Festival of Flowers

May 26, 2007

Plant of the Week

David Rodriguez

Since I will not be co-hosting the WOAI “Home and Garden” Show this Saturday, I will be the Superintendent of the 4-H District Vegetable Show at the Festival of Flowers, I want to thank Trace Hazlett with Calloway’s Nursery on Broadway (I owe you one) for filling in for me. So, I decided to have a few real good plants for this week’s plant-of-the-week. These plants will ONLY be available at this year’s 10th annual Festival of Flowers garden show. YES, this Saturday, May 26, at the Alzafar Shrine on 901 N. Loop 1604 West, North access road between Stone Oak Parkway and Blanco Road. Presented by San Antonio Water System, the all-gardening event features seminars, demonstrations, plant and supply vendors, a roundtable discussion with organic experts, the annual City-Wide Plant Exchange and MUCH, MUCH MORE!!!

More details and a discount coupon may be found at www.SAFestivalofFlowers.com or simply look over at the article to the right: The Saturday All PLANT PEOPLE Have Been Waiting For!

Fantasia Geraniums: ‘Strawberry Sizzle’ and ‘Violet.’ These two selections from Ball Floral Seed are the most heat tolerant varieties for the hot summers of Texas.

‘Daily Beauty’ Bush Morning Glory: It is described as growing in exceedingly dry places and can be considered a xeriscape plant. The bush morning glory is the most prolific bloomers of any of the summer perennials. The plant is covered with medium-size, light pink (there is a white form available) blooms all summer. Blooms last only one day but clusters of blooms are formed in the axil of every leaf. Plants can get 6-8 feet tall with multiple trunks.

‘Rain of Gold’ Thyrallis: This compact upright rounded, evergreen shrub is covered during most of the year with small very showy, yellow flowers.

Grandma’s Yellow Rose: This new beautiful yellow rose would be the ‘Grandma’s Yellow’ Rose projected to be officially released as a Texas SuperStar plant in SPRING (April) 2009 – Rosa ‘Grandma’s Yellow’ (Formerly ‘Nacogdoches’ (“Yellow-Rose-for-Texas”).

‘Dr. Seuss’ Angel’s Trumpet: A plant that has a very large, pendulous, fragrant, pinkish yellow to salmon pink flowers, mainly from mid-fall (autumn) to spring. It has very large leaves and with age will form quite a thicket of stems.

Natal Plum: The Natal Plum is a spiny South African shrub used as a hedge or free standing; it has interestingly formed branches and shiny deep-green leaves, offset by white and pink fragrant flowers. It grows quickly and tolerates a wide range of lighting conditions, making good barriers, hedges, low screens, and foundation plantings.

Come on out and bring the whole family. Everyone will have a fun filled day of educational Horticulture. And of course lots of plants to choose from and BUY.

Remember, Learn and Have Fun!

David Rodriguez is County Extension Agent-Horticulture, Bexar County. For more information, call the Master Gardener ‘Hotline’ at (210) 467-6575 or visit our County Extension website at http://bexar-tx.tamu.edu, click under Horticulture and Gardening.

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