Smart & Sustainable, Green Garden Design, Coaching & Seasonal Maintenance

Sunday, August 24, 2008

It's "Second Spring"

...or so say the folks at the Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore. It turns out we still have plenty of growing season in California! I'm intrigued...a new solution for the problem of the late summer, heat-stressed garden...fresh plants!
Home Depot Garden Center Livermore's a few hours away, so I take my shopping list to my local Home Depot to see what they have...
Sweet AlyssumLobularium maritima, Sweet Alyssum... looks pretty when the weather is cooler, then starts looking ratty, shearing back 4 weeks after they come into bloom will give them a second chance.
SnapsAntirrhinum majus, Snapdragon...a friendly flower, does well in the winter garden here in the northern California, as do pansies

Dwarf Astersasters

Vincavinca - starts blooming in late spring, and won't quit!

My cartI don't find everything on the list, but enough to make me happy!
11 6-packs for $22...a small price to pay for a second spring.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Herb Gardens

Here's a short video with instructions for a simple container herb garden...Make your own quick and easy herb garden

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

A trip to the Fair Oaks Boulevard Nursery

It's fun to walk thru the lovely Fair Oaks Blvd. Nursery...Always inspiring...

here's an above ground natural waterfall/pond (no digging!)...great water sounds...

...and, of course, the opportunity to buy something for me (Tropaeolum minus "Tip Top Alaska Salmon" and Salvia guaranitica "Black & Blue Salvia")