://www.tcmastergardeners.org.

Sugar Land: The Sugar Land Garden Club will host the 10th annual Garden Art and Plant Sale on Saturday, September 20 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.at the Sugar Lakes Clubhouse, 930 Sugar Lakes Drive, Sugar Land. The sale will feature a number of new varieties of perennials and Texas Native plants (as well as many old favorites) from TreeSearch Farms. In addition, there will be seeds from member’s gardens, metal work, and a selection of garden art by talented local artists. Visit www.sugarlandgardenclub.org to preview some of the items that will be available at the sale. Proceeds from this and other Sugar Land Garden Club fundraisers are used within the community for the club’s scholarship grants and other programs.

Edna: The Jackson County Master Gardeners will have a Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, September 20, beginning at 8 a.m. in the Jackson County Services Building Auditorium, 411 N. Wells, Edna. Admission is free and open to the public. A variety of shrubs, flowering trees, vines and garden accessories will be on sale.

Seabrook: Drop in on Harris County Master Gardeners Saturday, September 27 from 9 a.m. until noon for a "Fall Garden Expo" featuring free garden lectures and information booths combined with a sale of fruit trees, herbs, Earth Kind roses and fall vegetables. Information booths include: Herbs, Landscape Design, Ask a Master Gardener, Compost and Healthy Soil, Rainwater Harvesting, Tree and Shrub Care, Earth Kind Roses, Fire Ants and Insect Pests, and Micro-Irrigation. Landolt Pavilion at Clear Lake Park, 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. For more information, call (281) 855-5600 or visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

The Woodlands: Discover the hottest trends in landscaping—habitat gardening, rainwater harvesting and organic methods—at Woodlands Landscaping Solutions on Saturday, September 27 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The free, hands-on, how-to event offers sage tips for yard and garden with booths, demonstrations, pond and garden tours and a plant sale. Explore container gardening, learn design tips and get the dirt on composting. Purchase native perennials, vines, shrubs and understory trees from Diane Cabiness’s Native Plant Nursery and The Pineywoods Nursery. Rose Rustler’s will offer vintage roses for $10 a piece, and Montgomery County Herb Gardeners will spice things up with herbs for woodland gardens. Ceramics from Colored Umbrella Pottery, organic products and garden gifts also for sale. Free event hosted by Community Associations of The Woodlands at 8203 Millennium Forest Dr., The Woodlands. For more information, call (281) 210-3900 or visit www.thewoodlandsassociations.org/site/environment/default.aspx?page=382.

Rockport: The Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardener Association will hold a "Fall Plant Sale" Saturday, September 27, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Green Acres, 611 East Mimosa Street at Pearl Street, Rockport. Purchase those much-wanted plants that you have been wanting to buy and can't find anywhere. Be sure to take the time to wander through the demonstration gardens at Green Acres which are continuously being updated and maintained by the Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardener Association. This event is open to the public. For additional information, contact The Texas AgriLife Extension Service at (361) 790-0103.

Bryan: The Brazos County Master Gardener Association will hold a Fall Pant Sale at the Brazos County Extension Office, 2619 Highway 21 West, Bryan from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, September 27.The sale will include a wide selection of unusual and unique plants guaranteed to grow in Brazos County. Choice Heirloom and Pass-along plants from the gardens of local Master Gardeners will also be available for purchase. For additional information, call (979) 823-0129 or e-mail brazosmg@ag.tamu.edu.

Lewisville: The Denton County Master Gardeners' 2008 Garden InfoFest will be held Saturday, October 4, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Upper Trinity Regional Water District, 900 North Kealy Ave., Lewisville. Events include expert garden speakers, gardening demonstrations, Ask a Master Gardener booth, children's activities, garden shopping, silent auction, plant sale, door prizes and a garden tour. For additional information, call (940) 349-2883 or visit DCMGA.com.

Tyler: The Smith County Master Gardener Association, a volunteer program of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, will sponsor its annual Fall Gardening Conference at Marvin United Methodist Church in Tyler on Saturday, October 11, from 8:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. A bulb sale following the conference at Harvey Convention Center will offer thousands of bulbs to the public with many varieties not often found in local nurseries. During the exposition, local Master Gardeners will provide a help-desk to answer gardening questions and perform demonstrations of proper bulb planting techniques, division of perennials, and planting of bare root roses. This conference and plant sale have continued to grow in popularity each succeeding year with attendees coming from as far as South Central Texas up to the Red River in the north and as far east as Louisiana. The conference is free and open to the public. Conference presentations by two recognized horticulture experts will provide useful insight and information about gardening in our region. Dr. William Welch, Professor and Landscape Horticulturist with the Department of Horticultural Sciences at Texas A&M University, will discuss gardening using perennials that thrive in the area and come back year after year. Chris Wiesinger, known as "the Bulb Hunter," is the owner of the Southern Bulb Company, a flower bulb farm in East Texas that offers heirloom perennial flower bulbs for warm climates. Chris regularly travels the back roads of Texas to rescue heirloom bulbs forgotten or destined for extinction due to developments and highway expansion. For additional information, call Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Smith County at (903) 590-2980.

Fredericksburg: Texas Gourd Society will present the 13th annual "Lone Star Gourd Festival" at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds October 18 and 19. There will be door prizes, raffles, classes, demonstrations and an opportunity to meet Bill Decker, 2008 TGS Artist of the Year, and Bonnie Gibson, nationally-known author and artist. The show is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 and free to children under 12. For additional information, call (806) 523-9092 or visit www.texasgourdsociety.org.

