How I care for hot summer roses

As unpredictable as the weather has been lately, one thing residents in Southern California can plan for historically is periods of intense heat in the coming months. There have been some samplings of this intense heat in recent weeks, temps in 90s-100s in June. As summer brings drier, hotter temps, roses will struggle to maintain […]

San Diego County Fair isn’t just for San Diego County

Over the years I’ve been providing San Diego County Fair stories for the Temecula/Murrieta Valley News. Although the youth exhibits are limited to San Diego County residents, most of the other exhibits and competitions are open to residents of other counties and many southern Riverside County residents take advantage of those activities. Attendance at the […]

Valley Beautiful’s Ramona Bowl Garden Festival draws many

Valley Beautiful’s Ramona Bowl Garden Festival draws many

Dozens of gardening enthusiasts took advantage of a series of informative garden workshops Saturday, May 20, during the second Ramona Bowl Garden Festival sponsored by Valley Beautiful and the University of California Master Gardeners of Riverside County. During the fundraiser for the maintenance of the gardens at the Ramona Bowl, located at 2700 Ramona Bowl […]

Treating lawns during dry periods

Treating lawns during dry periods

TEMECULA – Summer in the Temecula Valley can be a four-letter word to many lawncare enthusiasts. Homeowners who put in the hours and hard work to create beautiful, lush lawns can see the fruits of all their labor gradually disappear when the dry season sets in. That can be both frustrating to homeowners and detrimental […]

Understand hardiness zones before planting

Understand hardiness zones before planting

TEMECULA – Gardening benefits the environment in myriad ways. Maintaining natural landscapes and preserving green spaces can reduce the collective carbon footprint of the human race. Trees, flowers and other greenery filter the air and create welcoming habitats for all species of animals and insects. Many home gardeners set out each spring to create landscapes […]

Time to add roses to your garden

Time to add roses to your garden

What a roller-coaster ride we’ve been having. Although daytime highs have ranged from 50s to 60s, they’ve still been as much as 10 degrees below normal. Night temps at or below 32 degrees – some nights with hard freezes – have certainly put some non-rose plants at risk. And the recent rains are certainly promising […]

December rose care FUNdamentals

December rose care FUNdamentals

As welcoming to all gardeners as the recent rains were and as much as it would be great to think it was a sign of future rains and an end to the extended drought, gardeners can only wait for more substantial rains to arrive. The total inches of rain were not enough to sustain gardens […]

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