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The tragedy of Impatiens still sinking in. Will substitute with tuberous begonias ( I have the necessary time and patience to attend to these brilliant repeaters), pansies and mimulus (guttatus), which is doing beautifully in a container, morning sun, afternoon shade, night fog (Excelsior district).

Pam Peirce

Sorry to say, I don't know of any topsoil companies in Washington. Good luck!

Maximus Tyler

Thank you for this great information. Do you happen to know of any good topsoil companies in Washington?

Pam Peirce

Hi Patrick,

You can read what I have to say about tomatoes this year in the post following this one and the accompanying SF Chronicle/sfgate.com article. I am still combating tomato late blight, but getting closer to finding resistant tomatoes. If you've had blight, be sure and submit samples to usablight.com so we can figure out which strain of the blight we have here.
Incidentally, the SF/San Mateo Master Gardeners will be having their annual tomato and pepper seedling sale at the Elk's Lodge, at 229 W. 20th Avenue, in San Mateo on April 14th, 9-1 and will probably have the late blight resistant varieties I wrote about. Their website is http://ucanr.org/sites/MGsSMSF/ or you can call them at 650-726-9059 x 107.
As to the magnolia, which is one of the deciduous species, stem cuttings should root well if they are taken in early summer when they are still flexible, or late summer, after they mature to wood. Always take at leas 3 cuttings, since not every cutting will necessarily root, even if it is taken at the right time and kept moist. Good luck!

Patrick Monk.RN.

Pam, it's getting close to that time of year again,
Just wondering if you have any updates on list of 'recommended' tomatoes on Pp 263-265 in GGG.
Also considering trying to take cutting from a Star Magnolia and trying to grow at home. Any links/advice greatly appreciated.
Patrick Monk.RN. Noe Valley. SF.

Pam Peirce

Hi Debra,

No, the speech won't appear here. I will be giving a similar speech at the San Francisco Garden Show next spring. Keep checking in and I will list new events as I learn about them, but probably nothing more now till early February, 2012.


Will you be posting your speech here for those of us who cannot make the seminar?

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