• Garden Report – June 2012

    Posted on June 10, 2012 by admin in newsletter.

    Garden Report – June 2012   

    I love gardening! – Jennifer Voss  

     

    Plant of the Month: Bromeliads  

     

    Bromeliaceae is a family of monocot flowering plants of around 3,170 species native mainly to the tropical Americas, with a few species found in the American subtropics and one in tropical west Africa, Pitcairnia feliciana. Pineapple is a bromeliade.

     

     

    These exotic plants make colorful long lasting indoor arrangements in well lit rooms. If you are interested in making your own Bromeliad creation or want Bromeliads for your garden understory, you might consider contacting Dorothy Warnock for Bromeliads that are ready for outdoor planter beds.  Her email is dorothywarnock@cox.net

                                                                                                                                                    Photo: Jennifer Voss

     

    Container Plants: Container Gardening

     

     

    Above is an example of a containerized succulent planting that was created in a concrete basin around a pool in Hidden Hills, CA.

     

     

     

    One of our local gardeners used this wash basin for a planting container in the Santa Barbara foothills where the air is warmer and dryer. The back-story on this container is that it was what her grandmother used to bath her in when she was a baby.

    Photos: Charles Swegles

     

    What’s Blooming Now: Romneya coulteri “Matilija Poppy”

     

     

    The infamous Matilija Poppy is blooming all over Santa Barbara. There is an especially impressive display at Sheffield Reservoir.

     

     Content credit to Wikipedia and courtesy photo from Wikipedia taken at the San Francisco Botanical Garden    

     

    What’s Bugging You?  Ground SquirrelsSpenrophilus beecheyi

     

    There are 17 species of this troublesome rodent with Spenrophilus beecheyi being the common ground squirrel in California. Locally, drupes and avocado trees are subject to damaged fruit, burrowing which causes irrigation issues, and damaged irrigation tubing and emitters.  

     

    Weather Report from Weather Underground: wunderground.com 

     

    We will do our best to keep you informed with an assortment of weather reporting options but the grandmother of weather reports is NOAA

     

     

    Invasive Plants: Plant Right

     

    List of Invasive PlantsArundo donax – giant reed, Cytisus scoparius, Cytisus striatus, Genista monspessulana, Retama monosperma, Spartium junceum, Pennistum setaceum, Vinca major, Tamarix ramosissoma, Eucalyptus globulus, Cortaderia Jubata – pampas grass, Myoporum laetum, Mesembryanthemum crystallinum – crystalline iceplant to mention a few. Please visit the link for more information.

     

    Garden Tips:

        -    Clean and sharpen your tools

        –    Control mosquitoes with fish delivered by Vector Control of Santa Barbara or 

              with “Mosquito Dunks” in small water features – available in liquid or granules

        -    Start an herb and vegetable garden this month – Plant pumpkins now!

        –    Always clean shears and clippers with bleach to avoid spreading disease

        –    Lawn mowers spread grasses and weeds from lawn to lawn

        –    Set gopher traps! The gophers are active now

        –    Conserve water by installing a thick layer of mulch

        –    Replace your lawn with less water demanding plants

        –    Check landscape lighting timers to adjust for longer daylight hours

        –    Snail bait by Sluggo is pet friendly and will biodegrade   

       

     

    Property Management Services by Santa Barbara Brokers:

     

     

     Charles Swegles 

     735 State Street #613

     Santa Barbara, CA 93101

     805-455-4442

     www.santabarbarabrokers.com

     cswegles@gmail.com      

       

     
    As always, if you have any garden questions, please send me an e-mail.
     

    Jennifer Voss

    805-450-1096

    www.gardefacts.com

    info@gardefacts.com

                                                                                                           Credit given to Wikipedia for various content

     

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