A Quick Guide to Pine Trees

If you notice something emerging from your garden soil that resembles an exotic spider or the green tentacles of a misplaced sea creature, do not be alarmed.  You are merely witnessing the germinatio...

California’s Perpetual Drought

Note:  the following was written in February, 2018.  Last April, California’s governor declared, “The drought emergency is over,” but already, less than a year later, in the middle of a warm, dry win...

It’s a Shame Gardeners Can Only Live Once

It’s really a shame that gardeners, like everyone else, have just one life to live.  For focusing on bringing more beauty into the world, you would think that gardeners deserve two or three lives at ...

Variegation is the Garden Spice of Life

Coprosma ‘Tequila Sunrise’ I have known gardeners who were obsessed with variegated plants.  Their gardens were devoted exclusively to these schizophrenic beauties.  Variegated refers to ...

Autumn Beauties & Chewing Gum Plant

The bristling heat of this past summer may have finally given way to cooler autumn days, yet two plants continue to make a determined display of blazing orange flowers, reminiscent of the sun. In fac...

Santa Monica Sightings

If you want to enjoy the pleasure of viewing a large variety of lesser known plants arranged in distinctive garden designs, without having to visit a botanical garden, I suggest you take a walk up an...

Kumquats, Limes, & Pomegranates

I bought two 5-gallon kumquat trees last year and re-potted them into half-barrels. They had fruit on when I bought them and they fruited nicely through last summer. This year I had some flowers, but...