www.schulznursery.net FEBRUARY 2011 Gardening Q&A Primrose Jasmine is Elegant, Fragrant By Peter Garza Q: I did not plant cool-weather annuals this fall An old-fashioned beauty, primrose jasmine but now I wish I had. Is there anything I can is often seen in older neighborhoods plant to bloom now? – DDA, San Antonio around these parts. With its fragrant, A: Fortunately, in these parts, there are a number trumpet-shaped, yellow flowers, its of annuals to fill the bill. Pansies, cyclamen, arching, fountain-like growth habit and its hardy tolerance to our soil and climate, stocks and primula will bloom from now until primrose jasmine (Jasminum mesnyi) is a May. Dianthus and snapdragons may have striking addition to the landscape. stopped blooming for now, but will start again With blooms that emerge as early later this month and continue through May. as February and continue sporadically into summer, this Trim dianthus back after a flush of blooms in fast-growing shrub can become a 5- to 10-foot mound if April and it could bloom until mid-June. Gerber left unpruned, although it tolerates severe pruning. It is daisies and geraniums can be spectacular in considered an excellent xeriscape plant and is considered containers this time of year, but will have to be deer-resistant, and it has few problems with diseases or pests. protected from freezing weather. Primrose jasmine will thrive in shade but blooms best with at E-mail your questions to email@example.com and least half a day of sun. we’ll answer them in Gardener’s Gazette. This elegantly shaped, semi-evergreen shrub makes a lovely privacy hedge and is spectacular when allowed to Primrose jasmine is tolerant of heat and drought, with Remember cascade down a slope or over a wall or terrace. A native of China, it also is useful for erosion control on slopes, where its trailing stems will take root. yellow blooms that emerge in spring. Photo by Bri Weldon back shoots to a bud or lower shoot. Your Valentine If you prune primrose jasmine, do so soon after it finishes flowering, since flowers bloom on the previous season’s Peter Garza is the store manager at Schulz Nursery on Broadway. He will be happy to answer questions about all aspects of With a Gift from Schulz growth. Remove old, woody canes to ground level and cut landscaping. Valentine’s Day Purple Blooms Adorn This Hardy Texas Native on February 14 is the perfect time By Kristy Hoffman to honor your sweetheart with a Texas mountain laurel, also known as mescal bean, frijolito, frijolillo and even big-drunk gift of greenery. From flowering bean, is a much-loved small native tree or shrubs to houseplants to beautiful large shrub found in the wild from central pots, fountains and yard ornaments, Texas west to New Mexico and south to San Luis Potosi in Mexico. Schulz Nursery has the gifts A handsome landscape specimen with to make loved ones swoon. glossy, dark green leaves, the evergreen Texas mountain laurel is best known for its Schulz staff can provide you magnificent lavender or purple flowers that appear in early spring with great gift ideas along with in drooping clusters that smell strongly of grape bubble gum. helpful information on selections. Many local folks recall from childhood its glossy, hard, bright red, jellybean-size seeds that grow warm when rubbed vigorously on the sidewalk, although children should be reminded that both seeds and flowers are poisonous. Native Texas mountain laurel is a handsome small tree or large shrub. With the scientific name Sophora secundiflora, Texas Photo by Inga Mun/Creative Commons mountain laurel will grow from 15 to 35 feet tall. It can be left to grow naturally as a multi-trunk shrub or pruned into a single- Plant mountain laurels in well-drained soil where they will trunk tree. Not a fast grower, Texas mountain laurel fits nicely receive full sun to light shade, and handle the root balls carefully into smaller spaces and is extremely tolerant of heat and drought. to minimize transplant shock. Do not fertilize mountain laurel Native Americans used the seeds, which grow in semi-woody with nitrogen; it could kill the plant. Use green sand instead. pods, for ornaments and ceremonies, and the sapwood was used Kristy Hoffman is the store manager at Schulz Nursery in Marion. to make yellow dye. Ask Kristy about this and other great landscape