Chicweed in Solana Beach, CA is AMAZING! This outdoor garden shop on Cedros Street is a succulent lover’s paradise and a designers inspiration. Potted succulents and landscape design are their specialty with the potted succulents made on site at the outdoor potting bench. Look around and you will find living Christmas ornaments, outdoor rugs, bistro tables and outdoor showers made with mosaic tiles. The following photos will tell it all… check this place out and then have lunch or dinner down the street at the Wild Note Cafe, I promise you will not be disappointed!
11 Dec 2011 2 Comments
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24 Apr 2011 1 Comment
‘Twas Easter-Sunday. The full-blossomed trees
Filled all the air with fragrance and with joy.
~Henry W. Longfellow
12 May 2010 5 Comments
Ladybug Ladybug fly away home... remember that nursery rhyme? Ladybugs are synonymous with good luck and growing up I would be elated if one landed on my shoulder so I could make a wish before it flew away. This is my first year growing roses after a 10 years hiatus, living near the coast with the wet and lingering morning fog has always made growing roses very difficult. In April at the onset of blooming I noticed my rose bushes were covered with aphids and no ants in sight (usually ants are a sign of an aphid problem). Before giving the rose bushes away out of frustration I decided to purchase one of those containers of ladybugs that are always at the checkout stand of local nurseries with hundreds of ladybugs peering through the screened lid. The employee at the nursery gave me some good tips for a successful ladybug release.
Placing ladybugs out in the evening and misting the area first to moisten their environment keeps them from flying away. Another trick I learned was that by placing the ladybugs in the refrigerator for 15 minutes prior to releasing them keeps them from flying away too quickly. I followed all these directions and the next morning the ladybugs were busy doing what they do best getting rid of pests. It has been three weeks since I tried out this little experiment and there are still NO APHIDS in sight. My rose bushes are squeaky clean and beautiful. I am now a true believer and a ladybug convert, spending the $8.00 on a container of a few hundred ladybugs was well worth it. Many of them have stayed in my garden and moved on to other plants.
The best part – it’s all organic. No pesticides, no chemicals, no sprays. Organic gardening keeps the good bugs happily living in the garden while getting rid of the unwanted pests.
* Lady bug, lady bird, lady beetle are all common names for the ladybug.
* Voracious pest eaters-a favorite of farmers.
* Most all cultures consider the lady bug to be good luck.
* online site to purchase ladybugs… Or get them at Armstrong Nursery.
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♥ Plant- Grow- Enjoy ♥
07 Apr 2010 12 Comments
I usually plant my garden seeds directly into the outdoor soil each spring, but this year on February 28th I planted Broccoli, Carnations and several tomato seeds, Sungold and Summerfeast. Only 10 days later they were popping up out of the soil and looking healthy. Have you ever grown your own carnations? I am one of those people who loves the smell of home-grown carnations because the florist versions have very little if no scent at all. Home grown carnations have an amazing sweet clove fragrance. The carnation seeds I bought from Botanical Interests Seed Company and the Broccoli and Tomato seeds I bought online from Renee’s Seeds.
This seed starter set-up I found at Target in the gardening section, it’s a “Burpee” brand bio-degradable packaged seed starter with soil and under-tray included . I plan to use it over and over again. I placed warm water in the tray and kept the seeds moist through the bottom tray instead of pouring water over the seeds.
Starting seeds indoors, especially tomatoes is a great way to get a head start on your spring garden. Keep seedlings moist but not soaking wet, then place them in a sunny window or use cool fluorescent bulbs to light them during the day. After the danger of frost has passed it will be safe to transplant the seedlings into the garden.
I have heard from master gardeners and several horticulture articles that growing heirloom tomatoes is difficult and not as easy as growing hybrid tomatoes. I did purchase the Summerfeast tomato that is an heirloom so I will keep you posted on how that goes! Maybe it will be my “garden challenge” for the spring.
This week they all go outside to start the “Harden Off” process since the soil is warming up and the danger of frost is over. To Harden Off Seeds introduce them slowly to the outdoors by placing them in a shady area for a few days, but keeping them indoors at night. Day 2 through 6 allow the seedlings to be exposed to more sun and on Day 7-10 keep them outside full time. I usually transfer them into the garden at about Day 10 when the seedlings have hardened off and are acclimated to the outdoor temperatures and sun exposure.
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