Colorific Fall Flowers

I thought this autumn was going to be a pretty dull season as far as flowers go but turns out to be quite exuberant!  Given that this summer's blooms have been a little bland, I was very surprised to see some really beautiful flowers in my garden last week. My first daffodil of the season [...]

The Orchid Barbie

I finally decided to open The Orchid Barbie box from my long-time collection of Barbies! This week, as I was dusting my house, I saw that a few boxes of my Barbies had never been opened. Sadly, they had been sitting around collecting dust all these years. A long time ago, I decided my collection [...]

Egyptian Beaded Bracelets

While my verdant garden has been winding down this fall, I wanted to share some of my favorite Egyptian looking bracelets and a few other bracelets. I've chosen these designs because many of them are thicker bracelets. I have very small wrists and I like to wear my bracelets like Wonder Woman's bullet deflecting cuffs. [...]

Bible Verse Philippians 4:7

Today when I was reading my bible, I came upon one of my favorite verses, Philippians 4:7. I can't really describe it but it sounds really beautiful and peaceful to me. I thought about a blogger that I followed that had bible verses posts. One day, that person stopped writing the bible verses and I [...]

Autumn Blooms

I don't know why but the last few weeks I haven't felt motivated to write a post. It seems like sometimes I work so hard to write something I am so excited about but no one is reading it or seeing it! It makes me feel a little sad. This is the point where many [...]

Bonsai Trees

This past spring I started posting about my bonsai trees. I started out with two wisterias and a bougainvillea. You can read about that here. Now, I added a few more to my collection. Japanese Wisteria I love flowering trees. I don't have enough yard space for a lot of the trees I wanted to [...]

Epiphyllum Orchid Cacti

I have been growing these orchid cacti since December 2020. I got them when they were only cuttings but they have grown quite a bit. They seemed to be very easy to care for. I water once a week and leave in bright shade or morning sun. It took a couple of months of watering [...]

Best Blooms of Spring and Summer 2021

Happy first day of Autumn! I am so excited that Fall/Autumn is here because the weather will be cooler and it is a great time to start planting or moving plants. It is also a time for cleaning up the yard since the whole summer was spent watering plants!!! I was thinking la few weeks [...]

Hibiscuses, Roses, and a Smattering of Things

A few of my favorite hibiscuses and roses are starting to bloom in abundance this week. For this week one of my newer hibiscuses bloomed and some more than the previous year. Hibiscuses are very easy to grow here in California because they like warmer weather. It seems late summer is the best flowering period [...]

Hibiscuses and Pink Flowers

Last week I took some time off from posting because it was a holiday.  I definitely felt guilty for taking time off as if it's a weekend job to post something every week!  Well, I used the time off to clean up the yard a bit since the weather was nice. There is not a [...]

Roses and a Profusion of Pinks

Yesterday was the official day that my Premium WordPress account expired, which meant I lost some of the fancy features that I don't think I even used this past year. I looked today and I don't think I was missing much from my site except possibly storage (later on). I had to reduce most of [...]

Angel’s Trumpet and Other Delights

Angel's Trumpet, also known as brugmansia, are blooming abundantly in my garden this week. Two varieties I am particularly excited about finally bloomed. The Pink Velvet was recently potted up after it was living unhappily in the ground for over two years! It flowered a little bit before but the colors were not the true [...]

Summer Blooms

Rosella's Dream Lily Rosella is a beautiful light pink lily. It had three large flowers on a short 12-inch branch, maybe because it is only in its first year of bloom. Shrimp Plant This Shrimp plant is very unique and tolerates heat and dryness well. I have seen them grown in masses on the streets. [...]

Beaded Bracelets

This week I wanted to share some bracelets I made a few years ago. The designs were all by Deb Roberti. Check out her designs on her website http://www.aroundthebeadingtable.com. She has such beautiful designs for bracelets, necklaces, and pendants. Her designs were very easy to follow and the beads easy to find. I have made [...]

The Art of Wanting Less in Gardening

Recently I read an article on how to curb spending on clothes and other material goods. Let me just say that I have a problem with spending and it led me to that article. As I was reading the article, I thought I should apply those tips to gardening as well, since that also seems [...]

Blog Posting

This August 9 will be my one-year anniversary of blogging.  My motivation for starting the blog at the time was that I wanted to share pictures of my flowers and garden with friends and family.   I also wanted to share with others outside of my close circle. I know that it takes years and [...]

Baby Succulents

There are some really cute and adorable succulents growing right now that I wanted to share. It has been hot here in southern California. A lot of my succulents are growing in the half-day shade area and I've had to water them at least every 3 days to make sure the leaves don't get crispy. [...]

Flowers

So far the summer here in my neck of the woods have been pleasant.  I know many places across California have had a terrible heatwave over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37 Celsius) but we've been getting the high 80s in Orange County.  The temperature have been good to me and my plants.  I am constantly impressed [...]

Interesting Mix of Flowers

A few new varieties this week that I haven't shown before and there are some old favorites as well. I am what I call a haphazard gardener. I say that because I don't usually plan where my plants go. I don't have a garden design plan. I know all the gardening books always suggest gardeners [...]

