Saturday, September 28, 2013

Hen and Chicks

A couple of years ago, I placed some hens around my yard. This popular succulent, sempervivum, is an easy one to grow. It thrives in low or strong light and in cold or hot temperatures.

One of the hens that I planted in a very sunny location had lots of off-spring. The other day, I noticed one of the chicks blooming and some others getting ready to bloom.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Please NO Bedbugs

Coreopsis is such a pretty plant with a very peculiar name.

The name Coreopsis is derived from the Greek word koris, which means bedbug.
Another common name is tickseed. No ticks here, only the bees frequent these beauties.

Monday, September 2, 2013

When the Weeds are Sweet

One definition of a weed is a misplaced plant. While weeding this spring, I noticed a volunteer. Instead of pulling the plant or moving it to a different location, I left the plant alone. Last fall when I amended the soil for the citrus that I planted, I used some of my compost dirt. There must of been a seed in that compost just waiting for its chance to produce.

Well today, that volunteer rewarded me with its fruits, four to be exact. The fruit aren't very large, but they sure are sweet and juicy.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Rose Cactus

I call this cactus, Rose. I don't know if this is the correct name for this cactus, but that is the name I'm using since it looks like a rose. When I first planted this cactus four years ago, I had no idea how large or quickly it would grow. I only knew that it would survive the hot sun of summer that pelts the back yard deck.

Today, Rose has not only grown and survived the heat of the summer, but has also surprised me with surviving the wet winters and cold nights of this region.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

My Helper

I'm always monitored by my special helper.

She frequently walks ahead of me anticipating my next stop in the garden.

Sunday, July 14, 2013


Native to the hills and mountain regions of California, these hardy plants with their cute trumpet shape flowers are loved by hummingbirds and bees.

Penstemon is known as beardtongue because of the hairy stamen that hangs out of the tubular flower.

My pink and purple penstemons bloom all summer and into late fall. The bees and hummingbirds that frequent these beauties are always fun to watch.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Agapanthus, also know as Lily of the Nile, is not in the lily family. This plant is native of South Africa. Agapanthus is an easy-to-grow perennial that produces a globe of white to deep purple trumpet-shape flowers from summer through fall.

Each year around July 4th, my white and light blueish-purple Agapanthus bloom. I enjoy using them in a cut arrangement to decorate my dinning room table during the month of July since the globes remind me of fireworks. And the flowers also remind me of my summers in Japan watching the spectacular hanabi.