Calendar - Rare Fruit Growers


Trailing Jade – Senecio jacobsenii – I am growing a few of these and love them! They are pretty tough and grow in a variety of situations. Of course, the more stressed they are, the more color they will have, plus this variety tends to bloom prolifically when it’s growing under tougher conditions.


Cassia leptophylla aka Gold Medallion tree – Native to southeastern Brazil, this tree looks very tropical, but is frost, heat, and drought tolerant.  It is a fast growing tree to 20- 25′ with a nice canopy which makes it a perfect street tree.  I have confused this with a Tipuana Tipu on more than one occasion!

Tipuana tipuThis tree usually blooms  through July and August, but it has been blooming spectacularly around town since the beginning of June this year.  Dark, twisty, brown, woody pods will appear later that can grow to 16″ long.

The flowers bloom in sprays which look like fluffy balls of yellow from far away.  Close up, the flowers are delicate with five petals radiating from the center.

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Here are a few more links for education and pictures:

Pacific Horticulture

Los Angeles Street Trees

University of Florida

The Horticult – FYI – The Horticult is one of my new favorite sites.  Great ideas!!!


July in the Garden

July 2, 2015

2015-07-02 09.51.59We’re officially in our summer months, but it’s hard to tell based on the weather.  Rain, thunder and lightning, it’s definitely a mixed bag.   I love the cloudiness and the sprinkles, but the lightning brings the possibility for wild fires.  Thankfully, no damage over the last few days, at least here in San Diego.

No matter what the weather brings, we’ve got a lot to think about in the garden, so check out July in the Garden to stay on top of your garden’s needs.

Have a fun and safe 4th of July weekend!  I know I’ll be spending part of it in my yard.  :-)




JUNE in the Garden

June 14, 2015

It’s almost summer and there is work to be done!!! I know it’s already halfway through June, but it’s never too late to get things done in your garden. Proactive rather than reactive, I say!


2015-05-09 06.58.40My tool storage idea came out great!


Succulent Cutting Points

June 12, 2015

I have a lot of succulents and I’m always happy to share, but I haven’t always been as successful as I would like when it comes to propagating new plants. Succulents are pretty easy to root but it helps to have a little info to work from.

I was discussing this with a friend who is very knowledgeable about succulents and she gave me a photo-copied sheet of different cutting points on a succulent stem. I wish I could give attribution to this great guideline to follow for cutting succulents for propagation but I was unsuccessful in finding the source. Anyway, I realize now that I have been cutting too long a stem and will change my propagation technique to get better results. Here’s a picture with information below it that I have created for your information.

Succulent propagation

A – Cutting this high on the stem is known as “pinching out.” The reason to pinch this high on the plant stem is to create growth for multiple cuttings or have the plants develop into a multi-headed plant. Cutting this high will force side stems to grow that will be viable cuttings themselves once they’ve grown out. The top part that is cut off is not a viable cutting and will not root so just throw it away.

B – Cutting here is optimal for creating a new plant from the top part and forcing new shoots to grow off the stem. This method works best if a few leaves are left on the stem, allowing it to recover more efficiently, producing the most new stems.

C – Cutting at this mark is officially called deadheading. A cut made here will result in a plant that will root easily. The stem most likely won’t develop any shoots and can slowly wither down.

D – Cutting lower on the stem creates a longer stem, but takes much longer to establish roots. The lower stem might produce a few shoots, but can also wither down.

E – Cutting further down the stem is not recommended because the head will have to work hard to get established and the lower stem is likely to die.


Calendar - Secret Garden Tour of LJ 2015


Leslie In The News!

April 30, 2015

Leslie In The News! – I was featured in the Coronado Eagle-Journal in a spot about Mediterranean gardening and my succulent shutters were highlighted.  I thought the article was going to feature four or five different gardeners so I was a bit surprised to find out it was only me! Read the whole article here:   […]

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Orange, Purple and the Red, White and Blue

April 25, 2015

This tree combination in Coronado on Flora Avenue near Star Park has been stopping traffic for a couple of weeks. The orange tree is an Australian Flame Tree (Ilawarra) and the purple is a Jacaranda.  Throw in our flag and a picket fence and, Voila!, classic Americana! I captured this image in the late morning […]

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Gardens Then & Now Tour – April 11

April 3, 2015

As part of the centennial of the Panama-California Exposition in Balboa, San Diego Floral Association and San Diego Horticulture Society are teaming up to do a spectacular historic gardens tour of North Park, Marston Hills, Mission Hills and Bankers Hill. This is going to be a great tour!!!

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March 27, 2015

I bought ladybeetles aka ladybugs a few weeks ago and released them one evening in my yard. They hung around for a few days and formed little cliques, hanging in groups all over my garden.  A lot of them have since flown off to other gardens, but I still see quite a few around the […]

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