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2017
MonthArticlesOrnamentalEdibleBotany
Jan Vegetative reproduction-clones, Plant Safari nursery, Master Gardener training, cottony hydrangea scale Lonicera x heckrottii (“Pink lemonade” honeysuckle) Green onions Peltate
Feb Poisonous plants, library move, shot-hole borer; donation to Green Crew Helleborus species (Christmas or Lenten roses) Radicchio Vascular tissue
Mar Flower show/tour ads, pretty weeds, mantis case, Gil garden raised beds, dog house, faux turf weeds Camellia chrysantha (Golden camellia) Sorrel Oxalic acid
Apr Redbud/ceanothus in Anderson garden, Scilla peruviana, Bt, echevaria/Isabelle Moon, petty spurge Lunaria annua (Honesty) Green beans Milky sap
May Garden tour photos, coyotes, sphinx moth Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem sage) Borage pH
Jun May meeting, Arboretum field trip, plant labels, geranium show, sansiveria flowers Calendula officinale (Pot marigold) Pineapple guava Moth-pollinated flowers
Jul Chaparral donation, Annie’s Annuals, seed libraries, cycads Cycas revoluta (Sago palm) Stevia Transpiration
Aug Cacti vs Euphorbs, seed saving/goldfinches, transplanting spiny plants Leonotis leonurus (Lion’s tail) Sage Cycad seeds
Sep Chihuly exhibit, evening primrose, concrete block planter, crape myrtles, Azalea Park Geranium pratense (Meadow cranesbill) Oregano Shedding bark
Oct Cole crops, spores v seeds, citrus greening Epiphyllum oxypetalum (Queen of the Night) Chives Nocturnal vs diurnal
Nov New website, Ikebana, light pollution, bats Camellia sasanqua African blue basil Thryse
2016
MonthArticlesOrnamentalEdibleBotany
Jan Fullerton Arboretum, Las Vegas Botanic Garden, pruning, praying mantis Rhus ovata (Sugarbush) Meyer lemon xylem and phloem
Feb Sustainable lawn care, neonicotinoids, pruning strap-leaved plants Aloe hybrids (aloes) Chard rosette plants
Mar Rancho Los Alamitos, species/hybrid/variety/cultivar, edible flowers Camellia japonica (camellia) Carrots bolting
Apr Planting a meadow, invasive species Dendromicon harfordii (Island bush poppy) Chervil nodes and etiolation
May Garden tour photos, donations, ollas, starting seeds indoors Sphaeralcea ambigua (Desert mallow) Shallots nectar
June Garden art, composting, squirrels Peritoma arborea (bladderpod) Lettuce humus
July Stinkhorn, pallet bed, mulch, tea mite, leaf scorch Carex divulsa (Berkeley sedge) Fennel fertile vs sterile fronds
Aug Types of shade, clover N-fix, rose, pitcher, water trees Malosma laurina (Laural sumac) Shallots color change when pollinated
Sept Pelargoniums v geraniums, potluck. green fruit beetle, anise swallowtail Agave attenuata (“Blue flame” agave) Cauliflower meaning of x and var
Oct Fall at the BFS; what are WUCOLS; light pollution; past GC talks; orange dog, bolas spider Rosa rugosa (beach rose) Mint trichomes
Nov Good soil, beneficial insects, cottony cushion scale Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii (Turk’s cap) Beet lenticels
Dec Humus, nectar thieves, pruning natives, landscape fair Caesalpinia pulcherrima (Red bird of paradise) Napa cabbage parthenocarpy
2015
MonthArticlesOrnamentalEdibleBotany
Jan Climate zones, genetic diversity, strawberries, bare root trees Heteromeles arbutifolia (Toyon) Lemon balm plant hairs
Feb Garden design principles, scale, poinsettias, last year’s seed packets Romneya coulteri (Matilija poppy) Mandarins rhizomes
Mar Menlo Park, Descanso Gardens, native bee nests, birds and windows, flies in houseplants Billbergia nutans (Queen’s Tears) Apples caudex
Apr Tomato talk reprise, nutsedge, whitefly Brugmansia arborea (Angel’s Trumpet) Eggplant seed dormancy
May Garden tour photos, variegated leaves, some agaves Prosopis species (Mesquite) Cantaloupe complete vs perfect flowers
