Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

May, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Delightful Daisies

National News

Many of the plants we use as annuals in our summer gardens are not botanically true annuals. Instead they are tender perennials, plants that in warm enough climates would return year after year....

2011 Urban Tree of the Year

If you are looking for a medium-size tree that not only has eye-catching blossoms, but it tough and adaptable as well, you might want to consider the choice of the Society of Municipal Arborists...

Basket of Fire

Want some red-hot hanging baskets this summer? Try 'Basket of Fire', the first ornamental pepper that has been bred especially for hanging baskets. Growing about 10 inches tall and 14-18 inches...

Lawn Pesticide Facts and Figures

America's love affair with the lawn accounts for much of the pesticide exposure we and our children and pets receive to in our home environments. According to Beyond Pesticides, a national...

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In the Garden


Glorious Spring Color

Spring color has definitely sprung in my garden -- roses, bearded and Louisiana irises, brugsmansia, bromeliads, cistus (rockrose) and especially alstroemerias and sweet peas in great vigor are following the way-past-their-prime freesias,daffodils and...
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Shows & Events

79th Annual Chrysanthemum Plant Sale Saturday & Sunday, May 21 and 22, 9am-4pm. More than 150 varieties of rooted chrysanthemum...

Clever Gardening Technique

Plastic Berry Baskets as Seedling Protectors Birds love the new tender shoots of vegetables. Use plastic baskets from cherry tomatoes or...
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Regional Reminders

  • Sow or Transplant Summer Veggies
  • Snip, Don't Pull Pea Vines
  • Plant and Paint Fruit Trees
  • Pinch Back Foliage
  • Care for that Bit of Lawn

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