Magazine article Sunset

November: What to Do in Northern California

Magazine article Sunset

November: What to Do in Northern California

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HORTICULTURAL GEMS Shop for hard-to-find Begonia boliviensis, still in flower at the Dry Garden Nursery in Oakland (510/547-3564). Also blooming are native Romneya coulteri (pictured), which has fried egg-like blossoms, and 2- to 3-foot-tall African Impatiens niamniamensis, with "red-and-yellow flowers that look like candy corn," says Dry Garden owner Richard Ward.

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Refresh potted citrus If your tree has been in its container for three years or more, take it out, trim off an inch all around the rootball, and replant it in fresh potting soil.

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START VEGETABLES SUNSET CLIMATE ZONES 7-9, 14-17: Set out transplants of broccoli, cauliflower, celery, leek, and lettuce. Plant garlic from sets, and sow fava beans.

WILDFLOWSR BEDS Mow or cut down dry stems to 6 inches, and pull any weeds. Till the ground, then sow fresh seed on bare areas. Keep the beds moist, watering between light rains.

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Replace herbs ZONES 7-9, 14-17: When lavender, mint, rosemary, and sage become old and woody, start over with fresh plants. …

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