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Post Tag: Winter

Visiting Chihuly’s Garden and Glass
After spending several days at Seattle’s Northwest Flower & Garden Show, with all the glorious display gardens and spring blooms around every corner, I was feeling pretty antsy for spring to finally arrive.  It’s been a whopper of a winter, and while I’m not complaining (after all, last night’s news said California is officially out of our seven-year drought!)  I must say, I’m feeling pretty starved for garden tours right now.  Name a gardener that [read more]
Kubota Garden – lessons in form and shape
One of the many reasons why I love visiting public gardens is that each one tells a unique story:  why it was created, who was the driving force, the inspiration behind it, etc. Seattle’s Kubota Garden is no exception. Located in the middle of a quiet suburban neighborhood, it’s somewhat of a surprise to find this secret gem nestled among its residential neighbors. Immediately I was intrigued. In the garden is a memorial stone dedicated to the creator [read more]
Drought Tolerant Superstars for the Winter Garden – Part II
The other day someone asked me if I thought California's Governor would declare that we are no longer in a drought.  And if so, would I continue to focus on creating low-water gardens. While I’m rejoicing with all the rain that we've had, the question caught me by surprise. Of course, I’m going to continue with my low-water designs! For me, gardening with the drought in mind is a way of life. The fact remains that we live [read more]
Drought tolerant superstars for the winter garden
I’m excited to share with you the second installment of my drought-tolerant seasonal superstars. Winter is the time when I tend to receive the most emails from past clients, who are surprised and delighted with how their gardens look during this typically bleak time of year. Even though our Bay Area winters are mild compared to the rest of the country, we do get consistent temperatures that dip into the mid-twenties, along with bouts of heavy frost. Luckily, many  [read more]
My February Garden
Thanks to the El Nino weather pattern we’ve been experiencing here along the West Coast (lots of rain followed by unseasonably warm temperatures) my garden is exploding with blooms much earlier that it ever has before. I’m a bit worried that my poor plants are being tricked into thinking spring has arrived, only to be given a dose of harsh reality with a late freeze or two, but no use worrying about it, right?  Instead, I’m just [read more]
Scent in my late winter garden – my favorite top 5
Here we are in the early days of February, and my zone 9 garden is filled with heavenly fragrance. There's still a few leaves hanging on to deciduous branches for dear life.  But with each gentle breeze these dying leaves quickly lose their grip and leave behind one skeletal shrub after another. Thank heavens for the evergreen shrubs in my garden, as they can finally take their turn on stage.  And with them brings another layer to the garden - [read more]
Camellias in my garden
This is the time of year when camellias, the workhorses of my winter garden, get their moment in the sun (so to speak). I haven't always been a huge fan of camellias, but over the years one of my favorite gardening friends has successfully enlightened me. Thank heavens I've seen the light as I now have dozens of camellias in my garden. When its cold and bleak outside I'm so thankful for these bright spots of color. (more…) [read more]
Winter berries in the garden
Even though it's the middle of January, my garden is humming with activity. As I write this, I can see dozens of birds of all types eating from my bird feeders, taking baths in their freshly filled birdbaths and gorging themselves on the various types of berries my garden provides. Clearly, my garden is a re-fueling station for many of these birds, and I'm happy to see them taking a break from their winter migration. Trees and shrubs that offer [read more]
Festina Lente – Filoli’s winter garden
 Festina Lente.  Powerful words used since ancient times by the likes of emperors, military commanders, authors, artists and even Shakespeare himself. Translated, festina lente means 'hurry slowly'.  Personally, I think  my neighbor's bumper sticker says it best -  'Hurry up and slow down'. Out of the corner of my eye I discovered this plaque placed high up on one of Filoli's many garden archways.  I pondered its meaning as I slowly wandered through the garden on this cold and quiet [read more]
Five ways to warm a winter garden
A few days ago I spoke to my friend who lives in Boston, and when I complained that my garden was taking a beating during a recent week of unrelenting 28-degree temperatures, he was shocked - in California? Yes, even in the land of sunshine it often dips below freezing on a cold winter night, surprising out of town visitors as much as it surprises our succulents, bougainvillea, and citrus. A favorite vignette in my garden is this tough Octopus [read more]