Potting Up My Pencil Cactus Cuttings


Summer Rain

I sometimes forget how much I love summer rain, even the subdued kind, like the one right now, the kind that lasts for days. The light shifts to green from bouncing off lush wet foliage under a murky sky. There is harmony in the dance of raindrops tapping on the roof, life itself feels softer, more fluid, like its very essence dissolves in the rain.I walked around the garden for a bit, just to watch it delight in the abundance of water pouring from the sky. If the plants were overgrown before, they sure doubled in size now. The squashes took over the walkway again....more

Growing Your Own Food is Easy!

I am not a farmer. I don’t have a green thumb. The only color on my thumb is hot pink nail polish.See?But even I, the sometimes fussy glamour-puss, can grow food....more

My House Will Never Be Chosen for a Garden Tour

I just threw away an orchid plant I purchased a year ago. Patiently, I had waited for new buds to appear; month after month, I added a couple of ice cubes to the soil, whispered words of encouragement to the remaining leaves, and kept my fingers crossed that beautiful raspberry-tinted flowers would bloom. It never happened so I quit with the ice cubes, scowled at the shriveled up greenery and eventually tossed the thing in the trash....more

What's in a name

Being vague in gardening often yields hilarious results. I will apply myself to relearning horticulture basics next season, and heed the experts' advice to be specific about what I'm planning to plant. Here are a few lessons I learned this year.Paying attention to the correct Latin designation of Saint John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) makes the difference between getting the familiar medicinal plant and getting a gangly bog native (Hypericum pyramidatum) that keeps its flowers open for all of five minutes....more

Bird Of Paradise Plant Care

 In Southern California this plant, with its bright, bold and easily recognizable flowers, is ubiquitous. It’s found growing alongside sidewalks and the streets, by the sea, poolside, in parking strips, in container plantings as well as in lots and lots of gardens.  It’s common but loved nonetheless so much so that it’s the official flower of the city of Los Angeles....more

Muscadines>Blueberries in a "Superfood"-Off

A dear high school friend, now living out in Corona, California recently inquired about the particular variety of grapes I am growing in my Front Yard Garden....more

3 Ways To Propagate Sansevierias aka Snake Plants