Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association


September, 2009
Regional Report

Web Finds

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Endangered Species Bulletin is published online about 6 times a year. I've been fortunate to receive the magazines in-hand for several years. I love the colorful photos of critters and plants I'll not likely encounter. The research stories bring readers up-close-and-personal -- as if we're on the boats and in the fields with conservation successes and struggles.

The current bulletin highlights the first 35 years of progress under the Endangered Species Act -- the National Wildlife Refuge system and Wetland Management Districts; the National Park System; Fish, Wildlife and Flora conservation projects.

The Endangered Species Bulletin was created in 1976 to meet the growing demand for endangered species program news. Through the Bulletin, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service disseminates information on rulemakings, recovery plans and activities, conservation partnerships, research developments, and other issues.

Favorite or New Plant

Hardy Begonia
Every autumn garden and its gardener in Zones 6 through 9 deserves hardy begonia (Begonia grandis). This "must-have" for full or part shade is in its glory now. Its fragrant, pink or white flower clusters hang above green, heart-shaped leaves with red veins and dark pink undersides.

'Alba' with white flowers is less vigorous that the pink species. Begonia grandis is a perennial to share. Once established, it self-propagates generously. It dies back and is slow to start in spring. So have faith. If you've planted one, it's almost certain to return ... with seedlings nearby. For the first two years, I protect new plantings by surrounding them with stones. That way I don't accidentally step on the "invisible" sprouts in a spring fervor to tidy.


Today's site banner is by EscondidoCal and is called "Water Hibiscus"