Botanical Interests is passionate about gardening, and passionate about pollinators. Did you know pollinators help us by pollinating a third or more of the food we eat? They also help repopulate plants and add diversity to the environment, therefore making an ecosystem more resilient. The simple action of sowing seeds is powerful. It can create habitats that protect and feed pollinators, strengthening their population.
What is the bug on my white flowers?
also known as Rose Chafer or erroneously called Japanese Beetles.
Help deter them from destroying your white flowers using a white bucket with a few inches of water in the bottom and a squirt of dish soap. They will be drawn to the white bucket and drown in the soapy water! They are only here for about 3 weeks then they are gone til next year.
Read more about the Hoplia Beetle here.
Looking for some tips on Gardening in drought? The Greenery will be offering several seminars to help, this Spring! We recommend: Cultivating Healthy Soil on March 26th at 1:30pm Growing Low Water Use Plants on April 16th at 10am Irrigation Practices for Water Restrictions on April 16th at 1:30pm California Native Plant Society chat...Read more →
Saturday, April 23rd 10:00 a.m.
Cost: $3 per person at the door
Speaker: Paul Jones, Japanese Maple Enthusiast
Paul will be covering many topics including proper pruning, fertilizing, planting, watering and site selection. He will also be showing and selling unique and hard to find varieties. There will be time for questions and answers as well. It’s a beautiful time to select and plant a maple!
To assist us in planning, please reserve your seat in advance. Click here to register.
Winter through spring is the time to plant your own Asparagus! It takes significant preparation but the plants will produce for decades when properly cared for and it’s not hard. Keep in mind, you do need quite a bit of space!
What to Expect When Growing Asparagus
If you aren’t familiar with how asparagus grow, the part we eat are the new shoots in the spring. Asparagus grow from crowns, we harvest the shoots (from the second year on) in the spring then let the shoots grow during the summer into beautiful ferns. Often times the ferns will set some red berries then turn yellow in the fall before turning brown. After they are brown, twist and pop the shoots out of the ground, leaving the crowns.
Citrus Leafminer is a relatively new insect to California. This insect burrows inside the leaf leaving a silver trail as it feeds. I’s mostly a cosmetic nuisance but severe infestations can cause stress to the tree. The insect only does its damage in the Spring but exact timing is difficult to pinpoint.
For best control, we recommend using a trap with pheromone lure to monitor insect populations then treat as needed.
Does this look familiar? Ask us about the proper treatment for your tree.