The common name Marigold refers to a variety of different plants; Tagetes and Calendua are both called Marigolds. But it gets confusing. The North American native marigold (Tagetes) is known as African Marigold, French Marigold and Aztec Marigold. The European native (Calendula) goes by the name of Pot Marigold, Common Marigold, English Marigold and Scottish Marigold.There is a perennial known as “Mexican Marigold”(Tagetes lemmonii) that is currently popular in California low-water gardens.Yikes! My head is spinning! Want to sort it all out? Read on my friends, read on.
We live in one of the most beautiful regions on earth, Santa Barbara. If you love garden design and architecture, Santa Barbara and Montecito are the ultimate playground. Come with us as we visit some of our special spots; places we go for inspiration or just to breathe. It’s a Garden Getaway Santa Barbara Style.
We specialize in garden transformations. My husband, Chris Cullen, is a pretty creative guy and I suppose I am too. We use the earth as our canvas to create living works of art. I thought it would be fun to add Chris’ voice to the blog and give his view on what we actually do as designers and landscapers. We transform “yards” into gardens and if you want to know how we do this, read on.
Is there a secret to great garden design? And if so, what is it? Is it selecting the right plants? Is it having lots of lawn? What is it that makes one garden beautiful and the next just a collection of plants? Is there a secret? Well, I guess there is and it comes down to the intention of the designer.
I like to begin this day listening to the Annual Reading of the Declaration of Independence on NPR’s Morning Edition. Getting back to the basics of how and why our country came to be is inspiring and refreshing (especially if you spend any time listening to the current news).
The founders of our country were an incredible group of men who literally risked their lives to form the only country on Earth founded on freedom. Freedom of speech, freedom for all races and religions and freedom from oppression.
While Thomas Jefferson is a well known gardener and extraordinary statesman, George Washington was all that and an extraordinary man as well. Did you know that George Washington was the only Founding Father to free his slaves.? He was also credited with introducing the mule to America. However, one of George Washington’s most important contributions was how he treated prisoners during the Revolutionary War.
Gardening with kids is a great way to spend summer days. School is out and special garden projects are a wonderful way to get them interested and involved in gardening and even in eating vegetables. I have some fun gardening projects for kids in this post. See which ones you like best.
Summer Garden secrets. What is the secret to a beautiful summer garden? Is it the number and size of the plants? Could it be the type of pots and grandeur of your garden decor? The answer may surprise you.
Fuchsia Dahlia perfect addition to a cutting garden
I love Spring Gardening. I love spring. The birds, green hills and the smell of pittosporum throughout Montecito. And, of course spring gardening. I’m not one of those gardeners who likes everything matching, neat and clean. My garden is like an old shirt, lived in and comfortable. What is your favorite part of spring gardening? I always plant a veggie garden and a cutting garden and can’t wait for the first harvest, the bouquets of flowers and the fun. Join me.
Montecito Landscape was featured in Montecito Magazine in the Spring/Summer issue in celebration of 45 years in business in Montecito and Santa Barbara.
Every issue of Montecito Magazine features a bit of local history and details not generally known plus interviews with architects, artists and so much more. We were honored to be featured in this iconic Magazine. Here is the feature. Enjoy!
In celebration of my 46th year in business I decided to dedicate a series of columns to my clients, you could say this is a memoir of Montecito from years past. Focusing on a particular period of time and particular patrons I hope that you, the reader, will gain insight into the Montecito of my youth and some of the “characters” inhabiting my recollections. I may have learned the basics of landscaping in college, but my clients, especially the early ones, helped me find my way. Though many of them are no longer with us, they all remain fondly ensconced in my memory and their teachings are still being employed in my gardens today.