Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Poinsettias for Polar Bears

National News

Want to decorate for the holidays and support endangered polar bears at the same time? Look for the 'Eckespoint® Polar Bear' poinsettia. This stunning new white poinsettia, bred by Ecke Ranch,...

Up with Foxgloves

Foxgloves are quintessential cottage garden plants, their tall spires of softly-hued flowers adding a vertical accent to the billowing silhouettes of so many other bloomers in early summer. But on...

Hooray for Holly

It is a Christmas tradition to "deck the halls with boughs of holly," although the custom of using holly as a decoration for winter time festivals and celebrations goes back to the Druids of...

Social Sagebrush and other Curiosities

Most of us don't think of our plants as having a social life. But some new research shows that, while your beans and begonias may not updating their Facebook pages, some plants are aware of who's...

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In the Garden

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Wreaths, Garlands, Valance Hangings and Table Decorations

Resplendent in fruits and leaves of the season, graced with velvet and ribbons, or simply highlighted with a solitary ornament, these glories are easy to make and wonderful to receive. Like giving certain flowers to imply messages -- love with a...
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Resources

Favorite or New Plant

Festive Herbs Herbs can trim yule logs, flavor jelly, give fragrance to clusters of twigs or wreaths and...

Clever Gardening Technique

Pruning = Decorations The garden is a treasure trove of possibilities for holiday decorations. Pyracantha berries...
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Regional Reminders

  • Harvest Leaf By Leaf
  • Wait Till Asparagus Ferns Are Dead
  • Prune After Leaves Drop
  • Give Mums and Fuchsias a Trim
  • Unperky Houseplants?

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