Select Page

Author: mandmweb

Heat Wave in the Nature Park

The South Pasadena – Arroyo Seco Woodland & Wildlife Park (S. Pas Nature Park) is usually hotter than my home garden by a few degrees. It measured 114º at home and so we were concerned about how new and old plants survived the heat wave in the park. As  expected, it was a mixed bag. Many trees, old and young, exhibited significant leaf burn. The golden current shriveled up and went dormant. The toyons had significant leaf burn and younger plants don’t look like there is much chance of recovery. Some plants, though, seemed to be just fine. Surprisingly, the...

Read More

Keeping Plants Alive in Extreme Heat

We are currently enjoying a balmy 99+ degree day. After the record breaking heat of 114º F on Friday, this is somewhat of an improvement. In this blog post I will 1) suggest practices to help your plants make it through the extreme heat; 2) share temperature data from my garden; and 3) give an update (and pictures) on how my plants are doing on day 3 of extreme heat. Tips Before extreme heat arrives Water deeply during the cool part of the day to hydrate plants. Spray leaves in early morning to remove pests and dust. The leaves...

Read More

After the flowers

Wildflower season is “past peak” and I’d like to remind you that the glorious, youthful, bright flowers now enter the very important stage of making and dispersing seed. Though my camera is still drawn to brightly colored flowers, I try to point it at the broken stems, brown seed pods, and graying leaves that are present in this phase of life. The parallel to animals, including – no, especially – humans, is obvious. As we move from the giddy days of courtship to the more staid and serious time of being adults, a few gray hairs appear, some wrinkles become...

Read More

Lawn-less Sustainable Garden Finale

The work on the front yard patios is completed. I planted some grasses and other perennials but am waiting until next winter to plant a few shrubs. As promised in the previous blog post, here is a slideshow containing pictures from late February, when work started, to early April, after it was completed. I’m loving our totally lawn-less yard! Feb 21, 2018 Border is shaped Feb 21, 2018 Patio shape is roughed out Feb 23, 2018 Base of DG is laid and leveled Feb 27, 2018 DG laid, leveled, border bricks in, path to patio placed Feb 27, 2018...

Read More

Lawn-less Sustainable Garden (continued)

St. Augustine is being overtaken by oxalis in the burned out front lawn. We are making big changes to our yard. As you may remember from earlier posts, I was not happy with the burned out lawn in the front yard. Years of drought left much of the  lawn brown. With city water restrictions, I watered for the large deodar cedar – deeply and infrequently – allowing the lawn to die back. Weeds invade weak lawns Weedy oxalis invading the lawn This winter I noticed weedy oxalis moving in. This is one of the most difficult garden weeds to...

Read More