Sunday, May 17, 2015

Squash? Cantalope? Do you recognize this plant?

This little plant sprung up in the garden over the spring.  Clearly, a seed meant for the composter, made its way to the garden.  I don't think this is zucchini; leaves too rounded.  I'll be watching for the first blossoms to set fruit and report on what it is.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Blooming Artichoke

The artichoke blooms.  You can see it is related to the thistle when it blooms.

Thinking about Succulents

I'm planning a succulent garden addition.  Looking around for inspiration.

Rainbows in Southern California

Lovely rain on Thursday and Friday.  As the storm broke the first day, the sun came through and created a lovely rainbow in the Eastern Sky.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Gardenias are in Bloom

The gardenia bushes around my front door started to bloom last weekend and now there are scores of blooms.  Their fragrance is thick and warm and inviting.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Consider This Edible Flower for Your Garden

Colorful blooms with interesting roundish leaves.

Planning your summer garden?  The nasturtium is an easy to grow flower which has blooms in yellows, oranges and reds.  They like full sun and soil which is not rich.  Easy to grow from seeds they add color to your garden and guess what? The nasturtium is also edible.  They have a peppery taste.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Statice--A Beauty in the Garden that can be Dried for Arrangements

White "true" flowers grow inside the papery bracts.
Statice is a drought tolerant plant for your #waterwise garden.  This plant likes sun, well drained soil and gets by with very little supplemental water. The colorful bracts which hold small white flowers sit on tall stalks which can be cut and dried.  In many California gardens, this can be a perennial.


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