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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


Aphids pesky suckers on plants

Aphid appear on a yellow dahlia in mid winter along the coast. More will appear in early spring.

I found aphids on yellow dahlia blossoms that are already leafed out and blooming. Beneficial insects will help control them but there things that you can to to help out the good bugs in your garden. […]

Ants in the house, ants in the garden.

Argentine ants live in the garden and move into our houses in search of food and water and to escape flooding. They are not native to North America are not considered beneficial insects. There are ways to rid your house and garden of Argentine ants. […]

“Good” Bugs Control “Bad” Bugs

The ladybug larva looks nothing like the "lady". He devours aphids and their larvae in astonishing quantities. He is considered very beneficial.

Get to know beneficial insects and their larva (good bugs) that live in your garden. Become familiar with their appearance and what flowers and plants they find attractive. “Good bugs” do not eat flowers and leaves, they prey on destructive insects, considered “bad buds”, and their larvae, and they will help to keep your garden in balance without the use of insecticides. […]

A Balancing Act in the Garden

A regular watering program keeps plant happy.

Three easy ways to create balance in your garden. Feeding plants on a regular schedule will keep it green and growing. Don’t overwater or overfeed. Keep weeds under control by mulching and weeding invaders are yound. […]

Growing Cymbidium Orchids on the Central Coast

From the garden of Carol Frane

Cymbidium orchid from the garden of Carol Frane, Cambria

Cymbidiums orchids do well in our coastal climate, and just about anywhere else in San Luis Obispo County, if given filtered sunlight, water, and lots of food. Shade cloth or an open tree can provide filtered shade. Cymbidiums can tolerate morning sun in cooler climates […]

Fall Means Changes in the Garden

Japanese Maples are Turning Colors

"Tillie" the Labradoodle and Planter Boxes

For the last month or two I’ve been in maintenance mode in my garden. Lots of deadheading and watering. Inspiration for new planting has eluded me. Most likely this is because, according to official data, we got only four sunny days here in Cambria, in all of July […]

Growing and Harvesting Artichokes

Artichokes washed and ready to cook.

Artichokes ready to harvest.

We got a real “mother load” of artichokes this year. Maybe it was all the rain. Maybe it was a fact that these plants are now two years old, mature enough to have high yields. Whatever the reason, our artichoke plants soared to five feet in height and have born […]

Green Spotted Beetle is Up to No Good!

Spotted Cucumber Beetle in Calendula

Spotted Cucumber Beetle in Calendula

Everywhere that I’ve lived, there has been at least one insect that I find especially annoying. In Marin and Sonoma Counties I despised the yellow jacket, often called “meat bees”. Those little monsters, similar in appearance to the sweet honeybee, would spoil every picnic we had and sting us […]

April Gardening Along the Coast

Narcissus blooming, spring is here!

Narcissus blooming, spring is here!

I’ve been working on the vegetable beds. They are pretty much filled up now. Snow peas, arugula, lettuce, strawberries, komtsuna (tendergreens), carrots, and beets have all been planted. Some are flourishing, some have not poked their heads above the earth as yet. The vegetable boxes are pretty much filled […]

Roses-Pruning to Blooming

First rose of the season.

First rose of the season.

In January I did the last of my rose pruning. I had let the shrub roses get too large so I really had to give them a severe pruning to reshape them. You have to know the kind of roses you have in order to properly prune them. I […]