Mid-Fall Gardening Tasks

Mid-fall is an unpredictable time of year. In cold regions quite severe frosts can suddenly strike, while in mild climates some plants are still growing and tender plants may go on flowering for a while. This is the time to listen to the weather forecast and to be on the alert, in particular, for frost warnings.

Mid-fall is the time to create and dig over any new flower beds for next spring, weeding them carefully. Collect seed from flowers, keeping it dry until sowing.

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Exotic And Unique Air Plants

For decorating the indoors and outdoors, air plants holds a significant position. These unique looking plants look amazing and wonderful. They are not just meant to glorify the outdoors but also to fashion up the indoor décor. Air plants look exotic, unique and are extremely very easy to care. They can further be grown anywhere and everywhere. These creatures can offer a formal and modern look into our home. Displaying them in vases, bowls, pottery and terrariums, they look incredible and adorable. They can be bought not just for perfect home décor, but they can also be given as gifts during house warming or other occasions. Furthermore, such wonderful species look so cute that you would like to name each one of them.

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Fall Borders

All beds and borders need star performers for each season, providing a continuation of shape and color. There are scores of first-rate fall plants, including dahlias, cannas and Japanese anemones, while many grasses are now at their best.

Cortaderia (pampas grass) has lavish plumes of spikelets in late summer and fall, and is a magnificent eye-catching compensation for the absence of summer flowers. Other grasses, such as Molinia, are not as immediately dramatic but their green strappy leaves will soon turn an astonishing orange -brown, and when they are placed to catch the setting sun look like they are about to ignite. Deftly placed contrasting yellow rudbeckias add an extra richness.

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Growing Cress

Cress is a traditional sprouting crop which many people grow in containers on a windowsill, often on paper. Cultivation and harvesting is virtually the same as for mustard. Broadleaf or curly cress (Lepidium sativum) and upland cress (Barbarea verna) are easier to grow than watercress (Nasturtium officinale), which requires very moist soil at all times.

Cress is the best grown either in spring or fall, as it runs to seed quickly and does not relish hot weather; the plants should be kept well watered, especially in dry weather. Land, or American cress is a good alternative to watercress and has a similar flavor.

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The Lollipop Plant

The Lollipop Plant or Golden Shrimp Plant (Pachystachys) is a perennial shrub often sold as a potted plant in colder climates. It’s origin from South America. This plant bears cone-shaped flower-heads above the oval leaves. The main appeal is the long flowering season – from late spring until fall if the plant is liberally watered and fed regularly. The lollipop plant is an easy care plant that will do fine in semi-shade or full sun with routine rainfall or watering. Don’t hesitate to prune it when it gets leggy.

Pachystachys lutea grows about 1½ ft high, with flower-heads made up of golden bracts and white blooms peeping through. The leaves are prominently veined.

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Planning For Your Garden In October

Fall is already here all over the backyard garden. Not that autumn is devoid of charm, but it does suggest that some wonderful summer and spring growers have died down. Not every bit is sacrificed, though, as there are lovely plants we can easily grow that will please us right up to the early part of winter.

Falling leaves and flowers losing their color trigger thoughts of necessary activities. Fall has been proclaimed, and the chilly season that follows requires gardens to be prepared. Anywhere from now and spring extreme conditions will set in, which often can damage or destroy the things living in your fall garden if they are not protected. There a number of activities which should be done to prepare the garden.

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