Category: Plants & Trees (page 1 of 10)

Plant Profile: Daphne odora

Daphne odora 'Alba'

Daphne is an evergreen shrub with deliciously scented flowers. The fragrance lingers in the air in the garden, inviting you to get closer. The fragrant flowers may be light pink or white. Flowers bloom in late winter to early spring, depending upon your region. Plant leaves are either leathery, dark green and shiny, and one […]

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Garden Design Options for Growing FoodGuest Blog Post

Guest Blog Post by Adria Branch.  For similar articles, check out My Survival Forum.  I have seen some pretty elaborate gardens and it makes me wonder: Is there a purpose to the design or is it just aesthetically pleasing? With such a variety of designs it is hard to know which ones were designed with […]

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Poinsettia CareHouseplants

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Poinsettia care is easy! This lovely holiday plant is a joy to have around the house and comes in so many pretty colors. If you’re wondering where poinsettias came from, (a holiday tradition in the U.S. in the 1920’s) you can read more at Poinsettias: A History. Poinsettia Care After purchase, take your plant home […]

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Marijuana, Cannabis and Prop 64 in California

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Marijuana was on the ballot this year in California. Voters decided to pass Proposition 64- what does this mean? Starting in January, the law allows adults over age 21 to use marijuana recreationally. It also means people can grow 6 pot plants in their home for personal use. Smoking pot while driving and in public […]

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October-Plant Fall Flowers & Vegetables!

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 Once a commonly seen landscape plant, it has become less so and been replaced by more popular flowering trees such as crape myrtle and western redbud.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

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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. […]

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Aloe Vera: Amazing Plant!Plant Profile

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I had my first aloe experience many years ago when I spent the night at a friend’s house. The next morning, I hunched over the bathroom sink while brushing my teeth and my elbow inadvertently landed on her hot curling iron. Yeoch! Her mother heard my yelp, assessed the situation and motioned me to follow her. We […]

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Summer Fall Color: Drought StressFall Color Trees

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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 […]

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Fall Garden Time is Here!Starting a Garden

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It’s time for fall gardening! Fall doesn’t officially start this year until September 22nd, but late summer is a great time to start a fall garden in USDA zone 9. Leave a Comment I love hearing from fellow garden friends. What do you plant in fall? Please post where you live and your USDA zone […]

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