Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Better Berry-Bearing Viburnum

National News

Fall is celebrated for its colorful foliage, and in addition many trees and shrubs exhibit beautiful berries at this time of year. Viburnum shrubs produce fall berries in colors ranging from black...

Flowers in the Home Keep Us Happy

There’s nothing better for brightening your day than receiving a bouquet of flowers, but does having flowers around your home on a regular basis change your mood and make you happier? Researcher...

No-Bend Bulb Planter

Fall planting of spring bulbs is in full swing in many areas of the country, and one tool that can make planting easier is a long-handled bulb planter. To use this tool, you push the cylinder into...

Winter-Hardy Camellia

Camellias are prized shrubs in the south for their snow-white blossoms and glossy evergreen leaves. Now, with the introduction of 'Winter's Snowman' Ice Angel camellia, gardeners north of the...

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In the Garden

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Eucalyptus

Did you know there are over 600 species of eucalyptus, many of which thrive in the Bay area? The beautiful red-flowering gum ( Eucalyptus ficifolia ) that lines Van Ness Avenue is just coming out of bloom now. The Importation Plan Eucalyptus were...
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Resources

Books

Discovering Nature's Alphabet Discovering Nature's Alphabet , by Krystina Castella and Brian Boyle (Heyday Books, 2006;...

Clever Gardening Technique

Aquarium Water for Indoor Plants If you keep an aquarium, here's a tip for keeping your indoor plants happy. Stir the gravel in...
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Regional Reminders

  • Prepare Landscape for Fire Season
  • Continue Irrigating
  • Plant Cool-Season Vegetables
  • Give Roses a Break
  • Divide Perennials

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