Take steps to protect hibiscus from the cold

Tropical hibiscus are vulnerable in freezing temperatures, so yes, move it to your garage when the thermometer dips.

Dissolve 1 tablespoon each of a balanced water-soluble fertilizer (Peter’s 20-20-20), Epsom salts and KNO3 (potassium nitrate) in 1 gallon of water.

Apply Epsom salts at a rate of 1 tablespoon per gallon of pot size, or throw a healthy handful around grounded plants once a month.

The rains have prompted mushrooms – above-ground fruiting/reproductive bodies of fungi – to sprout in lawns and flower beds.

Mushrooms come in all shapes and sizes, from caps on stems to jellylike lobes to cagelike structures and tiny cups with “eggs.”

For the most part, garden mushrooms are mycorrhizal, meaning they’re extensions of a plant’s root system, and have a beneficial relationship with green plants.

In your emailed photo, I see silvery, squiggly lines in the curling foliage, the work of leaf miners.

A tiny adult moth lays eggs on the citrus leaf and the larvae tunnel through the foliage, leaving trails as they feed.

Watch our garden calendar for winter fruit tree sales sponsored by Urban Harvest and area Master Gardeners. …read more

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Garden calendar: Learn how to grow tomatoes from seed

Growing Tomatoes From Seed, Part 1 of 3: with Master Gardener Ira Gervais. 9-11:30 a.m. at the Galveston County AgriLife Extension Service, 4102 Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, reservations galv@wt.net, aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston.

Historic Homes Tour: sponsored by the League City Historical Society. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 281-554-2994, leaguecityhistory.org. $13 advance tickets, $15 day of event; available at West Bay Common School Children’s Museum, 210 N. Kansas.

Open Garden Day: with Harris County Master Gardeners at Precinct 2.

Lunch Bunch – Everything You Wanted to Know About Honey Bees:

Bed Building From the Ground Up: with Earl Krause. 7:30 p.m. in the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion at McGovern Centennial Gardens, 1500 Hermann Drive; houstonrose.org. …read more

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New book gives Christmas trees a theme of their own

There’s a Scandinavian Tree with block-printed kurbits, ginger cookies and straw ornaments, along with a Raggedy Tree covered in knotted, fringed strips of patterned fabrics.

“The Kitchen Tree is a tree that I have in my kitchen, literally,” she says of the variation that is festooned with dried pasta garlands, gilded walnuts, bay laurel embellishments and citrus pomanders.

For those who are entertaining, the Kitchen Tree is an ideal option: “When guests leave, as a party favor, give them a fragrant pomander or gilded walnut that they can hang on their tree,” Brown says. …read more

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Register for the Tier III Texas Gulf Coast Gardener Session

Christmas Open House: 3-7 p.m. at the Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball; 281-351-8851, arborgate.com.

Tomball Garden Club meeting: with Pam Dube of the Society for the Advancement of Floral Design. 9:30 a.m. in the Amegy Bank Community Meeting Room, 28201 Texas 249, Tomball; tomballgardenclub@gmail.com.

Christmas Crafts Using Natural Materials:

Historic Homes Tour: sponsored by the League City Historical Society. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 281-554-2994, leaguecityhistory.org. $13 advance tickets, $15 day of event; available at West Bay Common School Children’s Museum, 210 N. Kansas. …read more

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