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October in Your Garden

 

PLANT FALL & WINTER FLOWERING ANNUALS: Pansies, violas, primrose, cyclamen, calendula, ornamental cabbage and kale, stock, snapdragons, Iceland poppies, and sweetpeas. Amend your soil with GreenAll Firmulch before planting.

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Fall is For Planting

By MAUREEN CLARK | Plant Buyer

Dear Gardener, 

Why plant in fall you ask?

The days are shorter, and the nights are cool. Planting in fall is the way to rule!

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Cacti & Succulents

By MARK ERIKSON | Plant Buyer  

Cactus and succulents are the ultimate water-wise and drought-tolerant plants for the landscape, with the added bonus of being easy care and low maintenance. Once established, cactus have an amazing ability to go without water for an extended period of time. Succulents can also survive without constant watering.

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Vegetable Bowl

Cool Season Vegetables

Here in Northern California we can grow vegetables year round and it’s not too soon to start making plans for your fall and winter gardens. Cool season vegetables are typically those with edible vegetative growth such as leaves, roots and immature flower parts that can tolerate our light frosts. 

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Garden Visit: Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden

 Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden is located 2 miles south of Ft Bragg and 7 miles north of the village of Mendocino, straddling 47 acres between Highway 1 and the Pacific. The spectacular beauty of the coastline in Mendocino County itself is a feature of the gardens, as the trails that meander through its’ meadows and woodlands terminate at the sea. The garden is in USDA zone 9B, in fact the same zone as Napa Valley.

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Anigozanthos – “Kangaroo Paw”

 This striking plant is native to the southwest corner of Australia, a Mediterranean climate region with hot dry summers and mild winters, much like our own. The foliage is green and strap like forming a clump whose size can vary depending on the cultivar -from A. flavidus which can attain 3 to 4 foot clumps to A. rufus which usually stays under 2 feet .

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Got Mulch?

An unusual event occurred in a recent winter and early spring, one that has been on hiatus for quite some time. That would be the rainy season…days and days when that wet stuff falls out of the sky. Gardeners were elated-and so were the weeds. I don’t know about you, but I was taken by surprise, having become accustomed to a drought induced, less frenzied spring weeding season.

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Calandrinia Spectabilis: Rock Purslane

This bloom heavy tender perennial from Chile is a fine choice for the summer-dry garden. Featuring bright magenta, poppy shaped blooms on limber 2ft stems poised delicately above succulent blue-gray toned foliage, this plant makes a tidy mound. Roughly 1ft high by by 3 to 4 ft wide at maturity. Flower production starts in spring and continues until fall.

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Pennisetum messaicum: Red Bunny Tails

Pennisetum messaicum: Red Bunny Tails

This perennial grass of African origin  forms a tidy clump 2ft high and 3ft wide that provides movement and  textural contrast for your garden. It works well as both as a single focal point or planted in drifts or groups if space allows. The foliage is an agreeable  glossy green with  discreet suggestions of burgundy .  The red toned fuzzy flower plumes are particularly alluring  if sited where they can be viewed backlit  by the morning  or evening sun.

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Coast Rosemary

Westringia Fruiticosa

Westringia is an evergreen shrub that comes to us from Australia, where it grows in exposed locations on coastal cliffs.  Mature size can be variable, depending on the cultivar grown, garden location and irrigation practices. Hybrid varieties such as ‘Blue Gem and ‘Sorrento Coast’ tend to stay a bit more compact. Having said that, even the species takes well to light shearing to maintain size and shape. Sizes range from 3-6 ft tall to 5 to 10ft wide.

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