Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Award-Winning Snapdragon

National News

Annual snapdragons love cool weather and look great in beds, borders, and containers. The classic snapdragon varieties have colorful, jointed flowers that “talk” when squeezed (they open and close...

Shrub Dogwood Trial at Longwood Gardens

Shrub dogwoods ( Cornus species) have become very popular in recent years for their low maintenance and attractive, four-season appeal. Popular in commercial and residential landscapes, many...

Pesticide Residue in Produce from Around the World

Many gardeners have turned to growing their own vegetables and fruits and buying organic foods to avoid excessive pesticide residues on their foods. The produce in our supermarkets now comes from...

New Housefly Trap

There is nothing worse than having houseflies buzz against your windows in winter. The incessant buzzing sound is enough to drive you mad. Well, maybe they aren’t that bad, but if houseflies are a...

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In the Garden


Amaryllis Rescue

I was standing in line at the nursery last week. There, right in front of the register, were the largest amaryllis ( Hippeastrum spp.) bulbs I had ever seen. They were as big as baby's heads and must have weighed 3 pounds each. I'm happy to say that I...
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California Gardener's Guide The California Gardener's Guide , by Nan Sterman (Cool Springs, 2007), features 186 plants that...

Tool or Gardening Product

Rascal Spots Attention dog owners: "Rascal Spots" can fix dog urine spots on your lawn as they occur or even...
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Regional Reminders

  • Frost Watch
  • Winter Mulching
  • Groom Ferns
  • Clean and Sharpen Pruning Tools
  • Stop Watering Cactus

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