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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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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Miscellaneous Monday – January 11

January 11, 2016

Happy Monday!  All the rain is making me wistful for flowers and getting my hands in the dirt. Surprise!  – Four Gardening Myths Busted. So beautiful! A beautiful forest of blue I love the idea of this – Flower Clock The meaning of flowers: the United States My two boys didn’t think this was cool […]

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It’s 2016! January in the Garden

January 2, 2016

Wow, here we are at the beginning of another year! I’m still hoping the promised rain comes, but in the meantime I’ve got some work to do out in my yard.  Worm castings and mulch are the priorities at the moment. Here’s a more detailed list of things to do in the garden in January. […]

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Dragon’s Blood Tree

December 29, 2015

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 […]

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December 14, 2015

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 […]

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