Updating a 1960’s Garden: Flower Borders Poolside

My gardening efforts have focused on updating the flower beds around the backyard swimming pool and fence. These beds haven’t been changed since the pool was added.

You Can Transplant Spring-blooming Bulbs Year Round

Transplanting spring-blooming bulbs at any time of year is possible. Although we’ve been trained by mail-order greenhouses to plant bulbs in the fall, I have found that digging up and …

A New Start, A New Garden

If you’ve never tried gardening but are curious about it, I encourage you to give it a go. Yes, it can be a lot of work. But it’s also good exercise, meditative, and personally satisfying.

Irritating Plant Allergies You Should Know About

I remember pulling dead leaves off my euphorbia. Did I wash my hands or scratch after removing gloves? Did I wear gloves? I honestly can’t remember.

Growing Native Plants to Inspire a New World

The foundation is dedicated to the preservation of California native plants and hosts an annual garden tour of scores of California’s best private gardens.

Luxembourg Gardens Overflows in Pink

Six-on-Saturday is six pictures of garden beauty, with limited comment! Last week, I was lucky to have the opportunity to visit Paris and stroll through Luxembourg Gardens. It was a …

The arch remains, but the rest of the garden fence has been taken down.

Redesigning a Garden: Six on Saturday 11-10-18

Well, it’s been a while since I shared any garden views, or was able to read much about everyone else’s garden on The Propagator blog. Let’s blame it on many …

orange coleus, green sedge, purple potato vine, black iron trellis

Take Your Garden Design to the Next Level

The edges of a driveway, a stone wall, a series of flower pots, or wrought iron poles for hanging plants are all examples of how lines are brought into garden design.  Lines take your eye on a journey through the landscape.

a soft pink Japanese anemone flower in bloom

Crisp Air for a Fall Garden, Six on Saturday, 8-25-18

The tri-color dappled willow bushes (Salix integra ‘Hakuro-nishiki’) had a burst of growth, from 2 feet at the start of the season, to over 8 feet today. 

The Slowdown, Six on Saturday 8-18-18

Cherry and Roma tomatoes are doing well, but the heirloom tomato plants succumbed to some sort of rot, and the fruits are mealy and terrible.  Maybe there is a reason for hybrids.

A blue morning glory blossom with white star throat and yellow center

When Do Morning Glories Bloom?

My over-zealous addition of fertilizer had cause this disappointment.  The plants put all of their energy into growing, not reproducing.  Fertilizing lesson learned.