Shine this spring
Plant Sale offers ideas for area gardens
March 28, 2014
by Beth Ellis/Victoria County Master Gardener
Edited by Charla Borchers Leon/Victoria County Master Gardener
PHOTOS BY LUPE COOK/VICTORIA COUNTY MASTER GARDENER
Brugmansia, also known as angel's trumpet, likes sun but should be positioned to receive shade in the afternoon. It can do well in patio containers and flower, year-round with its blooms known to droop downward. Take caution in placing this beautiful tropical as it has toxic qualities that could bring discomfort to pets and children.
The donkey ear plant has leaves that resemble the shape of a donkey's ear and sends up a stalk with pink cluster blooms that are known to resemble a chandelier or a group of bells that attract hummingbirds. This kalanchoe plant is a succulent that can go for long periods of time with very little attention other than a casual weekly watering in very dry conditions. Look for this easy plant readily available at the sale.
Moses-in-the-boat derives its common name from tiny white flowers or bracts that grow in lance-shaped leaves resembling a boat. Also known as the oyster plant, it grows in mounds with muted green leaves and purple undersides and does well as a border plant. Look for this drought- and freeze-tolerant plant for the local area at Saturday's sale.
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The moon vine, a cousin to the morning glory, blooms at night with large, fragrant white blooms. Planted together, these two related plants provide blooms with fragrance in the morning, afternoon and night. It will grow well on a trellis or fence with regular watering and partial shade. Fertilizer helps to insure continuous blooming.
Spring is here by all indications - and so is the Victoria County Master Gardener spring plant sale. As a reminder from last week's article, it takes place Saturday at the Victoria Educational Gardens Pavilion, located across from the control tower at Victoria Regional Airport.
The sale runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until the plants are gone. Come early to get the best selection. There will be tons of plants to choose from as well as books that no Victoria gardener should be without.
Jewels for the garden
Below are a few more of the many plants that will be for sale. These all do well in Victoria area gardens and they are just the thing to make your flower beds, porches and patios shine.
In addition to plants, the plant sale also offers several books that have proven their value to area gardeners.
These include the newest edition of "Butterfly Gardening for Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi, which is the book to have if you love gardening for butterflies. "The Texas Garden Almanac" by Doug Welsh is also a very useful book because it addresses Texas gardening on a month-by-month basis - a very useful tool for maintaining and successfully executing your garden plans.
Other books that will be offered for sale include "Central Texas Gardening," "Insects of Texas," "Texas Cacti" and several other titles for gardening information. You should also consider the Victoria County Master Gardener Cookbook.
The ever-popular Master Gardener seed ball mixes will also be for sale. The mixes include a butterfly and hummingbird mix, a cut flower mix and a wildflower wheel mix. Seed balls are a fun and easy way to get kids involved in gardening.
See you at the sale
So come on out to the sale Saturday, and stock up on all the plants you can. Come early to get the best selection, and after you've finished purchasing, take a leisurely stroll through the adjoining Victoria Educational Gardens. I feel certain you'll come away with all the ideas and inspiration you need to create your perfect garden this year.
The Gardeners' Dirt is written by members of the Victoria County Master Gardener Association, an educational outreach of Texas AgriLife Extension - Victoria County. Mail your questions in care of the Advocate, P.O. Box 1518, Victoria, TX 77901; or firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment on this column at The Victoria Advocate.
PLANT SALE SATURDAY
VICTORIA GARDEN TOUR
April 26 and 27
Seven gardens on tour
Ticket locations in Victoria: Devereux Gardens, 1313 N. Navarro St.; Earthworks Nursery, 102 E. Airline Road.; Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 528 Waco Circle