|My Abraham Darby shrub rose and my little dog, Tobey.|
Let’s face it, a winter landscape filled with frost-damaged plants isn’t the most attractive. During this time of year, I often find myself itching to grab my pruners and get rid of the ugly, brown growth on my bougainvillea, lantanas and yellow bells shrubs. But before I do, I keep repeating to myself, just a few more weeks…
Perhaps you have a similar urge to prune away all the brown too early. What helps me to stop grabbing my pruners is remembering that the dead outer growth of my summer-flowering beauties is protecting the inner part of the plant AND the fact that freezing temperatures are still a distinct possibility.
And so, I will focus my attention on the winter-flowering plants that are adding beauty to my cool-season garden for now. If you don’t have any, I recommend Blue Bells (Eremophila hygrophana), Valentine bush (Eremophila maculata ‘Valentine’), and Firecracker penstemon (Penstemon eatoni), and feathery cassia (Senna artemisioides).
If you would like more information on this subject, I invite you to read “Got Brown Crispy Plants?”
So, what are you dying to prune back in your winter garden?
|Un-pruned lantana on the left. Two light pruned lantana are to the right with a pile of clippings.|
Do you use any power tools to keep your landscape looking its best?
If you are like me, you may have a hedge trimmer and perhaps a leaf blower, or both.
When I was contacted by the folks at Troy-Bilt to review their newest line of garden equipment that is powered by CORE technology, I was very excited to partner with them and I was provided with the products free of charge. Each piece of this equipment uses a rechargeable battery. Their equipment line includes a hedge trimmer, leaf blower, string trimmer and a lawn mower.
Due to my previous experience with the quality of Troy-Bilt products, I have high expectations for these new tools will share my experiences with a video.
Have you ever had a ‘substitute’ teacher? As most of you know, a substitute teacher doesn’t do things the same way our regular teacher does.
A few years ago, I was asked to step in as a ‘substitute’ for my father-in-law’s landscape.
|Meticulously pruned desert ruellia (Ruellia peninsularis)|
Yesterday, I asked you on my Facebook page, what was blooming in your garden right now?
March is a glorious time in the desert garden and also time for some needed garden maintenance.
We don’t have a landscaper, so we gather our kids together for a day of yard work each spring.
|My son helping me prune several years ago.|
|Branches and clippings from the late summer’s pruning.|
My young apple trees are in bloom. It takes a few years after planting for apple trees to produce apples. We planted the trees last winter and I don’t really expect to see the blossoms turn into apples, but secretly I am hopeful!
This is the first year that I have planted ‘Cherry Red’ nasturtiums. I love their vibrant, red color!
My husband and son are always so nice about planting things for me.
*You can see our puppy ‘Penny’ sitting in the shade watching them. She is now 8 months old and we just love her! I’ll post an updated picture of her soon.
I will most likely have more for them to plant after I visit the Desert Botanical Garden’s plant sale this weekend (March 13 & 14th)
Last week, I was visiting one of my favorite clients when I noticed that one of her citrus trees was showing signs of sunburn, which led to me explaining to her that even citrus trees need sunscreen to prevent sunburn in many cases.
Which type of shrub would you prefer in your garden?
Do you know what ‘sustainable landscaping’ is?
Would you be able to identify a sustainable landscape if you saw one?
Last weekend, I spoke to a large group about “New Ideas for Sustainable Landscaping”. The community that I spoke to are in the process of becoming an Audubon International Sustainable Community, which would make them the first one to do so, west of the Mississippi.