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Keeping your plants healthy and beautiful



Take care of those gift plants!

Place gift plants in a comfortable, well-lit area of the home. Punch a hole in the foil covering for drainage. Place away from drafts. Move your living tree outdoors. Care for other holiday gift plants such as azaleas & camellias by placing them outside.

Keep Hydrangeas blue!

For bright blue Hydrangeas, continue monthly applications of Master Nursery Hydra Blue until summer. More frequent applications will intensify the color!

Select those Camellias now!

Choose your Camellias now while they are in bloom. The selection is great and you’ll be able to pick just the right color for your winter garden.

Prune and Spray Roses through the month…

Prune the roses for beautiful buds in spring! Spray the roses now with an application of dormant oil just after winter pruning to help reduce pest populations by smothering over-wintering eggs.

Plant those Winter Annuals!

Brighten your garden with colored bedding plants. Refresh your garden containers with primroses, pansies, Iceland poppies and more!

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Protect from Frost!

There are different ways to protect frost tender plants and potted plants when frosts are expected. First is by using a Frost Blanket which you can purchase at your local nursery. Try not to let the blanket rest directly on the potted plant as the coldness will transfer from the fabric to the plant. Place this on the plants the night prior to the frost. Remove the blanket during the day to provide sunlight to the plants!

You can also spray with Cloud Cover and for added protection drape frost tender plants with the Frost Blanket.

Another option is to string non-LED Christmas tree lights on your frost tender plants. The warmth from the bulbs provides another measure of protection of freeze.

Protect those lovely succulents!

Bring those succulents in from the direct freeze by placing them under patio awnings or in the garage. Bringing your succulent plants into the house may get too warm for them. Succulents will pull moisture from the air for their ‘water’, so you can water them less. It’s important to shelter these succulents from the freezing temps and excess rain!


Now that the earth is getting some rain, seeds planted from earlier months now have the chance to grow and weeds tend to pop up faster and grow faster when we’re not looking! Now through February is a good time for preventing those pesky weeds by using preemergent weed control products. There are several brands, many are organic. Check with your local nursery on the brand that will fit your needs the best….but don’t wait too long!

…and carrying over from January…

Plant those Winter Annuals!

Brighten your garden with colored bedding plants. Refresh your garden containers with primroses, pansies, Iceland poppies and more!

Contact Cj for tips and design help in setting up garden containers and other decorative potted plants for your home.

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Keep to a Watering Schedule

Remember to keep to a watering schedule and include those containers and areas that under eaves and may not receive any rain (when we have rain)!

Deep Water Your Trees!

Provide food to your garden plants! They’re starting their spring/summer growth and an extra boost of fertilizer will be greatly appreciated!

Keep Snails Away

Yucky snails got you down? Set out Sluggo to rid of those pesty things. Sluggo is a non-toxic snail bait.

I spread used coffee grounds in my garden which seems to help with the control of snails. They don’t seem to like the feel of the ground texture on their underside!

Prune the Camellias and Azaleas

Prune the camellias and azaleas after their blooms have faded and/or fallen off. Remember to feed them, monthly, with specific food for Azaleas and Camellias through October.

Contact Cj for tips and design help in setting up garden containers and other decorative potted plants for your home.

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Time to Add Plants

Now is a great time to add plants to our garden – isn’t it always?  The ground is warming up and the days shouldn’t be too hot.  You can get very small plants now and they will have time to grow and fill in over the spring and summer.  Be sure to add some compost, fertilizer or other soil amendment as you plant and to keep the new little plants moist and protected from snails.  A cloudy day or just before a rain is a great time to get them in the ground.  Be sure to plant them high enough so that the crowns won’t settle in and be below grade level and get drowned.

Fertilize and Water Spring Bulbs

When spring bulbs stop blooming, fertilize and be sure to continue watering them until the leaves turn yellow.  That may seem like forever, but remember they are still gathering food and energy for their dormant stage!  Make notes now of bare spaces or ideas for adding bulbs next year.  Also note where foliage is particularly bothersome and move those bulbs to another location!

Pinch Back Chrysanthemums

Start pinching back chrysanthemums to 12 inches for compact plants and more blooms in the fall!!!

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Grub Patrol ~ Did you have grubs last summer and fall?

