Every year when May comes, I am sure it is time to get rid of my lemon verbena. Beginning with a four-inch pot 20 years ago, it is now over six feet tall and wide. I am grateful for all the fragrant leaves she has given me but think it is time to cut it down and turn it into rot. This idea is repeated every year, as lemon verbena is the last plant to be released in the spring. Fortunately, I was one of the slowest to “cut the shovel” of anything in my garden and this year I again refused to do so with Lemon Varbena. Here, in mid-May, the trunk is again covered with beautiful green leaves and the thin white flowers begin to sprout.
Lemon verbena (Aloysia citriodora) is one of those plants that is hard to imagine. The leaves have a stronger lemon flavor than any other plant. You can use it to make tea or to bake cakes or icing on your cake. The plant does not need water and it is best to wash it once a week during the summer. It was customary for explorers from South America, Spain, and Portugal to come to Europe to put on scented blankets to cool the summer. From now on, until the winter leaves are gone, every time a guest leaves my house, I offer a few twigs of lemon verbena as a gift. We are never sad.
The other is the fragrant foliage in my garden, the Calycanthus occidentalis, which has been in bloom for at least two decades. This California native shows unusual, tent-shaped flowers in the garden that look like nothing at home under the sea. My root is growing under a bottle brush (Callistemon citrinus), the bright red flowers of the year are mixed with the rosette-grape shrubs. Spicy shrubs are also known as strawberry shrubs, which bloom occasionally between April and August, and, according to some, combine the scents of pineapple, strawberry and banana. Spice shrubs can withstand any type of soil. It grows on flowing banks and is generally said to require a moderate amount of water, although mine, which I live in a certain shade, does not need more water than lemon verbena.
For many Natives of California and other Mediterranean climates, fragrances and volatile oils have two purposes. First, they increase sap viscosity and reduce water loss on leaves that need to be tolerated during long periods of drought. Second, they cause the plants to burn more easily, which is an important factor in their life cycle because they need to be heated to germinate. In addition to the viscous oils found in California leaves, California uses three other methods to reduce heat stress and water loss. Small leaves have little room for waste (e.g. ceanothus); From gray to white leaf, from the leaf to the sun (e.g. California white sage) [Salvia apiana]Desert Marigold [Baileya multiradiata]And species of Armedia).
“Once a week, with all the bumps and dents that are waiting for the water restrictions, I am very sorry because my productive garden is always doing less well,” wrote Ivon Savio, a gardener in Pasadena. “I always use my watering as the only necessary surgery,” she continues on her blog at gardeninginla.net. However, from the time the plants and trees are sown or planted, they need to be trained to find water that will allow them to grow deeper and more frequently.
Savio watches her garden as follows: once every three weeks in the spring; During the summer, once a week, when the temperature rises in the 90’s, except for the plants, they need a lot of water, except for the “fully ripened tomatoes” (more than 95 degrees “because of the plants’ risk of drowning). Them ”); Fall twice a week; Dry winter once a week. Although Savio recommends watering when the soil dries to a depth of three inches, the depth of the soil to be watered depends on the length of your roots, so deep-rooted tomatoes and asparagus, such as radish and lettuce, get more water. Before planting, Salvio enriches its beds with fertilizer and maintains full coverage at all times to minimize irrigation frequency.
Thanks to Randy DuPrey, a gardener at Manhattan Beach, in the United Kingdom for her use of green manure as Phacelia tanacetifolia. Green manure or cover crops are incorporated into the soil for soil enrichment purposes. They grow rapidly and rot and are usually sown between the harvest of one crop and the planting of another. Six weeks after the onset of puberty, the pharyngeal pharynx may be more fully formed in the lower extremities.
And, you know, Mrs. Fasilia is a native of California and she is especially suitable for growing up here. As they bloom in the wild, they see some of the most beautiful flowers in the world. Lady phacelia is unique as a flowering plant and attracts beneficial insects, especially surfflies.
In an e-mail, Joan Matthews, a gardener in the West Hills garden, wrote: Beginning January 2024, the sale of gasoline-powered lawns and gardens is banned in California. However, electric and battery-powered devices, including wind powered by these alternative energy sources, remain. Although they have a place to clear debris on sidewalks and driveways, winds are contrary to plant health. Leaves that fall on flower beds should be left to build a rich humus cover below. And Ms. Matthew is right in stating that windmills can be a waste of water because the garbage in the ground retains moisture under the plants.
Finally, I recently saw paintings in a vegetable garden. This type of exhibition seems to be a fashion trend, but I can’t see how plant lovers have allowed this to happen. Pure, but in my humble opinion, handicrafts are stuck in the middle of the garden, distracting and damaging the natural beauty of plants.
The following is a schedule of weekend performances at 2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar: fuchsias, June 4-5, at Sherman Gardens, Sherman Gardens, June 4-5; Carnivorous plants, June 18-19; Plant-O-Rama – Bromiliads, fern, begonia, carnivorous plants, orchids, plumeria, July 16-17; Bonsai, Aug. 6-7; begonias, September 17-18; chrysanthemums, October 22-3.
Hours are 10 30 30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is $ 5, complementary talks several days at 11 30 30, including the opportunity to purchase plants in sight. For more information call (949) 673-2261 or visit thesherman.org.
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