Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Scented Tuberous Begonia

National News

Tuberous begonias are gorgeous, shade-loving flowers that produce large bouquets of single or double blooms in colors ranging from white to deep red. However, for as beautiful as they look, these...

Honeybees as Plant Bodyguards

Most gardeners know the advantages of honeybees visiting the garden. Bees play a critical role in the pollination of many fruits and vegetables. New research from Germany shows that honeybees can...

New Colorful False Indigo

Baptisia, or false indigo, is a popular spring-flowering, bushy perennial that grows 2 to 7 feet tall and wide depending on the species. There are white-, purple-, and yellow-flowered types...

Low Stress Wheeled Snow Shovel

Snow and cold is engulfing much of the country this year. While it’s great to hire someone to plow your driveway and walkways, for “do-it-yourselvers” shoveling snow actually can be a good form of...

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In the Garden


Ready, Set, Prune!

Pruning -- it's what winter is about. Well, except for the cabbages and broccoli and pansies and cool-season stuff that we like to grow. The bulk of your winter gardening chores will be about getting the shrubs and trees in your garden in shape for the...
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Clever Gardening Technique

Drain Waterlogged Pots Quickly If you see standing water in one of your outdoor container plants you need to act quickly. Most...

Shows & Events

Pacific Orchid Expo One of my favorite garden shows is the Pacific Orchid Expo held at Fort Mason Festival Pavilion....
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Regional Reminders

  • Cut Back Perennials
  • Protect Cymbidiums
  • Groom Winter-Blooming Annuals
  • Keep Bird Baths Clean and Full
  • Container Care

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