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Front yard desert bed at age 1

Front yard desert bed at age 1

A little over a year ago the area in front of the fence below was an overgrown tangle of Japanese mock-orange (Pittosporum tobira). After we had the hedge taken out, we built a mound of well-draining soil, planted succulents and other heat- and drought-tolerant plants, and added rock mulch. I documented...

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Beavertail cactus says Happy Easter!

Beavertail cactus says Happy Easter!

My beavertail cactus (Opuntia basilaris) has been regaling us with a succession of flowers all week. The petals are almost diaphanous, with a lovely silky sheen and a deep magenta color.

Move over daffodils, this my official Easter flower!

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More from Balboa Park in San Diego

More from Balboa Park in San Diego

I briefly outlined the history of Balboa Park in yesterday’s post about the Desert Garden. There are nine named gardens in the 1,200 acre park and someday I’ll get to all of them. This year there was just too little time and the needs of my family to consider.

This post...

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The Desert Garden in Balboa Park

The Desert Garden in Balboa Park

Spread out over 1,200 acres, San Diego’s Balboa Park is the largest urban park in the country—1½ times the size of New York’s Central Park. It’s also one of the oldest, created in 1868. The Spanish Baroque and Mission Revival Style buildings that are now the hallmark of Balboa Park were...

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Howdy, Old Town San Diego

Howdy, Old Town San Diego

I’ve lived in California almost three decades, and this was my first visit to San Diego. I still can’t believe it took me this long, especially since San Diego is reputed to have the best gardening climate in all of California. The winters are mild and so are the summers, especially along the...

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Meet Katie Amaral

Meet Katie Amaral

Katie Amaral (right) of Dave Wilson NurseryThere she is. To your right. That, my friends, is Miss Katie Amaral. And that is your's truly to the left of Katie. This photo was snapped about two weeks ago. For the people that I work with day in and day ou...

The Farmer Fred Rant
Foliar Feeding: The Pros and Cons

Foliar Feeding: The Pros and Cons

  You know how it is: you hear something enough, you believe it's true. Look on the side of any box of water soluble fertilizer, or any organic gardening guide, and there will be instructions on foliar feeding: spraying a water soluble fertilizer onto the leaves of a plant,...

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VIDEO: Luther Burbank’s School Garden Clean Up

Luther Burbank High School conducted it’s very own school garden clean up on Saturday March 21st, 2015. It began with collaborative efforts from staff, students, and community partners. The clean up involved students from the various clubs on campus. In addition, members from Americorps and students from Sacramento State University assisted with the clean up....

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Seaside Gardens in Carpinteria, CA

Seaside Gardens in Carpinteria, CA

Since our recent trip to Southern California was a family vacation, I only visited two nurseries and only bought one plant (a kangaroo paw hybrid called ‘Red Cross’). I know, it’s a shocker, but there simply wasn’t time (or room in the car) for more.

The first nursery I checked out was...

Sweetstuff's Sassy Succulents
Spring has Sprung and Misc. Sweetstuff Things

Spring has Sprung and Misc. Sweetstuff Things

I am so excited for Spring to be here.  I have been so busy working in the garden I have't blogged about the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show.  But it is coming.  I wanted to show you a little bit of what has been going on in the gar...

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