Fall is finally upon us once more. The air is getting cooler and the days are getting short. That also means pumpkins will become a fixture in everything from food to decor. Pumpkins are incredibly versatile. They come in many sizes, shapes and colors. Whether you’re growing your own or look…

Endangered bees and other invertebrates (those lacking a spinal column) celebrated on May 31, 2022, as California’s Third District Court of Appeals ruled that the California Endangered Species Act protected them. This act includes four endangered bumble bees as well as other endangered insec…

It is the perfect time to warm up those gardening engines; sharpen the shovels, drag out the hoses, pile up the mulch and wash our nasty gardening gloves. Fall is here and fall is the best planting season. Plants installed in the soil now can take advantage of winter’s cool, rainy days to gr…

This summer’s hydrangeas have been awesome. The traditional mop head blossoms have lost their brilliant blue color, fading to lime green or baby blue. The panicle and smooth hydrangeas are in full bloom, filling our landscapes with exquisite white flowers in various shapes and sizes. The oak…

In May’s column, we discussed a quote often seen in gardening literature: “Plant the right plant in the right place.” Selecting and planting a plant that will do well in the place where it is planted (and do well without a lot of extra work by the gardener) is fundamental to a successful lan…

February, the second month of the year, is an interesting month with only 28 days (unlike the rest of the months with 30 or 31 days). Every four years there is Leap Year and we can celebrate the month for 29 days. According to internet sources, having the extra date allows the calendar year …

Autumn 2021 has arrived; I saw the date on the calendar, so I know it is true. The days still seem warm and humid. My summer annuals, perennials, even some trees, and I are frazzled. Hopefully cooler, shorter days, longer nights, and fall colors are not a mirage in the desert.

Just as the gardener is ready to pitch the hand spade and the smelly gardening gloves, the chrysanthemums burst into bloom, causing us to smile. Mums are popping up everywhere, beckoning us with vibrant flowers. Time to remove weary summer annuals and replace them with fresh faces.

According to the book, Floriography, in the Victorian era zinnias symbolized “lasting friendship.” The Victorians believed zinnias were easy to grow and they re-seeded (the very same reasons we love them). If the Victorians gifted zinnias to a friend taking a trip, the giver wanted to let th…

Yikes. The lilies are in bloom! My husband calls them “statuesque beauties.” This is a perfect description for this showy charmer; some, like the tree lily (a cross between an Asiatic and Oriental lily), can reach five feet with magnificent blooms resting on the tops of slender stems. Althou…

Spring has been a dilly. We have had two or three April nights in the 30s as well as days in the mid- to high 80s. The flowers and the gardener were both confused at times.

Butterflies are a beautiful addition to any garden — but they’re also good for the planet. Butterflies and other pollinators — bees, birds, wasps, moths and bats — play a vital role in our ecosystem by moving pollen from the male part of the flower (the stamen) to the female part (the stigma…