With our mild weather, gardening in Texas is possible year-round! If you're looking for some ideas on how to spice up your Fall flower beds and containers here are a couple good choices:
First off - to get started with any planting make sure you start with a good foundation. Plants need a good soil, organic material and mulch to cover and protect the roots. The area your planting in needs to drain well so you don't drown your plants. Prepare your soil once and then you can add a little to the bed each season to maintain an excellent environment where your plants will take off and give you a great show every season. Truly, you will be amazed at how much better your plants will look if you take a little time to prepare the soil and replenish it with organic materials.
Cyclamen - These regal looking beauties are delightful and many of them have an enchanting fragrance as well. These plants used to be used primarily as indoor plants. And they still work great in centerpieces, on coffee tables or as house warming gifts but in recent years they're getting used more and more in outdoor areas. The plants are great for Fall and Winter planting in gardens and they make a gigantic statement in the landscape!
(I'll have a variety of samples and sizes and a couple containers showing these.)
1) Find a location with filtered direct light - Cyclamen like sunshine to support their blooming but in Texas you don't want to plant them where they get long extended direct light. Choose a spot where they get direct light that is somewhat filtered.
2) You can't love them too much - Careful not to over water. Too much water is one of the things that gets these plants most often. But that's great for a busy mom like me.
3) Give cyclamen some elbow room - don't crowd these when you plant them. Cyclamen like a little extra space. The air flow is good for them and it allows them to bush out and grow in together. Many have interesting foliage so a bit more spacing shows off the leaves more too.
4) Cyclamen are very cold tolerant but if we get a cold snap below freezing you'll want to cover them with frost cloth. In Texas you can cover these three to five times during the winter and they'll survive and thrive till Spring.
Cyclamen are one of the best-kept secrets for Fall flower choices. They are my absolute favorite fall flower. They definitely make a statement inside and outside your home and you your family and visitors will enjoy the gorgeous blooms. If you haven't already considered trying out some of these in your home I encourage you to try it. You can enjoy Cyclamen now, through Christmas and well into the New Year.
Pansies are a traditional favorite. You just cannot beat a mass of pansies in the garden for Fall and Winter! The colors choices are vast and these dainty little flowers are really tough too! Pansies can be planted right now and you can enjoy them till early Spring. They actually like cold weather! And they can bounce back from a freeze.
1) Prepare your bed
2) Pansies love bright sun. Plant them in full sun and they will thrive the best.
3) Pansies take moderate watering. The best way to check if your pansies need water is to push your finger into the soil. If it feels dry give them a good soaking.
4) Put some mulch and covering around the plants to protect the roots and you'll have happy colorful flowers for months and months!
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What: Sullivan’s Steakhouse has again partnered with Susan G. Komen for the Cure® in the breast cancer awareness movement. To honor National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Sullivan’s will offer a special “Palate in the Pink” menu during the entire month of October. The three-course meal, featuring Sullivan’s signature items and healthy eating options, costs $39.95 per person. Sullivan’s will donate $5 from each meal sold to Susan G. Komen for the Cure with a minimum guaranteed donation of $50,000. The money raised by “Palate in the Pink” will contribute to research to find the cures for breast cancer. Sullivan’s Steakhouse is proud to continue this partnership and donated $170,000 to this worthy cause during last year’s program.
Cost: $39.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
When: October 1 to October 31, 2010
Monday through Saturday 5:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Sunday 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Where: Sullivan’s Steakhouse
17795 North Dallas Parkway
Dallas, Texas 75287
To make a reservation, please visit www.sullivanssteakhouse.com or call (972) 267-9393.
About: Sullivan’s Steakhouse, owned and operated by the Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, puts an energetic twist on the traditional American steakhouse. Sullivan’s prides itself on serving the finest aged meats and the freshest seafood, hand-shaken martinis and fine wines, and flavorful side dishes. Sullivan’s Steakhouse is open for dinner Monday through Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. and on Sundays from 5 to 10 p.m.; the bar opens daily at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call (972) 267-9393 or visit www.sullivanssteakhouse.com.
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which is now the world’s largest breast cancer organization and the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer with more than $1.5 billion invested to date. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.