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    Preserving Summer Flowers

    Preserving summer flowers, foliage, seed heads, and bracts is a delightfully simple way to accumulate a collection of colorful plant materials from your garden to enjoy throughout the year. Many flowers, seed heads, and some leaves can be...

  • Harvest Coordinator Karen Talbot (left) and Board President Joan Graham (right)
    Ripon Community Garden Is All About Community

    There are no walls or fences surrounding the two-acre Ripon Community Garden located smack-dab in the middle of a local Ripon residential neighborhood. But the garden has become a beloved community landmark since its beginnings in 2016. The non-profit...

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    Horticultural Terms

    Serotiny, n, (Botany) In botany, serotiny means “following” or “later.” Serotinous leaves follow flowering on plants: ex. redbud trees leaf out after the flowers on the branches fade. Serontinous flowers follow the growth of...

  • Photo by Vincent Bellino, California Native Plant Society
    Summer Care for California Native Plants

    Aren't native plants supposed to survive on rainfall? Should I water them during the summer? If so, how much? The answer depends on which plants are living in a particular site. Is the soil loamy, sandy, or heavy clay? What is the sun exposure? The...

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    Best Practices to Repel Mosquitos

    The promise of warmer temps is a welcome reprieve from bulky clothing and enclosed environments after a cold, foggy, and windy winter. Indeed, warmer temperatures provide the perfect envelope for outdoor activities like backyard BBQs, swimming, and...

 

 


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  • At the Bohart Museum of Entomology, Dr. Ismail Sekur and his wife, Esin, stand in front of the Turkish flag and a card indicating how to say
    How to You Say 'Insect' in the Turkish Language?

    How do you say "insect" in the Turkish language? That's a question posed by the Bohart Museum of Entomology, University of California, Davis, on its wall display of global flags and languages. That was an easy question for Dr....


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • A beautiful gravid praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata, is right at home in the lantana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    Prey Tell, Where Are All the Mantids?

    Prey tell, where are all the praying mantids? Last fall, a Stagmomantis limbata deposited her egg case, or ootheca, on an clothespin on our outdoor clothesline. On April 9, the clothespin sprang to life. Hundreds of nymphs emerged,...


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • Features of brown marmorated stink bugs. [Credit: Steve Jacobs, PSU]
    Invasive Pest Spotlight: Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

    The invasive pest spotlight focuses on emerging or potential invasive pests in California. In this issue we are covering the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB).    Brown marmorated stink bug facts    BMSB can cause severe...


    By Karey Windbiel-Rojas
    Author - Associate Director for Urban & Community IPM/ Area Urban IPM Advisor
  • A drought-tolerant garden bed of California poppies, Ceanothus, and Watsonia. Photo by Tina Saravia, UC ANR.
    Drought or Disease?

    With ongoing drought and local water restrictions in place in many areas of California, you may start to see landscape plants suffering from stress caused by a lack of water, calledwater stress. Water-stressed plants can have symptoms that resemble...


    By Belinda J. Messenger-Sikes
    Author - Urban IPM Writer Editor
    By Karey Windbiel-Rojas
    Contributor - Associate Director for Urban & Community IPM/ Area Urban IPM Advisor