Day 2-4 Reno and Lake Tahoe

Ooops! I made a mistake the other day in my post about my road trip vacation.  I forgot to post pictures of my Reno visit!  We didn't stay long enough to explore and get nice pictures but there are several nice areas I wouldn't mind retiring to some day. There are parts that looked a … Continue reading Day 2-4 Reno and Lake Tahoe

Day 1-2: Death Valley and Reno Vacation

I just came back from a long road trip with my family yesterday. The trip was five nights which include stops in Death Valley National Park, Reno in Nevada, South Salt Lake City, and Sequoia National Park. It was really long. I am not a fan of long road trips. I also fought tooth and … Continue reading Day 1-2: Death Valley and Reno Vacation

Hibiscuses, Cleome, Wasabi, Asiatic Lilies, and Cornflowers

I have been busy last week with my oldest son's graduation from high school. And this week I am preparing to go on vacation with the family before my son starts a new job and the youngest start cross country running camp. I had lots of flowers in the garden but many were not captured … Continue reading Hibiscuses, Cleome, Wasabi, Asiatic Lilies, and Cornflowers

Gardening Tips

I read that blogs should give something of value to the readers, something for them to walk away feeling that they learned something. I realized that my blog doesn't have interesting tidbits to share, it's mostly about me gushing over my flowers. So...today, I will share three tips I learned while growing and developing my … Continue reading Gardening Tips

A Bevy of Flowers

Today I thought I should start creating and eventually print a gardening book that will contain all the flowers I showcased in this blog and more that I couldn't post before. I would put in tips on how to care for them and where to plant. It would be overloaded with pictures of beautiful flowers. … Continue reading A Bevy of Flowers

Columbines, Statice, Schizanthus, Linaria, and more

In this post I have a lot of plants I grew from seeds. There are many that I grew from the end of winter that have not flowered yet but these below are some very quick growing ones. Columbines This year Columbine is my favorite flowers to grow. I tried planting several seeds and also … Continue reading Columbines, Statice, Schizanthus, Linaria, and more

Epiphyllum and Amaryllis Flowers

On Mother's Day I was surprised by the biggest and most extravagant of blooms by these two: epiphyllum and and amaryllis plants. Last year my epiphyllum only had one bloom, this year, there are 13! The flowers are about 7 inches wide. It only flowers in the spring but it is an amazing sight. I've … Continue reading Epiphyllum and Amaryllis Flowers

Roses, Moss Roses, and Rose Barbie

This post is about flowers and a Barbie that have the words "rose" in them. The Rose Barbie is one I had promised to show you many months ago but kept putting it off. The Barbie is from a Flowers in Fashion Collection consisting of the Rose, Orchid, Calla Lily, and the Iris Barbies. Plum … Continue reading Roses, Moss Roses, and Rose Barbie

The Once Unpopular Gardens

I just realized there are parts of my gardens that I haven't shown in the past, called "the unpopular gardens". It was because it was really barren. Luckily, now everything that I've grown in the past year have filled out. This area of the garden is way in the back corner with my avocado tree … Continue reading The Once Unpopular Gardens

Puppies in the Garden

These puppies in the garden are not puppies actually, they are full grown 5 and 6 years old dogs. Still puppies to me, though. LORD WAGGLES This cafe au lait colored dog is called Lord Waggles but we call him Waggles for short. We are not quite sure what he is but we think he … Continue reading Puppies in the Garden

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus today with your friends and family. My family is hosting an Easter lunch today for my husband's family. It's not a big party this year and it's the first one we have since the Chinese virus hits us two years ago. Here's a … Continue reading Happy Easter!

Bearded Irises, Alstroemeria and a Few More

Bearded irises are blooming again! I love these flowers. They come in the most vibrant, spectacular colors! They can handle dry, clay soil like a champ and they multiply each year. You can divide and share! My love of the irises started when I received a bulb at my mother-in-law's memorial service. She loved irises … Continue reading Bearded Irises, Alstroemeria and a Few More

My Verdant Garden

I am officially done with buying plants for the season and possibly until next year! I have spent most of my weekends to do weeding and to plant 80+ flower seedlings. My garden has no space that I can dig up myself anymore. The next option is to put things in containers but I tend … Continue reading My Verdant Garden

Irises, Roses, and Statices

This sturdy seedling is buckwheat. Look it has grown tiny little flowers already! It sprouted from seeds within a few days and grew really fast. The picture of the roses here does not do it justice. The pink is a dark, striking pink. The flowers are at least 5 inches wide and so plentiful. In … Continue reading Irises, Roses, and Statices

Springtime Yellow Flowers

We've had one whole day of rain here in Southern California this past Monday. I had two 50-gallon rain barrels out there for the first time and they are completely full. Yesterday I attached a hose to one of them and filled up my watering can. It is wonderful to be able to use free … Continue reading Springtime Yellow Flowers

