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Our Garden Gate

My life has been dedicated to the natural world and the caring of flora and fauna throughout California, but what I see being done to trees today really concerns me and it is a sham... — Updated 5/10/2019


Our Garden Gate

The Crown of Thorns, euphorbia milii, is a unique and ever-blooming plant that can brighten any garden setting throughout the year in a wide palette of flower colors. The unique... — Updated 5/9/2019


Grow in the home backyard orchard

It's the season for putting on a thinking cap and growing wholesome and healthy fruits and veggies for the coming season for the family and the community, right at home. With the... — Updated 2/8/2019


Erosion control for home-garden-ranch

The recent much needed rains came to a parched earth. I haven't seen such an early rainy season for many a year, and it is greatly appreciated by the flora and fauna. It will take... — Updated 1/31/2019


Visit Roger's Gardens and behold a magical Christmas

If you are into plants and beauty and would enjoy a wonderful holiday botanical outing, Roger's Gardens in Corona Del Mar is a must do this time of year. This garden center has... — Updated 12/20/2018


Matilija poppy is queen of California flowers

Matilija poppy has been called the "Queen of California flowers" in the words of Mary Parsons in her book "The Wildflowers of California," 1897. It seems more appropriate for this... — Updated 6/1/2018


Redbud trees are harbinger of spring

Spring is happening, and so are the flowering redbuds, Cercis canadensis. When you look closely,, the petite flowers resemble a tiny pea, hence they are called "pea flowers" This... — Updated 5/18/2018


Create garden rooms for spring

With the arrival of spring and summer on the horizon, how about creating a "garden room" just outside the back door? Garden rooms can be that little oasis that becomes a destination... — Updated 5/10/2018


Have fun hunting for 'Fat Plants'

Are you engaged in the wonderful world of plants and flowers? Have you got the itch to go beyond and get interested in unique, unusual looking plants and perhaps start a collection... — Updated 3/31/2018


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