Monday, June 15, 2015

Apricot Mallow

California native apricot mallow

Back in February they were just cute little seedlings

Now they're lovely young ladies waiting for new homes

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Black-eyed Susans

Our Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) are ready to bloom! Plant them in a sunny location and they'll give you lots of large orange-yellow daisylike blooms all summer. Tough and easy to grow and need only moderate watering once established. They'll attract birds, bees, butterflies and beneficial insects. 

Thursday, June 4, 2015


To be honest, the last of the tomato starts are not looking as pretty as they did a few weeks ago. But they're still healthy and they need new homes. They are now 50% off.
 The columbines are done blooming and are also 50% off.
This is how the columbines will look when they bloom again next spring

Monday, June 1, 2015

June To-Do List

  • Beans, corn, squash ( including pumpkins) and melons can still be started from seed. Cucumbers, eggplant and peppers should be transplanted out from seedling plants started earlier.

  • June is the last optimum window of opportunity for planting  tomatoes from plant starts.

  • Annual color can continue to be planted. Petunias, salvias, vinca, marigolds, cosmos, begonias, impatiens, coleus, cleomes, sunflowers and zinnias will bloom all summer.

  • Transplanting during the summer months is best done in the evening in order to reduce stress. Mulching and temporarily shading transplants for a few days ( use lawn chairs, umbrellas, tents made with cloth and stakes - get creative!) also go a long way toward helping transplants get established during hot weather.

  • Divide bearded irises.

  • Chrysanthemums and asters can be trimmed back to encourage stronger branching and more fall blooms.

  • Deadhead, fertilize and deep water roses and other perennials that are done blooming.

  • Fruit trees can be fertilized and deep watered. Continue thinning out fruit, leaving 6" to 8" between fruit.

  •  If your geraniums and petunias aren't blooming now they may have budworm. They can be sprayed with a product containing BT (Bacillus thuringiensis ) such as Safers Caterpillar Killer which is safe for the environment and does not harm beneficial insects such as bees.

  • Keep a close watch on plants in containers as they will probably need to be watered every day now.