JUNE 2018

June Business Hours
Monday - Saturday 9am to 5:30pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm
In this newsletter you will find..
  • Father's Day Giveaway
  • DIY Fairy Gardening Workshop, Sunday, June 24
  • Seasonal Ideas and Information for June
  • Lawns: "Why prairies matter and lawns don't"
  • "Scents and Succulents" by Autumn Nolte
  • Seaside Casual Furniture 2018 
  • Bailey's Coupon
  • Inside Our Gift Shop
  • Father's Day Gift Ideas 
  • Pots, Pelicans, Fountains & Flamingos
  • Texas Gardeners:  "Easy steps to double numbers of butterflies, birds, bees and other wildlife at home."
Father's Day Gift Certificate Giveaway

Stop in and register to win a
$100 gift certificate 
to Tom's Thumb Nursery. 
Drawing to be held at the  end of business on  Father's Day, 
Sunday, June 17th.

Honoring  Peggy's Father
Mr. Tommy Thompson
Mr Thompson


 DIY Fairy Gardening Workshop

 Sunday, June 24  

 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM 


Workshop fee is $35 per person, which includes a container, accessories, tiny plants, and instructions. 


Hurry and register because class size is limited.  This class is open to adults and children who come with proper supervision.  Registration and payment in advance is required.




All registration should be completed by end of business on Monday, June 18.  Please note that refunds for the class are available up to 3 days prior to the scheduled class.


Seasonal Ideas & Information for June

The following are a list of activities to consider for your June gardening:
Vegetables & Herbs -  Mornings are still a great time to be out in the garden.....late afternoons shortly before dark are also a tolerable time to be out.  Check the mulch throughout the garden and replenish any areas where it is getting too thin.  Mulch reduces evaporative loss of water from the soil, moderates soil temperatures, and deters weed seeds.  Continue to fertilize tomatoes and peppers to promote higher yields and stronger plants.  Bird netting is an option to help protect the fruits of your labor!  Spider mites can be controlled with water or soap spray and caterpillars can be controlled with Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt).
Damage from Birds
Bird netting
Caterpillar control



Perennials & Annuals -    Some dependable color options for summer include a variety of salvias, zinnias, purslane, vinca, portulaca, lantana, esperanzas, plumbagos and cupheas.  If you are watering your plants with an overhead sprinkler, you may be seeing an increase in diseases of the foliage.  Drip irrigation is a better way to go and can help minimize leaf wetness.  There are disease-control products on the market.  We can provide help in identifying pests and diseases, and in deciding on an appropriate, effective control option.
white vinca
white vinca
white vinca
salvia blue and black
salvia blue and black

Lawns -
  "Why prairies matter and lawns don't."  written by J. Crumpler, November 17, 2013

Galveston County Master Gardeners Educational Programs:                   
  follow this link   2018 Gulf Coast Gardening for June  

"Scents and Succulents"
By Autumn Nolte

We all know how beautiful succulents can be with their complex shapes, colors, and growth habits. What some don't realize however, is that there are many succulents that also have a beautiful aroma. (Like we needed ANOTHER reason to love them!) When your succulent blooms not only will you get a gorgeous display of flowers, but you may also get to enjoy their fragrance depending on the variety you own. If you're looking to add some more beauties to your garden, or just want to tantalize your senses, you may be interested in acquiring one (or more) of these for your home.
           Echinopsis oxygona

Hoya flower

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Echinopsis oxygona- Big pink funnel shaped flowers open at night and usually last 24-36 hours. This is a very fragrant species.
Hoyas- There are many different varieties of hoya, and depending on their care the fragrance may be stronger or weaker. The Flowers are waxy, shaped like stars and have been described as smelling like chocolate, lemon, citrus, vanilla, orange, and spicy.
Sedum Suavelons- White Sweet smelling flowers that look more like Echeveria flowers than your typical sedum bloom. This variety is a summer bloomer.
Stapeliads- Blooms are very STINKY often smelling like carrion or dung, some varieties may not smell as bad or as strong. While having an overpowering smell might turn you away, the flowers are very attractive with their different shapes, sizes and color patterns.


