Holiday Decor and Cool-Season Problems in the Garden
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2w ago
    With more rain - however minimally drizzily - promised, it continues to keep garden soil moist and receptive to sowing seeds and transplanting small plants.        And, as we get closer to Thanksgiving and the chill encourages some leaves to change color and other fruits to color up, some of my past blogs are timely to review. See the full listing of the "Fall" grouping on my homepage. ​ Here're two blogs that are especially worth reviewing now: Holiday Decor From Your Garden - 11/19/19 Cool-Season Plant Problems and Solutions - 3/14/21 ..read more
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More Perfect Sowing and Transplanting Weather for Halloween
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1M ago
Antirrhinum seed pods Aristolochia salvadorensis Hydnellum peckii Veggie Man Historical sign at the Shelburne Museum of art, design, and Americana in Shelburne, Vermont     Here we are, at our first major Fall holiday, Halloween, and the weather continues to be perfect for sowing and transplanting.  With mid-80s during the day and mid-to-high-50s at night, seeds will germinate well and baby plants will establish healthy root systems as long as we keep the soil moist.  Another benefit of climate change, I guess, having this great weather this late in the c ..read more
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Perfectly Heavenly In The Garden
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2M ago
Begonia time in the filtered shade garden! Exquisitely red plumeria. White amarcrinum. Light pink amarcrinum. Bright pink amarcrinum. Beautifully mixed lilac and blue...the tag disappeared. Purple People Eater Angel's Trumpet. Another bulb I don't know the name of. Lycoris. Gaura lindheimeri in pink. Purple Zebra huge plant overflowing its cage and setting blossoms. Letting the volunteel plants finish maturing their tomatoes. Garlic chives blooms. Chard resprouting with young growth and setting seed. Another weirdness for this summer - Oro Blanco grapefruit sp ..read more
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When Do I Harvest?
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3M ago
Warm-season summer harvest. Artichokes just harvested. Time to harvest asparagus. Many kinds of basil, some better for culinary uses and others better enjoyed as ornamental or fragrance uses. Keep harvesting beans to encourage more production. Beets come in colors and nuanced flavors. Fully ripe boysenberries fall into your hand when tickled. Broccoli's main head has been cut, and secondary bite-size headlets continue developing for long continuous harvest. Cabbages are a one-time harvest crop. Carrots come in sizes and colors and flavors. Try several to see which you p ..read more
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Stressing Out In This Heat?
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4M ago
Grape vine leaves sunburned on the surfaces that were angled perfectly to get too-intense sun rays. Burned edges. Burned individual leaves. Sunscalded Silver Dollar plant rootings. Succulent leaves "melted" in the heat. At least 2 branches are still green. Don't prune back anything until you see what's really dead in a month or two when new growth emerges. You'll probably be surprised at how much original foliage is still viable. Fig tree sprouting new growth after all of its original foliage "fried" and drooped. I soaked the entire rootball when I found the container on its ..read more
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Transitioning From Spring to … Spring?
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6M ago
Brunfelsia purples and alstroemeria surrounded by with nasturtium. Nasturtium cut from pathways and laid down as mulch for fruit trees. Begonia bloom. Mini rose flourishes. Brugmansia in 3 colors. Lucille Ball rose is supposed to be the exact color of her hair. Matilija Poppy. Carefree Delight shrub rose. Statice - Limonium perezii. Gaura. Variegated plectranthus foliage. Pink and white alstroemeria. Red alstroemeria. Purple alstroemeria. Yummy boysenberries. Arctic Star nectarine. August Pride peaches. Chard maturing at different rates from the same ..read more
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Now the Blooms Follow All That Wonderful Rain
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7M ago
Bladderpod and statice and poinsettia Nasturtium ocean Epiphyllum Bearded iris and freesia Spuria iris Sun star - Ornithogalum dubium - and statice Boysenberry loaded with blossoms and fruit Artichoke, 6' tall Fava beans attractive blossoms  ​     All that winter rain – totaling some 41.45 inches here in Pasadena – has certainly enabled the garden to explode in bounty and brilliance.  The veggies I sowed and transplanted last Fall turned into exquisite tastiness all winter and early spring, and the flowers so far this spring have never been so ..read more
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SUPER Super Wildflowers
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7M ago
The wildflower display begins before entering the actual Monument on Highway 166 and 33. The sweeping wildflower vistas begin. Photo by Tom Savio. Photo by Tom Savio. Photo by Tom Savio. Photo by Tom Savio. The Soda Lake has apparently never been this full. Photo by Tom Savio. Shell Creek Road. 1950s cars on parade, this one matching the flowers' color. Cattle enjoy the posies. And buffalo too! Highway 58 east of the Carizzo Soda Lake Road junction. In the Highway 58 canyon road north of 7-Mile Road. Further on the Highway 58 road to the north. A fenced h ..read more
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Spring Into Spring
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9M ago
Peas sown in January are up and blossoming, and beginning to set fruit. Now's a great time to sow more for later harvests. Sow even another crop in another month, just in case the weather stays cool. Wando is a variety that resists bolting when the weather gets warm. Most edible pea varieties produce white flowers. King Tut peas' blossoms are a rich carmine red and light violet. California poppy is a favorite. Freesias' fragrance is so delightful, especially when planted next to a walkway so you'll brush up against them as you walk by, releasing their scent. More freesia colors ..read more
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First Tomatoes & More Cool-Season Veggies
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9M ago
Snow down to 1500 feet in the San Gabriels. Seedlings just planted: first tomatoes and more lettuce and baby bok choy, and an 'Ascot Rainbow' spurge. Violet volunteer was so happy that it dropped lots of seeds that've now sprouted. First daffodils. Clivia. Blooming succulent. Bladderpod blooming almost constantly through the winter and now continuing more vigorously. Violet cauliflower. Nasturtium color begins. Arctic Star nectarine blossoming. King Tut pea blossom is colorful, unlike most edible pea blossoms. Species stock is single-petaled and extremely fragrant ..read more
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