~ SPRING (sweet pea):
Due to all the rain we’ve had, its important to feed now. A healthy garden is better able to fight off pests and diseases.
Maybe this spring you’ll grow a few of your favorite herbs and vegetables.
Roses! Roses! Roses! Now you can see the actual flower color on the bush – local nurseries have roses in containers waiting to be planted in your sunny garden plot.
An inviting garden will call to you to come outdoors to spend time enjoying the peace and beauty it offers.
Create a special haven for yourself. Let your imagination soar! Remember, change can be good.
~ WINTER (African violet):
Last chance to plant your bare-root roses and stone fruit trees!
There’s still time for winter annuals such as pansies, snapdragons, primrose, stock and violas.
Now’s the time for dahlia, gladiolus, tuberous begonia, and tuberose bulbs.
Pure of heart will set out seeds for beets, carrots, chives, lettuces, and other seedlings in the cabbage family.
Winter is a good time to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of your garden.
Fall Garden Reminders:
~ Fall is a great time for garden clean-up, as well as thinning trees to prevent future breakage from winter winds.
~ Be vigilant regarding your garden’s watering. Cool nights and shorter days will lower water needs, but Santa Ana winds can easily dry out your plants.
~ Check out bulbs at your local nursery for winter and spring blooms. Paperwhites are an easy and charming addition to the winter garden.
~ Try overseeding warm-season grasses with cool-season grass seed.
~ Fall is the best time to plant in Southern California, especially California Natives. Visit our Botanical Garden to shop native plants.
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