Monday, May 16, 2016

Double Feverfew

In SoCal Feverfew can be an invasive weed. Tanacetum parthenium is a perennial herb that has been used as a fever reducer and headache remedy. It has single Daisy flowers and I have to pull it from many jobs. But this is a double flowered variety that I love! It doesn't reseed all over like the common variety. And the flowers are like cute buttons. The plant grows best in full sun to about 2' tall and blooms in warm weather.

It used to be classified as a Chrysanthemum but was changed to Tanacetum. The leaves do look similar. But they smell way more herby than Mums. This double variety is difficult to find but is worth it if you can.

Happy Gardening!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Yellow Sundrops

I got this cute little ground cover last Fall at Matilija Nursery out in Moorpark.  It's worth a visit.  The plant has been flowering since I got it. I am not kidding!  What a fabulous plant! It's a Western US  native called Calylophus berlanderiera or Sundrops.  I can never remember what it's called and always have to look it up.    It was in a 1 gal. can and is now 2' across.   Here it is in my garden next to my bottle border and a Mum, an Iris and a Narcissus.  Research says it will grow up to 1' tall and 3' wide. It likes full sun and well drained soil. It must love my sandy soil.

Calylophus berlanderiera
Calylophus berlanderiera

 And I just had to share a pic of me in my new Matilija t-shirt!  What a great design and I love the mint green shirt color!  Thanks Bob!

Happy Gardening! 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Star Jasmine

Last year I in August posted about making my third rebar arch for my Star Jasmine- Trachelospermum jasminoides here: Rebar For Vines.  Here is an update so you can see how far the vine has grown. And it's in full fragrant bloom!

In SoCal Star Jasmine is so easy that it grows everywhere from ground covers to hedges to 20' vines.  Do you grow it? 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Wooly Blue Curls

I'm so happy to have Wooly Blue Curls- Trichostema(say TRY-ko-STEM-ma) lanata alive and blooming in my garden! California native plants are often difficult for the average homeowner unless that's all you've got. Then all your watering is similar. Must of us have a variety of plants including roses. And that means more water.  I killed it trying to grow it in containers several times.  But now it is happy in the ground in my sandy Burbank soil.   I wish you could smell it's sweet herby fragrance. And it's the leaves that smell yummy.

Happy Spring! 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Surprise Poppy

Have you ever put out seeds and forgotten you ever did it?  That must have happened here.  I thought I put out Ladybird Poppies saved from a visit to The Getty over a year ago, maybe.  But these are Oriental Poppies(similar but with no black dots) and they came up in another couple of places. They looked like weeds at first but were in a patch that I haven't got to weed yet they flowered. Pretty.  

Oriental Poppies

Oriental Poppy bud with ladybug larva. 

Happy Gardening! 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Did you start your seeds yet?  There are many good things about seeds; they are cheap, you might be able to find seeds when you can't find that plant, they're fun to watch, AND sometimes they come up by themselves(often in the wrong spot)!  I like to start some things in 4" pots before I set them out in the garden.  Why? Because I hand water my entire garden and I don't want seeds to get lost or forgotten.  This way I can watch them come up and then feel safe enough to set them out in the garden when they'e bigger-just like plants in 6-packs you'd buy at the nursery. But I do set out several to many seeds in each pot. You never know what's going to come up or not!  I've got Zinnia "Persian Carpet" and Zinnia "Pop Art", "Double Click" Cosmos, "Burgundy" Amaranth. My Snow On The Mountain Euphorbias haven't sprouted. I'm not sure they will :-( It's my first time with them.  I almost forgot to plant Tithonia and just did them last week. They are in the red cups because I ran out of 4" pots - too efficient on my recycling I guess ;-) 

I love how the different plants' leave look so different even from the beginning. 

LOOK at the pink/red Amaranths coming up. Cute, right?  I see now that there are WAY too many for my garden.  And they're going to get 5-8' tall!  I wish I could find one of those local plant swap events? Maybe I should start one? Or I'll take my extras to the San Fernando Valley Iris Society or SoCal Horticulture meetings.

What did you start?  
Happy Gardening! 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Happy Spring!

Just a bouquet of Alstroemeria to wish you a happy first day of Spring!

I just got plants of the cherry red one and the purple in the center this week. Do you grow Alstroemeria?