San Diego Master Gardener Seminar

Tomorrow is the launch of the San Diego Master Gardeners' virtual seminar. This event is packed full of 13 great speakers and 3 fun workshops, sixteen presentations in all. The beauty of this seminar, being virtual, is that you'll be able to watch all the...

South American Palm Weevil

If you haven't seen the devastating effects of this vicious little bug, you'll know it when you see it. It's destroying our beautiful, iconic Canary Island Date Palms at alarming numbers. In a matter of 5 years when the first infected palm was discovered hundreds of...

Citrus in Distress

Well this is terrible news, but not a complete surprise. A solution can't come too soon........

Roses and caterpillars

It's so disheartening to find a favorite rose plant munched badly by pests.  This time of year caterpillars of all sizes are out in force and laying waste to a lot of the hard work we do in our gardens.  Master Gardener Rita Perwich, another Coronado gardener wrote a...

Miscellaneous Monday

Happy Monday!  I got a nice start today with an hour in the garden.  Things are going crazy out there with the promised of more to come as we go into August.  Here's some miscellaneous stuff to read this week. It's not just for soaking your feet: Using Epsom Salts in...

New Rose Starts

I'm not much into roses but I have a few climbers in my yard.  One is a pretty pink climber hanging over an arbor in my yard. I first saw this variety in Texas a few years ago. We were driving through a neighborhood and I spotted it. I got out to take pictures and was...

Trailing Jade – Senecio jacobsenii

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...

July in the Garden

JULY IN THE GARDEN Garden Prep Your roses need mulch this month.  The plants thrive on the heat but they don’t like their roots to get hot, so mulching helps them maintain a happy medium.  Mulching will also cut down on the water you would otherwise use...

Oh, rats!

Oh, rats!  I mean that literally.  The rats are out of control in my yard.  This is different than the occasional sighting. I don't mind the periodic rodent issue, but they have crossed a line. They are eating my succulents!  The rats have crossed over from cute to...

Jacaranda

What else could I feature this week but the beautiful Jacaranda tree aka Jacaranda mimosifolia.  I'm always amazed when I hear complaints about this tree being so messy but there's a trade-off, and this one is definitely worth the hassle of sticky flowers. Jacaranda...