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This week in the garden

May 4, 2019

Good to grow Jerusalem sageWhen it’s blooming, Jerusalem sage captivates with whorls of golden flowers clustered tightly around the stems. Sans flowers, its fuzzy, sage green leaves make it attractive.Light: SunSize: 3 to 4 feet tall and wideWater: Drought-tolerantBloom: April through JuneCultivation: Needs good drainageLatin Name: Phlomis fruticosaExpress-News archives Dig in now The tall, carrotlike weeds with white flower clusters are called beggar’s lice because of the sticky seed they produce. It is worth the effort to pull the individual plants and discard them in the compost pile, especially if you have pets.Cutting them down with a string mower is the next best strategy. Taking the action will reduce the amount of discomfort they cause to your pets by getting caught in their hair.Gardeners are seeing painted buntings, robins, orioles and even grosbeaks at their weed patches, bird feeders, loquat trees and water sources. It is late to plant a food source for migrating birds, but you can rig up a birdbath with a drip source quickly and easily. They will find and use it.It is a good time to plant peppers, cucumbers, okra and summer squash in the vegetable garden. Consider replacing summer squash with tatuma squash if you have had problems with squash vine borers. The tatuma is easy to grow and can be used in the same recipes.Snapdragons in flower beds are dying due to the fungal disease rust. Replace them with zinnias for colorful summer displays, cut flower sources, and nectar plants for butterflies and hummingbirds. Zinnias can be planted by seed or transplants. I recommend the Dreamland hybrid, the California Giant heirloom and the Cactus heirloom.Calvin Finch