Pointsettias have begun to appear for sale. They provide color for the holidays and for a time after. Crotons are another plant to consider for indoor color over the winter and beyond. They can last for many years and with warm weather can be put outside in filtered light. Each leaf has a variety of colors ranging from yellow, to red and orange. Inside they require bright light and well-drained soil. Fertilize about every 2 weeks with a liquid organic fertilizer. Occasional misting of the leaves will help maintain their vitality. Small Norfolk Island pine trees are readily available this time of year and when decorated with small ornaments make a good holiday decoration. When kept in a bright window it will last many years.
Spring blooming bulbs can still be planted but do not wait much longer. If bluebonnets are coming up in your garden, do not let them get too dry. Mother nature needs a little help over dry periods to assure abundant spring flowers.
Lightning bugs are not seen much anymore, but a few were recently noticed around the Crofton/Constance Park. Hopefully they are making a comeback. If you have seen some where you live, call 210-533-9005, and let me know. Let it ring several times for the machine to pickup. Perhaps the increase in organic gardening practices is a contributing factor.
A FREE list of shrubs and plants that are drought tolerate and adapted to South Texas is available in a stand beside the King William Association office entrance by the parking lot. Help yourself!
We are at the end of another year when we as gardeners can rest on our laurels, be proud of our successes, and learn from our mistakes. Happy Holidays and a Happy and Safe New Year.
Garden Note: Those who believe in magic and dreams plant a garden.