It’s Time For Sunflowers!

March 14, 2016

It’s Time for Sunflowers!  If you start seedlings in mid-March you should have blooms around the 4th of July. 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.  Snails and slugs LOVE […]

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Kalanchoe beharensis aka Felt Plant

March 10, 2016

I love my Felt Plants.  They add such a beautiful color and texture to my garden, in addition to being a show-stopper plant. In the Crassulaceae Family, the Kalanchoe beharensis aka Felt Plant is rather slow growing.  I got my first starts from my gardening friends, Greg and Val, who have a gigantic specimen growing […]

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March in the Garden 2016

March 2, 2016

March in the Garden 2016 – Time marches on and there is a lot to do in the garden this month.   We might still get more rain, but in the meantime, stay ahead of the weeds that are starting to pop up.  Also, it’s time to start planting seeds and bulbs for our summer flowers.  […]

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Slo-Mo Butterflies and Bees

February 29, 2016

Mondays can be hard so I’m hoping this Moving Art video by Louie Schwartzberg will make your day a little more peaceful….

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Happy Valentines Day 2016!

February 14, 2016

Happy Valentines Day!  ….otherwise known as !!!#*!!*$#&@*!!!!!! in the world of florists! Since a lot of us received flowers for the big day, I thought I would pass on this formula I found in one of my older Sunset books. Developed by Michael Reid at UC Davis, the ingredients are in your kitchen cupboard. Mix […]

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Buried Treasures

February 11, 2016

With all the planting and transplanting I did last weekend, it’s not a surprise that I unearthed some buried treasures.  So many backyards in town used to be dumping grounds for garbage, before there was a dump I suppose, so occasionally the miscellaneous bottle or piece of china appears on a pile of dirt when […]

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Gardenia Gauntlet

February 8, 2016

The weather warmed up quite a bit this weekend and I spent a lot of time in the garden, catching up. Most importantly, my gardenia gauntlet needed to get planted.  I needed to get my new grafted gardenias in the ground, but I had to move the Vietnamese gardenias first. Work progressed nicely until I […]

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Succulent Industrial Design

January 29, 2016

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 […]

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Blueberries

January 26, 2016

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 […]

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GMO – Pros and Cons

January 25, 2016

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 […]

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Kalanchoe luciae aka Flapjacks or Paddle Plant

January 20, 2016

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!

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