Southern 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

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Preventing Frost Damage

We're officially into our frost-possible weather zone (Thanksgiving through January 31), so here are some suggestions for ways to lessen the likelihood of extensive damage should a hard frost hit. Citrus Wrap trunks in newspaper, and cover the...
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Resources

Clever Gardening Technique

Mini Holiday Trees Norfolk Island pines can become mini-holiday trees, with their own tiny lights and ornaments....

Favorite or New Plant

Purslane, the Edible Weed It's wonderful to have something bright green growing in the garden all winter, and this includes...
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Regional Reminders

  • Sow or Transplant Veggies
  • Plant for Winter Color
  • Cut Back on Water and Fertilizer for Houseplants
  • Keep on Dormant Spray Schedule
  • Plant More Bulbs

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