Fall Flowers

Never have so many flowers bloomed in November as they have this year. It’s not only the rain, which brings out the best in any plant. It’s also the expanding variety of plants that are a...

Curiosity in Eden and a Cyclamen Surprise

Curiosity is not necessarily a good thing. Take Adam and Eve, for example. Despite God’s warning, their curiosity about what would really happen to them if they took a bite from fruit growing on the ...

Want butterflies? Build a butterfly house

I was recently in Israel and, while there, visited Utopia Park, a tropical paradise in Kibbutz Bahan in the Hefer Valley, just a few miles inland from Netanya and the Mediterranean Sea. The climate o...

A Study in Orange

A friend of mine who lives in Glendale has created a remarkable garden. He calls it “A Study in Orange.” Gardens in a single color are not unusual. I have seen a blue garden that featured...

How to Protect Roses from Deer

Two inquiries received by e-mail, both dealing with unwanted garden intruders, are the focus of this week’s column. !folo!Q: Deer have eaten the flowers and leaves from our rose bushes. What is...

Flowers and Crop Rotation

The comfortable days of October are the best days to plant. This is true not only from the standpoint of Valley gardeners, but from the standpoint of trees, shrubs, ground covers, vines, bulbs, just ...
Island Oak- Quercus Tometella

Neighborhood Plants & Tree Transplanting

Lately, I have received several letters requesting names of plants that grow well in specific situations. The best way to select plants is to walk around your neighborhood and choose from among those...