Red Foliage and What it Means

Red Foliage Unites Spring and Fall If there is one phenomenon that unites spring and fall in the garden, other than mild temperatures and planting sprees, it would have to be a certain leaf color.  I...

Orchard Paradise

Orchard Paradise in Your Backyard Orchard. It’s one of the most evocative words in our lexicon. Is there any word more romantic, more rich with memories and expectations? Moreover, there is som...

Caring for Trees during a Drought

Suggestions for Sycamore Tree Irrigation We have eight sycamore trees on our property, planted about thirty years ago. They have survived on lawn sprinkler water and winter rains and I had hoped that...

Los Angeles Fruit Grows Without Irrigation

“There is a large number of vineyards in the Valley, their total extent being between 2,000 and 3,000 acres. They are largely localized in the vicinity of Burbank and in the Sunland region, with smal...

Fragrant Plant List

  Fragrant Citrus Flowers “ I have two citrus trees and absolutely love the scent of citrus blooms. Do you know of any vines or other plants that produce this incredible scent but aren’t fruit b...

Growing Blueberries in Los Angeles

Rewards of Growing Blueberries “This morning my wife and I spent three hours harvesting over four quarts of blueberries. We pick every three days, enjoying them for breakfast, evening salads, and fre...

Is There a Melissa in Your Life?

Lemon Balm for Long Life Is there a Melissa in your life? If not, there probably should be. She will bring you fragrance, honeybees, and long life. Melissa officinalis, commonly known as lemon balm, ...

What Makes a Plant Beautiful?

What Makes a Beautiful Plant What makes a plant beautiful? Well, yes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and every plant, like every person, has attractive features to be sure. But after several de...

How to Grow Coffee in Los Angeles

How to Grow Coffee in Northridge Several years ago, I saw a coffee plant in Northridge. It was being grown by Jerry Esten, who had it in a container, on a patio, protected from the elements. The safe...

Dianthus, flower of God

How to Grow Dianthus Without Corrupting Your Senses Dianthus means flower (anthos) of God (Dios). Of all the flowers in the world, what makes Dianthus so strikingly divine? Carl Linnaeus, the 18th ce...