Category Archives: Seasonal Plantings

A Couple Of Dumb Lessons From My California Winter Garden


Gardens are such obvious teachers we might wave our hands in dismissal. “Oh,” with an additional shake of the head, “We knew that already!” But in these days of information and calculation, dumb lessons dog us. Imagine a California garden in winter, for example. Palm trees, surfers and tropical flowers may come to mind. Nope. […]

The Kind Of Garden Just About Anyone Can Grow


Of all my retirement projects, my container garden may provide the most small and bubbling happinesses. I started it back in July, from seed. I planted Grandpa Ott morning glories, sweet alyssum, purple basil, and delphiniums. If you are hypothesizing that this led to an all-purple extravaganza, you are quite right. But it took time. […]

Flowers, Or Perhaps We Should Say “Florals,” In The House


Today is Flowers In The House day. Jane, at Small But Charming, is a florist, and today she and her buddies post photos of their arrangements. A wonderful way to start the week. I like to participate when I can, but it’s also Annual Nothing Blooms In Northern California Day, and I have only the […]

Happy 4th Of July!


I love the 4th of July. My patriotism unfurls, no politics in sight. So let’s hear it for the red. The white. and the blue. If you like fireworks, I hope you find great blooms of them close to hand. Share on Facebook Tweet!

In Which Unexpected Helpers Volunteer


Right about now, we could all use an unexpected helper. This coleus, in situ on my front porch since September, has appreciated neither winter nor lack of water. However, you will also see above that Yellow Ranunculus has entered, cape flying. Returning, unexpected, left over from a planting last spring. Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and special […]

How Suburban Prisoners Do Fashion Week


It’s Labor Day in the United States. But it’s also Fashion Week. I change the flowers on my front porch, for holidays. This year it seemed more appropriate to plant for color combinations than the sweat of my brow. I’ve been haunted by aubergine and pale blue for a while now. Just enough offset for […]

Happy 4th of July


It’s the 4th of July, and the United States of America celebrates its national holiday. This morning, tea in a travel mug, I planted our flag colors, red, white, and blue. Left a little yellow for the rainbow. On Labor Day last year my little planter looked like this, in spring this year like this, […]

Happy Easter, Happy Passover, Happy Spring Festivals


I’m not one for door wreaths, except at Christmas. Evergreens tied with red plaid bows, and a discreet juniper berry here and there. That said, for a change of season, or significant holiday, I replant my front pots. For spring this year, and Easter, I thought yellow. I felt yellow. Yellow it was. I need […]

Labor Day Planting In the USA


Rudbeckia, coryx, coleus, alyssum Here’s to the work ethic. And days off. Hope everyone, American or not, has had a wonderful weekend. Previously: 4th of July Share on Facebook Tweet!

Happy Fourth of July, A Work In Progress.


A red, white, and blue work in progress. Happy Fourth of July. Share on Facebook Tweet!