New Plantings

Wow it has been two years since I posted anything. My front garden has filled out nicely but the back garden is still not blog worthy.  I want to record the irises that I purchased last month at the South Coast garden show. This blog is a good vehicle for it. I purchased 5 rhizomes  to plant into the back garden for an iris border.  The names are Dawn of Change, Bursting Bubbles, Revere, Tour de France and Return address. This is what they will look like when they bloom. Hopefully soon.







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A new favorite plant

I have to admit I was never a fan of the Poinsettia. I tend to garden in pastels and the Poinsettia is so bright and doesn’t even redeem itself with a good scent like my red rose Don Juan.  Recently my eldest son was shopping at Home Depot and he noticed that all the women were ” going crazy” and filling their baskets with them. He thought it must be something special so he brought home four of them to me. He had no idea of my low opinion of them. I mean how can anyone not like a flowering plant right?  I am going to transplant it in the garden so I can always remember his thoughtfulness. Lola appreciates how they compliment her red scarf.




A favorite saying


If the above sign is true then I hope my garden will be in stitches this spring. I have planted many flowering shrubs,annuals,perennials and bulbs this fall.
I have been quite the comedian and hopefully the garden will enjoy my material. Here are a few of the “giggles” that I planted.







Live Centerpieces

I love flowers but I rarely buy them. I prefer to purchase a live plant and grow it in a container or in the garden. This enables me to enjoy the flowers longer,providing I keep the plant alive.  Whenever I need a centerpiece for a party or get together I usually purchase a plant to decorate the table. Here are a few centerpieces that I have made in the past.
Succulent centerpiece image

I filled the El Pato cans with succulents from Costco. They lent such a festive air to the tables.


This was a black and white party theme. The Lisianthus provided a nice pop of color. It was just a simple arrangement but it had a great impact.

These centerpieces were for a Bridal Tea Party. I covered the pots with scrapbook paper. House plants make wonderful centerpieces also. The Flowers in the lantern are from my garden,it was a good year.