Flower Fluctuations, Fall Pansies, and Are You Tired of Kale Yet

Should you really plant pansies in the fall? Why didn’t my plant bloom well this year when last year it was beautiful? Are you tired of kale yet? These are some of the deep questions that Ellen Zachos and C.L. Fornari consider in this episode of Plantrama. Oh….and evergreen plants for stylish winter containers.

:28  What’s For Dinner:   Tuscan Kale!
6:09  Eat/Drink/Grow:  Planting Pansies in the Fall.
13:21  Insider Information: Why some plants bloom heavily one year and not the next.
16:33  Love Letters and Questions Gail writes, wondering if she can plant small evergreens in her window boxes for the winter.
We mention the great evergreens from Iseli Nursery. They are the conifer specialists! Ask your local garden center if they carry Iseli plants. 

Here is how the Tuscan Kale looks in my Northeast garden in October. It can go through several frosts, and produces lots of leaves. We keep it fenced, not because we think it will escape, but to keep the bunnies out.

These pansies were planted in the fall so come spring they were full and filled with flowers.

This photo shows why the viola is called “heart’s ease.” It spreads, gently and sweetly.

2019 was a great year for the Kousa Dogwood flowering in Massachusetts. So C.L. is expecting that these trees will not flower as heavily in 2020.

Learn about an easy, vegetable comfort dish and the Norfolk Island Pine houseplant. Discover great holiday gifts and find out what is meant by “genus and species.” There are no stupid questions here, as long as the topic is plants!

:30 What’s For Dinner:   Twice Baked Potatoes
6:42  Eat/Drink/Grow:   Norfolk Island Pine Araucaria heterophylla native to Norfolk Island, a small island between Australia and New Zealand and not really a pine.
14:34 Insider Information: The Plantrama Gift List
21:28 Love Letters and Questions: Could you please explain the terms species and genus?

Gift List:
Our Books and Plantrama Merch
Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening: Rare Varieties - Unusual Options - Plant Lore & Guidance Matt Mattus
Orbit B-hyve Irrigation
Gift certificate from Botanical Interest Seeds

All sorts of veggies can be mixed into the potato...kale, broccoli, chard, or winter squash are some favorites

You can freeze twice baked potatoes after you put them together. Then they are ready to take out of the freezer and bake when you need healthy comfort food.

People appreciate a Norfolk Island Pine as a substitute indoor Christmas tree because it's bright green and the layered branches can hold some ornaments.

Some put this plant out in a dappled sun location for the summer. If you wish to do so, wait until all danger of frost is past.

 

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