Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2013
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

National Poinsettia Day

National News

Here's one more reason for celebration this month. December 12 is National Poinsettia Day! The date marks the anniversary of the death of Joel Poinsett, the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico. He was...

African Sunset Petunia

If cold, wintry weather is getting you down, warm yourself up with thoughts of how striking this brilliantly hued petunia will look in your garden next spring. Petunia 'African Sunset', a 2014...

Look for Lofos

Its name may not roll as readily off your tongue as petunia, but Lophospermum (pronounced low-fo-SPUR-mum) is a name that gardeners looking for a dramatic, cascading vine for a hanging basket...

Protecting Bumblebees

The decline of honeybees due to colony collapse disorder has garnered a lot of attention in the last few years. But populations of native bees like bumblebees are also showing a downward trend....

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In the Garden


Tips for Winter Gardening

We are so fortunate in our climate that we can garden year round! Pansies, snapdragons, primroses, stock, calendula, and ornamental kale add color to the winter garden, while sweet olive and daphne entice us with their heady fragrance. Citrus are ripe...
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Clever Gardening Technique

Lazy Man's Mulch If you have a cutting garden or a vegetable garden that you won't be using over the winter,...

Favorite or New Plant

Sweet Olive Sweet olive (Osmanthus fragrans) is a winter-blooming evergreen shrub with a haunting fragrance...
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Regional Reminders

  • Shop for Bare-Root Bargains
  • Plant Iceland Poppies
  • Trim Ornamental Grasses
  • Care for Feathered Friends
  • Tune Up Garden Tools

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