Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Award-Winning Roses

National News

There are literally hundreds of rose varieties available for gardeners to plant. In order to help us choose the best ones, the All-America Rose Selections organization tests new varieties for two...

A Deer Control Roundup

Deer are a big problem for gardeners in many areas of the country. While there are a plethora of home and commercial remedies and deterrent methods available, it can be hard to differentiate...

A Better Solution for Powdery Mildew

For a number of years baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) sprays have been recommended for controlling powdery mildew and black spot fungal diseases on roses, phlox, and other garden plants. Baking...

New Arabian Lilac

Lilacs ( Syringa sp.) are popular ornamental shrubs in many northern gardens. The Arabian lilac ( Vitex trifolium purpurea ‘Fascination’), while not a true lilac, is a good alternative for...

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In the Garden


African Violets

They sit on your windowsill, spreading cheer with their colorful blooms. Native to East Africa, Saintpaulia, better known as the African violet, is a perennial that is commonly grown indoors. By far the most popular of flowering houseplants, African...
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The Changing Garden The Changing Garden , by Betsy Fryberger (University of California Press, 2003; $34.95), is a...

Shows & Events

Filoli 30th Anniversary Celebration Filoli Gardens will host a 30th Anniversary Event -- As Time Goes By; Reflections of Filoli -- on...
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Regional Reminders

  • Fertilize Landscape Trees
  • Plant Cool-Season Crops
  • Begin Watering Indoor Cactus
  • Use Pot Feet to Prevent Root Rot
  • Fertilize Cymbidium Orchids

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