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Night blooming Cereus- Flowers have a strong, sweet spicy fragrance that opens at night usually between July-October. The night blooming Cereus is typically a white flower but you can sometimes find them available in pink.
String of Pearls and String of Bananas- The flowers are white, tiny and fuzzy looking with a light cinnamon like scent that blooms in the spring.
Albuca Spiralis (Frizzle Sizzle) - This succulent blooms in the spring. The blooms are a gorgeous yellow and have a butter/olive oil/vanilla scent.
Lithops- All Lithops will bloom white or yellow flowers in the fall, with the right care. Some flowers have a spicy/honey scent.
Conophytum - These round cuties have orange flowers with a clove like scent in the fall.
Crassula Ovata - Jade

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Mother in Laws Tongue- This sansevieria is a spring bloomer with VERY Strong sweet smelling flowers, which have been reported to be too overpowering in a small space. The flowers are white and look like spider lilies.
Jade (can do well in high light as well) - The flowers will bloom in winter and spring. They are White/ Light Pink and sweetly scented.
Aloe conifera- This aloe blooms in winter, it has a tall blooming yellow flower with a delicious grapefruit aroma.

Whether you have a bright courtyard or a dimly lit office, there is a scented succulent for you. You can even arrange your succulents so that you have a constantly blooming, sweet smelling arrangement.
We have a good variety of succulents in stock and would be happy to help you with your arrangement!

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May 30, 2018

"Easy steps to double numbers of butterflies, birds, bees, and other wildlife at home"
National Wildlife Federation
With more than 7 million people participating across the country and 2.5 million acres of Certified Wildlife Habitat, the National Wildlife Federation's Garden for Wildlife movement is the nation's longest-running and largest effort dedicated to helping wildlife locally. The initiative reconnects our neighborhoods, towns, and cities to our nation's amazing wild spaces by encouraging Americans to plant native plants. From wildflowers to trees, there are small things we can do to provide natural sources of food, water, cover and spaces to raise young in our backyards and communities. Anyone can support and protect the future of birds, bees, butterflies and other amazing animals.
This spring marks the  45th Anniversary of Garden for Wildlife, and in honor of that milestone, the National Wildlife Federation is inviting individuals, families and communities to design a garden space that will enhance the natural landscape and attract wildlife to their great outdoors.
Here are several easy and impactful ways to participate and start helping your local wildlife:
Create a Habitat for Your Local Wildlife. Think first of the birds, butterflies and bees that you can support in your garden habitat. Then select plants that provide the kinds of food they need, such as nectar, berries or seeds. Plant according to your region, local environment and conditions, from sunny deserts to shady woodlands.
crape myrtle shade

Think Small. No yard, no problem! For those with small outdoors spaces, select pots and planters that will allow you to plant a selection of blooming pollinator-friendly native plants.
Plant for year-round diversity and beauty. Wildlife needs food, water, cover and places to raise young all year. Choose a variety of plants that bloom at different times of the year, from native wildflowers to shrubs that produce berries. Evergreens provide year-round cover. Think vertically, too. Incorporate existing large trees and then underplant with smaller trees and shrubs for cover and nesting places.
Plant in Groups. This will result in more color, textural impact and eye-catching patterns throughout the garden bed or landscape. This technique also draws the eye into the garden and the close plantings will prevent weeds and minimize the need for excess mulching. Clusters of blooming plants are more likely to attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.

Water sources. Adding  bird baths or  container water gardens help attract a variety of wildlife, from birds to tree frogs.

Certify Your Garden. Celebrate by  certifying your garden with the National Wildlife Federation and proudly display a sign! Show why you have designed your yard intentionally to help wildlife and encourage others to do the same. Certifying also spreads the wildlife gardening message to your entire neighborhood.
To learn more, visit  www.nwf.org/garden.
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Peggy Cornelius, owner
Tom's Thumb Nursery & Landscaping   
Peggy Cornelius | Tom's Thumb Nursery & Landscaping  | 409-763-4713
2014 - 45th Street  Galveston, Texas 77550
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