Cut back your poppies. Give your California poppies (Eschscholzia californica, Zones 6–10) a haircut, and enjoy a second, smaller round of blooms. You can also save their seed pods in a brown paper bag to plant next year.
Finish all your planting for the season. Plants planted in the hot season have a less than 50% chance of survival.
Fireproof the landscape. Check your fire clearance on plants around your home. If needed, catch up on pruning before it gets too hot.
Keep on weeding. You’ll need to keep pulling weeds, particularly in irrigated areas.
Rachel Young is the former Director of Horticulture and Garden Operations at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada, California.
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