May 2019 Newsletter

Hello! We hope you are doing well and your plants are thriving. Some of you have missed us, so we are excited to bring back our monthly newsletters. We will be sharing any updates or news from our team along with all things plants. If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to get in touch. We are thankful for our clients and continued support. Looking forward to your next visit!

Jasmine Molle (Jasminum molle) – also known as Indian Jui Jasmine, Indian Jasmine, or Jui

  • Delightfully scented flowers in dense clusters
  • Abundant blooms during hot summer months
  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Average water
  • Suitable for containers
  • Native to Australia

Rattlesnake Plant (Calathea lancifolia)

  • Grown for its delightful reddish underside and topside markings
  • Most resistant to brown tips and edges compared to other Calatheas
  • Can be used indoors as well as outdoor in shade
  • Keep evenly moist and let dry before watering again
  • Plant in well-draining soil
  • Can grow up to 30” over time
  • Native to tropical Americas

Gardening, some say, is a statement of hope in tomorrow. Yet, hope alone won’t guarantee success in the garden. That’s only a part of the mixture.

A gardener's success requires knowledge of the basics of plant life - how plants grow, how much light and water they require, which types of food and soil they need to thrive, etc.

When you nurture your plants, guided by your knowledge of fundamentals, you can turn today’s hope into tomorrow’s beauty!

Every gardener wishes for healthy beautiful plants, and maybe even big bright flowers. The beginning and most important ingredient to achieve that is good soil. Not only good soil, but the right soil for the plant(s) to be planted since not all plants desire the same one, and not all soils are created equal. Be sure to determine which is best for the plant you want to grow, and your plant will be off to the races. 

Another basic consideration to keep in mind is pH. This little number, between 1 and 14, has all to do with nutrient availability in the soil. If it's too high, add an acidic fertilizer to lower the pH; if it's too low, add lime to raise it. Or, select a plant that likes that condition so no adjustments have to be made since pH corrections are usually temporary. It’s a good idea to have your soil tested periodically because you can’t tell a soil's pH by looking at it. To collect a soil sample:

  • Collect a 2-4 tablespoons of soil from several areas being careful not to include much. 
  • Mix the soil together well in a quart jar.

Your county extension can test your soil, or you can purchase a kit at SmartyPlants and do it yourself. It's not complicated.

So don’t lose hope, but gain knowledge that will bring your garden to its greatest potential.
Desert Rose (Adenium obsesum)

We thought these blooms were gorgeous, so we wanted to share them with all of you. Each of these blooms were captured in May at Amelia's.
Agapanthus africanus ‘Indigo Princess’ – Lily of the Nile
We hope you enjoyed May's Newsletter + that we will see you soon.
Take a moment to remember loved ones no longer with us. 

Have an amazing rest of your May and be on the look out for our next Newsletter coming soon.

Amelia's SmartyPlants

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