From My Garden to Yours

Welcome to Our Garden

We’re so glad to see you!

We hope that you’ll find our tips, advice and even our failures in growing and cultivating will be helpful in your yard. We grow countless traditional garden favorites along with many California native and/or drought-tolerant plants. Be sure to share your insight and experiences by commenting on our posts.

It’s a hot, scorching summer but we’ve got so many flowers at their peak: rudbeckia, zinnias, angelonia, cosmos and more. Many will last until cold weather or frost take them out. Soon we’ll be getting started on planting our fall bulbs and corms, along with other cool weather plants.

Garden Journal

Iceland poppy ranunculus anemone
September 06, 2021

Planting & Sowing Chilly Weather Flowers

Whether planting for a California winter or early spring in colder zones, these are my favorite flowers that do well in chilly weather. In my zone, 9b, it typically freezes to about mid 20s Fahrenheit and that’s no problem for these flowers. While these flowers will not bloom while temperatures are dipping below freezing, their foliage can withstand frosty weather. So for those of you in colder zones, you don’t have to wait until after the last frost date to plant them. And for those of you in zones 9-10, fall is the time to plant.

yellow black mystic dahlias
August 28, 2021

Structural Support for Dahlias

My biggest challenge with dahlias: keeping them upright and looking natural. I have tried various methods: tomato cages, teepees, metal supports and now finally we’ve mastered bamboo supports which is the best so far.

August 20, 2021

Sowing Zinnias

There are so many beautiful reasons to love zinnias! But we especially love them for all the butterflies and other pollinators that they bring to the garden. Whether you place them in the garden as transplants or from seed, zinnias are so easy to grow. They can really take the scorching summer heat in full sun.