Back after a long break, Miscellaneous Monday is an assortment of interesting tidbits I thought were interesting and should share.

This is an interesting, and sobering, graphic on how California’s drought has progressed along:  188 Drought Maps

And check out these pictures:  Compare the photos

For an overall picture of the drought situation across the US, check out the US Drought Monitor

Storing your homegrown potatoes:

Here are a couple of water conservation websites to check out, too:

The San Diego County Landscape Design Manual incorporates the requirements of the County’s Water Conservation in Landscaping regulations: SD County Landscape Design Manual

Even with the drought, it’s okay to wash down your natives and drought-tolerants occasionally.  Natives and drought tolerant plants are resting this time of year so they don’t like too much water, but a quick spritz to wash off the plants and let them hydrate a little through their leaves is a good thing.

This is a great month to plant Bougainvillea. Find a nice wall or fence in full sun for your planting area.  Planting must be done with care. It’s important not to disturb the root ball when planting because the root ball is VERY finicky.  A good trick is to cut the bottom off  the pot, place the plant in the hole and slide the pot up and over.

And in closing, here’s a light moment in the garden.  Happy Monday and have a nice week!

Snails can be a menace, but sometimes they are cute.  No really, I said cute!  Check out Snails Upclose.

A Happy Place.... A Happy Place….






Roses have been blooming heavily since mid-April so they are slowing down now, but a round of fertilizer would give them some nourishment they can use for a little boost. Suggested feeding is 1 tbsp of urea per plant every other week. Fish emulsion is another great snack for your roses this month.

Rose careDeadheading is important to keep your roses from producing rosehips. Rosehips sap valuable energy from your rose plants, energy that is better used toward making more blooms. When you deadhead, clip the stems short to leave as much leaf material to aid in growth of the plant.

Typical Watering in June – two inches of water twice a week.

Mulching is important to maintain a consistent temperature for the roots and it will also help maintain moisture.


Happy June 1st!

June 1, 2014

I’ve never been to Lotusland, but looking forward to a visit someday. This will have to suffice in the meantime:

Flying Through Lotusland from Lotusland on Vimeo.

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The Garden Song

January 27, 2014

Good bye to legendary Pete Seeger May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014


Happy New Year!

January 1, 2014

Stating the obvious, has been on hiatus for a few months.   I’ve moved a couple of times, and I am without a garden at the moment.  I am feeling like a fish out of water.   Most of what I typically write about is what’s happening in my garden, so for the next few months, I’ll need to focus on other peoples’ gardens and other garden related tidbits that I find interesting.  A bit of a challenge, but with the new year started and life settling down, it’s time to get past the writer’s block and be productive again.

Aloes are blooming now.  I love this time of year!



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Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2013

Halloween Visitors


Diapers Do The Job….

October 28, 2013

Fortunately, it’s not what you think!  Diapers do the job, containing a great water retention project that is useful in gardens, too. Interesting video, and I learned a lot more than I expected. I wish I’d known about this when I was building my vertical succulent shutters!

If the idea of buying diapers bothers you, there is an alternative. Hydra-crystals can be purchased separately so you can have them on hand whenever you need additional water retention properties without having to take apart diapers. There is a source called WaterSorb in one of the comments at this link.  Also, read all the comments because I think there is additional, interesting info that might be helpful.


Stapelia – Simple Pleasures

October 12, 2013

As evidenced two posts ago, I have moved.  The house was sold, the garden dismantled, plants given away, but a small collection of plants has traveled with me to my latest abode, a rental we’ll live in for a few months while our new little house gets a remodel.   A lot of my plants didn’t […]

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Succulent-topped Pumpkin

October 9, 2013
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October in the Garden

October 4, 2013

Here it is, a few days after the first of the month and I just got around to posting the October in the Garden for you.  This is one of my favorite times of the year in the yard because I feel productive and hopeful about my spring garden results, but this year for me […]

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Reblooming Orchid

September 19, 2013

  Isn’t is beautiful, even more so because it rebloomed from last year.   How did I accomplish this?  I have no idea!  

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