plants. Farmers’ Almanac: Valentine Birds Aggie Horticulture: Prune Wisely “Some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying “Proper pruning enhances the beauty of almost any landscape overhead on Valentine’s Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. tree and shrub, while improper pruning can ruin or greatly If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very reduce its landscape potential. In most cases, it is better not to happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.” prune than to do it incorrectly.” Learn to Grow! Pruning Season: Early Stop Weeds Before They Start Join us for our free seminars in February: Spring is Time for Cleaning By Trace Hazlett Pre-emergent weed effects last about a month, so more treatments will be required GO GREEN TODAY FOR Rose Seminar, with the Up Trees, Shrubs, Roses killers are like insurance – you for control. Regular use of pre-emergents A BETTER in conjunction with a post- TOMORROW San Antonio Rose Society, From Valentine’s Day to early diseased or problem limbs or don’t know when emergent herbicide will eliminate will cover spring cleanup March, it’s pruning time for many branches by cutting them at the you’ll need it until Grow. Naturally! and pruning with a Q&A on trees and shrubs, particularly roses point of origin or back to a strong it’s too late. Pre- both current and future weed Try these fine products, now available at Schulz Nursery. Visit us at www.natures-guide.com or on issues in a short time. Once the spraying and feeding, and oak trees. 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Kill weeds, pests: 3, 4, 16, 17, 18, 19 2 3 42 5 3 Prune trees and shrubs Divide cannas, mallows, Fertilize winter annuals Rose Seminar, SA Rose Herbs for Flavor & Health, this month. fall asters, mums, with Super Bloom. Treat webworms and army Society, Broadway, 10-noon, Schulz on 10-12, Broadway. coneflowers and perennial worms with Bt. Carol-Lee. Clinic, David Fruit Tree salvias before spring Organic Lawn Care, Rodriguez, 2-4, Marion. growth begins. Schulz Marion, 10-11, 6 7 6 9 9 Betty McMurrray. 12 Watch for cedar waxwings to Valentine’s Day Last day to plant English Rose Seminar, SA Rose come through and eat berries Prune roses today. peas spring-blooming Pruneand sugar snap-type Society, 10-12, Marion. Plant corn, radishes, green Pruning, David Rodriguez, of pyracantha, yaupon holly peas. flower shrubs when blooms beans, carrots, eggplant and nandina. Remember your sweetheart 11-12, Broadway. with a gift from Schulz. finish.. and more. Garden Answers, David 13 14 13 15 16 16 16 Rodriguez, 12-1, Broadway.17 19 Feed houseplants with Use Nature’s Guide Corn It’s still a good time to Miracle-Gro Muracid. Gluten Meal Spreadable to plant trees and shrubs. treat pre-emergent weeds in the lawn. 20 21 20 22 23 24 23 25 24 Feed vegetables with Plant asparagus crowns, beets, broccoli transplants, cabbage, carrots, Soil Mender Tomato & cauliflower transplants, Swiss chard, collards, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, Vegetable Food. AUGUST sales date mustard, onion transplants, parsley, parsnips, Irish potatoes, radishes and turnips all through February. Plant English peas and sugar snap-type peas until Feb. 15. Plant sweet corn beginning Feb. 25. 27 28 Texas Mountain Laurel Mulberry Avenue Closing If you take Mulberry Avenue to get to Plant Reg. $7.99 Schulz Nursery on Broadway, be aware that Now $4.66, limit 10 Mulberry will be closed west of Broadway until April or May. Just use Hildebrand Avenue of the or Josephine Street to get to Broadway Month Void after Feb. 28, 2011. One coupon per household. No photocopies. No other discounts apply. when you visit Schulz. FREE Witte Museum Schulz San Antonio 3700 Broadway 4” Bedding Plant 210.804.0600 Take 281 South to Hildebrand Ave., turn right on Broadway. Primrose Jasmine $1.29 Value We’re across from the Witte Museum. Void after Feb. 28, 2011. One coupon per household. No photocopies. No other discounts apply. Open Daily 9am-6pm Reg. $19.99 Kaytee Wild Bird Seed Schulz Marion On sale for 100 W. Huebinger Reg. $9.99, 20 lbs. 830.914.2384 Take 10 East to FM 465. Take the Marion exit $14.88 each Now $4.90, limit 2 and turn left at the fork. Go 1 block past the middle school. We’re on the left.
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