Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2001
Regional Report

Books

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers!
Flowers, Flowers, Flowers! by Paula Pryke can be considered a coffee table book because the glorious color photographs are artistically impressive. However, the information provided regarding care and handling of cut flowers of all types is invaluable to anybody interested in floral design. Paula Pryke has a fantastic sense of style and her arrangements range from simple to glamorous. The flowers are arranged by color, but there is also useful information on container selection, special occasions including holidays, and what to look for when you visit the flower market. Overall, this is an excellent reference for the amateur floral enthusiast.

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers!, by Paula Pryke (Rizzolini International Publications, Inc.) ISBN 0-8478-1679-6

Favorite or New Plant

Mexican Bush Sage
Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha) is in full glory right now. Velvety purple blooms are held on tall spikes above the handsome gray-green foliage. Hardy and attractive, Mexican Sage is a favorite of gardeners in this area. It grows to a height of 3 to 4 feet and will spread to 6 feet in ideal conditions. It is drought tolerant and prefers a sandy, fast draining soil. I like to cut the plants back to within a few inches of the ground in Mid-March, just before the new burst of growth in the spring. This dramatic pruning keeps the plants bushy and full. Mexican Sage is fabulous in flower arrangements and ships well as a mail-away bouquet.

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