Do as I say, not as I do

It has been cool and foggy so I set up the sprinkler to water the garden strip between the fence and the sidewalk. As I mentioned in the post on summer watering, it is much better to water when it is not extremely hot and dry. First of all, less water is lost to evaporation. […]

June – Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

Hard to believe I haven’t shared garden beauty shots on Carol’s Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day since last December. Shame on me. Anyway, once again I am pressed for time so I am only posting two pictures, though many more plants are in bloom. Aster chilensis ‘Pt. St. George’ is a garden-invasive native and as a […]

And Breathe…

After all of the emotional upset surrounding the destruction of the Arcadia Woodland – and I just read in an email that kids at a school near the former woodland were extremely upset because they could hear the noise of the huge trucks breaking down and pulling out the trees – it is good to […]

GBBD – December

December ColorInteresting to see all of the snow pictures from the rest of the country – even in the garden of blogger Carol (May Dreams Gardens). No snow here but not a lot in bloom at my house, except some non-natives. Still the garden is pretty and restful, and full of birds. Bountiful seaside daisy […]

Hot Colors in November

There is not a lot in bloom in my garden right now. A few remaining California fuchsias, some coastal buckwheat, grasses, and a few non-natives. Still, I couldn’t resist Carol’s Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, so once again I’m posting both blooms and non-blooms. My theme for this month, though, is hot colors. So all of […]

October GBBD

Middle of the month of October and not much in bloom. Among the natives in my garden, only buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum), coast goldenbush (Isocoma menziesii), California fuchsia (Epilobium), and California bay laurel (Umbellularia californica) are blooming. But it is the quiet of the garden that is so appealing right now, here and even more so […]

GB not BD

Correction: Sorry but it is Carol of May Dreams Gardens who sponsors the monthly GBBD. I’ve corrected it below. Once again, thanks go to Carol! It’s the middle of the month, Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – GBBD, (thank you, Carol) but I have decided to post a Garden Bloggers not Bloom Day. My garden does […]

The Wedding

Although most of the country is reaching its peak flowering season, those of us who garden with native plants here in the LA Basin, are long past peak. And so it was a challenge to have lots of flowers for my son’s backyard wedding last weekend. With extra watering, help from mother nature with some […]

GBBD – May

Here we are again, middle of the month, Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens. And less than a month until the wedding! Things are going well. I am cutting back the wildflowers that are finishing up – gilias, tidytips, poppies and non-native (and invasive) nasturtiums that come up each year […]

GBBD – April

I haven’t participated in Carol’s monthly Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day posts for quite some time. Too busy. But April cannot be missed! It has been a beautiful spring. So when I realized it was the 15th and my taxes were mailed I grabbed the camera and this is what I got. Heuchera rubescens ‘Yosemite’ Cranefly […]