Summer Musings

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Summer Musings

Whether you are tending the tiniest patio or the grandest estate, gardening is one of life's greatest pleasures.

No matter what sun or soil type, there are many beautiful Mediterranean and California native plants to add to your garden with long-lasting blooms. Plants can have interesting foliage such as green, silver, and red foliage which helps break up the monotony of only green in the garden, providing a unique twist of color.  I also like playing with plants that have unique texture to them as well.

The California natives require little supplemental irrigation, once they are established.  I enjoy bringing nature into my garden so using natives allows birds, butterflies and bees to utilize the plants you have provided for them.

I invite you to consult me on any type of garden you desire whether that be a formal, informal, cottage, wild, jungle, or meadow arrangement.  My aim is to create a garden for those who really do want something special for their outdoor world at home.

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IT'S SPRING!

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IT'S SPRING!

I get so excited with the first sign of spring. New beginnings, the garden awakens, and new plantings emerge.  When the soil is moist, its the best time to dig. Even if you may consider future plantings, dig when opportunity is ripe.  It not only saves labor later, also water. I think amidst all the talk of drought, we should live in a constant state of water conservancy.  Living in Las Vegas for many years made me pay attention to this precious commodity.  So, winter usually being that time for prepping; spring can also be the time to consider switching out water hungry plants for more xeric options.

 

Happy gardening!

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Gardening Thoughts

Whether you are tending the tiniest patio or a large swath of land, gardening is one of life's greatest pleasures, in my humble opinion.

No matter what your space, daily dose of sunlight or soil type, there are so many types of beautiful Mediterranean and California native plants can fill your garden with months of long-lasting blooms. Many also offer attractive foliage in shades of green, silver, red, bronze and blue, providing a captivating interplay of color, contrast and texture.

My designs typically include trees, shrubs and perennials that are well suited to our seasonal cycle of warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters.  Well, let's hope it's wet this winter for the poor thirsty California soil.

The drought tolerant plants picked for an appropriate gardening zone,  require a low amount of supplemental irrigation. They can be relatively pest and disease free, without heavy doses of chemicals. They are child and pet friendly. And they support wildlife -- especially birds and butterflies. It's wonderful to see the wildlife flock to a new garden where there was little or none before..

Whether you desire a formal arrangement, wild, Mediterranean meadow, an informal, cottage-style garden, a quaint, garden spot, a soothing view of greenery, or you prefer the open light spattering of plants, I will design an inviting outdoor living space that's just right for you.

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