A time for waiting in the garden: Evaluate caladiums, watch camellias and order bulbs | Home/Garden

EVALUATE CALADIUMS: When the plants begin to look tired and less attractive, and about two-thirds of the leaves have fallen over, it’s time to dig the tubers. Caladiums may return the next year if left in the ground, but it is more reliable to dig them and store them indoors over the winter. Dig the tubers carefully, leaving the foliage attached. Spread out in a well-ventilated area to dry. When the foliage is dry and brown, remove it from the tubers and store them in paper or net bags indoors over the winter.

WAITING FOR CAMELLIAS: Camellia flower buds are starting to swell but generally will not bloom until November or December. Water now if weather is dry to prevent problems with blooming later on.

ORDER BULBS: Order spring bulbs in time for them to arrive in November. The best selection of bulbs is found at mail order companies online. A good selection is also readily available now in local nurseries. You can purchase them while the selection is still good, but there is no hurry to plant them. November is the month we plant most spring bulbs here.

WATER: September weather has been relatively dry, and October is often one of our drier months. Be sure to check lawns, shrubs, flowerbeds and vegetable gardens regularly. When the soil is dry down several inches and/or plants show slight drought stress, water deeply and thoroughly as needed.

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Dan Gill is a retired consumer horticulture specialist with the LSU AgCenter. He hosts the “Garden Show” on WWL-AM Saturdays at 9 a.m. Email gardening questions to [email protected]

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Oregon Governor ‘Still Waiting for a White House Response’ to Request for Wildfire Help

Oregon Governor Kate Brown said the state was “still waiting” to hear from the White House a day after she asked President Donald Trump for help in combating fires covering hundreds of thousands of acres.



a tree with a sunset in the background: The charred remains of the Gates Elementary School are seen after the passage of the Santiam Fire in Gates, Oregon, on September 10, 2020.


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The charred remains of the Gates Elementary School are seen after the passage of the Santiam Fire in Gates, Oregon, on September 10, 2020.

The Democratic lawmaker said she requested that a disaster declaration be signed on Wednesday night, but had yet to hear a response from the Trump administration.

Brown also said that she had asked the Department of Defense to provide Oregon with an “active battalion” of trained firefighters to assist state forces with fires that have caused half a million people to evacuate.

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Appearing at a press briefing last night, the governor said: “We obviously asked for an emergency declaration, that came yesterday. We’re still waiting for White House response.

“We have asked for Department of Defense an active battalion that’s trained in firefighting, and we’re certainly asking other states for national guard assistance.

“I’m also in regular contact with our federal delegation, and Oregon is not the only state facing these weather challenges.”

Brown added that she would encourage authorities to “work across the aisle” to provide assistance to states like Oregon facing “catastrophic emergencies.

Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment and will update this article with any response.

President Trump signed two disaster declarations for California and Iowa in August as the former state was ravaged by wildfires while the latter dealt with heavy damage left in the wake of a severe storm.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency also signed off federal funding for Peurto Rico on Wednesday to assist areas hit by Tropical Storm Isaias in late July.

Oregon officials revealed on Thursday that an estimated half a million Oregonians, more than 10 percent of the state’s population, had been evacuated from their homes as wildfires continued to rip through the West Coast.

Fighterfighters were also reported to be battling a huge 900,000 acres of fire across Oregon alone, with millions more acres impacted in the neighbouring states of California and Washington.

“We are now approaching 900,000 acres burned across the state,” Gov. Brown said at the Thursday press briefing. “To put that number into perspective, in the last 10 years, we see an average of 500,000 acres burn in an entire year. We’ve seen that nearly double in the past three days.

“We have never seen this amount of uncontained fire across our state. We know there are fire-related fatalities, and as soon as we are able to provide confirmed information, we will do so.”

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Fitz’s Opinion: Waiting for rain and spiritual realignment in my garden | Local Editorials and Opinion

In case it rains I set out the buckets to catch the precious water.

I take cuttings from the massive euphorbias of Morocco. They resemble giant olive-green sea anemones. Models of thrift and adaptation to mirror. By 2050 we’ll need to possess the genes of a saguaro.

I collect seeds from the brittle bushes that in spring yielded daisy-like flowers.

Gethsemane is in every garden. Suffering and reassignment. I remove a shed and expose three tarantula burrows. Three furious tarantulas emerge, 24 eyes see each other and a three-way duel-to-the-death unfolds.

On the side of a barrel cactus I find a bird’s skeleton, wings outstretched, a crucified cactus wren, ensnared, a totem, a reminder to be careful when approaching a desert fruit.

A deer skull hangs over our hacienda’s back door, emblematic of the cycle that rules out here. Fixing the fence, I watch ants disintegrate a deceased kangaroo rat. We’re all just jackrabbits waiting to be pancaked into the asphalt. Vulture vittles.

Fence fixed, I look up to see red-faced vultures floating in the blue, patiently waiting for death to serve up their Daily Bread.

Over the kitchen window hangs this cartoonist’s favorite cartoon prop, an old scythe, an ode to the Grim Reaper. And to my uncle’s farm, where boyhood summers taught me to love turning earth. Beneath shade sails and shade trees, water conserved, the seasons and I have turned this earth, where drought-resistant life thrives, producing the weird beauty desert dwellers savor.

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