Calendar - Secret Garden Tour of LJ 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 with the remnants of a gray sky which made the colors even better.  Wowza!!!

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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 yard. Here’s a great guide to Lady Beetles:

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Have you seen this elusive variety of lady bug below?  I hope to see one in my yard someday!




It’s time to plant sunflower seeds!  Mid-March is time to start seedlings to have blooms around the 4th of July.  Snails and slugs LOVE to munch on the seedlings, and will take them to the ground overnight.  It is preferable to start seeds in a flat with seed starter soil and let them grow until they are about 5 – 6 inches tall before planting them in the ground.  There are so many great varieties of sunflowers so stagger your starts with different colors and sizes through April and May to have a summer’s worth of blooming beauties.



It’s March Already?!!!

March 4, 2015

I’m a few days behind, but a reminder that it’s time to think about what you need to do in your garden. Here’s March In The Garden for your perusal.  Fertilizing will be a big job this month.

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Rocks in my garden

A little rock art from my garden….


Miscellaneous Monday 2-23-15

February 23, 2015

A New York Times Opinion Piece:  Look Carefully at those Seeds.

This is good to know.  I have a stash that probably needs to be culled.  How long do seeds last?

Visuals are always good:  Everything you need to know about vegetable gardening in one graphic.

I’m growing blueberries and citrus trees in pots:  Growing fruit in pots

Good basic info to have under your gardening belt: USDA Plant Hardiness Zones

Do you need some help? Cooperative Extensions across the country

Here’s a fun video with some great gardening hacks.  Happy Monday!!!


Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2015

Love is all around us, especially in the garden. I share with you a couple of found images from my garden.  The image on the left is a petal from a rockrose that blew onto an aloe, and the image on the right is a petal from a camellia flower that was on my front […]

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February Garden Tasks

February 1, 2015

We’re into February and headed to Springtime! We’ve have some rain and cooler weather, so I feel like this year has started out more normally than last year, but that’s what keeps it interesting in the garden, right? Pruning and fertilizing are big jobs this month, but remember, don’t prune frost-damaged plants until you see […]

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Tuesday Tree – Tabebuia impetiginosa

January 27, 2015

I was in Balboa Park today and these beauties are along Park Boulevard across from Spanish Village and the Natural History Museum. Stunning vision from all angles! Tabebuia impetiginosa, aka Trumpet Tree or Purple Tabebuia, is not native to the US and has a very limited growing area here. Read more about this beautiful tree….

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January 2015 Garden Tasks

January 2, 2015

Okay, you’ve had the first day of the year to recover from 2014, so now there’s work to do in the garden. Check out the January Garden Tasks to help you get organized and git ‘er done. Happy New Year!!! Here’s to a beautiful garden all year…..  

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