Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2005
Regional Report

Shows & Events

End-of-Season Plant Sale
The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society Plant Sale at Strybing Arboretum is the sale we have all been waiting for, and it's just in time for our fall planting season. On Saturday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the nursery will have an abundance of ceonothus varieties, fuchsias for hummingbirds, and salvias ready to go into the ground. For info, call (415) 661-1316, or visit: http://www.sfbotanicalgarden.org

Favorite or New Plant

Citronella
I grew some citronella from cuttings that my sister-in-law gave me. This member of the pelargonium family has heavily cut, lacy leaves; small, inconsequential lavender flowers; and a heady citrus fragrance that repels insects. Citronella requires partial shade, rich soil, protection from frost, and ample water. It grows well from cuttings, especially if kept inside a clear plastic bag while the roots are forming.

When we dine on the patio, I cut a bouquet of citronella branches and place them in the center of the table. If the bugs are especially ravenous, we pick a leaf or two and rub it over our bare skin. Citronella is a handy plant to keep around.

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