Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Live beneficial insects are as close as a click of your mouse. If you are concerned about using chemicals in your garden, visit Organic Control to purchase ladybugs, beneficial nematodes, and even earthworms. You can easily select the right bug for the right job, and there are many other garden solutions available on the site as well.
Favorite or New Plant
'Kent Beauty' Ornamental Oregano
My friend Joyce has the very attractive ornamental oregano Origanum rotundifolium 'Kent Beauty' growing in a pot on her patio. The pinkish green flowers are large (1-1/2 inch) and resemble hops both in size and shape. The blooms are abundant, covering the entire plant. As the flowers fade they turn a soft purple color. It's a very attractive plant that's available in nurseries now.