Southern California Gardening

My Garden’s Blue Belly Lizards

– Posted in: Miscellaneous

If you garden in the Southwest, doubtless you have Western fence lizards (Sceloporus occidentalis), also known as blue bellies. They do push-up displays on boulders and scurry if you get too close. They're part of my garden's ecosystem, and I'm grateful to them for eating insects. Other than that, I seldom gave them a thought...until recently. Boys visited this summer---my [...]

Aeonium Flowers

– Posted in: Succulents

When an aeonium elongates into bloom, you know the rosette is toast. But the flowers are spectacular. It's a life lesson: Enjoy the moment. Beauty is fleeting. This is Aeonium 'Zwartkop'. Fortunately, not all the rosettes on the plant bloom at once.   Aeonium 'Sunburst' flowers are white, like the stripes on the leaves. It's pretty [...]

Great Garden Gift Books

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

Garden books that I enjoyed this year and highly recommend as holiday gifts include two about edibles, one in my own area of specialization, one about color and design, and a regional guide I wouldn't be without. Grocery Gardening by Jean Ann Van Krevelen with Amanda Thomsen, Robin Ripley and Teresa O'Connor (Cool Springs Press, paperback, $19.95) [...]