Time and Temp


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• African daisies
• California Poppy
• Calendula
• Calla Lily
• Narcissus
• Lavander
• Ivy geranium
• Mexican Sage
• Pride of Madera
• Lantana
• Society garlic
• Wild geranium


• Baby arugula
• Onion and garlic greens
• Thyme
• Rhubarb
• Parsley
• Strawberries


The Making of a Mini-Orchard

We are planting a “mini-orchard” in the vacant lot beside our home in Cambria California. We will plant 4-5 apple trees of the “low-chill” variety. […]

A New Book for Quick and Easy Gardening


Cover of the New Western Garden 20-Minute Gardener

I can’t resist new gardening books. The title of this one is Sunset Western Garden Book “The 20-Minute Gardener”. I received this paperback when I was in the hospital. Sunset offered to send it to me and I was honored to receive it and to review […]

A Wedding in the Garden

A wedding cake for a garden wedding.

Milo and Lea saying their vows in the Cambria sunshine.

My youngest son, Milo, was married in our garden last week to the lovely Lea. She stole his heart a couple of years ago and now they are beginning a new chapter in their lives. The sun came out in time to shine on […]

Berries ‘N’ Cream Climbing Rose Good Enough to Eat


Berries 'N' Cream reaches the top of the Arbor

Enjoying the early morning mist of early August, I think of how much pleasure my Berries ‘N’ Cream rose climber gives us. I see people drive by the house and point toward the arbor that my husband built between the house and the separate garage. […]

Constructing a Garden Room

New garden room construction.

We’re building a “garden room” or conservatory in our garden. It will be a place for plants, dogs, a place to hang jackets, take off boots, and “sit a spell”. Plants and trees in the garden have had to be removed to make way for construction. […]

Choosing Plants for a Seaside Location

Sweet Pea shrub shows salt, wind, and sun damage in seaside garden.

Gardening along the coast presents special challenges. Choosing the right plants is the key to success. There are common plants that can take salt spray, intense sun, and wind. With a little planning your seaside garden can frame views and add seasonal color. […]

A Visit to Duke Gardens-Across the U.S.

Purple Allium in Duke Gardens

Those Allium are something special!

I’ve spent a few hours a day in the garden this week. Partly because it was neglected due to our trip across the U.S. to visit sons and granddaughters. I always hate to leave home. I don’t like leaving those dear labradoodles to which we have become very attached. […]

Hearst Castle Greenhouse Restoration


What a lucky bunch of gardeners we are! Fifteen of the San Luis Obispo Master Gardeners were taken by van to “Camp Hill”, hilltop home of Hearst Castle and guest houses. The intent of the tour was to show us progress of the renovation of the two original greenhouses used by Hearst employees.

The Lord […]

Arborvitae in Pots

Newly Potted Arborvitae

Pot, soil, packing peanuts and Arborvitae

It took us a month to find pots to fill two corners of our deck. Since the Monterey Pines came down between us and the ocean, the glare and barrenness of our deck made us feel that something was missing. To remedy this, I got pots first then […]

Include Microclimates in Your Garden Plan


This time of year is an excellent time of year to plan for new additions to your garden. You may live in an area that requires you to wait until the soil has warmed in the spring to plant. In more temperate zones, the fall is the best time of year to add to your […]