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Plant Pansies Now by Lew Whitney

Now is the perfect time to plant Pansies and their smaller cousins, Violas. Pansies and I have a long history. My Mother, from whom I inherited my love for gardening, planted a long border of Pansies every year. Back in the 1950s she bought them in strawberry pots, the same container in which the berries [...]

By | 2014-02-20T18:09:16+00:00 February 20th, 2014|Floral, Gardening|0 Comments

Dahlia Days Begin Now by Lew Whitney

For summer flowers, there is nothing better than the Dahlia family. Even though I am writing this in January, now is the time to start looking for Dahlias from tubers.  You can wait until March 1 to plant your tubers, but now is when you will find a best selection on the shelves at Rogers [...]

By | 2014-01-30T17:47:30+00:00 January 30th, 2014|Gardening|2 Comments

Anemone Mona Lisa by Lew Whitney

Like many California gardeners, I planted Anemone bulbs for years and enjoyed the cut flowers they provided. At the same time I discovered in florist shops bigger, stronger and better Anemones that my garden could produce. The florist quality Anemones cost about one dollar per stem, so a decent bouquet ran at least $15.00. [...]

By | 2014-01-09T20:10:26+00:00 January 9th, 2014|Floral, Gardening, Landscaping|5 Comments

Cyclamen: From Fancy to Favorite by Lew Whitney

Cyclamen, which used to be florist specialty plants, have moved to the front of the pack for fall/winter planting, not only in gardens, but especially in containers on patios. Even commercial landscapers are planting masses of Cyclamen. Unlike many fall/wintere color plants, there is no waiting for color to start blooming as Cyclamen arrive with [...]

By | 2013-11-11T23:58:09+00:00 November 11th, 2013|Gardening, Landscaping|0 Comments

Arid Tropical Garden with Lew Whitney

The words “arid” and “tropical” and, indeed, the concepts behind them, may seem antithetical. Arid makes one think of dry, brown and prickly, while tropical implies wet, green and lush. But in the world of garden design, an illusion can be created that meets the criteria of low water usage with the beauty of foliage [...]

By | 2013-10-23T23:07:38+00:00 October 23rd, 2013|California Friendly Garden Solutions, Gardening|0 Comments

April Gardening by Lew Whitney

When the poet T.S. Eliot wrote the line, “April is the cruelest month,” he wasn’t in Southern California. Here, April is the magic month in our gardens. Lengthening days with lots of sunshine, warmer nights and days that aren’t hot combine to make plants grow like no other month of the year. All that fall [...]

By | 2013-04-18T17:24:44+00:00 April 18th, 2013|Gardening|0 Comments