Greetings: The trip to Paris and London was wonderful. I saw many wonderful and interesting things but there is no place like home. I mean Blanco, Texas.
It’s time to get in to the gardening routine. If you need to move shrubs or trees, this is the time. There will be time for the roots to settle and become established before the hot weather next summer. Snapdragons, nasturtium, ornamental kale and cabbage, Johnny-jump-ups, and pansies can be planted. Seed larkspur, poppies, and sweet-peas.
Mulch roses, shrubs, vines, flowers, and trees. Perennials that are not hardy should be mulched after the tops have been frozen back. Mulch them heavily; it could be the difference between death and survival.
Fertilize every 4-6 weeks during the winter growing season. Continue to water regularly if it doesn’t rain.
The first frost is very near. Some of us had 32 degrees two nights last week. House plants and tender pot plants should be moved inside to protect them from the elements. Most house plants don’t like to get cooler than 40 degrees. Place the plants in as much light as possible. Water and feed them regularly.
November is the best time to take cuttings from roses, hard wood shrubs and trees. Soak the cuttings in seaweed before sticking them in a root hormone and stick them in sand or Pearlite. Keep the planting medium damp. The roots should never dry out.
Oh, by the way, I did buy a new hat in Paris. Of course, it is a gardening hat!!!