Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

July, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Poison Ivy Gets Pumped Up

National News

One of the scourges of summer is dermatitis from contact with poison ivy. The leaves, branches, and roots of this perennial vining weed contain an oil ( urushiol ) that, once it penetrates your...

The First True Red Hydrangea

One visit to your local garden center and it’s clear that mophead hydrangeas ( Hydrangea macrophylla ) are very popular. While pink or blue flowers have been the most popular colors, plant...

Veggies Help Prevent Clogged Arteries

It’s common knowledge that eating vegetables is good for us, and a recent study helps us understand at least one reason why. In laboratory tests on rodents, researchers at Wake Forest University...

Add Water-Absorbing Gel After Planting

Water-absorbing crystals are often used to keep containers, hanging baskets, and pots moist during dry summer weather. The traditional way to apply the crystals is to mix them into the potting...

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In the Garden


Public Gardens Worth a Visit

Summer is such a wonderful time -- the fruit is ripening, vegetables are beginning to bear, and flower gardens are joyous. With the exception of watering and weeding, there's not much to do except enjoy. If you have the opportunity, may I suggest that...
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Glorious Gardens to Visit in Northern California Glorious Gardens to Visit in Northern California , by Priscilla Dunhill and Sue Freedman (Three...

Favorite or New Plant

Spider Flower Spider flower (cleome) is a beautiful annual for the cutting garden. It will reach 6 feet in...
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Regional Reminders

  • Pull Weeds
  • Water and Fertilize Citrus
  • Irrigate Redwood Trees
  • Remove Spent Flowers
  • Check Irrigation Systems

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