Growing Roses No Matter Where You Live

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to go to a rose care class at one of the local Armstrong Garden Centers. These stores are only in California and are known for offering free one hour classes on certain Saturdays throughout the year. I took a bunch of notes during the class and today want to share with you what I learned about growing roses.

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Christmas Trees in Southern California

Despite the fact that Christmas is less than a week away, I’m sure there are many people scrambling to find a real tree for the big day. There are many types of Christmas trees to chose from, as seen from the countless lots I’ve driven by in the last month. Today I want to discuss the types of Christmas trees in Southern California.

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Holiday Blooms: Amaryllis Care

At the beginning of the year, my best friend’s in-laws gave me an amaryllis bulb from their collection. This bulb grew into several huge beautiful flowers when my husband and I were away on a weekend trip, but we were able to enjoy those colorful blooms for a few weeks. I’ve been seeing a lot of bulbs being sold, so I thought this would be a good time to talk about amaryllis care.

When done right, it does not take much to care for amaryllis plants. It does take some patience since you have to wait for the bulb to bloom. What is an amaryllis anyway? Keep Reading!

An Urban Oasis-Types of Succulent Plants

I never thought much about types of succulent plants while growing up, since they all seemed ugly and sharp, from what I remember. I’ve noticed that many people include these desert plants in their gardens here in Southern California. Since getting into gardening, I have delightfully discovered that there are many types of succulent plants available.

Not all succulents are hard on the eyes and pointy, thankfully. Succulents come in many sizes, shapes, and colors. I have found a huge variety of beautiful succulents that grow well in container gardens.

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Urban Gardening-Plants for Container Gardening

When I think of gardens, I can picture the lush English gardens from those period movies such as Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. I didn’t even know small space gardening was a thing until I got into it. I am still learning the ins and outs of urban gardening but thought I would give you some ideas on plants for container gardening.

Ever since I got serious about gardening, I pretty much have been buying small plants I think are pretty, get a small container and hope to not kill the plant. Right now my garden consists of succulents, some tropical plants, then a small variety of small flowering plants that look like they would grow well in containers.

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Bring Hawaii to You-Plumeria Care

I was lucky enough to go on two family trips to Hawaii when I was younger. I still remember getting off the airplane to be greeted by a Hawaiian woman who put a beautiful lei of plumeria flowers around my neck, as well as all those plastic plumeria flower souvenirs in many of the souvenir shops all over the islands. I now enjoy my own plumerias in my backyard and would love to share my plumeria care tips with you.  Keep on reading!

More Than a Great Smell-Lavender Medicinal Uses

Lavender-More Than Just a Great Aroma

I absolutely love the smell of lavender. I love lavender even more because of the many benefits it has as a medicine. Lavender medicinal uses have been around for centuries.

I had the opportunity to go to a lavender festival with my husband this weekend. I learned many new things about lavender that had little to do with its pleasant smell. I would like to share with you what I discovered about the medicinal uses of lavender.  Keep on reading!