Congrats to residents of 4408 Ripplewood for Hillcrest Estates – Calloway’s November Yard of the Month Honors, they will receive a $25 Calloway’s Nursery Gift Card. If you would like to nominate a neighbor’s yard please email us at hillcresthoa@ hillcrest121.com
Timely Tips for November Gardeners from Calloway’s and Cornelius
This is the perfect time to plant bulbs for Spring, they should be in the ground before the first frost and planted while the soil is still easy to work with. Some of the most popular bulbs are tulips, hyacinth and daffodils. Iris, daylilies and gladiolas should also be planted at this time of year, although they are not “true” bulbs, but; rhizomes, tubers and corms, respectively. Yet all of these, like bulbs, require the cooler soil of winter to generate healthy new growth in spring.
Transform your landscape with the addition of fresh, colorful blooms! Pansies are by far the most popular Winter color. The ‘Matrix’ Pansy has been outstanding for our Texas weather. It will not “stretch” during bouts of warm temperatures and is bred to grow out, not up. This compact grower offers shorter stems to support large colorful blooms. Dianthus (also known as “Pinks”), Snapdragons, Cyclamen, Violas and the fragrant Alyssum are also good choices for cold tolerant annuals. Ornamental Cabbage and Kale provide interesting texture in the landscape as well as color. For best effect, limit your planting to two or three colors per bed.
The key to growing beautiful annual flowers is soil preparation. Work Calloway’s Flowerbed Mix into the soil, or organic compost, to a depth of 6” to 8”. Adding Calloway’s Flower Food to the soil at the time of planting will provide the extra nutrients for growth and blooms. Remember to add 2 to 3 inches of mulch to all beds to reduce moisture loss, prevent weeds from germinating and to insulate the soil from the cold.
These same annuals can be used in patio containers. Fill your container with fresh potting soil and plant food. Keep them watered as necessary and remove faded flowers to encourage repeat blooming.
If want beautiful Bluebonnets in the Spring, sow the seed in early November!
Please remember the birds. Texas is a haven for birds. No other state in the United States has more species within its boundaries. There are currently over 620 species documented in Texas, which is almost 75 percent of all bird species recorded in the continental United State. To attract the widest variety of wild birds, you should consider placing a wide variety of bird feeders and food around your yard. Probably one of the single most important elements to include is water.
Saturday, November 1st at 10:15 am – Birding Basics: Creating a Bird Friendly Backyard
Information courtesy of Calloway’s Nursery ©2014, www.calloways.com.