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Gardening with Evelyn: Spring is here

March is the official beginning of spring. The flowers come into bloom. The tomatoes and vegetables are ready to plant. This month’s column is all handy hints to help you enjoy a successful spring. Plan and plant vegetables now. Get rid of the weeds before you plant...

Fruit Trees & Berries

Fruit Tree tasks for January and February Here are some handy hints and some fruit tree garden jobs that need to be done in January/February. The work you do now will pay off all summer long. The words we use can be confusing. When we say ‘Fruit Trees’ we...

Annual or Perennial?

Do you know the difference between an Annual and a Perennial? What about an Annual that keeps on for another year or two. An Annual that acts like a Perennial? It’s OK to be confused, you are not alone. In cold places perennials usually bloom for a month or so in...

What’s Eating Your Plants?

What is eating your garden?  It could be anything from greedy little caterpillars to gophers, or even some flocks of wild parrots. Holes in the leaves or skeletonized leaves. Insects that suck the life out of your plants is another topic.  Look for that soon.   We’ll...

Caring for Fall Mums

Be sure to keep your Mum watered. This will keep it looking fresh. As your buds turn into flowers and the flowers eventually start to look old and a bit wilted it’s time to make some choices. you have two choices. Both are good and will work.   #1 Trim back the blooms...

Watering Tips and Citrus Pests

Watering tips and other helpful hints. No one can give you everything you need to know about watering but we hope this helps. Water Water, How much water? Too much, too little?   Too soon or too late. How much to water, when to water is always a challenge. We hope the...

Unique Tomato Recipes

If you get lucky this season and have too many tomatoes to use up in regular recipes, try and of these unique options!   Recipe for Tomato Jam TOMATO JAM RECIPE   INGREDIENTS 1 ½pounds good ripe tomatoes (Roma are best), cored and coarsely chopped *½ cup sugar *...

New Year To-Do’s

January garden jobs reap big rewards in spring and summer. Here are some handy hints and some of the garden jobs that need to be done in January/February. The work you do now will pay off all summer long.   Prune your fruit trees now to keep them low enough that you...

Discover Dragon Wings

Dragon Wings begonia is one of the most remarkable new garden flowers to come along. Dragon Wings is a 2- to 3-foot tall, cane-forming begonia with deep, glossy-green, 5-inch long leaves and drooping clusters of flowers. Because the hybrid is sterile, it just keeps...

Caterpillar Season

August is high season for all those ravenous caterpillars that  destroy your garden We Love the pretty Butterflies but hate the damage they cause. It doesn't have to be the either or choice.   You can attract the butterflies and still get rid of the ravenous green...

Begonia Season is Here!

We're officially in begonia season, and these beauties are showing off all their big blooms and color. We have almost all of our varieties out for sale, including showy non-stops, vibrant enchant, and gorgeous solenias. Our upright cane begonias are looking great as...

Gazing Globes for Spring Gardening

Just arrived, one of our new favorites for home and garden decor are these amazing gazing globes. In a variety of styles and colors, they add a touch of sparkle and sophistication to any style of garden. With mosaic tiles, shiny chrome finishes, even a stainless steel...

Bare Root Fruit Trees Arrive

Since they are bare root, they will not have any leaves or foliage, and the roots must be kept moist until you are able to plant them. This is the best time of year to plant these trees, since they'll have another couple months of cool, rainy weather to get...

What to do with Poinsettias after Christmas

If your poinsettias are still looking so good you can't bear to throw them away, follow these tips to keep them for next year. On St Patricks Day, cut off blooms leaving 4 to 6 leaf nodes on the stem. When the ground warms up, plant your poinsettia outdoors in a...

A Holiday by the Beach

For many souther Californians, the beach is a big part of our lifestyle. And what better way to celebrate your love of the ocean than with beach-themed Christmas decorations! Shiny, champagne colored shell ornaments, beautiful abalone shell Christmas trees, and lots...

Lavender Mini Christmas Trees

A great alternative to a silk table top Christmas tree, we currently have rosemary and lavender topiaried into little Christmas trees. Each come in three different sizes and can be used in arrangements or on their own. Keep them indoors or out, and you can move them...