“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet.” From William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. This is so true! Whether it is called a rose or any other name, it wouldn’t make a difference – a rose is a rose and it is gorgeous! No matter what the color, the variety, fragrance or not, there is something about roses that is pure floral joy. Continue reading “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose…
Our veggie patch with our raised beds are prepped and ready to be planted with new veggie seedlings. It’s mid April already and we need to get started soon. We have been eagerly waiting for the Master Gardener’s Plant Sale this year as we had such great success with the veggie plants we bought from them last year.
Have you heard of Ixia? It is a little flower bulb with flowers the size of a black bean, and it blooms in the spring just like freesias and daffodils. And just like daffodils and freesias the bulb multiplies over time to form a large clump of delicate flowers. Continue reading Ixia
Bouquets to Art. What a novel idea! Flower bouquets that mimic paintings and works of art in the permanent collection at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Every year I plan on going to this talked about exhibition, but something always takes precedent, and I end up not making it. But this year I put it on my calendar 2 months in advance so as not to miss it, and I finally made it! Continue reading Bouquets to Art 2016
Every April there is a plant sale called Master Gardener’s Spring Garden Market. This is a plant fair for garden lovers. Hundreds of vendors selling all sorts of plants, gardening tools, and accessories can be found at this fair. But what they are mostly coveted for is their selection of vegetable seedlings that the Master Gardeners program sells at this fair. Continue reading Master Gardeners Spring Garden Market
Flowers, flowers, flowers!! Anyone who knows me knows I love flowers! I absolutely love them. So when I read about an exhibition in San Francisco of Oscar de la Renta’s floral couture gowns, I had to go! All I saw in this little article about the exhibit was the word “floral”, and it got me hooked. Continue reading Floral Gowns by Oscar de la Renta
It’s early spring and all the plants are leafing out with fresh, tender new leaves. The garden is looking green, healthy, and plump with lush juicy flower buds all ready to bloom in a matter of weeks. I’m ready for the spring flower show!
And then I see it! Leaves and buds eaten off some of my rose bushes and lily plants and other flowering plants. Continue reading Bunny Rabbits: Not As Cute As You Think.
The easiest bulbs to grow, freesias are spectacular spring bulb flowers just like daffodils. These bulbs are small, but the flowers are stupendous. They come in a rainbow of colors and have the sweetest fragrance. Freesias epitomize the ultimate cottage style flower. Freesias grow freely under any conditions. They do well planted in shade, a sunny spot, and even in pots. Continue reading Freesias
What is really beautiful about fruit trees and many times overlooked is their spectacular flower show in the Spring. Every fruit tree bears beautiful flowers before they become fruit. When these fruit trees are in bloom they rival any sought after Spring Cherry Blossom trees. Peach and nectarine trees have gorgeous flowers in a dark shade of pink. Cherry, plum, and apricot trees have mauve pink flowers as well. Apple trees bear sultry pale pink/cream colored flowers with a darker pink center. Even orange and lemon trees have lovely little clusters of white flowers whose intoxicating fragrance wafts through any garden. Continue reading Flowering Fruit Trees
Daffodils are in bloom everywhere in the Bay Area right now. They are one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring. Sometimes they even start blooming earlier in January – February depending on the weather.