Archive for the ‘Summer plants’ Category

Catching the rain, tree problems, organic fertilizers

Thursday, July 12th, 2012 Posted in Summer plants, Tours, butterflies, compost, destinations, drought, fertilizing, master gardeners, mulch, native plants, organic fertilizers, patio plants, rain water collection, trees | 4 Comments »

In the wilt of weeks past, our desert willow (Chilopsis linearis) keeps pumping out a few flowers to please the hummingbirds that have finally shown up! Even though this native tree requires very little water and isn’t keen on soggy soils, ...

Garden fireworks!

Thursday, July 5th, 2012 Posted in Insects, Summer plants, firewise gardens, garden design, garden designers, native plants, patio plants, trees, wildlife | 14 Comments »

To celebrate red, white and blue this week, my new blue gazing ball glows against firecracker red Turk’s cap! White native Plumbago scandens droops over soft leaf yucca (Yucca recurvifolia). Non-native blue plumbago (Plumbago auriculata) sparked some attention from this Snowberry Clearwing ...

Structure + Soft = Powerful Designs

Thursday, June 14th, 2012 Posted in Nurseries, Summer plants, drought, garden bloggers, garden design, garden projects, native plants, passalong plants, plant propagation, shade plants, tomatoes, vegetables | 16 Comments »

Although I’m fond of tidy, highly structural gardens, mine doesn’t make that list. I do have many non-fussy anchors, but I wouldn’t be content with an essentially static garden. I’m a drama queen and I like surprises! This sure was ...

How far we’ve come in garden philosophy|Cheryl Hazeltine insight

Thursday, July 14th, 2011 Posted in Insects, Seeds, Summer plants, books, garden design, garden projects, mulch, native plants, philosophy, ponds, water features, wildlife | 6 Comments »

We take a lot of things for granted. Uh, like rain. Long ago, I learned that just because my cenizo blooms, it doesn’t mean rain: it’s just humid.  This time, it wasn’t even that humid. It was just time to ...