From My Garden to Yours
March 07, 2021

Planting Gladiolus Along a Picket Fence

This past year I’ve worked on perfecting my gladiolus game. I planted along a little picket fence (sold in rolls at Lowe’s). When digging in, I add a layer of Kellogg’s organic soil, some bulb fertilizer, then a little soil over that (so that bulb doesn’t touch the fertilizer), a bamboo skewer to mark location, […]

Yellow, White Daffodil Freesia Container Gardening
Pink, White, Yellow Hyacinth
December 27, 2020

Growing Bulbs, Rhizomes & Corms in Containers

I love container gardening, especially with a variety of bulbs, rhizomes and corms. It’s so easy and they come back beautifully year after year. Plus, many of them make a lot of babies that you can give away to friends and family.

Blue Borage Yellow California poppy with bee
Pink Shirley Poppies
April 14, 2020

Ask Me, Share with Me

I often get questions in comments on this site and in Instagram posts asking about flowers, IDs, for advice, etc. On Instagram, I cannot respond with images or clickable links. Plus, sometimes my online friends want to share more of their gardens and yards with me.

Shade Garden Containers Giant Squill Bulb in Wine Bottle Elevation
California Garden Tour
February 19, 2020

California Garden Tours & Events Spring 2020

I can’t get enough of garden tours! They are so inspirational and provide so many ideas for what I can do in my yard. Plus, many are staffed by experts who can answer questions and provide guidance.

Bulb Lasagna Container Hyacinths growing in container
Lasagna Bulbs: hyacinth, daffodil, paperwhite, Dutch iris
September 22, 2019

Spring Blooming Bulb Lasagna

It’s time to get started on planting my spring bulbs which I usually plant as a single variety. This year, I’m trying out bulb lasagna with a variety of bulbs in one container. It’s easy! Just layer the bulbs according to recommended depth. This can be done directly in your garden or in a container.

Gladiola Cormlet - Gladiolus Pink Gladiola - Gladiolus
Pink & Yellow Gladiolus Blooming in Garden
February 09, 2019


Gladiolus is a summer blooming corm and best planted in early spring. In my zone (9b), corms are typically planted starting in February. Though the corms start to sprout in my yard in December/January. In colder zones, wait until your soil is workable in early spring. Your gladiolus will bloom in about 60 days or so after planting.

Red and Pink Bearded Iris
Dividing Bearded Irises
October 03, 2018

Dividing Bearded Irises

Irises are a very low-maintenance flower, but they need a little attention when they get crowded to keep them blooming. You just need to divide them, which is super easy. You’ll then have exponentially more rhizomes for your garden, or better yet, to share with friends and family. All of the irises in my yard have come from my parents’ and friends’ gardens.

Toad House in Garden
Toad in Garden
August 24, 2018

Attract Toads to Your Garden

I usually can’t see them, but I can hear the toads in my yard at night. But when I do see them, they are starting to hop around the garden at twilight (they’re nocturnal). Toads are an important part of my garden’s ecosystem. These amphibians can eat as many as 3,000 bugs in a month. In my yard, I hope they spend most of their time eating all the snails and slugs.

Narrow Leaf Milkweed - Asclepias fascicularis Magenta Desert Willow Tree
Purple Haze Aster Chilensis
August 15, 2018

California Fall 2018 Plant Sales

Fall is a glorious time to plant in California. The days are getting shorter and the weather is cooler. There are many plants sales hosted by public gardens and non-profit organizations. They’re typically staffed by knowledgeable master gardeners – so you get expert help and advice while shopping. Many of these events include hard-to-find native and rare plants that you won’t find anywhere else. And if that weren’t enough, many plants will be offered at unbeatable prices and provide much-needed funding for these organizations.

DIY flower seed packets with popsicle sticks
August 03, 2018

Creating & Mailing Flower Seed Packets

It’s one of the best gifts from the heart: seeds from your garden. But if you’re sending them through the mail, you’ve got to take extra care so the seeds aren’t crushed by postal equipment. You can use bubble wrap but I prefer to use non-plastic materials that can be re-purposed or recycled.