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Brush Cherry; Drought Tolerant Screen Plant Profile

Brush Cherry, or Carolina Laurel is a pretty, dependable garden shrub that grows quickly into screens or hedges.  These shrubs can grow up to 30 feet tall and 10 – 12 feet wide.  I have seen mature stands of Carolina Laurel grow even taller. Carolina Laurel is versatile too, growing in full sun to part Read More…

Cranberry-Pear Or Apple Dessert For Abundant Autumn Gardens

If you are lucky enough to be harvesting lots of pears or apples this fall, or just looking for a new dessert dish, here are two simple and tempting recipes using fresh fruit from the garden.  One combines cranberries and pears, the other uses blackberries and apples.  Feel free to mix and match berries depending Read More…

My Solution For Preventing The Next Arcadia Woodlands Type Old-Growth Forest Destruction

My dear garden readers; Would you throw away pristine, nutrient-rich silt?  Would you hack down 11 acres of old-growth forest for a dumping ground for said silt?  No?  Then get ready to be called crazy, wacky, a tree-hugger and more. Personally, for someone who calls herself a gardenholic, flower freak and other silly names the Read More…

A Green Bean Garden Bonanza? Garden Fresh Recipes, Lore and Labels

When my son was about 6 years old he used to pick green beans right off the vine and eat them in the garden.  As a mom I was thrilled he was getting his organic vegetables fresh as a gardener I was happy to overlook the occasional damage caused by his harvesting technique. If you Read More…

Towering, Drought Tolerant Pink Hollyhocks in California for Friday Floral

My neighbor’s hollyhocks are blooming again. They tower over her garden with huge flowers and I admit to being a wee bit jealous. The old-fashioned garden hollyhock of my childhood storybooks is also called Althaea rosea. They are native to the Mediteranian region which means they make perfect flowers for a low water yard. See? Read More…

Blue Flowering Sage with Fiery Skipper Butterfly

This week I have photos of my sage herbs in flower.Not only does it taste great in my sauces and stews, it really looks beautiful in the garden.This Mediterranean native plant has been established for a few years and now lives on rainfall alone.It has tall spikes of blue flowers loved by bees, butterflies and Read More…

What’s Blooming In Southern California This April

Wondering what to plant now that will bloom next spring?Here are a few drought tolerant ideas for you.All of these plants in my garden are growing on rainfall alone.OK, when it was 120 degrees last year I may have done a little watering, but that was it, really. I am impressed with the results. Take Read More…

Spring Flowers In Southern California For Friday Floral

Warm weather is bringing flower blossoms and sprouting bulbs here in Los Angeles. Here are a few pretty baubles blessing my garden right now: Lavender is blooming all over. We’ve has a few bouts of rain lately and the lavender is putting on an extra fragrant show. This one is in my ‘back 40’; an Read More…