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Dahlia Update

This past spring I had too much fun finding and buying different dahlia bulbs. Now they are just starting to bloom. In a few weeks this whole section will be covered in flowers. Originally I had all of my plants arranged by height and color but I made the mistake of using a smelly organic […]

Summer Bloom Day

What a difference a couple of weeks make. The rain and clouds are gone and the temperatures are slowly creeping up to the mid-90’s. The garden is showing off the last of the spring flowers and the new summer plants are really taking off. My new favorites are my poppies. Last winter, I had bought […]

How To Release LadyBugs into the Garden

Last Sunday, I was feeling a little stir crazy so I hopped over the our local nursery. I was about to leave when I spotted their display of ladybugs. Now, I’ve seen insects sold at big box stores and it’s always a tragic affair. The poor bugs are stuffed in envelopes and are in the […]

Wordless Wednesday: Pea Harvest

Birthday Give-Away

Tomorrow, May 1st, is my birthday. I am going to celebrate by holding my very first give-away. I am going to give away this pretty pink Rembrandt Gallery Dhalia along with a cute heart shaped bird feeder. Dhalias are one of my favorite flowers. Just give them regular watering and decent soil and they will […]

Wordless Wednesday: Spring Flowers

Columbine Blackberry Violas Champagne Poppy Baby Blue Eyes Nemophila menziesii Johnny Jump Up Violas Daffodil Callalily Still Need to Plant Marigolds Wild White Petunia Petunia axillaris (smells heavenly) Calico Monkey Flower Mimulus pictus Sweet Alyssum Lobularia maritima California Poppies Eschscholzia californica

Visiting Annie’s Annuals & Perennials

Annie’s Annuals and Perennials is a huge nursery tucked into to the unlikely industrial area of Richmond, California. I’ve been gazing at their website and catalogs for the longest time. I would add a few plants to my wish list only to find something new on their site a few days later. My shopping abilities […]

One of These Is Not Like The Other

Now that spring has finally arrived my snap peas have really taken off. I’m growing Cascadia snap peas for the first time this year. I have two sets of eight all growing around a tomato cages. This variety grows to about three feet and has produced a nice amount of peas. Throughout the winter the […]

Wordless Wednesday:First Artichokes

How to Plant Dahlias

Dwarf Dahlia 2010 Dwarf Dahlia 2010 I was strolling through our local grocery store, when I spotted the most beautiful display of packaged Dahlia tubers. They came in all different sizes and colors. Dahlias are one of my favorite flowers. I quickly snatched  my favorites off the shelf. That should have been enough but I […]