Fire Mountain Garden Exchange


SD Epi Society pre- Mother’s Day sale by Editor
May 7, 2009, 9:35 pm
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Saturday the 9th of May is the SD Epi Society pre- Mother’s Day sale in Balboa Park (Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in the Courtyard, Casa del Prado building, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA) www.epiphyllum.com  [click on events].  It has been a wild scene in the past with enthusiasts not being shy about getting to the plant cuttings they want before someone else does (read an old time sale at Bloomingdales in NYC). The regional Show is the next day and the following week is the national show in Pasadena (see the same web site).



The Editors Yard by Editor
May 7, 2009, 9:28 pm
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Our garden is doing very well right now; we have the most beautiful white Banksia in full bloom. 100_4664-1It was here when we bought the house in 1985 and has never been trimmed. It now spans about 5 trees and it looks like a white water fall. 100_4660Even better, our Puya Raymondii is in full bloom with six spikes. This is the same plant we tried (unsuccessfully) to preserve in the Eternal Hills expansion area. Never-the-less ours is ab-fab!!!. Additionally it is epiphyllum bloom season. 100_4662

Great blooms this year!100_4663



May Planting Suggestions by Editor
May 7, 2009, 9:08 pm
Filed under: Flowers, Fruits, Natives, Perinnials, Vegetables

May Planting Suggestions

May recommendations from Charles Ledgerwood’s “Reliable Seeds 1994”:
Caps indicate best plantings for the month.

BEANS, BEETS, CARROTS, CANTALOUPE, CORN, CUCUMBERS, EGGPLANT, LIMAS, OKRA, parsley, PEPPERS, PUMKIN, RADISH, N.Z. SPINACH, SQUASH, SUNFLOWER, TOMATOES, JICAMA, WATERMELEON & SWIS CHARD.

For flowers, this is a big month:
Alyssum, Ageratum, Asters, Asparagus fern, Balsam, Baasil, Bells of Ireland, Candytuft, Carnation, Celosia, Centaurea, Cobaea, Convolvulus, Calliopsis, Cynoglosum, Cosmos, Dahlia, Daisies, Delphiniums, Dianthus, Didiscus, Dimorphotheca, Dusty Miller, Fountain Grass, Gazania, Gloriosa Daisy, Geranium, Gourds, Gypsophilia, Helichrysum, Impatiens, Ipomoea, Larkspur, Lavender, Marigold, Nasturtium, Passiflora, Phlox, Petunia, Platycondon, Portucula, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Salpaglossis, Scabiosa, Statica, Sweet Sultan, Tithonia, Thumbergia, Torenia, Sunflower and Zinnia.

Remember this list is from 1994, please check Sunset Western Gardens for more information on plant names and more importantly for drought tolerance. I am putting my water in the veg garden this year!

The beets have been outstanding this year, the  rest of the garden is in transition, peas are dug under, the first round of tomatoes and eggplants are planted, the basil is ready to go and the green beans have sprouted.

Good luck, this is very important month to plant for those delicious summer crops.