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November 2018

Things to do in the garden this month...

Ixora 'Nora Grant'

Visit your local nursery! Cooler weather makes us more inclined to work outside, so this is a great time to shop for color for our gardens...whether it's winter annuals or flowering shrubs such as Ixora.

Remember to water - after Rainy Season ends, we sometimes forget we have to do it ourselves. Run your irrigation once a week (if there's been no rain), twice a week if temps are especially warm.

Watch for insect damage. If you see a problem, take bagged cuttings to your local plant nursery for diagnosis and treatment options.

For a list of what could be wrong with your plant - and ways to treat it - see our page on Plant Symptoms. Or get an overview with our Plant Problems page.

Dwarf Pandanus

This relative of Screw Pine looks nothing like razor-sharp teeth, no dramatic swirly growth, no weird aerial roots. Dwarf Pandanus is simply a lovely garden accent for sun to part shade.

Growing to about 4 feet tall, this plant will spread out but not quickly so it can be contained.

Zone 10 is best, and though it's said to be drought-tolerant once established, give it a regular drink (with time to dry out between waterings) for the freshest look.

Use it to give a tropical touch to your garden or to accent deeper greens in the landscape. Plant 3 feet - or more - apart.

Creating art from nature

When award-winning artist Patti Kraft picks up fallen palm fronds from her yard, she doesn't haul them to the curb for trash pick-up like the rest of us. She uses them to create stunning and unusual works of art!

Patti says...

My love of the outdoors has created a passion for exploring nature's intricate details.  I have gardened in the Pacific NW, the desert SW, at 9000' in a mountain climate, and in south Florida, where I create sculptured baskets out of Palm fronds.

Working with natural Palm Sheaths I have found a way to repurpose what most people discard, preserving and utilizing the Sheaths with unique and handmade designs.

The process takes about two weeks and steps include gathering (I use mostly Foxtail and Areca palms), soaking in a solution for about three days, hand-shaping/molding, sewing, embellishing (with natural materials such as seeds, nuts, carved bone, shell and horn), drying, and applying a hand rubbed finish.  A card includes the details of all the materials used in each piece.

I currently sell at art shows near my hometown of Englewood, FL, and will be displaying and selling at The Dancing Crane Gallery, 1019 10th Ave. W, Bradenton, FL, the months of December through March.

NOTE: These pieces would make wonderful one-of-a-kind Christmas presents! If you want to contact Patti about prices and ordering, use my contact form and I will pass your info on to her (she's still in the process of setting up a website).

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Now in bloom

We don't have much in the way of "fall flowers" here in South Florida, but the most showy autumn bloom is the spectacular Floss Silk Tree.

Usually flowering in November, this striking tree is cold hardy, growing anywhere in South Florida to about 35 to 40 feet.

The most unique feature, however, isn't the autumn blooms - it's the weird spiky trunk! Learn more about it...

Another fall color plant is Muhly Grass with its purple-pink plumes.

This native plant is a small ornamental grass that can be tucked into any landscape. Its fine texture makes it pretty year-round and the autumn color is just icing on the cake.

A visitor asks...

What are the spots on my frangipani's leaves? And what should I do about them?

This is rust, a type of fungus. It's common for frangipani to develop this, usually at this time of year. Rust is caused by a change in weather, from summer to winter.

What to do? You have two options.

You can drench or spray the plant with a systemic fungicide (spray works faster).... nothing! The leaves are going to fall off soon anyway, and the plant will be fine.

(If you can, rake up affected leaves and throw them out with your household garbage.)

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