Sunday, April 17, 2011

Welcome to my garden

Gardening or the act of coaxing plants to perform for you, the process of nurturing nature.

You have to get to know them, become familiar with their likes and dislikes. I plucked this purple sage from a friends garden after a dinner party. I snapped off a tender branch before I got in my car. I don't know her name but she is a willing participant as you can see.

Starry Night Rose, how could I resist that name.......I couldn't.

Coral bells en masse for the hummingbirds.

Pride of Gibraltar, Blue Kiwi, Blue Shrimp Plant. Cerinth major, Honeywort. This is a fascinating annual with a lot of names. It starts off very blue including the leaves. As the season progresses it changes to shades of plumb and pinot noir. She's a generous self- sower yet easy enough to control.

Baby blue eyes, I purchased seeds at a local native garden several years ago. It grows in our hills and mountains and wild in my garden, between the stepping stones and in the gravel.

Corncockle getting ready to pop! A European weed , all parts of this plant are reported to be toxic though it didn't seem to harm the rabbits that mowed them down earlier this year.

The Sarah Rochelle Rose, I discovered at a local grower with my friend your own roses!

Persimmons please!!!!
My persimmon tree is three, I'm keeping my fingers crossed xxxxxx

Lovely, furry, borage, bee magnet, flowers delicious in salads.

Philadelphous or mock orange not in the citrus family, more closely related to the syrengia or lilac. The scent is an intoxicating cross between citrus blossoms and jasmine.

Lyda Rose

Lyda Roses
planted in memory of my father

Next years oranges

Native penstemon , I brought seeds home from hike and started them the following spring.

Ca poppy


Zillions of rockroses each the size of a baseball, not a rose but an unfussy low water user.


Parking is limited though all birds are welcome.

I'm an organic gardener and appreciate a few aphids. Soon the garden will be full of ladybugs and a host of invertebrates that require these tasty morsels. Small finches also enjoy aphids as little treats, keeping a good balance growing things that want to grow in your area are the key to successful gardening.

Then there is the orchestra of scents, you'll have to use your imagination.

I'll set some tea out in the sun in a ball jar, come on over...........xo Ro


  1. You have a Beautiful garden. I remember some of those flowers from growing up in Calif. I remember fields of golden poppies. They were beautiful.

    I remember the orange trees we had, thay were so small when we first moved there, and by the time I left Cal. they were huge...We always had fresh oj at breakfast..

    You have a lovely garden, I only wish I could come there and visit you and have a glass of sun tea. I know it would be wonderful! :)

    Have a lovely day in your garden

  2. Wow....surrounded by all that know what would do great in your neighborhood....Bee's....they would have so much to do...and be bringing tons of pollen back to the hive....then you'd have delicious honey....manufactured from your lovely flower garden. My husband has kept bee's before and we may get bees this year...he says it's very easy...and you can get very gentle bees.

  3. My goodness you have a beautiful garden! All that colour!
    I wish I had a little patch of land to fill with flowers like that - one day :-)

  4. I'm glad my garden refreshed and summoned memories Juli xoxo

    Though I love bees Sue and admire their good work I don't care for honey or jam or jelly it's all too sweet for my liking, however I have toyed with the idea of keeping Mason Orchard Bees who are also gentile.

    Thank you Jaimie I hope you do.

  5. It would be so great to soak up the sights, scents & sounds of your wonderful garden!! & learn about such varied plants. I'm sure your garden must involve a lot of hard work, but so rewarding!! Thanks for the view. Many years ago when I was living in Berkeley, I ordered ladybugs (they arrived in a box :)) in hopes of controlling the aphid population. But they didn't stay long. I figured they decided they would be happier up in the hills :) xo

  6. I received a box of ladybugs as a gift one year Priscilla and they did the same thing. The next time I released them after dark and some actually hung around. xo

  7. Thank you for the peek at your garden! Where do you find the time to do all that you're amazing.

    The Lyda Rose is a lovely one in memory of your dad.

    And where else will I read "I appreciate a few aphids " !?!? lol

    If someone could just invent a "scratch 'n sniff" e-mail, then we'd be all set! Until then I will do the best with my imagination for all of the wonderful smells :)

    Will you be home around 1:00 this afternoon for sun tea?


  8. oh sweet RO! I just love these pictures of your garden today! How does your garden grow? very, very well!!
    xo my soar sister!

  9. Wow...I am coming back to write down the names...I went after the aphid infested rose bushes in our complex because I could not stand them any more... xoxo

  10. Hi Lisa, Gardening is just part of the routine, it's a must, like food.

    Aphids are food, the predators, will be along soon, without aphids we wouldn't have the heros :) There's a lot of tiny drama in a garden.
    1:p I shall be, and I still have lemons xoxox

    It's a riot of color right now Deb as you well know.

    Most likely those roses have been sprayed before Mona, once you use pesticides the balance is tipped because the good bugs and larvae are also killed, the following season aphids are twice as bad, or roses grown in too much shade which makes them weak. Spray with a hard stream of water on a clear morning to avoid mildew.

  11. It's foggy (and even a little drizzly!!) here in the canyon today as I catch-up on your latest blog posts... WOWZA!! Your garden is looking even more lush and happy then when I saw it last!

    The Lyda Roses are just lovely and instantly brought to my mind that melodious barbershop quartet number from the Music Man ( I wondered if the two things were related... Well, according to an heirloom rose site I found, it was named in honor of both the song and also the breeder's daughter of the same name. Interesting!

    Thank you being an organic gardener, Ro, and for having tolerance and wisdom when it comes to the invertebrates. They are indeed FOOD for many of the lovely wingeds and (as you so astutely pointed out) there are as many beneficial garden insects as there are "pests".

    P.S. Having taste-tested it myself, I can attest to the yumminess of Ro's borage! :-)

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