Torrey Pines Landscape Company

Torrey Pines Landscape Company
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Torrey Pines Landscape Company's pick for Garden-Art Craft Classes in January

Mosaic in the Garden

Dates: January 5 & 12, 2012, Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30
Cost for Two Sessions: $25- Members, $35- Non-members
Minimum number: 10 registered and paid by December 29, 2011

In this two-part workshop, students will learn the basics of mosaic while creating a work of art to be displayed in their garden. Students will need to bring a hammer, an object to mosaic such as a box, plate, tabletop, vase, flowerpot, or other item of their choice. Objects should be made of terracotta, glass, metal, ceramic, cement or wood in order to provide a firm foundation. Students also need to bring tiles or dishes to break in class. During the first meeting, students will break the tiles or dishes, design their mosaic, and apply broken pieces of tiles or dishes. During the second meeting, students will apply grout to their designed mosaic. Tiles can be obtained at tile stores (ask for broken ones) and dishes at thrift stores.
Instructor: Lauren Becker Downey, Artist, Bravo School of Art, 619-223-0058.

All classes are held in Room 104, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego. Call the Floral Association office at 619-232-5762 or go to to register.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

What's blooming this month by Torrey Pines Landscape Company

As far as vines go: Pyrostegia venusta , commonly known as the Flame Vine, is currently 'ablaze' with blossoms. This native to South America, is quite impressive with its clusters of orange 3 inch tubular flowers at the ends of many of its branches.

A tried and true favorite: Camellias
Camellia japonica. have been in the US since their introduction in the 19th century.  They offer a wide variety of shrub sizes, bloom color and petal configuration.
Camellia sasanqua blooms are usually smaller and not as long lasting, but they can take more sun and the blossoms are more resistant to blossom blight. Camellia petal blight, caused by the fungus Ciborinia camellia, causes blossoms to rot. Our crews use the good maintenance practices of : picking & safe disposal of blighted blooms, organic mulching to reduce spore survival, and replacing overhead irrigation with drip system to ensure the healthiest plants for the entire season.

It's also time to finish planting Spring-Blooming Bulbs to ensure a colorful garden in the near future.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Outdoor Lighting by Torrey Pines Landscape Comapny

A well designed landscape lighting plan can create an outdoor environment that can be enjoyed well past sunset.  Since 1983, Torrey Pines Landscape Company has been designing and installing custom landscape illumination systems that bring our clients gardens and outdoor rooms to life at night.  Landscape lighting needs to address the practical aspects like safety, as well as the decorative aspects like creating a focal point as with feature lighting. A common lighting mistake is installing too many bright lights. That can instantly zap the charm out of any garden setting. A few carefully positioned fixtures highlighting select landscape or architectural details can create a beautiful effect while maintaining the intimacy of your outdoor spaces.
See our website service page on lighting for more info.

From the office of Torrey Pines Landscape Company

And speaking of lighting, we would like to thank Aurora for sponsoring our year-end holiday party!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Torrey Pines Landscape Co. is featured in the SDH&G E-News this month

As featured in this months San Diego Home & Garden E-News 

December is a tricky month for gardeners. For example, watering is complicated as weather is variable — cold some of the month, with an occasional hot spell. During a hot spell, it’s a good idea to turn off automatic sprinkler controllers and use them manually. Buying plants at this time of year can be a puzzle, too. To eliminate surprises, buy plants in bloom.

Camellias are a good winter planting choice. The red-flowering ‘Yultide’ camellia seems to be a favorite among gardeners. Camellia japonica also is beautiful with its large double flower. C. japonica generally blooms later and flowers into early spring (hint: float the blooms in a glass bowl as a table centerpiece). Camellia sasanqua — which bloomed early this year — have a smaller, darker serrated leaf with a smaller, single flower than the traditional camellia japonica. They don’t require as much shade or water as C. japonica.

Morning sun is best for camellias unless you are right on the coast, and then they will take afternoon sun as well. It’s best if the soil for camellias is rich with peat moss, organic compost and clean topsoil in equal parts. A general rule of thumb for these (and all plants) is to trim them and feed them after they quit blooming.

For a beautiful shade border, mix shade-loving camellias with clivia, holly fern and some impatiens.

Don’t forget that December also is a good time to start working on beds for bare-root plants — like roses — that we plant in January. Roses and deciduous fruit trees will be coming soon…