Perfect Time for Cool Season Annuals/Color
Plus, Final GardenLine Appearance Saturday November 14th
Maas Nursery 5511 Toddville Rd. in Seabrook
Here's a question I ask every year at about this time in the calendar... "What other color/annuals choices are available that can give a colorful splash in the garden from November through February, besides pansies. Don't get me wrong, I like pansies and violas, but I'm also always on the lookout for different things. To that end, that's what this week's email tip is all about. And in perfect time to for our final GardenLine Appearance of the season, because Maas Nursery is fully stocked with every imaginable "winter color" and you can come check many of these out for yourself this weekend.
Last GardenLine Appearance of the Season
I'll get to more on the GardenLine appearance a bit later, but I do want to focus on winter annuals/color other than pansies today. For me, this week's tip sheet couldn't have come at a better time, because we are finally done with that "transitional" period, where frankly it's still too hot to get the cool season annuals to thrive, but still not wickedly cold to make a mid November planting become a waste of money. The ultimate "transitional" color is petunias, and while they are doing quite well right now, they do tend to have a hard time recovering after their first 30 degree night.
I realize a lot of you may also be like me, and could have just as easily lumped Snapdragons in to the "anything other than..." category, but I'm very pleased with the dwarf varieties of snaps that have hit the market nicely in the past two years. Simply put, they just don't get so leggy and lanky. Then there are dianthus that have gotten bigger, better and stronger over the years, and don't automatically melt away on a 30 degree night as well. Keep in mind; it has been since 1989 that we've experienced a devastating freeze the likes that can wipe out even cold-hardy annuals. So, with very few exceptions most of these annuals can handle a night or two in the high 20s and low 30s, but none can withstand days in the low 20s and high teens.
So, with all that said here is a list you can take with you to a local nursery or garden center and see what else you find besides pansies. Oh, by the way, I do like pansies; it's just that it seems to be the only choice for way too many residential and commercial properties. I guess I'm hoping to see some "outside-the-box" thinking by the GardenLine Faithful this year. And as always with these weekly diatribes, feel free to weigh in yourself, if you think I'm missing something that has become a cold-hardy favorite of yours. Just make sure it's available to the public.
Most of these choices work well in Sun to Part Sun
• Dianthus (Especially the Melody Series)
• Dwarf Snapdragons
• Ornamental Cilantro
• Ornamental Parsley
• Ornamental Kale
• Ornamental Cabbage
• Ornamental Lettuce
• Swiss Chard (especially Rhubarb Red)
• African Daisy (Osteosperma)
• Bronze Fennel
• Alstromeria (Peruvian Lily )
• Sweet peas
• Primrose (only Obconica)
• California Poppy
• French Hollyhock (Zebrina var. only)
Shade Loving Choices: Yes, we are limited, but that's still better than NONE which was sort of the case 20-30 years ago.
• Lemon Balm
Saturday November 14th, 2009 11am -1 pm
Maas Nursery – 5511 Toddville Rd., Seabrook, TX
If you've truly read this whole email tip before getting to this announcement, then you're going to be thanking me later if you do come to Maas Nursery this Saturday. For starters, and as noted earlier, they are completely stocked with winter color. And because of that we are going to give away a free 2-pound jar of Nelson's Color Star with proof of purchase of at least two or more flats of color. While I may have buried the lead as well, we are cleaning out our prize closet too. So, even if you don't want the Color Star, we will have loads of other goodies to give away. Another great item we are giving away will be 20 bags (real bags, not just samples) of Micro Life 6-2-4 Organic Fertilizer. But you truly have to earn this, either by printing out this email and bringing it with you, or concocting your own GardenLine Fan Shirt, such as the coveted Lemmonhead T. And yes, we are giving those away to the first 20 people who show up with this tip sheet in hand, or a new T-Shirt idea as well.
Even if you don't need any of the aforementioned freebies, remember that since this is my last official GardenLine Appearance before Christmas, this provides you with your last best opportunity to get a signed copy of Gulf Coast Gardening for your holiday gift giving. And lastly, if you've never been to Maas Nursery before please read this profile we wrote about them a couple of years ago to learn what you've missed out on.
One final thought about Maas, to get you to come do business there. It's simply amazing that they are even re-opened following Hurricane Ike. Your business can be a great way to help congratulate Maas for getting back up on their feet so quickly to help service the gardening faithful in the area following such a disaster. It's only been a dash over a year since Ike, and I think you'll be impressed with how well they have recovered considering.
The new KTRH streaming widget lets you take NewsRadio 740 with you anywhere you go!
Place it on your blog, Facebook, Myspace and other social network sites by simply clicking the "Get & Share" button!
CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS
Until next issue, here's to Great Gardening from the GardenLine, heard exclusively, 6-10 a.m. Saturdays and 7-10 a.m. Sundays, only on NewsRadio 740 KTRH.
Visit the GardenLine Home Page!
Randy's Tips Archive • Previous Newsletters • Podcasts • Appearances
Visit the GardenLine Facebook Page!
ardenLine Listeners and E-mail Tip Subscribers can purchase a copy of my new book at discounted price!
Gulf Coast Gardening with Randy Lemmon
Check it out!
Garden retailers interested in stocking the book, should call the Nitro Phos Warehouse at 713-228-1868 for wholesale ordering information.
Click Here for
Our Printer-Friendly Version
Click Here for a complete
KTRH program schedule
E-mail The Editor.
Please feel free to forward this issue to friends and associates. Anyone can subscribe for free.
For Advertising Information: Bo Brown, general sales manager - 713-212-8013; Nick Peterson, online sales manager - 713-212-8520
You are receiving this newsletter because you requested a subscription. This newsletter is optimized for Microsoft Outlook. If the newsletter doesn't display correctly in your e-mail program, see our online version. To unsubscribe, instructions are at the bottom of this page.
© 2009. Powered by Clear Channel's ktrh.com.