Time frames for winter rose case

Time frames for winter rose case

There is no specific timeline for winter rose care, but there are general time frames. For our area, spring pruning should be completed around mid-February. I will provide details on that in my February column. This major pruning removes canes and branches that are dead or diseased, are in contact with other branches or that […]

It’s the holiday season, so don’t pack a pest

Gig Conaughton County of San Diego Communications Office When is a gift not a gift? When it’s carrying pests and destruction. So do everyone a favor and don’t pack a pest. The holidays are a time to travel and to exchange and send gifts. But people travel so fast in the modern world that they […]

Living holiday tillandsia tree

Living holiday tillandsia tree

‘Tis the season to adorn homes and gardens with berries, bows and greens. December is the month when the traditional Tannenbaum tree, poinsettias and garlands festoon homes both inside and out. But as a landscape horticulturist and designer, I am always on the lookout to create something that is unique, stylish and outside of the […]

November Rose Care FUNdamentals

November Rose Care FUNdamentals

The recent fires in the area have added ash to the dust in the air, which soon will be deposited on the leaves of all plants in the garden. The weather has moderated slightly, and along with the change comes cooler nights with more moisture collecting on these leaves. The added moisture with the daily […]

Seven inexpensive ways to update a home now

Seven inexpensive ways to update a home now

  FALLBROOK – Oftentimes, buying a home opens up a bottomless pit of opportunities for projects and improvements. While some homeowners engage in different repairs and fix-ups out of necessity, many others like to freshen-up their spaces out of personal preference instead of need. But even the most well-intentioned projects can be waylaid if budgets […]

Help plants survive sizzling summer heat

Help plants survive sizzling summer heat

TEMECULA – Many people consider summer the most enjoyable time of year, as the summer sun and warm breezes make the season perfect for rest and relaxation. But the months of June, July and August, which are often characterized by rising temperatures and stifling humidity, can be tough to endure as well. When summer heat […]

Temecula council alters stance on medical marijuana cultivation

In a move that surprised many onlookers, Temecula council members recently altered their stance on growing medical marijuana within city limits. The shift – which reflects a sharp detour from the city’s past policies – would allow qualified medical marijuana users to grow up to 12 plants under specified conditions. The new policy, if it […]

Keep poinsettias looking great through the holidays

Keep poinsettias looking great through the holidays

TEMECULA – Along with the fragrant evergreens and twinkling lights synonymous with the holiday season, poinsettias make up a key component of holiday decorating. Unlike holly and some of the other greenery that is commonly associated with the holidays, poinsettias do not naturally thrive in the colder temperatures. These plants originate in southern Mexico and […]

Bulbs in the garden

Bulbs in the garden

Hello fellow gardeners! I discussed some bulbs briefly last week but thought it might be a good idea to “dig a little deeper” in the topic this week, pun intended! Although there are an endless array of topics to choose from, at this particular time of year I thought it would be appropriate to discuss […]

Landscaping Larger Properties Part 3

Landscaping Larger Properties Part 3

Howdy Neighbors and Fellow gardeners! Hope you’re enjoying the cooler weather here as much as I am. Last time we talked I was trying really, really hard, to get all the information into my last article on landscaping larger properties, with native plants, but just couldn’t quite do it! So, that’s what I’d like to […]