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.
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.
Which are your essential gardening books? We all need good garden reference books, no matter our experience as gardeners and if you are like me you have lots of them; for reference, landscape design ideas or when searching for solutions to specific problems. However, if you are moving to a remote location, desert island or planning a lunar colony, or if you just want to become a better gardener, there are two essential gardening books everyone should have. I couldn’t live without these two. Let me know if you agree.
Happy New Year and welcome 2016! Can you believe that it is the eve of 2016? Wow! The New Year is a good time to reflect on days past and to focus on goals for the year ahead. For me, my garden is a good place to start.
In California lawns seem be a thing of the past. If so, the real question is can we learn to live without them? and if so, what are some viable lawn alternatives? We have grown so accustom to our swaths of green, we can’t seem to visualize our gardens without them. Is Faux Turf the only solution? The answer is not what you’d expect.