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Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2003
Regional Report

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Hurry to Buy Spring Bulbs
Don't wait much longer to purchase spring-blooming bulbs. This is one time when cheap prices and bottom-of-the-barrel leftovers are a waste of money rather than a bargain. If you can't buy the best, large-size bulbs shortly after they become available, wait until next year.

Separate and replant crowded clumps of bulbs. Many will grow well beneath deciduous trees, as most of the bulb growth is in the early spring before the trees leaf out.

For a cover crop of flowers before, during, and after spring bulb bloom, sow seeds or plant seedlings of low-growing annual bloomers after you've planted the bulbs. Think of color contrasts such as purple pansies with yellow daffodils or white alyssum with red tulips. Good choices include calendulas, pansies, Iceland poppies, primroses, dwarf snapdragons, dwarf stock, and violas. Sow seed thickly, water the area, mulch it lightly, and keep it moist until seedlings have two sets of true leaves.

Shows & Events

Free Trees
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is giving away free 5-gallon shade trees to its customers through its Trees for a Green L.A. program. You must attend one of their tree planting workshops to receive the free trees. For more information, call (800) 473-3652, or visit:


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