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June in the Southern California Garden

Each month has its special joys and tasks in the garden.  Below is a suggested calendar for June.  Remember that gardening depends on the weather, so tasks, bloom season and activities may vary from year to year.
 
Best of Show:
 
§  Flowers: tree/shrub: Cercocarpus spp., Comarostaphylis diversifolia, Eriogonum giganteum, Heteromeles arbutifolia, Holodiscus discolor, Malosma laurina, *Philadelphus lewisii, * Romneya coulteri, Rosa californica; smaller shrubs:  Cactus spp., *Abutilon palmeri, Grindelia spp., Eriogonum spp., Keckiella cordifolia; Annuals/perennials/bulbs:  Lobelia cardinalis, *Monardella spp., Oenothera spp., Penstemon spp., Perityle incana, Senecio flaccidus, Trichostema lanatum,  Asclepias species, Brodiaea spp., *Erigeron spp., Helianthus annuus, Limonium californicum, Linanthus spp., *Madia elegans, Phacelia spp., Silene laciniata, * Sphaeralcea ambigua, Trichostema lanciolatum, Trifolium spp.
 
§  Fruits/berries: *Berberis (Mahonia) spp, * Rhamnus spp., Rhus integrifolia & ovata
 
Planning:
§  Consider ways to make your garden more friendly for native birds, butterflies, pollinators.  Remember they need food, water, places to sun/perch/hide as well as nesting/breeding places. 
 
Hardscape/General:
§  Move bulb pots to cool dry place after blooming
§  Great month to remove unwanted trees/shrubs
§  Begin removing old lawns, ivy – their removal may take through the summer and into fall.
§  Fertilize containers if needed
 
Propagation:
§  Softwood cuttings from woody shrubs and trees (including those you prune this month); keep moist in a shady spot until well-rooted, 6-10 weeks
 
Planting:
§  Riparian/pond and other Zone 3 plants
§  Direct-seed warm season sod grasses
§  Plant warm-season vegetables from plants:
§  Last chance to plant bean, corn, cucumber and summer squash in the ground from seed
 
Watering: major watering month
§  Taper off water for late spring bulbs and spring wildflowers after blooming ceases; Adjust your summer watering schedule to account for foggy days (if any); other than that, you’re into the summer watering schedule
 
Pruning:
§  Prune to shape/train: Ceanothus,  Arctostaphylos, Carpenteria (after blooming but not when foggy)
§  Prune for safety & plant health
§  Hedge-shear if needed as shrubs begin summer growth phase
§  Mow (if desired) warm-season sod-forming grasses, sedges before they begin major growth phase
§  Dead-head Salvia, Penstemon & Rosa to prolong bloom
§  Divide warm season grasses: Acnatherum spp,, Boutetoua spp., Muhlenbergia rigens, Sporobolis airoides, and Pleuraphis jamesii begin to grow with the warm days.  This is the best time to divide these summer grasses.
 
Weeds/Diseases/Pests: major weeding month- summer weeds emerge
 
Edibles/Crafts:
§  Collect seed from spring wildflowers; after drying, make up seed packets to give as gifts
§  Take cuttings of Artemisia, Salvias for seasonings, vinegars
§  Collect/dry new summer leaves for tea
§  Try a new recipe using California flavors.  Hint: see the California Gourmet postings on Mother Nature’s Backyard blog
§  See also May suggestions
 
Enjoying the garden:
§  Visit a native plant garden/botanic garden; what tricks are they using to make the garden more interesting this time of year?
§  Look for Monarchs and other butterflies – do you have enough flowers to attract them?
§  Buy a bird book so you can learn more about the birds visiting your garden
§  Do something to celebrate California Invasive Species Action Week (June 3-11, 2017) and National Pollinator Week (June 19-25, 2017)
 

5/25/2017
 
 
 

 


 

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