Friday, December 12, 2014

December Tiny Bouquet

At last nights SoCal Hort meeting there was a Holiday Arrangement competition. I didn't have a lot blooming since my Mums are almost spent. But I did have two micro miniature roses; Jolly Cupido (red& white) and Cinderella(palest pink). I added some sprigs of variegated Myrtle and put them in a tiny antique bottle. The whole thing is about 3". I joked that you'd need binoculars to see my entry. I tied for the win with another woman. We split the prize basket of wine, sake, chocolate, cheese, etc. I let her have the book The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart because I already own it. Yay!

Do you grow tiny micro mini roses? You should. They're way too adorable an great for tiny bouquets. This is now on my skinny kitchen windowsill.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

More Wine Bottle Edging

Sorry that I haven't posted in a month. There seemed to be nothing new.

Yesterday I added more wine bottles to the south side of our north walkway. We live on a corner and have 2 ways to get to the front door. The soil and water was rushing off when I hand water(as I do the whole yard). My friends have been saving wine bottles for me.

I finally bought some annuals for the border. I'm late because it was hot in Oct, we went on vacation in Nov, some of the Profusion Zinnias still looked good and I had no money. With a little money I bought 2 flats of orange Calendulas. But I had to fix the edging first.

It'll hold the soil for awhile and I think looks pretty. The Calendulas will begin blooming soon

The cobalt blue bottle is my favorite Moscato. I did drink that one :-)


Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Sorry I've been gone for a few weeks. Vacation. First there's planning the vacation, then the vacation, then the recovery from vacation and then the photoshopping of over 1000 pictures.

Today's awesome plant is Agastache "Summer Fiesta". I bought a pink one back in June and it bloomed ALL summer long! So a few weeks ago I saw this coral orangey one and thought I'd try more. And hummingbirds love it. I have no hummingbird feeders but many flowering plants they like.

It's a perennial native to Mexico or Asia(lots of Agastache on the internet). Supposed to bloom in summer but we're still having 70's here. Likes full sun and well drained soil once established. It should like my sandy soil here. I love the color!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Seed Time

The weather has finally cooled down enough to plant cool weather vegetables. It's still warm in the day but quite a bit cooler at night and that makes a big difference. Last week I planted lots of Onions from Onion sets(small bulbs), Garlic and Sweet Pea seeds. So this morning I yanked the Basil and planted more seeds; a bunch of Lettuce, Green Onions, Radishes, Turnips, Kale and Parsnips. I still have Nasturtium seeds to plant all over my front yard between my roses and perennials. I had no luck with Spinach seeds last year so I'm trying to find them as small plants. I saved a spot for them. Now I just need to figure out what to do with Parsnips before they grow. Have you planted winter vegetables?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Pumpkin Tree?

While shopping at Trader Joes today I succumbed to some Autumn decorations called "Pumpkin Tree Branches". They are so pretty that I had to buy some! The branches are really thick that they do seem like tree branches hence the common name. Research says that this plant is actually an Eggplant from Africa! Solanum integrifolium, is its Latin name is also in the Tomato family. I don't know if I could grow it. Maybe next year.  But Park Seed sells the seeds! Happy Autumn!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Most roses and citrus you buy or already are growing in your yard are grafted. Grafting into a different rootstock makes the plant hardier. But you have to watch for suckers. That is a part of the rootstock that grows from below the graft. It's usually right out of the ground or on the trunk low to the soil. If you know you plants well, you'll notice when something looks different. On a rose it is usually Dr. Huey rootstock which is a once (Spring) blooming magenta semi-double climber. You'll see spindly growth with smaller leaves that grow fast and usually get taller than your named/purchased/desirable rose. On a Citrus, it's thick branches with super wicked thorns. On both species it is important to remove those suckers either by cutting or breaking. If you do not, the rootstock may become so vigorous that the grafted part of the plant will die.

Get to know your plants. Happy Autumn!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

What's Blooming

Just wanted to share what I'm taking for show & tell to tonights SoCal Horticulture meeting. In a cool retro container I got from the late Grace Seward are: Gomphrena "Fireworks" that has been blooming all summer, an Orange Gomphrena, Coral Vine Antigonon leptopus (that I posted about recently) and Hypoestes aristata.

My roses look kinda crappy because of so much heat. But these other flowering plants look great! I love always having something in bloom!