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"Here are a Few Gems to Brighten up the Fall Garden," by the Whistling Gardener

It always amazes me that no matter how many times I visit the garden center, I always seem to find something that looks interesting and is calling to me to take it home and add it to the landscape. Here are a few that caught my eye this week as I toured the nursery looking for treasures…

It always amazes me that no matter how many times I visit the garden center, I always seem to find something that looks interesting and is calling to me to take it home and add it to the landscape.

Here are a few that caught my eye this week as I toured the nursery looking for treasures…

"A Few Important Things To Do This Month," by the Whistling Gardener

Fall is in the air! The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler and the sun is moving farther south, creating longer shadows on the north side of the garden. These climatological events are triggers for the garden, to let it know that winter is coming, and seasoned gardeners will respond accordingly.

Fall is in the air! The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler and the sun is moving farther south, creating longer shadows on the north side of the garden.

These climatological events are triggers for the garden, to let it know that winter is coming, and seasoned gardeners will respond accordingly.

"New and exciting Ferns from Monrovia Nurseries," by the Whistling Gardener

Ever since I was a young kid I have been drawn to ferns. Growing up in Southern California I collected many varieties and had a patio dedicated to them. I grew Australian and New Zealand tree ferns, multiple varieties of Maidenhair and Staghorn ferns, and hanging varieties like Rabbit’s Foot and Polypodium.

Ever since I was a young kid I have been drawn to ferns. Growing up in Southern California I collected many varieties and had a patio dedicated to them. I grew Australian and New Zealand tree ferns, multiple varieties of Maidenhair and Staghorn ferns, and hanging varieties like Rabbit’s Foot and Polypodium.

"Ornamental Grasses, Purveyors of Whimsy and Drama," by the Whistling Gardener

When I think of ornamental grasses, I am reminded that some are hardy for our region and others have to be treated as annuals and discarded at the end of the season. Purple fountain grass for example, is a year around staple in Southern California gardens where its pinkish/purple feathery blooms just cry out to be touched.  

When I think of ornamental grasses, I am reminded that some are hardy for our region and others have to be treated as annuals and discarded at the end of the season. Purple fountain grass for example, is a year around staple in Southern California gardens where its pinkish/purple feathery blooms just cry out to be touched.  

"Six Steps to Successful Summer Planting," by the Whistling Gardener

Now that the summer weather has arrived, it never fails that someone will ask me: “Can I still plant now, or should I wait until the fall?” For the record, as a landscape contractor in the Sacramento valley where it was routinely 85 to 105 degrees, I planted all summer long and never lost a single plant.

Now that the summer weather has arrived, it never fails that someone will ask me: “Can I still plant now, or should I wait until the fall?” 

For the record, as a landscape contractor in the Sacramento valley where it was routinely 85 to 105 degrees, I planted all summer long and never lost a single plant. 

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