Well, now is the time to start a treatment plan for prevention. Treating your lawn in May with a product to control the grubs while they are young and vulnerable.

Control aphids, beetles, scale and leafhoppers naturally.

Ladybugs and Praying Mantis to the rescue! Control aphids, beetles, scale and leafhoppers naturally. Did you know that Ladybugs and Praying Mantis serve as a natural way of controlling pests in your yard as well as aiding in the pollination of fruits, vegetables and flowers?

Plant 4-inch vegetable plants

Plant 4-inch vegetable plants and save several weeks of growing time. Remember to protect them from hungry snails and slugs with pet safe snail/slug control product.

Mulching does wonders for your garden!

Mulching does wonders for your garden! As well as looking good, mulching conserves water and suppresses weeds and keeps roots cool.  Don’t mulch right up to the plant trunk or stem. Leave about 4 to 6 inches of breathing room.

Cut back and feed roses

Cut back and feed roses as the first set of blooms fade. Feed with a systemic product so that the roots as well as the leaves will be fed!   Water and stand back (roses typically re-bloom 6 weeks after pruning and feeding).

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Help the Monarchs

Help the Monarchs by adding beautiful Butterfly Milkweed to your garden. This is a critical nectar plant that will provide needed a Monarch habitat.

Plant sunflowers

Plant sunflowers from seed as they are easy and so much fun to grow! Choose from a wide variety, too!

Deep root water trees and shrubs

Deep root water trees and shrubs. Begin deep watering with a root feeder or soaker hose now and continue two time a month through the heat of summer.

Mulch – Mulch – Mulch!

Mulch – Mulch – Mulch! As well as looking good, mulching conserves water and helps suppress weeds and keeps roots cool. Mulching also promotes beneficial microbial activity at the soil level and encourages earthworm activity.

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Add some patriotism to your garden

Add some patriotism to your garden with red, white and blue! All sorts of flowers are good for this. Purple can be used for blue, too!

Don’t forget the roses!

Don’t forget the roses! They need a little more attention during these hot months. Water them deeply and mulch around the root zone. Remove any suckers growing from the base and cut roses for your home! That helps increase the growth of more roses and you get to enjoy your garden inside your home!!

Consider Crepe Myrtles

If you’re wanting a very pretty tree for your yard, consider Crepe Myrtles. Now is the time to plant them. They love sun and heat and their summer blooms come in shrub and tree form. You can choose from white, red, lavender and many shades of pink. Their trunks are awesome, too!

Continue to Mulch – Mulch – Mulch!

Continue to Mulch – Mulch – Mulch! Remember that mulching conserves water and helps suppress weeds and keeps roots cool. Mulching also promotes beneficial microbial activity at the soil level and encourages earthworm activity.

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Since we’re still experiencing the drought, here are 10 Water Wise Perennial Picks for Sunny Spaces:

Beard Tongue – Elegant and reliable

Valued by gardeners for their spires of foxglove-like flowers. Many outstanding color varieties to choose from. Hummingbirds aren’t choosy, they like them all!!! They will perform all summer with regular dead-heading, full sun and good garden soil.

Black-Eyed Susan

Plant in good garden soil with great drainage and you will enjoy reliable bloom year after year. They are very tolerant of our hot, dry summers. Rudbeckias produce copious quantities of brown-centered yellow daisies for 2-3 months with their seed heads providing another element of winter landscape interest.

Gaura Lindheimeiri

Imagine tall, loose wands of pinkish white stars, dancing on the wind! From spring to fall, this plant will flourish on a hot, dry slope, and in many other water restricted sites.


These heat-of-summer bloomers produce fragrant flower spikes that you’ll love. Their lavender blue flowers are great for dry arrangements, or may be made into aromatic stove-top potpourri simply by boiling. Well-drained soil is essential.

Mexican Bush Sage

This distinctive salvia says, “look at me!!” Attractive gray and white fuzzy leaves boast long, arching stems with velvety, deep violet flowers from summer to first frost. Easy to establish with deep infrequent watering, ordinary soil, and good drainage.

New Zealand Flax

Add architectural flair to your garden with a spiky vertical grower. Small, 18” to tall 6’, in multi-colored stripes or solids. Flax is very popular among landscapers for its wide range of uses.

