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• Sacramento garden designer and coach Jeannie Hanson, author of Geno’s Garden, ignores her own advice — and plants flowers in summer:
“I usually will tell people they shouldn’t plant flowers (trees, shrubs, whatever) in the summer. ... The plants will struggle and die. Use common sense, wait ‘til the cooler weather. Yep, that’s what I preach. But … why do I keep heading to the nurseries? …
“The lessons I have learned this summer … are that if you are going to be dumb and try to plant in the summer, try to use gallon plants — they have a stronger root base. Also, get them in the ground quick! After that, water them carefully as their root base is still small, and, guard them as carefully as a baby in the sun — that is to say, create some artificial shade when it’s a scorcher!
“The other lesson — and the most important one — is there’s beauty to be had. Why wait?!?”
Read more (and see photos) at: genosgarden.blogspot.com