Mellifluous, Pulchritudinous Plumeria

They say the most truly memorable moments in a person’s life can be compressed into the space of a few minutes. For gardeners, those extraordinary moments would no doubt include the sight of fi...

Sedum confusum: Dreamy Ground Cover

Sedum confusum is the ground cover of my dreams, and might be of yours. Sedum confusum doesn’t have a common name, and is appropriately possessed of uncommon qualities. Unlike ivy, gazania and ...

Exotic Species at California Cactus Center

Last Sunday, I was fortunate to spend a most enjoyable hour at the California Cactus Center in Pasadena, courtesy of Molly Thongthiraj who, along with her five sisters, operates the Center, a cactus ...

Plumeria

Question: What should I do, if anything, to protect my plumerias from severe cold and/or freezing? Can you provide any suggestions? I would hate to lose them due to what could be extremely cold tempe...

Old Man Cactus

They are furry, fuzzy and friendly looking. However, they are not to be touched. Even so, sooner or later, if you have a hankering for drought-tolerant plants, you are bound to see them at the nurser...

Frangipani, otherwise known as Plumeria

Q. I notice my potted plumeria are starting to drop leaves at an alarming rate now that summer has passed. Most are exposed to evening coolness, and I wonder if it is better to move them from their c...

Torrey Pines: majestic, yet delicate

The most majestic tree in Los Angeles just might be the Torrey pine (Pinus Torreyana) that grows in the Mildred Mathias Botanical Garden on the campus of UCLA. Yes, I know there are spectacular oaks,...