Jun Water Conservation Garden in El Cajon; plants for under oaks; raised bed ideas, watering restrictions Eriogonum fasciculatum (Buckwheat) Blackberry batology
July Ferns and spores, tree poem, gardening for wildlife, butterfly guide Caliandra californica (Baja Fairy Duster) Summer squash spadix
Aug Native strawberries, stream orchid, watering handout; spittlebug Schefflera species (Umbrella tree) Peach clone
Sept Bermuda grass, dividing perennials, soaker hose and quick couplers Cosmos sulphureus (Orange cosmos) Sunflower achenes
Oct Small trees, collecting seeds, Monarch populations Cotoneaster horizontalis (contoneaster) Hollyleaf cherry pea flower anatomy
Nov Succulent wreath talk, garden mushrooms, garden supply places Crinum moorei (crinum) Potatoes corms
Dec Autumn leaves, chia, frost, uprooted tree Acuba japonica (gold dust plant) Thyme aromatic compounds
2014
MonthArticlesOrnamentalEdibleBotany
Jan Pruning roses; starting seeds indoors Rosa mutabilis Kumquat flower structure
Feb Square Ft gardening Chasmanthe floribunda (African flag) Elderberry seed structure
Mar Attracting butterflies Clivia miniata (Clivia) Rhubarb perennials treated as annuals
Apr Orchids, Info about Garden Tour, dividing plants Phacelia minor (Calif. Canterbury bells) Bay monoecious vs dioecious
May Garden Tour photos, bees, ants, bolting Epiphyllum hybrids (Orchid cacti) Avocado monocarpic plants
Jun Earth Day photos, grasshoppers, pruning wisteria, reusing pots Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf hydrangea) Basil bracts
Jul Field trip to Tejon Ranch, Oregon rose garden, solarization, wasps Lychnis chalcedonica (Maltese Cross) Corn crested plants
Aug Potluck, bromeliads, Sunset idea house, invasive plants Oxalis triangularis (Purple shamrock) Savory offsets
Sept Hedges, hybrids, seed saving, planting carrots and radishes together Ribes speciosum (Fuschia-flowered gooseberry) Purslane multiple fruit strawberry
Oct Weeds, Mildred Mathies garden, lending library Penstemon spectabilis (Showy penstemon) Romanesco broccoli bulliform cells
Nov Leafminers, powdery mildew, CBWCD garden, Seaside Gardens, Xerces Society Cercis occidentalis (Redbud) Pineapple guava biennial plants
Dec Succulents, how to know how much to irrigate, Saxifraga sarmentosa Stapelia grandiflora (Starfish flower) Fennel axis/axil/axillary/apical
2013
MonthArticlesOrnamentalEdibleBotany
Feb Welcome, avoiding freeze damage Encelia californica (Calif. sunflower) Carrots nodes and internodes
Mar Pruning info, Natives to grow Hardenbergia violacea (Australian lilac vine) Rosemary petiole/vblade, sessile
Apr Sq Ft gardening; 3 gardens to visit Mimulus aurnatiacus (Monkeyflower) Sorrel alternate/opposite/whorled
May Field trip to the BFS, Maloof Garden, UCC garden tour; wildlife habitat certification Iris douglasii (Pacific Coast iris) Artichokes entire/teeth
June Member plant photos; waterwise lawn; planting from 6-packs Opuntia littoralis (Prickly pear) Romaine leaf tip variation
July Santa Barbara gardens; companion planting Phormium tenax (New Zealand flax) Scarlet runner beans vegetable vs fruit
Aug Bromeliads; when to fertilize; using pool water for irrigation; figs Duranta erecta variegata (Skyflower) Figs pollination
Sept Begonia show, beetle larvae, fragrant plants Vitis californica (“Roger’s Red” grape) Mesclun tubers
Oct Chicken field trip, recommended tomatoes, tips on replacing lawn, pruning hydrangeas Hoya carnosa (Waxflower) Lemon grass adventitious parts
Nov Chrysanthemum show; info from Tree Action Group; Impatiens downy mildew Punica granatum (Pomegranate) Malabar spinach allelopathy
Dec Succulent show; autumn color; cold weather damage Hippeastrum species (Amaryllis) Kale bulbs