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+ Page 4C COMMUNITY Hays Free Press October 19, 2016 COURTESY PHOTO Ask Amanda Continued from pg. 1C Last week, Cabela's played host to the Archer's Challenge fundraiser, which raised over $30,000 to benefit the Rosedale School, which is the only Austin public school dedicated to families whose chil- dren have multiple dis- abilities. The non-profit, founded by Austin resi- dent Archer Hadley, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and has used a wheelchair since he was five years old, challenges participants to perform their duties while in a wheelchair. More than 150 people participated in the challenge at Cabela's, raising the number of people who participated in the challenge to 500. and Iistin s, please check our websfle or call our showline[ when I am planting up flower pots, 6 packs and 4" pots are both great sizes to use because they allow me to be creative in the shapes and sizes of the pots I stuff full of winter color. Use your imagination when choosing planters for annual color. I love to take old enamelware and galvanized washtubs and fill them full of violas of all colors. Some of the easiest winter annuals to grow are old-fashioned John- ny Jump-Ups, aka violas. These miniature pansies are beautiful in mass and come in a wide variety of color combinations, from the traditional pur- ple/yellow blend to solid oranges and whites. Well established violas can last well into May and June before succumbing to the heat. Their larger counter- parts, pansies, have also been grown for genera- tions and have been the subject of many needle- point pillows and still- If you're looking for a little color in your leaves, consider planting ornamental cabbage, bright lights Swiss chard and dusty miller. All of these annuals and biennials will hold their color through the winter and can be a nice textural addition to the blooming annuals. life paintings throughout afternoon shade to carry the years. These friendly- them through. faced flowers are also Another super- available in a wide array fragrant border option colors and blends and is sweet alyssum. This make a nice winter bor- heirloom cool-season der in front of evergreen annual has tiny white or shrubs, purple blooms that you Dianthus, or pinks, can smell from across are so named for the the yard. (There's also ragged outside edge of a yellow one I haven't their flowers - as if they tried yet.) With a little were cut out with pink- water they will bloom ing shears. These short, all winter and into early border annuals can last summer and possibly re- several years under the seed for next year. right conditions and If you're looking for will bloom all winter a little color in your and even into the sum- leaves, consider plant- met if the heat isn't too ing ornamental cabbage, extreme. Plan for a little bright lights Swiss chard and dusty miller. All of these annuals and bien- nials will hold their color through the winter and can be a nice textural addition to the blooming annuals. They will grow vegeta- tively during the winter and will bolt (flower and go to seed) the following spring. Swiss chard, a biennial, planted in the spring will survive until the following year as it is the cold that triggers its seed production. Lastly, here are a few other bloomers to consider planting now. Although not a true annual, cyclamen are grown as such here because they cannot (and will not) survive our heat. Planted in mass, they bloom beautiful shades of red, pink and white all winter long and can be planted in a pot for a creative Christmas table centerpiece, and then brought outside to enjoy for the rest of the winter on your porch. Snapdragons, while not very colorful over the winter, will thrive come early spring if planted now. These tall stately annuals come in many pastel shades and are a favorite of any kid who has ever seen the 'drag- on' mouth snap open on the flowers. I have had several that have even re-seeded and returned over several years that were planted in after- noon shade and so could "survive some summer heat. Happy gardening everyone! If you have a garden- ing question, send it via email: iathyme@yahoo. com. (Please put 'Ask Chris Winslow' in the subject line.) Or mail your letter or postcard to: Ask Chris Winslow. 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