Welcome to the Ramona Garden Club
A CGCI Blue Ribbon Club
Ramona Garden Club 7th Annual
Blooms, Boulders and Birds
Garden Tour and Plant Sale
April 26, 2014
9 a.m. to 3 p.m
Huge Plant Sale and Vendor Booths! (see flyer)
Located at Ramona Community Library 1275 Main Street
The Ramona Garden Club meets at noon on the second Wednesday of each month at the Ramona Woman's Club except (July/Aug & Dec).
Members and their guests are welcome to attend the event, which begins with a potluck lunch, continues with a brief meeting and the speaker’s presentation, and ends with an opportunity drawing of plants and related garden goodies. The public is welcome to attend. Annual dues are $15. Click here for Membership form to print your own form.
Garden Photography March 12
While the garden may look lovely, gardeners sometimes find it hard to capture the true beauty of their creations. Meredith French has been an award winning professional photographer for 33 years, and at the Ramona Garden Club’s Mar. 12 meeting, she will lead the audience beyond enjoying beautiful images, and through the whys and hows of moving the garden back to one more compatible with nature.
A Master Gardener, French also writes on a variety of garden topics, and is a regular contributor to California Garden Magazine. She often features insects and other wildlife of her own NWF Certified Habitat Garden.
What to do in the garden in February
Care for Cactus and Succulents
Winter growers like aeoniums, senecios and some echeverrias should be in
their growth season. If you want to start cuttings, this is a great time to do
it. Remember to allow cut ends to callus for a few days. If you want to use
fertilizers, you can apply as directed on these plants now. Watering, even for
winter growers, should be minimal unless the Santa Ana winds pay a visit. Be sure to watch for colder temperatures and rain.
Care for Mexican Sage
A favorite of landscape designers, Mexican Sage or Salvia leucantha fills late summer and fall gardens with fireworks in various shades of velvety purple. By this time of the year, these work horses can look shabby and spent. Like many other sages that bloom at the same time, they benefit from being cut back. Continue on next page >
But in this case timing that trim can make the difference between rejuvenating the plant and killing it. Wait until new basal growth at the base of the plant is 6 to 8 inches tall before removing dry bloom spikes and tattered stems. Other plants that benefit from similar treatment now when new growth is visible include penstemon, Verbena bonariensis, Artemisia ‘Powis Castle,’ and other sages such as S. guaranitica ‘Black and Blue, pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) and S. ‘Indigo Spires’ and the shorter “Mystic Spires’.
Cut Back Tropicals
Inland residents are reminded by George Washington’s birthday (Feb. 22) as the time to cut back such tropical and semi-tropical plants as begonias, gingers and cannas. This reinvigorates the plant for a surge of new growth as the days warm. A side dressing of slow release fertilizer will get them off to a good start.
To produce a bounty of fruit, citrus trees need regular fertilizing starting this month. Pick a fertilizer high in nitrogen; these trees don’t need high concentration of potassium and phosphorous. Consult the citrus growing guide at www.mastergardenerssanddiego.org to learn how much and when to apply fertilizers.
Plant Onion Seeds
Plant seeds of medium day-length onions such as White Sweet Spanish, Stockton Yellow Globe and Italian Red (short storage life) during February for bulbs in late summer.
Fill in with Winter Color
Time is running out to plant winter annuals filling nurseries now, but if there are gaps in the garden, pick some of these cool season beauties to fill them: pansies, violas, primroses, snapdragons, delphiniums and calendula. For a contemporary touch, consider adding showy cool-season veggies instead of flowers. Don’t forget the California poppies. They can still
be planted using the ones in six-packs and 4-inch pots. They are striking in meadow gardens.
Don’t Forget to Protect Plants from a Deep Freeze
Freezing temperatures aren’t unusual in this month. To protect vulnerable plants, start by being aware of your garden’s microclimate where cold air is likely to settle. Then make sure the ground around vulnerable plants is well irrigated when freezing temperatures are likely; the moist soil holds heat and helps plants stand up to frost.
Source: Master’s Gardener’s Website
Many thanks to our wonderful members for signing up to provide a vase of flowers or a potted plant to brighten up the Ramona Library. Anyone interested in signing up please contact Linda Hermecz The flowers and plants are well received from both the visitors and staff alike! You may retrieve your item after your week has passed.
Pennies for Pines
Each month the garden club takes a special collection for the National Forest Penny Pines Program. For $68.00, approximately 350 cedar, fir, oak, redwood, pine trees will be planted on approximately one acre. This amount not only includes the seedlings but the clearing and preparation.
Ramona Garden Club
P.O. Box 1412
Ramona, California 92065
Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas. - Elizabeth Murray