This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Sunset Celebration Weekend 2013 at the Sunset Magazine headquarters and gardens in Menlo Park, CA. So much to do and see! The weather was perfect and warm and the food … Continue reading
This is a recent flower arrangement I did for a customer with Fall flowers added
So many signs that Fall is coming and I am trying to get the garden ready! It does seem like I finish one task and another I didn’t even think of is waiting. This new puppy has sure taken … Continue reading
I bet a lot of you have heard the saying “Time Began in a Garden”. So many quotes are related to the garden in some way or another and I think there are many reasons. Gardens are filled with life … Continue reading
Piglet: (being blown away) Well… it isn’t very happy…f-for me.
Winnie the Pooh: Where are you going Piglet?
Piglet: That’s what I’m asking myself, where? W-Whoops! P-P-P-Pooh!
Winnie the Pooh: And what do you think you will answer yourself?’
Yesterday I walked outside into the garden with Zeta, my Maltese-bichon mix beside me. Even though it was still only late August, the sky was grey and cloudy and the wind cut through me. It was a blustery day. I heard the call of geese overhead as they flew by in formation towards an unknown destination.
Zeta being the ultimate guard dog that he is at 14 lbs proceeded to bark at them. Quite satisfied with himself as they flew away, knowing it was all his doing, he trotted over to the deck and lay down.
It felt like autumn and strange to be planting summer flowers, but I put them in their places anyway. I was really happy with my purchases from the nursery the other day. Especially so with the pale blush abutilon. The flower petals were as thin as tissue paper with a beautiful center pistil. This was one of the first flowers I picked up at the nursery.
Care is very easy-use warm water and keep the soil evenly moist. Soil must be well-drained; use a container with a hole in the bottom and set it in a tray to catch excess water.
Use a liquid-soluble fertilizer on your abutilon every two weeks during the growing season in spring and summer, and don’t feed it during the fall or winter. Alternatively, use a granular slow-release fertilizer once a year in early spring.
Now all I need is my hole digging friend Karen to help me get the rest of the plants in the ground!