August Newsletter

August 2012 Newsletter

Hello everyone!  I’m trying out a new format for sending newsletters.  Yes there was a hiatus with the newsletters, that’s why you have not received one in a few months, on we go! your shade garden!

Hot days are not the only times to love your shade garden.  Yes shade areas can pose a challenge when choosing plants.  Shade gardens generally do not offer a range of brightly colored flowers, (I know there are some but not a lot.)  Some of you want bright and lots of color in your shade area but are not happy with the choices in flowers.  Look to colorful leaves instead!  
Shady spots can have great variety and color with different colored leafs!  Annual coleus with their reds, pinks, purples and lime colored leaves offer many hue’s.  These are great to match with ornamental grasses with lime blades.  Hostas can add some lightening with leaves having white edges or centers. Don’t forget about their blue tones!  Fuchsias offer colorful blooms all summer long.  Alstromeria pistancina has small variegated leaves and shoots up a tall red flower in July; this is one of my favorites.  I can’t be remiss in mentioning the epimedium.  The sweetest plant in the shade with heart shaped leaves!  We must not forget the timeless impatient, which is not impatient, but blooms all summer long giving the brightest color of all!  Love your shade garden for what it is, cool and comforting, not for what it is not, loud and bright!

Gardening tips

  • Go to the Regional Water Providers Consortium at to know how much to water your landscape for the week.
  • Fertilize your pots once a month with an organic (high middle number) for lots of blooms.
  • Dead head your flowering plants to keep them blooming.
  • Bring some cut flowers inside to enjoy them.
  • Don’t use pesticides, they can kill our bees!  Find an organic method if you have an infestation of a bad bug.
  • If you have aphids, squish them, or spray them with the jet on your hose attachment.  This will get them off of your plants and they won’t crawl back up!
  • A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.
  • Wear sunscreen and a hat!

Ask Anne

I water my pots, but my plants are still droopy.  What’s going on?

Most likely you are watering them too much.  If plants are over watered, they will look like they need water.  If water is sitting in the dish under the pot for over a day, of if your pot has a plugged drain hole your plants are being over watered.  Let them dry out and water them less.

“A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.”

Recipe of the month:

H is a way to use up some of the zucchini!
This’s from Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbra Kingsolover

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 egg beaten
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
1 TBL vanilla
Combine in a bowl

1 Cup white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
Combine in a separate bowl and blend into liquid mixture

1 cup finely shredded zucchini
12 oz chocolate chips
Stir into other ingredients, mix well.  Drop y spoonful onto greased baking sheets, and flatten with the back of the spoon.  Bake at 350 for 10 to 15 min of the month:

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

This is the second book I’ve read from her and I loved every second of it!  It’s a bid scientific dealing with pharmaceuticals and the ethics of them.  Taking place in the Amazon the story leads one to a fantastic environment with some “healing plants.”   Ann Patchett’s ability to deliver descriptive prose always catches my imagination. Beautiful!   Her story brings up the ethics of creating a fertility drug to extend the female’s ability to have children well past the “normal” age. Enjoy the characters, the jungle, and the question.


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