Already we’re a month into the new year! February is the month I start seeing the possibility of my summer garden. We’ve had good rain so plants have gotten a good soaking. As days are getting longer and the sun is shifting higher in the sky, plants are getting ready to start growing for the warmer months. Pruning, weeding and fertilizing are going to be a major focus for gardening in February . Get out there and garden!!!
As a member of Coronado’s Crown Garden Club, I signed up to do Library Flowers for the Coronado Public Library foyer.
I always use succulents for my designs since that’s what I have growing around my yard, and because it inspires me. I used a “container” that is a metal frame wrapped with recycled inner tubes. I was able to wedge succulent cuttings underneath the strips of inner tubes and it all held in place nicely. Another bonus of using succulents is that there is no water required!
The combination of the succulents and the industrial frame worked together really nicely. I love how it all turned out!
With bare-root season in full swing, it’s time to talk blueberries. I have been growing blueberries for a number of years pretty successfully. Most of my plants have been in containers but some have been in the ground.
First, make sure you are buying a low-chill variety for our Southern California climate. Basically, low chill means fewer days needed of weather below 40 degrees. In the spring, fertilize with a high nitrogen fertilizer that is NOT nitrate based. I feed my with azalea/camellia food because they like the higher acid, and worm castings on a regular basis, too.
At our new house, I planted half in the ground, and half in pots, with mixed success. I bought eight plants total and after a year I realize that I’m not doing such a great job with my blueberries plants. The ones in the ground just never thrived, I think because they are competing for root space, and lately they have been a chewing tool for Lassie as she goes through her teething stage.
I had two plants in pots upstairs on my roof deck and although they got plenty of water, they have struggled with the intense heat that occurs up there. (My plumerias LOVE it up there!) The last two plants are in pots in my yard and are doing beautifully. So, last weekend I did some major reorganization in the yard and cleared out 6 of the eight plants. The two upstairs were a loss so they got pitched, but the four I took out of the ground were moved to my friends’ house where they are in a bed all by themselves. I dug them up and wrapped the root balls in newspaper for transport. Aren’t they cute?
I’m a gardener so, by default, I consider myself a bit more thoughtful about what I eat. Don’t get me wrong, I can stuff French fries down with the best of them, but I do like to know what I’m eating so I can at least make the choice – right or wrong! I’m not 100 percent on one side or the other but I do like to have as much information to make an intelligent assessment of the issues, so I present GMO – Pros and Cons.
I find that it’s a huge issue, and complicated to follow. I’ve been collecting articles for a couple of years with the intent to present an organized pros and cons, but there is so much info on both sides, and in the middle, that I gave up on that goal. What I present is a mish-mash of articles and a few videos for you to sort through, in no particular order of importance or opinion. I’ll be the first to acknowledge that some of the sources don’t have a lot of basis to them, but I’m just throwing it all on the table for discussion.
I’d love feedback when you are done reading. Please, no trolls! Ready, begin!
On my morning walks with the new puppy, I walk past this yard that has been redesigned very nicely to reduce water usage. The colors and textures are great. My personal favorite is this Kalanchoe luciae aka Flapjacks or Paddle Plant. The more stressed this plant gets, the better the colors. What a beauty!
A couple of weeks ago, during some big winds, our town lost a beautiful historic tree. Sitting in the front yard of an equally historic house, this Dragon’s Blood tree had been planted at least 125 years ago by the original owner of the house. The Dragon’s Blood tree (Dracaena cinnabari) is not the same […]
This is the time of year I get questions about hydrangeas. I don’t grow them, so I’m no expert, but I pulled together some sites for you to ponder. If you want to buy hydrangeas to plant, it’s better to buy them in bloom so you can see what you are getting, since they aren’t […]
Check out this interesting moth I found on a car. I’m not sure what caught my eye, but I did a double-take, prodded it a little to see if it moved (it did!) and realized that it was a very odd variety than anything I’d ever seen. I passed the picture around to my Master […]
When we bought our new little house a couple of years ago, one of the great things for me was that I could see a Star Pine in a neighbor’s yard from different angles on our property. It was a perfect Star Pine, especially so, because it used to be mine. It was my family’s […]