Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

May, 2005
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Santa Clara Koi Society Pond Tour
Although the fabulous Santa Clara Koi Society Pond Tour isn't until July, put it on your calendar if you are thinking of adding a pond to your garden. The July 16 tour will lead you through six or ten beautiful backyard gardens that have exquisitely landscaped ponds. It's amazing to see the effort and expense that people put into this seemingly restful hobby. Even if you don't plan on attending the garden pond tour, a dedicated club is a great way to get information on building a pond in your own garden.

Visit the Santa Clara Koi Society Web site for information on upcoming events, meetings and sales: http://www.sckoi.com

Favorite or New Plant

Impatiens
Known as "Busy Lizzie's" in England, impatiens are my favorite annual plant. No other blooming plant delivers so much color over such a long period of time with a minimum of care. Impatiens should be planted in the shade, although in cooler climates, such as here on the peninsula, they will withstand full sun. One thing they do require is ample water.

Even if you have grown impatiens, you may not realize that the green seedpods are a delight to "pop." I have surprised many people by asking them to hold a pea-sized seedpod, only to have it explode in their hand. Look for the pods toward the end of summer.

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