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Plant of the Month September – California Fuchsia September 20th, 2017

September Plant of the Month – Epilobium canum– California Fuchsia ( note some databases and nurseries refer to it a Zaushneria californica) While this native fuchsia can seem to take over through many part of the year it is this time of year the annoyance seems worth it. The mounds at the MG Livermore Demo Garden …

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Plant of the Month August- Dwarf Plumbago August 17th, 2017

August Plant of the Month- Dwarf Plumbago Ceratostigma plumbaginoides – While though much of the year this groundcover sit there sleepily, in August it shines with a coat of beautiful blue blooms. It is a vivid true blue. Leaves are a bronzy green that turn more red as fall progresses. I have used in in …

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Seasons

What to do in the Garden in July July 13th, 2017

July Garden Checklist In the heat of summer do not make work for yourself than needed Water: July is the month of peak water requirement. Ensure plants are watered deeply. After this month irrigation times and durations can be reduced. Wash off plants periodically to remove discourage spider mites , aphids and just dust from accumulating …

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Plant of the Month – July Rosa x odorata Mutabilis July 13th, 2017

July Plant of the month: Rosa x odorata Mutabilis UCDavis Arboretum All Star , the Butterfly rose shines throughout the year but especially in the heat of summer. The simple flower ( ie one layer of petals)  on the Mutabilis rose comes out in multiple colors and tends to cover this large 6’x6’+ shrub. Flowers …

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Plant of the Month- June June 11th, 2017

I help manage the Master Gardeners of Alameda County Livermore Demonstration Garden. Each month we chose a plant that we believe is a stand out in the garden June Plant of the Month: Butterfly Bush  Buddleja (Buddleia) davidii Butterfly Bush is a fast growing large shrub with colorful cone shaped clusters of blooms in several …

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Garden Travel: Lotusland- Montecito CA May 30th, 2017

Ganna Walska’s Lotusland Mid April  I had the opportunity to visit a garden that according to some is rated one of the 10 best in the world.  Lotusland – an estate just outside of Santa Barbara California, was originally built in the late 1800’s with further significant architectural and garden improvements throughout the first half of the …

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Garden Checklist January January 2nd, 2017

To Do List January Turn off irrigation if rain more than 1” over 2 weeks otherwise the seasonal adjustment on the irrigation controller should be set to 15-20% If cold weather is predicted, make sure plants are well watered (dry plants are more susceptible to frost damage). Move tender container plants (citrus, cymbidium, Mandeville, bougainvillea …

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Monthly Gardening Tasks – December December 1st, 2016

December Garden Tasks Turn off irrigation if rain more than 1” over 2 weeks otherwise the seasonal adjustment irrigation controller should be set to 15-20% WATERING – Many Plants become more susceptible to cold and other winter born issues due to dry soil. Note though that succulents, lantana and Kangaroo paw actually prefer the dry …

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Garden Travel-Hidcote Manor November 9th, 2016

Hidcote Manor Located in the northern edge of the Cotswold’s, Hidcote Manor is distinguished as an Arts and Crafts garden. A plant collector’s garden developed and loved into being over 30 years by Lawrence Johnston, whose philosophy “Plant only the best forms of any plant” is apparent throughout the garden. It is built with individual …

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Garden Travel- RHS Garden Harlow Carr November 7th, 2016

Last May we started our English Garden tour in the city of Harrogate in Yorkshire. Royal Horticultural Society Garden Harlow Carr–  a 68 acre garden set in a valley in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside. On the grounds of an ancient royal hunting lodge and spa,  the gardens has a wide variety of growing …

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