Papershell logo 4802 FM 2218 Rd
Richmond, TX 77469
2 miles south of US59
Greetings!

Just a few days left in August, and you can really tell that the seasons are starting to change. The sun rises a little later in the morning and sets a little earlier in the evening, making the nights just that little bit longer. A shorter day means, on average, a cooler day, and many plants are beginning to respond to this gradual change by putting on a flush of new fall growth. Yay! I think for us, fall is just as much a treat as spring must be for those who live farther north. Summer can wear on you after a while!
Art Beatty
Art probably thinks we're nuts!
We are just a few days away from announcing the August date when everything was free! The first place to look will be our Facebook page, but it will be posted on our chalkboard and in the next newsletter too. If you shopped with us on that magic date, look for a refund -- 100% of your purchases! I'll contact you for a mailing address if we don't have it. We've had fun with that - should we do it again next summer?
Learn to paint!
Lots of new classes in September! Artist Michael Vollmer kicks off a new series of painting classes on September 8 with his Introduction to Watercolor Painting. This class is intended for beginners or those who've been away from painting for a while. The next four watercolor painting classes are meant to be taken as a sequence. Each topic will be studied in depth and the whole thing will culminate in a spontaneous painting workshop in October.
Indian Paintbrush
Almost time to plant!
Great gardening classes too - look for a general fall gardening class on September 9, a Wildflower Workshop on the 16th and a class on kitchen herbs on the 23rd!

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Hummingbirds - They're Here!

Hummingbirds have been spotted all over! Clean your feeders, get out the camera, refresh your nectar plants and stand back! The fall migration is on!
Hummingbird
Hi there!
Hummingbirds are the tiniest birds in North America but you'd never know it from their feisty attitudes. They are very territorial and will vigorously defend their turf, diving and chattering as they attack interlopers (even you!)  As they dip from flower to flower in your garden, hummingbirds are pollinating. It looks like they take only a tiny bit of food from each plant, but hummingbirds are BIG eaters! No animal on earth has a faster metabolism. To maintain their high-energy lifestyle, hummingbirds consume up to three times their body weight in food EACH DAY!
Hamelia patens
Hamelia
I love hamelia and porterweed for hummingbirds. Both are hardy perennials here and much beloved by hummingbirds and butterflies alike. Hamelia, sometimes called Firebush, is a showy shrub that generally stays about 6' tall here. Although it is root-hardy, it can be slow to come back from a freeze. Cover during freezes or be patient. It might not re-emerge until late May or early June.
Blue Porterweed
Blue Porterweed
Blue Porterweed is a medium-sized perennial which blooms spring through fall. Dark blue flowers open up all along a tall flower spike, lending both height and motion to your perennial border. Strangely enough, you can also make a beer-like tea from the leaves (I don't think the Biermeister is up for that, though!)

Want to keep up with the fall migration? Here's a Migration
Map - report your sightings or just follow along! And welcome back to our little jeweled friends!


Fall Veggies

If you missed Diana's workshop last Sunday, you missed a good one! We had a full house and she stayed extra late to answer questions. The fall gardening season  has kicked off in earnest - by now you should have those tomatoes in the ground so you are producing fruit before the frost. We still have time to get in a quick crop of warm season veggies like bush beans, squash and cucumbers. Or you could save the room for winter squash and pumpkins - both are available now as seeds or plants. We are starting to see the first few cauliflower plants come along, and as the weather begins to cool down a bit, expect to see the greens, broccoli, turnips, beets, etc.


If you're not quite ready to plant yet, your beds might need a bit of work. Amend your soil with compost or add an organic fertilizer, mulch well, water & wait a few days. The microbial activity will start right up and you'll have a rich, nutritious soil to welcome your new little plants.
Squash Flowers
Aren't they lovely?
Here's a list of the crops that tend to do well in our area in the fall. The weather is always a tricky thing to predict, but generally, we have until about December 15 before we get a true freeze. (Frosts may arrive earlier). Some vegetables like cabbages and kales don't mind a freeze and may even taste a bit better after the first really cold night.

