Taking a break is one of life’s pleasures, and a lazy weekend demands coffee. We trotted down to Dana Street Roasting. Listen to the sound of this on the Android!
My gardening helper, taken with the Android. I wish he could learn to eat snails or pull a week. He does provide company and moral support, however.
I’ve always loved the look of bamboo, but whenever you mention this to another gardener they shake their head and say, “Bamboo. Invasive.”
We went to the Foothill College bamboo gardens, and they are gorgeous! Click on the images to advance them if they’re moving too slowly for you.
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Yes, I’m sorry to report it, but there are tulip thieves in our midst. It’s clear that someone intentionally cut blooming tulips. It’s also clear that it premeditated, since he or she used a scissors. (My husband claims that it could not be a male, and I think he is probably correct.)
These are tulips that I purchased and planted for the enjoyment of everybody in the neighborhood. I myself do not even cut these tulips, because I wanted them to be for the enjoyment of the whole neighborhood.
If I catch anybody doing this, you will be sorry.
There’s something humans like about water, isn’t there.
We want to be by water–an ocean (and preferably a tropical ocean), a lake, or a stream. A swimming pool is good, too. Even if we don’t go into any of these bodies of water, we still like ‘em.
Plants are no different. They like water too, although, unlike us, if they just sit looking at water, most will have a problem.
I’ve found that water does wonders for plants. This is the #2 most important secrets for gardening success (#1 is get it in the ground).One of my brothers is a Big Shot at Monrovia, which is one of the largest nurseries in the U.S. (I think. It’s big, at any rate.) I remind my brother often that I’ve enriched Monrovia GREATLY with my purchases of wimpy and tropical plants. I also have trouble with my citrus trees from Monrovia, which I really shouldn’t.
Every few months I call him for gardening advice and his answer is always the same.
“Are you watering your citrus trees enough?” he asks, in an accusing manner.
Actually, I’m a little lax in my irrigation of my citrus crop, but I always assure him that they are receiving p-l-e-n-t-y of water.
“Then you’re probably watering them too much,” is always his second piece of advice.
OH, COME ON!!!
I haven’t told him this idea yet, but I think it could be a real money saver for his company.
The company help desk line:
“Press 1 for the more water answer.”
“Press 2 for the less water answer.”
I have no tolerance for the wimpy. If a plant requires pampering, it won’t survive in my garden.
For this reason I like drought tolerant plants, like Mexican sage and Lion’s Tail. I love a hardy plant, like succulents (these are great). I like plants that reseed, like larkspur and California poppies. I like perennials, and especially perennials that re-seed themselves, like Columbines. I like cacti, too, but I’ve gotten some nasty spines in my hand from time to time, so I’ve cooled on cacti a bit. (They’re very dramatic, though. I like their look.)
I do make an exception for sub-tropical plants, just because. (How can you not like a tropical?) The problem with them, though, is that our winters are a tad cold for them, and I routinely kill many.