Oklahoma home and garden notes

Home and garden news and notes for Monday, Dec. 3.
Oklahoman Published: December 3, 2012
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CALENDAR

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Meetings

Midwest City Council of Garden Clubs, 1 p.m. Monday, Rubye Atkinson Center, 422 Russell Drive, Midwest City. Azalea Garden Club will host. Program is “Midwest City News” by Lt. Matt Dukes with the Midwest City Police Department and Neighborhood Services.

The Viola Garden Club Unit will not have a regular meeting, but members interested may attend a wreath-making class at 9:30 a.m. Fridayat Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Instructor is Lewis Scott. Supplies will be provided, including a wreath, or bring a wreath and use decorations provided during the class. Luncheon for members will be potluck for those attending. For more information call 261-0298.

Workshops

Seasonal wreath making, 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday at Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Construct your own wreaths, swags or other seasonal decorative items. Horticulture materials, wire and wreath forms will be provided. Participants will need to provide hand tools such as hot glue guns, scissors, etc. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Registration required by calling 943-0827. Free.

ON GARDENING

Goldilocks is the ultimate spiller plant

Goldilocks simply has to be the perfect plant for creating the spiller effect in mixed containers.

The recipe for designer mixed containers is thriller, filler and spiller. The thriller plants are the tall center plant that causes you to look. The spiller plants create a vertical, downward element, while the filler plant occupies the spaces or pockets in between.

Goldilocks is so beautiful, with chartreuse foliage cascading over the rims of a container, it can usually rival any thriller plant.

Goldilocks is known botanically as Lysimachia nummularia, which also has the common names of Creeping Jenny and Moneywort. This Lysimachia is native to Europe and is perennial from zones 3 through 11.

Goldilocks is a pretty tough plant that can survive those extremes in temperatures. It is a multi-award winner and a top seller, though it has started to creep up on some weed lists.

Lime green, or chartreuse, has been among the hottest colors for well over a decade. The disc-like leaves of Goldilocks have a lime green color that will turn an iridescent yellow given more sun.

Plant your Goldlilocks where the top of the root-ball is even with the surface of the soil. The Goldilocks, like other varieties of Creeping Jenny, will spread, so space them 12 to 18 inches apart.

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