| Feb 20, 2011
•Scientific name: Camellia japonica
•Growth habit: An upright to rounded evergreen shrub to small tree growing to 15 feet tall. The leaves are dark green and glossy with fine-toothed edges, elliptic in shape and grow to 4 inches long and half...
| Feb 18, 2011
| 6:50 PM
Lance Walheim might be just about the smartest guy around when it comes to growing citrus in gardens.
Lance is a professional citrus grower, co-founder of California Citrus Specialties, a commercial grower of dozens of citrus, including many lesser-...
| Feb 27, 2011
•Scientific name: Dahlia hybrid
•Growth habit: Upright to rounded bushlike perennials growing from underground tubers and producing plants to 10 feet tall and half as wide. The leaves are medium to dark green, three parted and often toothed...
| Mar 11, 2011
| 8:04 PM
What's wrong with me? I just dumped another horticultural ambition.
Four years of hard work gone in one afternoon.
Is there anyone else out there with a similar diagnosis? Four years ago I became fascinated by a rather small group of succulent plants,...
| Mar 19, 2011
An excellent lawn fertilizer, Milorganite (5-2-0) contains 4% iron. Grass leaves take up this iron, giving them a deep green color. However, unlike high nitrogen fertilizers, iron does not make plants grow fast. The result is a lawn with the color you...
| Mar 23, 2011
| 8:28 AM
Can you really have an herbicide/pesticide-free lawn that looks good?
Most people think "natural lawn care" means you can ignore your lawn all spring and summer. But while it's a chemical-free process, it does require a few basic practices, Rachel...
| Mar 26, 2011
• Average temperature: High 83, Low 60
• Rainfall: 2.42 inches
1. Moon phases:
• New moon April 3
• First quarter April 11
• Full moon April 17
• Last quarter April 24
2. Moon sign planting...
| Apr 8, 2011
| 6:28 PM
You will usually hear them before you see them. House wrens are small birds, but they are a great addition to almost any garden.
I'm standing in my garden watching a tiny brownish bird streak from the orange tree to the fence top. Once there it pauses,...
| Apr 17, 2011
•Scientific name: Spiraea cantoniensis
•Growth habit: A rounded semi deciduous shrub with long arching branches growing plants to 5 feet tall and wide. The leaves are medium green, elliptic in shape with toothed edges and growing to 2...
| Apr 24, 2011
•Scientific name: Verbena X hybrida
•Growth habit: A trailing perennial often planted as an annual growing to 12 inches tall and 2 feet wide. The leaves are medium to dark green, ovate in shape with coarse toothed margins and grow to one inch...
| May 1, 2011
•Scientific name: Bauhinia blakeana
•Growth habit: An evergreen rounded shaped tree often with multiple trunks and growing to 35 feet tall and wide. The leaves are heart-shaped, two-lobed, medium to dark green and growing to 8 inches long and...