Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Five Steps to Bulb Planting Success

National News

The best time to plant spring bulbs depends on where you live. Ideally, wait until the soil temperature is below 60°F. As a general guide, plant in September through early October if you live in...

Fall Cleanup Q and A

Cutting Back Perennials Question: After the first frost, should I cut back the flower stalks on my perennials? Or is it best to leave them as is and cut them back in the spring?...

Shrub Dogwood Trials

Shrub forms of dogwood (Cornus) make excellent landscape plants and are widely used by landscapers around the country. They are known for their green or variegated foliage, attractive flowers and...

New Variegated Hedge Plant

If you’re looking for a tough shrub to plant this fall that provides beauty, versatility, and low maintenance, consider the variegated beauty briar ( Eleutherococcus sieboldianus ‘variegatus’)....

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In the Garden


Healing in the Sun

The day I found out I had breast cancer was the day after my birthday, March 13. Spring, the season of new life unfolding, was just around the corner. My darling, wonderful Sweetie -- my husband -- dropped everything and came to pick me up from the...
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Favorite or New Plant

Rhipsalis One of my favorite plants here in my office is rhipsalis. It is an epiphytic cactus that has a...

Tool or Gardening Product

Fiskars Transplanting Spade Fiskars has just released a fabulous new digging tool. They call it a transplanting spade, but if...
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Regional Reminders

  • Fertilize Cymbidiums
  • Buy Spring-Blooming Bulbs
  • Dig and Store Summer-Blooming Bulbs
  • Apply Beneficial Nematodes to your Lawn
  • Fertilize Lawns

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