Category: Garden Tips

Cactus Flowers Abound in glorious Beauty and Color

Follow ( 0 Followers ) X Follow E-mail : * Follow Unfollow I’ve often said that cacti are “Armed and Dangerous”, but when they bloom, they produce some of the most exquisite blossoms I’ve ever seen. At this time of the year, they are “On Stage” and I get a front row seat as they explode in beautiful colors, and some in tremendous sizes!        Our Opuntias and Tricholobivia hybrids are breathtaking, and only a photo can do them justice…or coming to see them for yourself. They are always surprising us…one day the white will be spectacular…two days later, the brilliant red…or pink; Before long, another joins the chorus of color.        What is astounding to me is how these pads and columns of sharp spikes that keep us at a safe distance, can deliver such an alluring flower. Obviously, like us, they hold unseen treasures deep within.   Only at
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Planting with Passion

Follow ( 0 Followers ) X Follow E-mail : * Follow Unfollow My personal passion is flowers. I love a cottage garden filled with colorful flowers…roses, and perennials with a wildflower habit. Add some fluffy, flowery borders and even some bulbs like Delphiniums, Hollyhocks, or Foxgloves to the mix and I’d call it heavenly. I throw in some California poppy seeds for a sunset orange that makes my heart skip a beat as they join my eclectic garden of beautiful flowers. A flowery landscape can easily get a bit too wild. It will need places for the eye to rest. One option is to add stones, rocks or pebbles creating some areas of separation. Another option is to add a bench or a couple of chairs on some decomposed granite or pea gravel. The third option is to add some plants that are primarily leafy or cool-toned foliage to the
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Maintenance of Ornamental Grasses

Follow ( 0 Followers ) X Follow E-mail : * Follow Unfollow We often are asked about grass maintenance, so we have compiled a list of our Ornamental grasses and their maintenance schedules. When you cut back grasses, be sure to cut them close to the ground, so you don’t have nice new grass coming up through a mound of ugly old thatch. We hope that you’ll find this list useful. Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’ Cut back when done flowering, usually in Jan. or Feb. Carex testacea Anytime Carex tumilicola Anytime Chondopetalum tectorum Never, it will kill it! Cortaderia pumila After flowering, Dec. or Jan. Cyperus alternifolius Anytime Cyperus alternifolius ‘Nana’ Anytime Cyperus isocladus Anytime during warm season Cyperus papyrus Anytime during warm season Festuca mairei Cool Season Festuca ovina glauca Cool Season Helictotrichon sempervirens January/February Imperata cylindrical rubra Warm season, but hardly ever needs it. Melinus nerviglumis Anytime Miscanthus transmorrisonensis
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Maintenance Tips for Autumn

Follow ( 0 Followers ) X Follow E-mail : * Follow Unfollow Trimming Trim Miscanthus transmorrisonensis, Miscanthus ‘Sentinel’, and Pennisetum messiacum to the ground. * Good time to divide Bearded Iris too! Planting Planting shrubs and trees this time of year gives them a nice cool season to become established. Good time to re-seed your lawn areas to fill in bare or sparse areas. If you like to plant bulbs, it’s time for Daffodils, Narcissus, and Iris. If you are a California Poppy lover, fall is the time to plant those seeds. November is a good month to plant strawberries, or divide and re-plant! Don’t forget to check out the winter hardy herbs at your favorite garden center. For our veggie lovers, it’s time for planting barrels, bowls, or planters with lettuce, radishes, carrots, peas, and snow peas. * Check out our article on vegetable tee-pees! Watering You can now
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Coastal Roses

Follow ( 0 Followers ) X Follow E-mail : * Follow Unfollow Our southern California coast is one long stretch of nature at its best! If you like to garden and have the luxury of living near the coast, you can add one of nature’s most beautiful creations, the rose, to your garden too! We have quite a few selections in an array of colors that thrive along our pacific coastline. As beautiful as the rose is, you might assume it needs extensive care, however that is a misnomer. Roses are quite resilient! They need pruning, which can be done easily with pruning shears, regular fertilizer high in nitrogen, and can get by with less water than you would imagine. A good drip system should adequately take care of most gardens, including those with roses. Some varieties do well along the coast and others suffer, needing a drier, hotter climate,
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