Vibrant and Unique Blooms

These past few days there have been an endless amount of flowers appearing in my garden. While some of these flowers are not unique on the internet, they are very unique in my area. I've never seen most of these at the local nursery stores before. My Stokesia Laevis Peachies Pick below just started flowering. [...]

Dahlias, Lilies, and Poppies

I'm so excited about this post because it is about three of my favorite flowers: dahlias, lilies, and poppies.  Many of my dahlias are not fully grown yet since I planted them only a few weeks ago. They seem to be taking a long time growing, maybe I am just impatient. The other slow grower [...]

Purples and Pinks

I know I talk a lot about purple and pink flowers and you will probably hear it over and over the rest of the year. I  keep finding myself gravitating towards these colors! This year I grew some new hibiscuses that are pinks and purples as you can see below.  I am also sharing some [...]

Daylilies and More

My daylilies started blooming a few days ago. They are always a delight to see! I love the colors in this batch. Last week I poo-pooed the idea of buying "mix" or "collection" of bulbs because you usually end up with colors no one wants to buy, like orange but this is one of the [...]

Brugmansias and Trees

One of my favorite trees to grow is the brugmansia or also known as Angel's Trumpet. They are highly fragranted, fast growing, and produce abundant beautiful flowers year round. They are so easy to propagate in a glass of water. The brugmansia below is propagated from another plant and it is a little over a [...]

Gladiolus Garden

My garden is currently colored with gladiolus flowers in shades of pink, purple, and cream. This year is the best flowering season thus far, probably because it has been in my garden for 3 years and also I gave it a bit of bone meal fertilizer early in the season. The colors are deeper, stalks [...]

Amazing Orange

I don't normally like to grow orange flowers but some of these were from a discounted "mix" pack in seeds or bulbs. One thing I've learned is never to buy a "mix" of any plant offerings online unless you don't mind getting ugly colors. I didn't know that so I bought several of daylily mixes [...]

Five on Friday

Has anyone heard of a blogger movement where bloggers post "Six on Saturday"? I don't know much about it other than bloggers would write about six things in their blog on Saturdays. For some reason those words sound annoying as a title so today I am making fun of it by writing "Five on Friday". [...]

Gardenscape

Recently I started playing a gardening game called Gardenscapes in which you get to restore a neglected garden to its former glory.  It is a lot of fun re-doing the fountains and hedges, reviving and cleaning up old plants. In the real world I do that in my backyard too. For many years I have [...]

Magnolia Trees

I love magnolia trees! I have two kinds in my yard: Souvlangeana and Genie. Souvlangeana is more common in my area. It is a pink and white colored flower. It starts out with a deep purple bud then once it starts to open, it turns light pink like the first picture below. The Genie is [...]

Poppies, Ranunculus, and Hibiscuses

I have been feeling a little overwhelmed with taking care of all my plants. The heat and strong winds caused a lot of stress to me and my plants. Everything got dried up quickly and the leaves were turning yellow. I am spending a lot of time watering, mulching, and fertilizing. Along with caring for [...]

Succulents with Flowers

Around this time of the year many succulents are blooming or growing babies. I found a few of these adorable Echeverias at my local Walmart Garden Center. They have tags on these pots but I'm not sure I can trust Walmart's labeling. Anyone interested in the actual names written on the pots let me know [...]

Anemones, Passion Flowers, and Alstroemerias

The weather has been warming up a bit in Southern California this week and I am seeing some pretty amazing flowers out in my backyard. This time I have the prettiest anemones, passion flowers, and alstroemerias in the greatest shades of purples and pinks. Bluish purple anemones Magenta-like shades of purple anemones in the early [...]

Pre-Spring Blooms

There are a few unique and interesting flowers that appeared this past week I wanted to share. A few were unexpected surprises because they haven't bloomed much in the past. This year started out with some BEAUTIFUL blooms that I haven't seen before. The above picture is my muscari plant. They grew from tiny little [...]

Purples and Pinks

I must have said it many times but purples and pinks are two of my favorite colors in flowers. You can probably tell from the pictures of flowers in my garden. To me these colors signifies femininity and gentleness. I guess you could say I am a little feminine because I like beautiful flowers and [...]

Dogs in the Garden

One of my favorite things to do is hanging out in the garden with my dogs and my flowers. Looking at old photos this year, I found many adorable pictures of my dogs hanging out in the yard helping to dig holes, eating rotten figs, or just enjoying the sunshine. Here are some of my [...]

Beaded Xara Necklace

With the weather being so cold in the morning, I haven't been outside to work in my garden. I thought now would be a good time to talk about my indoor garden of beads.   Long before I started gardening, I was interested in beading, crocheting, and knitting. Now, with the weather being colder outside, I have been focusing more [...]

Borage

A few years ago I was looking for plants with blue colored flowers and stumbled upon this herb called borage.  Borage is a plant I highly recommend growing if you are looking for a low maintenance, inexpensive plant to fill your garden.  This plant requires average water and full to partial sun.  They grow very fast and the [...]