If you’re reading this today it’s January 1, 2018: Happy New Year and I hope for you a lovely start to 365 days of gardening opportunities. I’m thinking with a full year ahead of us, sky is the limit as to what can be done in your garden, it’s just mapping it out, and going for it.
Do you have a favorite time of year? I do, and right now it’s A U T U M N. Actually, I always get excited when the end of summer rolls in… It’s just a matter of time before the leaves begin turning and the light changes. Plus, people’s priorities change, kids go back to […]
With the right conditions you can grow lemons in containers, or you can grow them in the ground. If you give a lemon plenty of sun – protection from the wind – protection from winter frost, then there’s a variety for you!
Albizia julibrissin, the mimosa tree is a memory maker in the right location. It’s not for all locations and I’ll touch on that in a bit. But, if you want to party in the summer like it’s 1999, this tree could hold memories of your debauchery and summertime fun outdoors.
Are you going to take a wait and see approach – let the mosquitoes have their way and just accept some bites??
No way! Not me! This year (new for me) I’m coming up with a proactive approach to dealing with mosquitoes, I have to, I’m a mosquito magnet. I used to be pretty casual about mosquitoes…
The scale of this tree is perfect for a small garden and here it is growing as a street tree, facing south, receiving the full sun it loves! Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ is a round headed deciduous tree.
Here’s an incredibly gorgeous and useful ground cover that will definitely make your friends and neighbors jealous when it’s in flower! Crassula multicava belongs on a short list of best succulents to use especially where other sun-loving ground covers won’t grow.
Reminding me of high school geometry – planters typically come in many geometric shapes. Square pots, rectangular planters, round… These are the most common.So when I drove by this uniquely shaped geometric planter, I parked – and paid this unique container garden a proper visit. The cool shape was the first thing that struck me…
If you’re like a lot of people… you know the aloe plant as an indoor plant growing on window sills, small and cute succulents with fleshy leaves. Best known of all is the Aloe vera plant, trusted for its healing properties for sunburn, bites, minor cuts and skin irritations.
For me, this small front garden using just two plants has me thinking about a scene in nature. Here in California it could be a grassy meadow with an oak tree (see the photo below.) So when I saw this, my associative mind was excited by the representation. But I was also excited by the 2-plant choices.