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Monthly garden tasks and activities for a S. California garden in June. Emphasis on native plants.

Monthly garden tasks and activities for a S. California garden in June. Emphasis on native plants.

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  • 1. 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, 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., Potentilla glandulosa, 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
  • 2. 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  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? 6/16/2014