Starting a new garden

Starting a new garden is big. It fills me with enthusiasm, excitement, and joy. However, this act of optimism has another side. In a time when Facebook highlights only the positive moments and feelings of our lives, let’s be honest, the enthusiasm, excitement, and joy we post about is usually accompanied by nervousness, weariness, and […]

A garden retrospective

We have lived here for fourteen years and the garden has taught me much. I am glad that I started slowly. Many of the original plants are gone. Some did not meet my aesthetic requirements, others were not well-matched to the site, a few grew out of control, spreading where they were not wanted, and […]

Garden Tour Coming Up

This Saturday and Sunday is the Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour and my house, Garden 11, is open on Saturday.Thought I’d upload a few pictures to entice you to come. Althoughsome of the monkeyflowers and gilias are past prime, the garden is almost at peak. Chinese fringe (non-native) and flannel bush compete for showiest. […]

Dividing Irises – Part 2

A little more than a month ago (October 14) I dug up a few Pacific Coast irises from the woodland garden to transplant to a new location – one that won’t make such an appealing doggie bed for Milo. I started in October because I could see the irises were coming out of dormancy. After […]

Dividing Irises

After the recent rain I checked my irises and noticed that they were coming out of dormancy. The rhizomes had little nubbins on them. I had heard that this was the time to divide and transplant them, though it seems a bit early. Well today I dug in and divided a few. I think it […]


Alas, I have been delinquent with my posts. Life just got in the way. Since this spring has been busy, I have been able to put my “lazy gardener” skills to the test. I have not even had time to do a complete garden survey – that sounds way too official, a stroll around the […]

Lazy Woman’s Garden

I was all set to write about how I finally used up the last of the Meyer lemons but instead I spent some time taking pictures in the yard. (Yes I did use them up – preserved Meyer lemons. More about that later.) I am happy to report the garden is doing well with not […]

I am a lazy gardener

It has been hard to post because I have not been doing a lot of gardening. Of course this is part of my plan, my New Year’s resolution, my goal … to become a lazy gardener (use the newly installed search feature to find other posts on lazy gardening by typing in “lazy.”) That said, […]