Garden Notes

Garden Notes

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The autumn season is a good opportunity to pick up on characteristics and differences of various trees.

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Deep watering, mulching, and for evergreens an anti-desiccant spray are measures to take to ensure survival and avoid winterkill.

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Festivals, fall, and finally — figs

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Blue-sky days; hoping for rain.

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Watering has been doubled up, insufficiencies in irrigation programs revealed, and signs of stress have appeared everywhere.

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Those unfamiliar with the dinner-plate sized flowers and stature of hybrid hibiscus are literally stopped in their tracks by them.

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Perhaps there is still time to plant late-flowering perennials and fall-color shrubs, such as anemone, tricyrtis, lespedeza, and witch hazel, to add seasonal interest.

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We tried a new early potato variety, ‘Satina,’ this year. Boy, are they ever smooth and yummy! Our usual, ‘Dark Red Norland,’ is great too; it is likely that all new potatoes are an epiphany, compared to tired old storage spuds.

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It has been a great month for roses, due mainly to the plentiful rainfall early on and the cooler-than-average temperatures, it seems.

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The lesson is easy: be careful where you mulch and cultivate if you desire more self-sowers.