Read this interesting article and check out the pictures in this Los Angeles Times about No-Dig Gardening. It’s an interesting concept that I’d like to try. It would be an interesting way to create raised beds in a less expensive way than building boxes and when you are done you could throw the mess into your compost bin.
I just learned that the San Diego Floral Association has a library for public use in Balboa Park. You can access the library Monday-Friday from 10:00am-3:00pm, Casa del Prado, Room 105 in Balboa Park. For more information call 619-232-5762 or log on to their website. Nice to know it’s out there.
As a member of the Crown Garden Club, I signed up to do Library Flowers at the Coronado Public Library. It’s called Library Flowers, but plant displays are allowed, too. Every week on Wednesday morning, a member of the club provides a display for the library by the front desk. This was my contribution a few weeks back. I was happy with my design and got some nice feedback. Succulents are so subtle and classic.
A friend of mine is doing her front yard in succulents and she’s been finding lots of free plants from a website called Freecycle.com. The site is a place where people list things they need to get rid of and if you are willing to pick it up, you get it for free. My friend found some blue agave plants which turned out to be pups from the agave’s blooming stem. Once the flowers die back these pups grow out of the flowers and pop off to sprout themselves in the ground. I’ll be able to plant a lot of baby agaves from the flower stalk she brought to me. Thanks Eddie!
The March issue of Sunset Magazine featured a nursery in Encinitas called Barrels & Branches, so I made the trek up there with some friends. What a great place!!! We spent about an hour and a half wandering the different levels of the nursery, checking out the great ideas they have developed with their plants and containers. Tons of quality plants, pots and other garden supplies. It is a full-service nursery with friendly, top-notch service. The owners were both on site and very hands-on with customers. Bottom line – can’t wait to go back!
The freesias are blooming in full force in my front yard but it only lasts about 2 weeks looking this good. The fragrance is so strong right now!
Sunflowers: It’s that time of year! Start seedlings in mid-March 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.