Torrey Pines Landscape Company

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

What's Blooming but "Bites"?

Spring is in the air, and the question isn't what's may be 'What isn't blooming?'  The county is ablaze with glorious floral spring color. Some flowers and plants that have developed a defensive system for protection are better admired from afar however. When creating a planting plan for your garden, it's prudent to be aware of toxins and other possibly painful attributes that are inherent in each plant. The following blooming beauties are better seen than touched and we require our crews to wear heavy gloves for safety when working with them.

The Central American evergreen native Caracus wigandia, Wigandia caracasana  grows to 10ft, and has clusters of violet to lilac bell shaped flowers from spring to autumn.. The large ovate toothed leaves are covered with stinging hairs which secrete an 'ideal allergen' which is not only chemically unique in the plant kingdom but it can also cause severe contact dermatitis.


 Euphorbia milii, common name - Crown of Thorns, is an evergreen woody succulent species climbing shrub from Madagascar that can tolerate salt, making it an ideal choice for seaside planting. The stems are armed with a profusion of long, sharp thorns about 3 cm long, which make it less than ideal as a choice to plant  where it will spill over onto walkways within ankles reach.  These densely spiny stems actually aid the plant 'scramble over' other plants in its growth. (The bloom is technically a cyathium, consisting of fused bracts that form a cup around the much reduced true flower in the middle.)

from the office of Torrey Pines Landscape Company

Monday, April 23, 2012

Torrey Pines Landscape Company's pick for what to do this Weekend

Some of our own 'Water-Wise' garden design

San Diego Native Garden Tour

"Come to these gardens expecting your prejudices about natives to be smashed, or better, ready to be inspired to the many possibilities of native gardening"   -CNPSSD

April 28th & 29th, 2012
Showcases 25 of the counties best native gardens
Saturday's events, beginning at the Chula Vista Nature Center, feature the regions of South Bay and San Diego City. (receive a 50% off entry of Center)
Sunday's events, beginning at Pilitas Nursery in Escondido, feature the regions of North County and Inland areas (receive a !0% off purchases at nursery)
Although the tour is 'self-guided', the California Native Plant Society will have on-site lectures and docents available. Nan Sterman, author of California's Gardeners Guide, will be available for book signing and questions on both days at the respective check-in locations.

for more info or to register go to the CA Native Plant Society's Garden Tour site 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Upcoming Event Torrey Pines Landscape Company Recommends


Date: Saturday, May 5th, 2012
Time: Trolley from 10am–3pm,
Market until 4pm

“Rambling Thru’ the Ranch” on a charming trolley with friends and family! What better way to discover the splendor of some of Rancho Santa Fe’s most glorious gardens!
Trolleys every 10 minutes; linger as long as you want at any location. At the same time, the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club will be brimming with notions, demonstrations, treats and crafts by local artisans for your home, garden and taste buds at its fresh and festive open air market!

Tickets: $35- Advanced Purchase. $45- Day of Purchase.
Space is Limited. Advanced purchase is recommended.
visit: for more detailed info

from the office of Torrey Pines Landscape Company

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Torrey Pines Landscape Co. Pick for Spring Workshop this week

The San Diego Floral Association's quarterly meeting presents the following program:
"The Lighter Side of Succulents" with Laura Eubanks
When: 4/18/12 at 2:00pm
Location: Casa Del Prado, Room 101 Balboa Park
Questions - call the floral office at 619-232-5762

Photo of succulent baskets by Green Fresh Florals - Hillcrest- taken outside Art Alive Exhibit 4/14

Friday, April 13, 2012

Torrey Pines Landscape Company's pick for Events in April

Art Alive Art Exhibition April 13-15, 2012

Springtime in San Diego can only mean one thing — Art Alive at The San Diego Museum of Art. Each year floral designers are invited into the galleries to interpret some of the greatest art in San Diego’s collection. Masterpieces from world-renowned artists such as El Greco, Degas, Monet, and Renior can be seen side by side their floral doubles.

Garden Tour Opportunities

April 13
24th Annual Lake Hodges Native Plant Club Garden Tour
Five waterwise gardens in Poway and Rancho Bernardo; plant sale, vendors
Tickets: $15

April 15
10th Annual California Native Plant Garden Tour
Walking tour of 15 front-yard gardens in historic Oceanside neighborhood
Tickets: Free

April 19
Bernardo Gardeners Garden Tour
Five gardens in four Rancho Bernardo neighborhoods; plant sale
Tickets: $15