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The Virginia Beach Master Gardeners

September 2019
Fall Edition

Fall brings with the cooler weather the beautiful colors of red, orange, and purple flowers. As we work in our flower beds to rake out the dead plants we should look forward to the flowers that give us seeds. Many of these plants can be our harvest for next season if we collect the seeds and store them properly.
Cone Flower is a perfect example of seed baring and quite easily stored in a paper towel inside a zip lock bag. Keep at room temperature until you're ready to plant them. We use these seeds in our Ready, Set, Grow! Program with our 1st and 2nd graders making seed pods for them to be able to plant for spring. It makes an excellent activity for children.
Bees and butterflies are still humming about for their final flights of the season. While we can ensure that they have plenty of nectar, water, and food. We also can give them coverage during this hurricane season. Bees have several types of houses that you can purchase or make. Butterflies, on the other hand, should be placed correctly in a butterfly habitat with food and water until they form a chrysalis. Release them once they have matured, and their wings have dried.
Some examples of food are:
  • Monarch caterpillars eat milkweed plants and those native to Virginia are:

Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa
Clasping milkweed, Asclepias amplexicaulis
Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca
Fewflower milkweed, Asclepias lanceolata
Fourleaf milkweed, Asclepias quadrifolia
Green comet milkweed, Asclepias viridiflora
Longleaf milkweed, Asclepias longifolia
Poke milkweed, Asclepias exaltata
Purple milkweed, Asclepias purpurascens
Red milkweed, Asclepias rubra
Redring milkweed, Asclepias variegata
Swamp milkweed, Asclepias incarnata
Whorled milkweed, Asclepias verticillata

  • Black swallows will eat dill weed, parsley and fennel and also these plants:

Parsley , Petroselinum crispum
Dill , Anethum graveolens
Fennel, Foeniclum vulgare
Dutchman’s pipe-Aristolochia macphylla
Anise-Pimpinella anisum
Caraway-Carum -Carvi
Celery-Apium Graveolens
Dutchman ’ s Breeches-Thamnoma Texanum
Forded Scaleseed-Spermolepis divaricata
Golden Alexander-Zizia aurea
Mock Bishopweed-Ptilmmnim capillaceum
Whorled milkweed, Asclepias verticillata
Parsnip-Pastinaca sativa
Wild Carrot-Daucus carota
Wild Chervil-Cryptotaenia canadensis

If we take care of our pollinators, they will take care of us. We learn through workshops and other Master Gardeners. There is a Pollinators workshop in October for children to learn about these creatures and how they help our environment.
Happy Gardening!
Have gardening questions? Help is available year round through the Master Gardener Help Desk by calling 757-385-8156 or email your question to
Bleeding Heart Vine
October & November in the Garden
Black Currant
California Lilac
Common Juniper
Common Hornbeam
Evergreen Clematis
Field Maple
Flowering Cherry
Japanese Angelica Tree
Japanese Maple
Sweet Gum
Sycamore Maple

Forget me nots
Bleeding Heart
  • Start raking. Shred or compost the fall leaves and debris.
  • Cut back and remove diseased perennial foliage.
  • Finish planting bulbs.
  • Keep transplants watered.
  • Add compost to soil to if compacted.
  • Check to see if any plant heads are suitable for seeds.
  • Use leaf mulch in bags for compost.
  • Divide plants that have clumped together.
  • Check your tools ; oil and sharpen.
Common Name: Red Spider Lilly
Scientific Name: Lycoris radiata
Bloom Time: October-November
Color: Red
Size: 4-5 feet
Zone: 5-10
Native range: China, Korea and Nepal
Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade; moist/wet areas
Deer Repellent
Common Name: Pirate Bugs
Scientific Name: Orius insidious
Time of Year Active: fall
Where to See Them: Trees, shrubs, plants
Benefits: Pirate bugs are general predators, especially of spider mites, insect eggs, aphids, thrips, and small caterpillars.

Plant bulbs with the tip pointing up. The main focus with fall months of October, November and December is maintenance.

Cleaning Clean out summer annuals replace with cool season annuals or perennials. Add compost to improve soil or raise the soil level in the bed. Fall is a great time to test your soil and add amendments to prepare for the next planning season.

A good tip is to graph out the garden area with annuals and what perennials are placed, for a more organized method of changing seasons.
Upcoming Events
Oct 5 - Children's Workshop - Pollinators and Art form the Children's Garden*
Terri Belkhov & Mary Hubbard, VCE Virginia Beach Master Gardeners
Learn about and find pollinators that live in the Children's Garden. Collect samples of native plants from the garden, dry them, then create beautiful pieces of art.
*This workshop is for children ages 4-10. Children must be accompanied by a adult. Register at
9:00 am - 12 noon; Virginia Beach Farmers Market-Kitchen Garden

Oct 7 - Gardening Talk - Raised Bed Gardening
Tom Etter, VCE Virginia Beach Master Gardener
Learn Practical advantages and disadvantages of vegetable gardening in raised beds.
Advanced Technology Center. 1800 College Crescent, Virginia Beach, VA 23453 , 7-8pm. Free & open to the public.
Oct 12 - Rain Barrel Workshop
All rain barrel workshops are held at the Virginia Beach Farmer’s Market, 3640 Dam Neck Rd., 9 - 10am.    Cost: $50 per barrel. Pre-registration required at

Oct 26 - Constructing a Raised Bed for Vegetable Garden
Join the VCE Virginia Beach Master Gardeners
A demonstration of the steps of constructing a raised bed for vegetable gardening.
9:00 am - 12 noon; Virginia Beach Farmers Market-Kitchen Garden
Register at

Nov 18 - Gardening Talk - Gardening for Songbirds
Jessica Ruthenberg, Audubon Society of Watchable Wildlife Biologist
Grow Wild! Learn how to attract songbirds, hummingbirds, and other desirable creatures to your property with these gardening and landscaping tips.
Advanced Technology Center. 1800 College Crescent, Virginia Beach, VA 23453 , 7-8pm. Free & open to the public.

Dec 2 - Gardening Talk - Backyard Bouquets
Mike Andruczk, VCE Extension Horticulture Agent, Chesapeake
Get creative with things from your own yard to decorate during the winter or any season.
Advanced Technology Center. 1800 College Crescent, Virginia Beach, VA 23453, 7-8pm. Free & open to the public.

Red Spider Lilly
Other Learning Opportunities:
Seed Library -Located at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library. The Seed Library offers free seeds for the public and information on how to grow them.

Little Free Library -Located in the Theme Gardens and kitchen Garden, offers books and magazines on a variety of gardening topics.

Youth Education -Youth programs include Ready, Set, Grow! Be Water Wise; Tree Dormancy Program; Arbor Day Program & HRAREC Gardens School Tours.
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Jill Wright at 757-385-4769 during the business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. TDD number (800) 828-1120.  
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