January 22nd, 2011
Ikebana is more a spiritual story than a collection of cuttings from the garden. Jay Marie Buttross from the San Antonio chapter of Ikebana International explains the significance behind arrangements and illustrates a few techniques with plants from her garden. Arborist Guy LeBlanc examines ball moss and tackles oak tree sprouts.
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Plant of the Week: Viburnums
Tips of the Week
Prune woody shrubs that have lost their leaves, like Hamelia patens. You can also prune turks cap and other plants that have lost their leaves and are completely dormant sticks. Prune evergreen salvias. Avoid pruning plants like Pride of Barbados, abutilon, shrimp plant and tropicals until the last freeze date. Wait until mid-February to prune roses and evergreen shrubs.
Clean up dormant vegetable beds. Eggs of pests like stinkbugs are harboring in fallen tomato leaves and other debris. Discard.
Transplant shrubs, trees, and roses.
Plant bare root fruit trees. Actually, plant any tree! Now is an excellent time to plant.
Plant annuals like flowering cabbage, kale, snapdragons, pansies, calendula and violas to lift your spirits until our dormant plants return.
Continue planting cool weather crops like carrots, radishes, lettuce and greens.
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Question of the Week
How soon can I use tree prunings as mulch?
Ikebana Contact Information
Jay Marie Buttross