Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2009
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Salvia Spectacular Plant Sale
On Saturday and Sunday, September 12-13, 2009, 10am-4pm, the Fullerton Arboretum's Potting Shed will sell more than 100 species of salvia, which are hardy, easy to grow, and attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden. Free admission. 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton 92831. For more information, go to http://www.fullertonarboretum.org, email etyra@fullerton.edu, or call 657-278-3407. Join the e-mail newsletter to receive weekly announcements.

Clever Gardening Technique

Sunflowers for Both Gardeners and Birds
Cover sunflower seed heads with cheesecloth when birds start pecking, but also leave a couple heads for the birds. Heads are ready to cure when the backside of the head is brown and dry, with no trace of green. Cut off the seed head, leaving a foot or two of stalk attached. Hang it to cure -- still in the cheesecloth -- in a well-ventilated, warm location. When the backs are entirely brown and crisp, the seeds should snap out easily.

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