Austin: Plant and Insect Photography for Beginners class will be taught by Sam Myers, a Master Gardener and experienced photographer, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., Wednesday, October 22 at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin. The class will concentrate on developing the ability to take sharp, colorful photos with impact. There will be an overview of cameras, both film and digital. Discussion will include how lighting, focal length and aperture interact in composing photographs and how to use your camera's programs (landscape, portrait, etc.) effectively. Guidelines of composition will be covered along with "posing" plants and insects for best visual presentation. Prerequisite: study the owner's manual on your camera. Bring your camera for some practical exercises. Class size is limited. Reservation required: gisathccs@aol.com or (512) 804-2257. The class is sponsored by the Travis County Master Gardener Association in partnership with the AgriLife Extension, Travis County. For more information call (512) 854-9600 and ask for the Master Gardener's desk. http://www.tcmastergardeners.org.

MONTHLY MEETINGS

Kilgore: Northeast Texas Organic Gardeners meets at 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Wildwood Eco-Farm in Kilgore. For more information, call Carole Ramke at (903) 986-9475.

Allen: The Allen Garden Club meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the little blue-gray house located at 102 N. Allen Dr., Allen. For more information, visit www.allengardenclub.org.

Austin: Austin Organic Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin. For more information, visit www.main.org/aog.

Schertz: The Guadalupe County (Schertz/Seguin) Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Guadalupe County Annex, 1101 Elbel Road, Shertz. A plant exchange and meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a program at 7. For additional information or an application to join NPSOT, contact guadalupecounty@npsot.org.

Friendswood: The second Tuesday of each month the Harris County Precinct 2 Master Gardeners hold a free evening educational program for the public, called the Green Thumb Series, at Southeast Church of Christ, 2400 W Bay Area Blvd., Friendswood, about 1 mile west of I-45 and Baybrook Mall. For more information visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu or call (281) 991-8437.

Rockport: The Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group, founded in March 2003, meets the second Wednesday of each month, with the exceptions of June and July, to discuss all aspects of using and growing herbs, including historical uses and tips for successful propagation and cultivation, meets at 619 N. Live Oak Street, Room 14, Rockport at 10 a.m. Sometimes they take field trips and have cooking demonstrations in different locations. For more information, contact Linda (361) 729-6037, Ruth (361) 729-8923 or Cindy (979) 562-2153 or visit www.rockportherbs.com.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Herb Society meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels (corner of Funston & N. New Braunfels). For more information on programs, visit www.sanantonioherbs.org.

Dallas: The Rainbow Garden Club of North Texas meets the second Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Meetings are held at member's homes and garden centers around the area. For more information, visit www.RainbowGardenClub.com.

Sugar Land: The Sugar Land Garden Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month, September through November and January through April at 10 a.m. at the Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land. The club hosts a different speaker each month. For more information, visit www.sugarlandgardenclub.org.

Denton: The Denton Organic Society, a group devoted to sharing information and educating the public regarding organic principles, meets the third Wednesday of each month (except July, August and December) at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Avenue. Meetings are free and open to the public. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are preceded by a social at 6:30. For more information, call (940) 382-8551.

Houston: The Native Plant Society of Texas — Houston (NPSOT-H) meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month except for October (4th Thursday) and December (2nd Thursday). Location varies. For locations, for more information on programs, and for information about native plants for Houston, visit http://www.npsot.org/Houston.

Rosenberg: The Fort Bend Master Gardeners meet at 7:15 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month except December at the Bud O'Shieles Community Center located at 1330 Band Road, Rosenberg. For more information, call (281) 341-7068 or visit www.fbmg.com.

Seguin: The Guadalupe County Master Gardeners meets the third Thursday of each month at the Texas AgriLife Extension Bldg. at 210 E. Live Oak at 7 p.m. For more information, phone (830) 379-1972 or visit www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.

Longview: The Northeast Texas chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets the third Thursday of each month at St. Mary's Parish Hall in Longview. For more information, call Logan Damewood at (903) 295-1984.

Edna: The Jackson County Master Gardeners present their "Come Grown With Us" seminars on the fourth Tuesday of each month, January through October, beginning at 7 p.m. at 411 N. Wells, Edna. The seminars are free, open to the public and offer 2 CEU hours to Master Gardeners or others requiring them. For additional information, contact the Jackson County Extension Office at (361) 782-3312.

Fort Worth: The Organic Garden Club of Forth Worth meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month except July and December at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens main building. Refreshments are served. For more information, call (817) 274-8460.

Seabrook: The Harris County Precinct 2 Master Gardeners hold an educational program at 10 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at The Meeting Room (on the Lakeside) at Clear Lake Park, 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Dallas: The Dallas Organic Garden Club meets at 6:45 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Fretz Park Recreation Center, located at the corner of Hillcrest and Beltline Road in Dallas. For more information, call (214) 824-2448 or visit www.dogc.org.

Arlington: The Arlington Organic Garden Club meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month (except November and December) at the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center Street, Arlington. For more information, contact David at (817) 483-7746.

If you would like your organization's events included in "Upcoming Garden Events," please contact us at Garden Events. To ensure inclusion in this column, please provide complete details at least three weeks prior to the event.


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  Doug Welsh's Texas Garden Almanac

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