Russian Sage

This remains a true favorite, flowering from July into fall with no grooming. There are no significant pest or disease problems, probably due to its fragrant silver foliage. It grows to 3’ and looks spectacular when mass planted.

Santa Barbara Daisy

Non-stop flower on a vigorous mound. Yellow-centered pink and white mini daisies flower in ‘profusion’ in a continuous display. Lovely planted beside steps or along walkways. Extremely hardy while delicate and airy in appearance.

Stella D’Oro Daylily

This miniature golden beauty blooms all summer and grows to only 18”. When planted in good soil, this plant will grow rapidly and require minimal care. Just remove faded flowers to promote even more rewards.

Thrift – Armeria is the epitome of cute

The 8” tuft of dense leaves that resemble a greed hedge hog. Small, rosy, glove-shaped flower heads grow 4” above the cushion. A tidy rock garden or front of the border plant, it blooms for many months. Dead-heading seems to prolong flowering. It prefers lean soil and minimal watering.


Refresh your soil

Fall is a great time to refresh the soil in your vegetable garden especially if you are planting a winter crop. It’s important to replenish the fertility of your soil as well as enhance the texture. Check your local nurseries for nutrients that will add the fertilizers that your particular garden will need, i.e. vegetable, flower, roses, trees, shrubs, etc.

Time to sow flower seeds

This month is a great time to sow flower seeds. Many wildflowers and spring annuals grow from seeds scattered now. Try our state flower, the California Poppy. Also a wonderful selection is Bachelor Button and Alyssum! Keep in mind that many flowers often reseed themselves and will continue to ‘sow seeds’ without your help!

Refresh flowerbeds and containers

For winter color, refresh flowerbeds and containers with new plantings of fall annuals. Choose pansies, violas, calendulas, snapdragons, stock and more!

Get Ready For Winter

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Planting cyclamen for holiday

Planting cyclamen now will bring bloom for months. Purchase them in the smaller sizes and have them in full bloom for holiday presents! If planting in the garden, plant them high as they don’t require much water during the summer and you will have future blooms for years to come!

Bring your succulents and cacti indoors

Bring your succulents and cacti indoors or under shelter and water them very little until spring. They gather moisture from the air and will endure with dry soil. If left outdoors, keep your eye on them and you may even notice that many of your lovelies will turn wonderful colors in the cold and dry conditions!

Serious garden cleanup

This is the time for serious cleanup in the garden. Keep fallen leaves cleaned out of areas to avoid collective moisture which can lead to fungus. Trim away any dead branches and keep your tools and gloves clean as well! Doesn’t hurt to disinfect your tools after pruning and to also wash your gardening gloves to rid them of any collective diseases!

Get Ready For Winter

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Plant spring bulbs in containers

If you have a real problem with squirrel damage (as cute as they can be), avoid planting tulips, crocus, nuts, or placing bird feeders in the garden. All rodents just love them, especially if they’re brand new!!! Try planting daffodils as they don’t like them at all! Funny how we plant a garden so we can enjoy “nature” and then wish we could keep some of the cute critters out! One way to plant the tulips, crocus and other spring bulbs is to plant them in containers. That helps (most of the time) to keep the rodents away!

Plant when good soaking rain comes

Speaking of bulbs, plant them as soon as a good soaking rain comes. Plant pansies and other cover plants over the bulbs for color until next spring. In this situation, buy the larger sized filler plants, ideally in 4 inch pots, so that they already have a decent root system.

A little deadheading goes a long way

And when it’s not raining and you feel compelled to do a little clean up, do some deadheading in your yard to help keep the plants strong for future growth. A little deadheading goes a long way!

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Fallen Leaves

When cleaning out the fallen leaves in your garden beds, remember to start at the top of the tallest plants and work your way to the bottom and from back to front so you only have to do an area once. Be very careful when stepping on set soil that you don’t compact it and look out for bulb tips that my already be emerging in the beds and hiding under those leaves!

Not TOO Tidy!

Remember, too, not to be TOO tidy so that you leave some flower heads and berries for the birds. Winter is a hard time for them and they needs lots of calories to keep them warm.

Scatter poppy seeds

Late December is also a good time to scatter poppy seeds. You can prepare an area for them or….just scatter them out among your other perennials. Don’t cover the seeds as they need light to germinate.

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