Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

March, 2004
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Oaks of California
Learn about California's magnificent, long-lived, habitat-rich native oaks and the vital role they play in our environment in this special talk by Pam Muick, co-author of Oaks of California and executive director of the California Native Plant Society. You can also purchase books, posters, plants, and more at the event on Friday, March 19, 2004, at 7:30 pm., in the Saratoga Library Community Room, 13650 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga. The talk is organized by the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Free admission, open to all. For more information, contact Judy Fenerty at or (408) 378-6272.

Favorite or New Plant

One of my favorite summer-blooming bulb plants is called the Mexican shell flower (Tigridia pavonia). This elegant plant has strappy leaves that reach about 18 to 24 inches in height, and unusual, three-petaled flowers that resemble a lily. Although each stem has only one flower at a time, there are many buds along each stem so the bloom period is extended for many weeks. The flowers come in yellow, pink, orange, red, and white with contrasting spots. Tigridia should be planted 2 to 4 inches deep in well-drained soil. They can be left in the ground and divided every 3 or 4 years. Protect the bulbs from gophers by placing a handful of crushed granite in the bottom of the planting holes.


Today's site banner is by nmumpton and is called "Gymnocalycium andreae"