Beware of Transplant Shock

Q: My problem is an angel’s trumpet that I received as a gift. It is a large potted plant, full of buds that I believe will be flowers, but the old leaves turn yellow and even the new little le...

Leaf Blowers

“The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind. The answer is blowin’ in the wind.” – Bob Dylan In human affairs, the truth is never simple. The proposed ban of leaf blo...

Manure Worth It’s Weight

If you could purchase only one product at your garden supply store to make your plants grow, what would it be? (Hint: If you have a cow or a horse, you won’t need to go to the store.) I have a ...

Red Wrigglers vs. Night Crawlers

I have been privileged to receive many interesting letters from readers of this column. Some of their questions are printed here. Q: I buy night crawlers (earthworms) and put them around my plants. D...

April Showers Bring May Flowers

“April showers bring May flowers” are words whose truth has been amply illustrated this year. Our late rain has brought an abundance of blooms and a massive wave of first roses in May, an...

Early Morning is Best Time to Water

Q: My girlfriend and I asked our gardeners which time of the day is best for watering lawns and landscapes. Hers said in the evening, and mine said early in the morning. I have my front sprinklers co...

Meadow Gardens & Queen’s Wreath

The idea of a lush woodland meadow garden in Los Angeles sounds as far-fetched as growing cactus in Manhattan until you visit Manhattan and notice how many apartments have a cactus plant or two perch...

Loren Zeldin’s Garden

Loren Zeldin does not own a computer. “I would rather be in the garden in the sun than cramped up indoors in front of a little screen,” he said. Actually, Zeldin has nothing against compu...

Intuition Is Key to Growing Plants

Los Angeles horticulturist Bill Paylen will tell it to you bluntly. Making flora flourish has nothing to do with how learned you are or how much money you spend on a particular plant. Nor does it hav...