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Monday, February 21, 2011

La Jolla Landscape Design- Case Study

We will be replacing the case studies on our web-site. So here's a last look at what's there:

This La Jolla project started from a ground-up remodel of a cottage that sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Bird Rock. The owners wanted to create more privacy and interest to the front of their newly remodeled home. Some of the original brick planters were left in place, so we worked off of them in style and texture. Flagstone and salvaged bricks were mixed in patterns providing an old world cottage charm with an updated twist. There were garden art objects to locate and drives and walks to consider. Because of the proximity to the ocean, plants were selected that can hold up to the salt spray in the environment. Every nook of this garden was utilized. Even a narrow side yard became an inviting little meditation spot with a cute park bench with surrounding brick planters. Since the rear patios were right on the ocean cliff, we designed raised planters to eliminate the need for railings and fences that would interrupt the views. Stone and salvaged brick veneers were used to provide a continuity of style with the front courtyards.

Friday, February 11, 2011

On a recent drive from San Diego to San Francisco up highways 101 and 1, the flowering plums were the floral harbingers of spring. These trees are part of the genus Prunus which is best known horticulturally for the hundreds of cultivated ornamental and fruiting varieties of plum, cherry, apricot, peach and nectarine. The genus can be divided into into two categories: evergreen and deciduous. It was the latter of these, the deciduous flowering variety, that stole the show all up and down the coast during the first week of February. Here are just three of the popular flowering plum cultivars that are for ornamental use:
Prunus cerasifera'Kratuer Vesuvius' is a smaller tree 18ft tall by 12 ft. wide. Have you ever been to Bakersfield CA in the summer? Well that's where this variety was cultivated, therefore it definitely shows a greater tolerance of heat and drought conditions and is well suited to San Diego's warmer inland areas. The purple-black foliage is the darkest of the flowering plums and the flowers are a single bloom of light pink.
Prunus cerasifera 'Atropurpurea' ( 'Pissardii') will grow rather quickly up to 30 ft and width. It's the traditional Purple-Leaf-Plum. The leaves are coppery red when new, later deepening to dark purple then turning res in autumn before dropping. The single blooms can be white or the palest of pinks. Some produce a crop of red fruit.
Prunus cerasifera 'Purple Pony' is the smallest of the three discussed today. It is considered a semi-dwarf coming in at a mature height if only 10-12 ft with a canopy width about the same. This is a great choice for patio or any hardscape area planting, because is bears no fruit. The leaves maintain their rich purple color through fall. The blooms are single pink flowers in the spring.
The flowering plum can thrive in far more climate and soil conditions than other trees from the genus, like the flowering cherry or peach. It's this adaptability that allows the Prunus cerasifera to be a color-contrasting addition to so many California gardens. When the showy blooming has passed the foliage of most varieties is just as dramatic and aesthetically pleasing.
A floral design idea: These blooming branches can be cut for decoration. Make your branch selection with an eye that's taking the entire canopy shape into consideration. (For newly planted trees select a rubbing branch or the weaker limb of a double leader) For the longest lasting bloom, cut the branches when the buds first begin to open. Place the branch in a deep container of water, then strip off any buds or flowers that will be below the water level. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Someone recently commented that they wished our blogs were longer and more in depth for 'newbies'. It's delightful to know that we are peaking interest in homeowners that want to improve their outdoor living spaces. Unfortunately, we don't have the time to dedicate to more in depth blogging and education. Carl Sandburg said "Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." We would like to share our recommendations for resources that we think are worthy of the investment in both your time and pocketbook.

Southern California Gardening, A Month-by-Month Guide, by Pat Welsh
Review: Here is the southern California gardener's calendar laid out with clarity and zest; no weasel words, no ifs and buts. The author has done it all and delivers straight from the a language so simple and direct it gallops along like a thriller. Pacific Horticulture
Description:First published in 1992, Pat Welsh's Southern California Gardening has sold well over 40,000 copies and received great critical acclaim. This completely revised and updated edition (copyright 2000) includes 40 new color photographs plus new information on perennials, ornamental grasses, geraniums, and more. Monthly chapters discuss relevant gardening topics-climate, plant selection, soils, fertilizers, and watering-and are accompanied by handy checklists to help gardeners stay organized. An assortment of sidebars and rules of thumb will prove useful to gardeners in any region. Beautifully photographed and written in Pat Welsh's warm and practical style, this is an indispensable guide for every southern California gardener.

Southern California Organic Gardening, by Pat Welsh
In this completely revised and updated classic, beloved garden expert Pat Welsh shares how to garden the organic way. It's a simple month-by-month format that shows gardeners exactly what to do throughout the year; terrific advice on gardening with drought-tolerant and fire-resistant plants; and plenty of fresh information on organic soils, fertilizers, and pest control. Useful for newbies and seasoned green thumbs alike.
About the Author
Pat Welsh has been inspiring Southern California gardeners for 30 years by spreading her unique brand of practical garden lore through books, columns, talks, and TV programs. She lives and gardens in San Diego County.

Western Garden Book, by Sunset
The Western Garden Book presents hundreds of pages full of gardening wisdom from the editors of Sunset magazine. This huge book appeals to western climate gardening enthusiasts, bringing them tips, advice, and information on the latest gardening tools and gear. It includes what plants to grow, how to nurture them, and where they do the very best. You'll also find information on the Western climate zones, 30 Plant Selection Guides, plus a Practical Guide to Gardening with basic advice on plant care and essential gardening techniques. New plant lists reflect current trends, such as Mediterranean gardening and easy-care plants for beginners. For more than 70 years, Sunset has been the source for no-nonsense gardening advice, easy-to-follow diagrams, and encyclopedic knowledge of plant varieties. More than 8,000 plant listings keyed to climate zones.