Friday, February 27, 2015

Yellow Clivia

My Yellow Clivias are blooming. I love them.

Rose pruning season is coming to a close. I'm basically finished. But I still need to prune the 8 or so climbers at one big job. And I won't get to that for 2 weeks. I'll have my final number then.

I pruned 86 bushes this week for 2369 for the season.

Happy gardening!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Rebar Arches & Rose Pruning Update

Last weekend we made arches to cover our two walkways.  Our house is on a corner which means we have two walkways on either side to get from the streets to our house.   We have no sidewalks in our neighborhood.  Often cars park directly in front of the paths to our door which makes it difficult to figure out how to get to our door other than step all over my plants.  I thought maybe by making arches to delineate where our walkway entrances are, it might be easier. It would definitely be prettier and I'd have places for more climbing plants!   So I bought 4 pieces each of 20 foot long 1/2' rebar.  It wasn't easy strapping them to my truck and getting home from Home Depot.  We used 1/2 metal conduit cut into 2 foot long pieces and pounded them into the ground with a little sticking out.  The two of us bent the rebar around a tree trunk and together bent them more on the driveway to get just the right(or close to) arches.  They're actually fairly flexible! Then we set the rebar in an X into the 4 metal holes.  Then  the top of the X was wired together.

On this, the south side I transplanted my Coral Vine that was such a beautiful monster elsewhere too close to the house last year. You can catch up on it here. Coral Vine   I really want to plant an EDEN climbing rose on the other side of this arch but haven't been able to find one yet.  A trip to Otto & Sons Nursery is in order in a couple weeks.  In the meanwhile I'll work on the weeds.  

On this side I planted a Kennedia prostrata with pretty pea flowers that I bought at The Huntington Library & Gardens last week. It was so beautiful that my friend Mitzi and 2 other ladies each also bought one!  I've found that I have to buy the unusual thing or I'll pine for it and it'll be gone when I return!  I haven't yet decided what climbing rose to plant on the other side of this arch. 

So, I finally finished pruning MY OWN roses this week.  Yay!  Now there's so many weeds.  
My totals are: 133 roses pruned this week.
 2283 total bushes pruned so far. 
And I still have maybe one more week to go of pruning jobs.  Happy pruning!  

Friday, February 13, 2015

Orange & Pink

I've probably posted about this plant before. But it's blooming now and so beautiful! It's Chorizema cordatum. The common name is Bush Flame or Australian Flame Pea. It likes my sandy soil and I love that it blooms in winter! And of course it's from Australia, where all the cool plants are! 

Things have been a little lighter this week with my pruning jobs. I've made progress on my own roses. I think I'm 3/4 done in my yard. But OH, the WEEDS!!!

My rose pruning totals are: 
207 this week makes 2150 total rose bushes pruned this season.
 Happy pruning!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Mini-Flora Rose

I don't grow many Mini-Flora roses, just a few. Mini-Flora is a class of roses that are bigger than Miniature roses that was adopted by the American Rose Society in 1999. Sometimes they are as big as a Floribunda. This one is called Whirlaway and it is blooming today in my garden. I got this plant from my friend Kathy. It is a little persnickety because thrips love it. But I love how greenish it becomes in hot weather.

I'm exhausted from rose pruning this week!
 My totals so far are 321 this week. 
And 1903 total this season
Ugh, I need a vacation! Happy pruning!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Fragrant Winter Flower

I posted about this a year ago Christmas but thought I would again because it's such an awesome plant. Tulbaghia fragrans is from South Africa, blooms in winter, likes full sun to part shade and is fabulously fragrant! It makes a good cut flower and is easy to divide and make more plants. It also comes in lavender and tolerates all kinds of soil.

As promised my rose pruning totals:
288 this week makes 1582 total rose bushes pruned this season. And I still have about a month left. Happy Pruning!

Friday, January 23, 2015


It is wonderful to see cheery yellow flowers blooming in winter here in SoCal. This plant is Cassia artemisioides, meaning that the leaves look like Artemisia. But that's a different blog post. Actually they changed the name from Cassia to Senna. I hate when they do that. I'll still call it Cassia.

It's native to Australia, drought tolerant and does really well here since we have a similar Mediterranean climate. It has gray needle like foliage and bright yellow flowers. Mine just began blooming and will bloom winter into Spring. It is said to grow up to 6'. I have only seen it get about 4' tall. Mine is about 2, 1/2' now and a few years old. You can see the whole plant in this photo along with weeds that I have yet to get to because of so much work.  

My rose pruning totals so far:
This week I pruned 342 rose bushes. 
My total is 1294 bushes pruned this season.
I'm so tired. But it's good to have lots of work.
Happy pruning!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Pomegranate Tree Relocated

A month ago I decided the we needed to move our Pomegranate tree. It came with the house, bears lots of fruit, but was in a really bad spot RIGHT next to the street and fence. It scraped cars. I had to whack it a lot. And I had to pick the fruit early before the neighbor kids got them.

I waited until it dropped most of its leaves. 2 weeks ago I cut it way back from about 12' to 7' tall. Rick helped use a chainsaw to cut the thick branches low. I filled up 2 large trash cans of ours and 2 of our neighbors cans. As I attempted to dig around it I realized that it was too big a job for me. So I called my gardener friend Nelson. He said he'd help. I then dug a 5' hole in the backyard. With our sandy soil it was easy. Then I waited almost 2 weeks. Thursday when I came home exhausted from rose pruning jobs, I found the tree transplanted to the backyard! Thank you Nelson & Jose!

I've been watering it daily to try and prevent transplant shock. It's so big that it probably only has about a 50% change of survival. But it IS dormant and that's the best time to transplant. Wish me luck! I love this tree!

In its old spot I planted a dwarf Bottlebrush- Callistemon, a White Sage and a groundcover Rose Incendio. It's a happier corner now.  Have you ever moved or had a big tree moved before?