november 2014 newsletter
Jesse and Donn - Leading the way!
Florida gardener's almanac
The flowers of all
are the seeds of today.
probably one of the best months of the
year to garden in the Sunshine
dry weather finally begins to visit Florida
and usually makes itself welcome for the next six months. While
we do not get the colorful leaf
that our friends up north do, we are still treated to a nice show in
especially in the more northern parts of the state.
cooler and drier weather also helps to lessen the bug populations. By
this time of the year fleas, chinch bugs,
mosquitoes and others are hardly noticeable. There
is also a change in the wildlife. Not
only will there be more snowbirds in
the state, but many fine
feathered migratory birds will be seen heading southward to their
of these birds will be
making pit stops along the way to take in food and water before
their journey so make sure to fill your bird feeders with a mix of
they will stop off in your yard for a snack before moving on! Be
careful though because some of these birds
just might take a liking to your vegetables and strawberries and help
themselves to your crops.
aware that even though the cooler weather will lessen certain
insects, not all of them will disappear. Aphids,
beetles, cutworms, cabbage
worms, corn earworms, leaf miners,
mole crickets, leaf hoppers, leaf rollers, squash bugs and other
still be around to munch on your plants if you are not watchful. Early
detection and ecological control is the
best medicine for your garden.
take a break from fertilizing your lawn and trees this month, your
and annuals should still be fed. A
composted manure or balanced liquid fertilizer will be much appreciated
these plants and will help to give you an abundance of blooms and
vegetables. Do not neglect to water your
plants. Even though it is not as hot and your plants' water demands are
great, judicious watering must still be done. Mulching your plants, of
lessens how much water they will require.
are some “quick tips” for our Florida Fall:
is a great month to begin planting roses. Be sure to buy locally pot
your nursery or garden center be your guide for growing annuals and
Choose healthy specimens for a quick-start garden.
lawns can be revived with the application of quick acting high nitrogen
fertilizers and regular irrigation.
attention to insect infestations and rust or fungal infections on your
vegetables, herbs and flowers then immediate control will help to head
major problems later in the season.
buds on your Poinsettias will begin to open and many tropical plants
to bloom. Color will be just about everywhere.
next few months are open to planting and growing almost anything you
imagine especially as far as herbs, vegetables and annuals are
bets for starting a traditional garden this month are:
Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots,
Celery, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Cucumbers, Endive, Escarole, Kale,
Leek, Lettuce, Onion Sets, Parsley, Peppers, Pumpkins, Rhubarb,
Rutabagas, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Sweet Corn, Swiss Chard,
Turnips and almost any other vegetable you desire.
- Herbs: Anise,
Basil, Borage, Chives, Chervil,
Coriander, Fennel, Garlic, Lavender, Marjoram, Mint, Parsley, Rosemary,
Sesame, Sweet Marjoram, Thyme and most other herbs.
Asters, Baby's Breath, Bachelor's
Buttons, Balsam, Calendulas, Callas, Candytufts, Carnations, Cosmos,
Cockscombs, Daisies, Dianthus, Forget-Me-Nots, Gaillardias, Gladiolas,
Amaranth, Hollyhocks, Lace Flowers, Lilies, Lobelias, Lupines,
Narcissus, Sweet Felching Nasturtiums, Pansies, Salvias, Scabiosa,
Statice, Stock, Strawflowers, Sweetpeas, Sweet William, Verbenas, and
cool season flowers.
Garden in Sarasota
1825 4th Street N, St Pete.
County Extension Service calendar for lots more gardening
Beautiful Commission in St. Petersburg
Kopsick Palm Arboretum in St. Petersburg
Monthly meetings at Moccasin
2750 Park Trail Ln., Clearwater:
1st Monday, October – May, 7:00-9:00pm.
Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society
First Wednesday of month, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
3rd Thursday, 7:30-9:30pm
Our next meeting is on Sunday,
November 16th at 1pm. We are back to our Winter hours, so don't
late! This month we are heading upcountry, to Palm Harbor and
the pond front home and garden of John and Norm. Come and
see if the resident alligator comes up into the yard this time like it
has in the past.
You may want to bring a chair this month. Water and
ice will be provided. We will have our usual pot-luck, so try
cooking skills on this appreciative audience. Don't forget to
bring a plant for the raffle and maybe a few dollars for the 50/50
Baseball raffle - the pot is nearly $100.00! No one has won for 5
months, so maybe this will be the lucky day.
If you plan to
bring a guest, please email
Joe so he can make your guest a nametag.
to Members page
resurrected Jim's plant article on the Kapok family since we will be
heading to see an excellent example of one at John and Norman's this
This months jewels are the kapok and its relatives, the floss silk tree
and the silk cotton tree. I’ve heard a lot of reference to these
the last few months, and noted the confusion of names. When not in
bloom, they appear very similar. All kapok relatives have the same
spiny trunk, which is green while the tree is young. And all have large
green seed pods filled with a cottony down. This is a good time to
discuss their differences, though, since the most spectacular of the
trio is in full bloom this season. Bombax ceiba, the silk cotton
tree, is a kapok relative native from India to Australia. Its large,
red, waxy flowers cover the tree and the ground beneath it during
February and March. Make sure you have plenty of room if you want to
plant one. They grow fast, eventually reaching 75 feet high, with
trunks many feet in diameter, and buttress roots that spread out from
the trunk. Not a good choice right next to the driveway or the house.
The floss silk tree, Chorisia speciosa, is a pink flowered tree from
Brazil and Argentina. There is also a white flowered species from
Argentina, Chorisia insignis. They are both very fast growing
when young, but slow down as they age. They are very impressive
specimen trees, a little better behaved than the silk cotton tree, but
not quite as spectacular. John and Norm have the floss silk tree
which is currently in bloom.
The true kapok, Ceiba pentandra, is from South America. Its flowers are
creamy white, and much smaller than those of either the silk cotton or
the floss silk tree. While its spiny trunk and seed pods filled with
fluff may be impressive, its flowers really aren’t.
All these members of the family Bombacaceae like abundant or regular
water when young, becoming a little more drought tolerant when older.
They generally drop their leaves before flowering. They need full sun,
well drained soil, and lots of space!
future meeting locations
The time has
come to start filling in the schedule for next year's meetings.
The months fill up quickly, so let me know when you wish to host.
November - John and Norm in Palm
December - Lake Walsingham Park
January - OPEN
February - Ron and Vince in St. Pete
March - OPEN
April - OPEN
May - OPEN
June - OPEN
July - OPEN
August - OPEN
September - OPEN
October - OPEN
November - OPEN
December - OPEN
Sometime in Spring - Island's