Papaya Pups

August 29, 2015

2015-08-29 07.33.31Pretty excited that my little papaya has popped out some little fruits! I culled all but three since the tree is still small, but I’m just thrilled that I’m getting fruit at all!  After I bought this plant, I learned that there are male, female and bisexual papaya plants.  Only the female and bisexual plants bear fruit.  Since I only have one, apparently it is bisexual.  I wasn’t sure I was going to get any fruit at all, so this is a bit of a relief.  My yard is pretty small, so I can’t waste space on non-producers!





Who Wants To be a Master Gardener? Well, now’s your chance to throw your trowel in the ring.

Watch this great video, and mark your calendar for the Master Gardener Open House on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the War Memorial Building in Balboa Park (3325 ZOO DR., SAN DIEGO CA 92101-1645).  It’s not required to go to this open house, but it will give you some great insight into what MGs do, and how you might fit into this group of gardeners.

You can read some FAQs and download an application at:


MG 2016


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! JUNE IN THE GARDEN My tool storage idea came out great!

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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 […]

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Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla – May 16, 2015

May 10, 2015
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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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