October-Plant Fall Flowers & Vegetables!

Pink cyclamen flowers. [H. Guenther]

It’s October and time to get planting! It’s too late to plant some flowers from seed in USDA Zone 9, with a few exceptions. Sweet peas can be planted now until January.  They are one of my favorite flowers and have an amazing scent. To speed up sprouting, soak sweet peas for 24 hours before you […]

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Fall Color Leaves, Joy in the GardenFall Color Trees


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 […]

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Bottle Brush Tree or ShrubPlant Profile

Bottle brush flower. [H.Guenther]

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 Once a commonly seen landscape plant, it has become less so and been replaced by more popular flowering trees such as crape myrtle and western redbud.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, […]

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