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Cooler Weather

Good chilly morning to you!

The weatherman says it’s going to drop to about 43 degrees tonight and to about 47 degrees tomorrow night, along with 20 mph winds.  Can you say windchill??  So be sure to bring in all those houseplants and tender tropicals that are on your front and back porches.  For those tender tropicals in the ground, just throw a sheet or burlap or whatever you have on hand over them.  No plastic though…plastic actually conducts the cold to the plant and hurts the plant more.  Or, if the plant is small enough, build a cage around it (chicken wire, tomato cages, etc.) and fill the cage with leaves or pine straw.  That’ll keep the plant nice and warm.

Email me, jeanni@rosesandgargoyles.com, or call me, 386-310-9081, if you need help figuring out how to keep your plants warm.

Please don’t forget about keeping your pets warm too.  Look at it this way:  if you don’t want to spend the night outside cause it’s too cold, then your dog or cat doesn’t want to either.

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Plant of the Week: Osmanthus fragrans ‘Fudingzhu’

aka Fudingzhu Tea Olive.

Looking for an evergreen large shrub or small tree that blooms very fragrant white flowers off and on throughout the year?  Well, look no further than the Fudingzhu Tea Olive.

Tea Olive

Fudingzhu Tea Olive grows 12′ to 20′ tall and about 10′ to 15′ wide.  She’s not real fast growing.  Her habit is strongly upright and somewhat stiff.  Definitely evergreen.  Zones 7 – 9.  You can either let her grow as a shrub or limb her up into a small tree.  She’s beautiful either way.  Awesome as either a specimen or as a hedge.

But the beauty of the Tea Olive is it’s very fragrant white flowers.  It’s kinda cool that they grow along the branches at the base of the leaf/stem.

Tea Olive Blossoms

How neat is that!  Even though each individual flower is tiny, they pack a huge fragrant wallop that will delight you.  It would be a waste to plant this in an area that the fragrance can’t be enjoyed.  I’d say put it next to a window or patio or just anywhere close to the house so the fragrance can waft around you.  (yes, it does waft…)  And she’s a repeat bloomer!  No stingy once-bloomer, oh no.  This baby re-blooms about every three weeks from Spring to hard frost.  I’m getting the vapors just thinking how wonderful her fragrance would be with a bunch of her planted as a hedge.  Nature’s awesomeness at her best.

Tea Olive

Upkeep on the Tea Olive is pretty straightforward:  plant her in full sun or part shade, your choice.  I wouldn’t put her in deep shade though.  Be sure to add some compost to the hole when you plant her.  For those of you who live near the coast, good news…she’s salt tolerant.  For those of you who live in rural areas, good news for you too…deer don’t usually like her taste.  Just remember though, the more you prune her, the more of those luscious smelling flowers you’re cutting off.  So just put down the pruning shears!

Tea olives are an old Southern favorite that aren’t seen much in newer gardens.  So why don’t you plant some Southern heritage so you can enjoy her incredible fragrance.

Happy digging in the dirt!

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Got Roses?

We do…

Roses

These are on Fortuniana rootstock from Nelson’s Florida Roses.  Lots to choose from:

  • St. Patrick
  • Don Juan
  • Mother’s Day
  • Julia Child
  • Sun Flare
  • Pinata
  • Belinda’s Dream
  • Double Delight
  • Lagerfeld
  • Dreams Come True
  • Perfume Delight
  • Abraham Darby
  • Josephine Land
  • Queen Elizabeth
Roses

Also available on own-root are:  Knock-Out, Pink Knock-Out, Double Red Knock-Out, Yellow Lady Banks, and White Lady Banks.

It’s a great time of the year to plant roses.  So come pick up one, two, or three, along with Rose-Tone fertilizer and Systemic Fungicide.

Happy digging in the dirt!

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Plant of the Week: Flowering Maple

Howdy.  How’s it going on this beautiful day?  Life here at R&G is wonderful.  The butterflies are flitting about, the flowers are blooming, Gibbs is napping…the only thing missing is your smiling face.

If you pop in this week make sure you take a look at this week’s Plant of the Week:  Abutilon x hybridum “Variegata,” aka Flowering Maple, Variegated Parlor Maple, and Chinese Lantern Plant.

Look how pretty she is with those green leaves edged in cream.  And those flowers!  oh my…

Flowering Maple

Flowering Maple likes full to part sun.  It gets about 4′ x 4′.  It’s a semi-evergreen shrub that blooms heavy in Spring and Fall with intermittent blooms in Summer.

Butterflies and hummingbirds love this plant for its nectar.

Flowering Maple
Flowering Maple

Happy digging in the dirt!

Jeanni and Gibbs

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R&G is One Month Old…

Today, October 1, is R&G’s one month anniversary!  My how time flies when you’re having fun.  Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of my wonderful customers who have made this first month such a great success.  And lots of thanks also to my family and friends who have given me much love and support through this first month.

Cheers to many, many more R&G anniversaries!

Happy digging in the dirt.

Jeanni and Gibbs