Turn your brown thumb green, part 1 – fertilizing

Turn your brown thumb green, part 1 – fertilizing

How To, Plants
So many clients and friends tell me that they have a brown thumb. This will be the first part in a series on educating you on these simple rules of turning your brown thumb green! Part 1 of our lessons is going to be an important one. This is all about fertilizing. When I ask how often clients are fertilizing, typically they will tell me that their gardener fertilizes about once a year. Seriously? Fertilizer for plants is like vitamin supplements for our bodies. Can we exist without vitamin or nutrient supplements? Sure, we can go without, but how much better do we feel with them? If you want the optimum plant growth, blooms or fruit, fertilizing is a major addition. You would be very surprised to see how well…
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Dreaming of a Hawaiian landscape

Dreaming of a Hawaiian landscape

Plants
A previous post on a Hawaiian pirate ship has me thinking about Hawaiian plants. Maybe because I really, really need a Hawaiian vacation? Since we have family on the island of Oahu, we have traveled there extensively. Whenever I visit, I take the opportunity to observe the plants and how I can incorporate them into my client's gardens. My favorite part of tropical landscapes is that there are always many textures, colors and sizes in the foliage as well as the flowers. Landscaping in Hawaii is surprisingly similar to the south bay of Los Angeles. Our climate is very similar to many areas of Hawaii (except for the rain forest areas). We can create a micro climate by easily adjusting our watering schedules and making sure that we choose the…
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My grandparent’s garden

My grandparent’s garden

Plants
Do you love your job? What has inspired you to choose your career? Maybe a childhood mentor? A family member who had the same job? I know for me, I had three people who have inspired me to choose my path in life. I had a mother, grandmother and grandfather who were master gardeners before there were such things. My grandparents lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Born and raised there. They had a beautiful old Craftsman house in what I felt was out in the country. It really wasn't but it felt like that to me as a child when we drove there every summer for two weeks. My grandparents had a large vegetable garden up until they were in their 90's. By Angeleno standards, it was huge. Ok, my…
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Daylily dreaming

Daylily dreaming

Plants, Uncategorized
A good landscape design always has lots of leaf textures. I like to always have one or two sword type leafed plants integrated in my planting designs. One of my favorite plants is Hemerocallis, commonly called daylily. For clients who love cut flowers that can be brought inside it is a favorite. It comes in so many different color variations that will make your head spin. But, for those clients who want low water, easy maintenance, it is a "go to" plant. Here in Southern California it will bloom so much of the year with good fertilization. It is also a great plant for hillsides and neglected areas of the yard. Very few pests. It does need some water to be healthy and thrive. Daylilies grow about 2-3' tall and…
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