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Growing Together, Issue #105
September 27, 2015

Red Chokeberry - A Shrub Our Feather Friends Like

Welcome to the September issue of gardening with Herbee's Growing Together newsletter. Herbee and I are happy to be back with all of you. This month Herbee and I would like to share some insights on the, Red Chokeberry Shrub.

red chokeberry

The red chokeberry shrub is a deciduous plant in cooler climates. This specimen will grown in zones four through nine. In warmer climates, it can be considered evergreen. The chokeberry will mature anywhere from 6 to 10 feet tall, and 3 to 4 and a half to 5 feet wide. The shrub is popular in a lot of areas, due to the fact it can grow in a lot of different soil conditions. It can grow in normal, sandy, and even clay base soil.

The chokeberry prefers full sun, but can take partial shade. Two big focal points of this plant is in springtime and late summer. In spring, buds emerge from the shrub. The blossoms open up to brilliant white flowers. The flowers do have a tint of pink in each one. Once the flowers die off, the shiny leaves take front stage until late summer.

At the end of the warm summer months, vibrant red berries begin to appear. The berries are in clusters surrounded by the glossy leaves. Our fine feather friends, or as we know them, birds, love these berries. The berries are edible for us as well. If you have eaten some of the chokeberries, you know they can be tart. Some people like to add a large amount of sugar, to offset the tartness.

Herbee and I recommend to plant in a group, if you have the space. Mass planting helps to hide the base of the plant, which is rather bare. Suckers will pop out here and there. If you plant in groups, the result will be a much fuller look. In fall, as the temperatures start to drop, the shiny green leaves take on a new look. Magnificent red color appears on the leaves. A true testament and blending of the wonderful autumn colors. Herbee and I highly recommend the Red Chokeberry to enhance the beauty of your landscape.

Tip For The Month

Each year at this time, Herbee and I like to remind folks of the importance of getting ready for the colder or warmer months that lie ahead. If you are in the southern hemisphere, you know trees are blooming, or getting ready to bloom. For all of you, get that garden going, and start the seasons chore.

If you live in the northern hemisphere, leaves may be changing already. There may be a nip in the air. Prepare your gardens and landscape for those blustery days and nights coming your way. Remember to mulch where needed. Mulching plants helps to keep them insulated from the cold. Turn over your bird baths, so the ice won't crack them. Now is the time to make that check list, and protect your investment from either the cold, or hot months ahead.

Thought For The Month

Tom and I had the opportunity last week, (Sept -14- 19th) to go to the beach with our oldest daughter, her husband, his family, and of course our precious 2 year old grandson. Our grandson loved the idea each morning and before going to bed of seeing both of his grandparents. We had a great time.

While at the beach, which is about 240 miles from our upstate home, Herbee and I couldn't help but notice the beautiful Hibiscus still in bloom. There were also more tropical foliage around the area. It amazes us again to think about being in the same state, and having such a variety of sub-tropical and tropical plants around. It made us realize how much natural beauty surrounds a wide area. Take the time to notice all of nature that is around you over the next month.

Thank you for joining us, and we look forward to being with you again at the end of October. Have a very healthy, safe, and happy month.

Herbee and Kimberly

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