Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Science Behind Fall Color

The brilliant colors of deciduous trees and shrubs display in fall are actually the grande finale of the compliceted process of photosynthesis. That's how plants produce food. It takes place in the leaf cells that contain chlorophyll, the pigment that makes leaves green. Leaves make chlorophyll all through the growing season. But as temperatures get cooler and the days get shorter, chlorophyll production slows down and eventually stops. As the chlorophyll declines, the green starts to fade away, revealing pigments that had been hidden by green. This is when the show begins.

Carotenoids are yellow pigments that turn aspens and ginkgos stunning shades of yellow and gold. Tannins are responsible for the dull browns of some oaks. And since all leaves contain at least some tannin, that's why most of them eventually turn to brown, especially after they fall to the ground.

Anthocyanin turns maples red and dogwoods purple. It's a bit more temperamental than the other two pigments, and needs lots of sunlight to reach its colorful peak. If the leaf doesn't get enough sun, the color stops at yellow, orange or even brown.

Of course temperatures come into play as well. Early freezes reduce colorful foilage because the leaves are killed before they can go through this elaborate process. Long, warm fall days and bright sun will create the most colorful fall show.

Yellow Foliage


Orange Foliage

Sugar Maples

Red Foliage

Cornus - Dogwood

Dwarf Buring Bush
October Glory Maple

Red Sunset Maple
Sweet Gum - Liquid Amber
Viburnum - Snowball Bush

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Camino Garden Center News

It is with some apprehension and sadness I bring some news about Camino Garden Center.  Some have heard the rumors, and know what I am about to write.  After 23 wonderful years serving the people of Pollock Pines, Camino, Placerville, and the surrounding community, we are shutting our doors.  On August 29th we will open 10:00 to 4:00.  All nursery product will be 50% off until gone.  No refunds or deliveries. 

Economic conditions, weather, and age have taken its toll on all of us.  It is with bitter sweetness that I tell you; we are starting a new chapter in our lives.  Our community is more than just customers; you have become our friends.  You are as much of our family as anyone else.  We have dined together at the local pub, and visited each other’s homes. We have seen so many of you grow from children to parents and grandparents.  Watched your gardens grow and bloom.  We have memories that will last us all the rest of our lives.

Some of you know that I have already left for a job with the State of California.  I miss all of you.  I won’t go into names because there are just too many to do so.  I feel we have gotten to know each other over the years.  We know the plants, tomatoes, and soil we have in each other’s gardens.  We have shared more than just business, we have share a part of our lives. 

John and Lori are going to finally retire and pursue some of their own passions in life.  Dad will finally have the time to spend in his own garden making it as pretty as you probably have imagined it to be.  Mom will go on to be the supporting wife she has always been through this adventure.

Thank you so much for supporting us through out the years.  Each one of you has touched us all in memorable ways.  

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Update to Summer Vacation

Camino Garden Center will be closed from August 6 through August 28th.  We will open on Wednesday August 29th.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Summer Vacation

Camino Garden Center will be closed for summer vacation August 6th through August 27th.  We will reopen August 28th.  Hopefully we will miss the triple digit temperatures.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Saturday, March 31, 2012

April Dirt Sale

Check out some cool plants at: Garden University

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Nandina Domestica

Heavenly Bamboo

Lacy green leaves on upright stems that turn brilliant red in autumn. Creamy flowers are followed by clusters of red berries. Use in groupings or as a small screen. Grows as an evergreen in full to part sun, 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Hardy to minus 10 degrees F.

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