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Rose Rosette Disease Research Update

We are Thankful

For Friends that have become Family

Dallas County Master Gardeners from The Raincatcher's Garden at the Craft Fair

Dallas County Master Gardeners from The Raincatcher’s Garden at the Craft Fair

For a place to garden and share

Midway Hills Christian Church-The Site of our New Raincatcher's Garden

Midway Hills Christian Church-The Site of our New Raincatcher’s Garden

For a time to sow and a time to reap

Chow Chow, Mustard Greens and Turnips

Chow Chow, Mustard Greens and Turnips

Harvest Blessings to You !

Everything by Starla!



Learn How to Harvest Rainwater for your Landscape

Rainwater Cistern Installation Class

10 am-12 noon, Thursday, October 15th

Location: Courtyard at 11001 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas 75229

Cost: $10 at the door

Our Rainwater Harvesting training will prepare you to catch the rain that runs off your roof and utilize it for your landscape.

Dr. Dotty Woodson, Texas AgriLife Extension Service Water Resources Specialist, and Tony Rizo of Organic Options, Inc and an accredited Rain Harvesting professional with American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA), will demonstrate how to set up a rain catchment system for your home or commercial building.

You will learn:

  • Site selection
  • Materials Needed
  • How to attach the cistern to existing gutters to catch rain
  • How to comply with city code for rainwater harvesting


Checks for the $10 fee should be made payable to DCMG.

The class will also qualify as Master Gardener education hours.

In case of rain, please check for further information.


Hearts and Roses Luncheon and Lecture

Click. Click. “Oh, look at that one!”  Click. Click. “Oh, wow!” Click. Cli—Wait is this the Olympic games in Sochi?

No, it’s a bunch of lucky gardeners falling in love with roses.  Well, the first couple of rose pictures had rose expert Vicki Agee a little perturbed; seems her vibrant red roses were coming up blue on the power point.  Jim sprinkled a little fairy dust on the computer cable, and voila! The rose colors were correct, and the audience was entranced.   Vicki, who is also a Dallas County Master Gardener, spoke Tuesday at the Hearts and Roses luncheon held at the Demonstration Garden.

Above: Hearts and Roses Lunch and Lecture, 2-11-54

Above: Hearts and Roses Lunch and Lecture, 2-11-54

The rose world has changed dramatically, Vicki told us.  Breeders are adding many lovely, disease resistant, fragrant roses for the home market.   Look for shrub roses like floribundas and grandifloras, Vicki suggests. She recommended ‘Easy Does It,’ ‘Walking on Sunshine,’ ‘Pretty Lady,’ and ‘Lion’s Fairy Tale.’  Does anything smell better than a rose? For especially fragrant roses, choose ‘Francis Meilland,’  hot pink ‘Beverly,’ pink ‘McCartney,’ or pink ‘Deelish.’

'Easy Does It'

‘Easy Does It’

She also loves an old favorite Buck rose named ‘Quietness;’ its pale pink blooms mask its tough resistance to black spot.  Easy Elegance roses, Austin roses, Flower Carpet roses, and old favorites like ‘Mr. Lincoln’: the beautiful varieties made my head spin.  I wanted one of each.

'Quietness' Rose, a Dr. Griffith Buck Rose

‘Quietness’ Rose, a Dr. Griffith Buck Rose

Vicki also knows how to take care of her roses.  For fungal diseases like black spot use Neem oil for your first spray of the season.  Then spray spring and fall with a product like Banner Max or Honor Guard that contains Propiconazole.  Once temperatures reach into the 90s, stop spraying until fall.

Vicki suggests using Spinosad for thrips, because stronger sprays will also kill beneficial insects and butterflies.  Use a miticide like Floramite, Forbid or Avid for spider mites.  Pyrethrum takes care of cucumber beetles.  Fertilize with Texas T in the spring, and once roses have leafed out, use seaweed fertilizer every 2-3 weeks.  After late summer pruning, foliar feed your roses through October for maximum bloom.

An online bouquet of roses goes to Vicki for her wonderful talk and tips on a frosty February morning.  I know I wasn’t the only gardener who found new favorites to add to their flowerbeds.


Picture of lecture by Starla

Our thanks to Chamblee’s Roses for permission to print from their website.  Click here for Chamblee’s Roses.

October Master Gardener Meeting

The best Dallas County Master Gardener Meeting of the year takes places tomorrow, October 24,  at 11:30am at the Farmer’s Branch Recreation Center.  Potluck, Craft Fair, and Seed Exchange all rolled into one fantastic meeting.

Master Gardeners will be selling everything from plants to pastries.

We have been making  pomegranate jelly for two weeks. Remember?

  Pureeing pomegranate seeds-thank you Kim!

Pureeing pomegranate seeds-thank you Kim!

Buy a jar and help us educate Dallas County citizens  become super savvy  gardeners.

Sarah,Lynn, Sheila, Sue-Jammin!

Sarah,Lynn, Sheila, Sue-Jammin!

We will also be selling Lemon Verbena Tea Bread, Pumpkin Bread, Fall themed Sugar Cookies, Banana Apricot Bread, and Feta Sage Cornbread.

Just a thought but wouldn’t the pomegranate jelly be good on sage cornbread!

We expect to sell out of our vintage silver plate spoons stamped to use as garden markers.  You might want to stop by our table early to shop for these and our butterfly/ rose stamp necklaces.


October In Our Garden!

Our garden at 2311 Joe Field Road in Dallas, Texas has turned delicious!

This is Salvia greggi ‘Raspberry’, a perennial you will want in your water wise garden! Hmmm…looks good enough to eat, but please don’t.  Plenty of edibles  from our garden are coming.

Blooming Salvia Greggi, raspberry color

Jim made pumpkin pie for us after cooking up these pumpkins we grew!

pumkins and squash on countertop

We have been picking pomegranates in our garden and are ready to make our famous pomegranate jelly again.

Two Master Gardeners holding a bucket of pomegranatesLisa picked pomegranates from a neighbor’s tree; after asking permission. Imagine they didn’t want the fruit!  Should we share a jar of our pomegranate jelly with them?

Master Gardener holding a bucket of pomegranatesIf you would like to buy a jar of pomegranate jelly made from Sarah’s recipe and these pomegranates, come to our Dallas County Master Gardener meeting on Thursday, October 24th at 11:30 am at the Farmer’s Branch Rec Center.  All welcome!


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