We try to post the vegetable varieties as they arrive on our Facebook page. If you don't already "like" us, head over there and take a peek. We can provide much quicker updates and feedback there.

In stock now: tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, yellow squash, zucchini, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, pumpkins, cauliflower. Coming soon: red malabar spinach, broccoli, cabbages & kales.
 
Winter Weeds
 
Now for the bad news. It's time to start thinking about winter weeds in the lawn. These weeds germinate from seeds shed in the fall. They grow very slowly until the late winter and early spring, when they pop out before the turf grasses are actively growing.
Henbit
Henbit: pretty but still a weed
To attack them on two fronts, make sure your lawn is as strong as it can be. If you've already applied a pound of nitrogen per 1000 square feet of lawn, you don't need to fertilize now. It's better to wait until October to apply a winterizer. If you haven't quite got all your lawn-feeding done, fertilize now, either with Nitro-Phos SuperTurf or Nature's Guide Organic Turf food. Mow at the right height for your grass and water deeply but infrequently to encourage deep roots.
Bluegrass
Bluegrass: Great music, still a weed
Then apply a pre-emergent herbicide like Barricade in mid-September. Pre-emergents work to prevent the weed seeds from emerging in the first place. You'll apply now (to attack winter weeds) and in late winter (to attack warm-season weeds). Organic gardeners can also use corn gluten meal, which is effective if used regularly.

Pre-emergent herbicides are extremely effective but timing is everything. If you want until November, you're too late to prevent winter weeds and too early to prevent warm-weather weeds. Mark your calendars - you have the month of September to get this little job done! 


Please stop by and visit!  Have a glass of world-famous lemonade (or a beer!) -- we'd love to meet you!

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Barrow
Papershell: A Garden Gallery

Introduction to Watercolor Painting
September 8
9:00-12:00am

Artist Michael Vollmer leads this introduction to the techniques and tools of watercolor painting. If you have supplies already, please bring them. You will need to bring a 1-quart container for water and a pencil with an eraser.

The class is $35 and space is limited. Please sign up early to reserve a spot.

Call (281) 232-4485 or email us to sign up.
Get Ready For Fall!
September 9
2:00-3:30pm

What are the best cool-season flowers to plant? How do you prepare a lawn for fall? What about fall herbs? How can we prepare for the cold weather. Learn the answers to these questions and more! Join Papershell owner Elizabeth Barrow for this great seminar!

The class is $10 and includes a coupon for 15% off today's garden center purchases.

Call (281) 232-4485 or email us to sign up.
Watercolor Painting: Value & Contrast  
September 15
9:00am-12:00pm

Artist Michael Vollmer leads this exploration of value and contrast in watercolor painting. We recommend as a prerequisite the introductory class or some experience with watercolor painting. This is the first in a series of 4. The techniques taught in one class form the foundation for skills covered in the next class. If you have supplies already, please bring them. You will need to bring a 1-quart container for water and a pencil with an eraser. This class is $35 and space is limited.

Call (281) 232-4485 or email us to sign up.
Wildflower Workshop!
September 16
2:00-3:30pm

Fall is the best time to plant wildflowers! Learn what varieties do well here and how to plant them.

This class is $10 and includes a coupon worth 15% off today's purchases.

Call (281) 232-4485 or email us to sign up.
Watercolor Painting: Perspective  
September 22
9:00am-12:00pm

Artist Michael Vollmer leads this exploration of perspective in watercolor painting. We recommend as a prerequisite the introductory class or some experience with watercolor painting. This is the second in a series of 4. The techniques taught in one class form the foundation for skills covered in the next class. If you have supplies already, please bring them. You will need to bring a 1-quart container for water and a pencil with an eraser.

This class is $35 and space is limited.  Call (281) 232-4485 or email us to sign up.
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