Birdsongs Video Blog

Today I wanted to share a video I made of my garden with birds singing and chatting in the background. These birds are so chatty that they go on for half of the morning while I'm in the garden. I am out there so much, I'd like to believe they see me as their friend … Continue reading Birdsongs Video Blog

Ready for Spring Garden

Happy first day of spring for all you gardeners out there! The most anticipated day of the year is here. The weather is warming up,  your flowers budded/bloomed, you're ready to start seeds, and put your plants out. This is the time when all those plants that have been dormant all these cold months WAKE … Continue reading Ready for Spring Garden

Crocuses, Daffodils, and Irises

All the bulbs I planted this past fall started blooming last week. This is my first time growing these guys and I am so happy that our weather has been cool enough to get a good dose of these cool weather bulbs blooming. CROCUSES DAFFODILS Narcissus Bulbocodium Spoirot DUTCH IRISES HOLLANDICA 'DISCOVERY' Well, that's all … Continue reading Crocuses, Daffodils, and Irises

Ranunculus and Peach Blossoms

This post is a collection of all of the ranunculus and peach blossoms in my garden. My Red Baron peach tree is blossoming more this year than last year. The fruit from these blossoms were pretty good last year so hopefully these will taste even better now in its third spring season. About a month … Continue reading Ranunculus and Peach Blossoms

Winter Garden in Southern California

In this post are some of my favorite late winter garden pictures along with some favorite new flowers. Below are some yellow daisies that are year-round bloomers, dark purple tobacco plant, blue borage, pink daisies, and green yellow heuchera. Hibiscus splendens Pink Hollyhock Tree is getting ready to flower for the first time after planting … Continue reading Winter Garden in Southern California

Cherry Tree Blossoms and Other Pink Flowers

Well I had disappeared for almost 3 months, not blogging, that is. I was still struggling with whether I have the time to blog. I had to plant new plants and started seeds on at least 70+ new flowers and vegetables. It's going to be an exciting spring again with so many new things. While … Continue reading Cherry Tree Blossoms and Other Pink Flowers

Winter Garden Scene

I've been really lazy posting on my blog lately. It's not that I don't have things to write about but I'm just lazy and I am overwhelmed by all the widgets on WordPress. I consider myself a little more technology savvy than many people I know but I am having the dickens of a time … Continue reading Winter Garden Scene

Calla Lily Barbie

The third Barbie in the Flowers in Fashion Collection is this Calla Lily Barbie. Last week I showed you my Iris Barbie, which was the fourth in the series. The few weeks prior to that was my Orchid Barbie, which was the second in the series. They are all out of sequence, you say, but … Continue reading Calla Lily Barbie

The Iris Barbie

The fourth Barbie in the Flowers in Fashion Collection is the Iris Barbie.  The first one that I posted was the Orchid Barbie I posted a few weeks ago.  The Collection had four in this order: The Rose, The Orchid, The Calla Lily,  and The Iris. Her hair was nicely coiffed in a net but … Continue reading The Iris Barbie

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 … Continue reading Colorific Fall Flowers

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 … Continue reading The Orchid Barbie

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. … Continue reading Egyptian Beaded Bracelets

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 … Continue reading Bible Verse Philippians 4:7

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 … Continue reading Autumn Blooms

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 … Continue reading Bonsai Trees

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 … Continue reading Epiphyllum Orchid Cacti

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 … Continue reading Best Blooms of Spring and Summer 2021

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 … Continue reading Hibiscuses, Roses, and a Smattering of Things

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 … Continue reading Hibiscuses and Pink Flowers

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 … Continue reading Roses and a Profusion of Pinks

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 … Continue reading Angel’s Trumpet and Other Delights

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. … Continue reading Summer Blooms

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 … Continue reading Beaded Bracelets

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 … Continue reading The Art of Wanting Less in Gardening

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 … Continue reading Blog Posting

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. … Continue reading Baby Succulents

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 … Continue reading Flowers

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 … Continue reading Interesting Mix of Flowers

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. … Continue reading Vibrant and Unique Blooms

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 … Continue reading Dahlias, Lilies, and Poppies

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 … Continue reading Purples and Pinks

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 … Continue reading Daylilies and More

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 … Continue reading Brugmansias and Trees

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 … Continue reading Gladiolus Garden

Bali Pendant

I have been putting off beading for a long time, so this past weekend I made time to create this pendant. As I was making it, I remembered how much FUN it is to create using different beads and color combinations. I get so excited to see the finished product! This design is given by … Continue reading Bali Pendant

Lilies and Hibiscuses

After I came back from vacation I noticed my garden had a big burst of blooms from my lilies and hibiscuses. The weather had been around 90 degrees Fahrenheit every day this past week. Every morning before I go to work I would water all the pots and vulnerable plants like hydrangeas. By the afternoon, … Continue reading Lilies and Hibiscuses