Hello gardening friends! As you may remember, back in 2013 I launched a Kickstarter to print my Miniature Gardening Book. The book is 8×8, and has 55 colorful pages pages of miniature gardening photos and ideas. I’ve gotten lovely feedback from purchasers who’ve been inspired and made gardens with their friends and family. Here is […] Finish reading: Miniature Garden Book for Sale!
Matcha tea could become my new expensive habit. I limit myself to one per week but am scheming as to how I could afford to drink more. I’m addicted to caffeine and need my daily fix! In my 20’s I started drinking coffee at a temp job because I was bored. The organization had one of […] Finish reading: Matcha Tea: Healthier Caffeine Habit?
Every year I’m amazed at the fantastic leaf colors of gold, yellow, and deep orange, red and purple that decorate the trees in the neighborhoods of my town. The leaves fall to the ground slowly like confetti and leave the sidewalk looking so festive. Why Fall Color? It’s Science! Green leaves turn magical colors because […] Finish reading: Fall Color Leaves, Joy in the GardenFall Color Trees
Bottle brush is a striking evergreen shrub or tree. Once a commonly seen landscape plant, it has become less so and been replaced by more popular flowering trees such as crape myrtle and western redbud. Description of Plant This plant flowers heavily in spring, and continues to flower during warm weather. The flowers are spiky, […] Finish reading: Bottle Brush Tree or ShrubPlant Profile
Brussels spouts. The name of this vegetable causes most kids across the world to shudder (or so I’ve been told). This tiny cabbage-like vegetable is much maligned for good reason. It’s not usually cooked correctly or creatively. But Mom, I HATE them! Growing up (and for much of my life), I intensely disliked Brussels sprouts. […] Finish reading: Brussels Sprouts and BaconRecipes
The drought in California is well into its 3rd year. Many people have cut back on watering their landscapes and let their lawns die. Lawns are easy to replace, but landscape trees are not. Sprinkler water may be the only water landscape trees receive during summer. One of the symptoms of drought stress in trees […] Finish reading: Summer Fall Color: Drought StressFall Color Trees
Letting kids have free reign to be creative and not squashing their enthusiasm is important. I grew up believing I wasn’t artistic since I couldn’t draw or paint like the “talented” kids in school. When I heard the praise those kids received and heard teachers gush over their artwork and ignore what I did, I […] Finish reading: Kids DIY Gardening: Miniature GardensDIY
Apricot trees are the one deciduous* fruit tree that should not be pruned during winter after leaves drop. Apricot trees pruned in winter are susceptible to a disease called Eutypa dieback. The fungus enters the pruning wounds and infects the tree. The symptoms of Eutypa show up in late spring or summer. Trees ooze sap […] Finish reading: Apricot Tree PruningEutypa Dieback
Rust has had a great year. This plant disease does well during wet spring weather. If you’ve noticed odd-colored spots on leaves on plants in your yard, it’s possible your plant has an infection. (However, there are other problems that cause spots as well.) What is Rust? Rust is a fungal disease that spreads by […] Finish reading: Plant RustPlant Diseases