Friday, May 20, 2016


It was Saturday the 14th of May.  A day that I was really looking forward to not only because I was going to spend the day with a bunch of girls but also because it was my 41st day of birth.  So it was planned that as many members of the orange county landscape design network as could would spent that day at Lotusland.

Lotusland where we went is a 30 acre garden that was constructed by opera singer Ganna Walska. We sighed up for a tour that not only told us about the history of the garden but also the colorful past of the former owner.

This video is a highlight (in pictures) of the garden.  If you are ever looking for a day trip then I would high recommend visiting Lotusland.

Friday, May 13, 2016


Previously I had done a post about my patio garden which you can read here, but I decided to do an update as some things have changed thanks for my HOA.

Let me tell you that if you live in an area with an HOA then you have some rules and regulations that you have to follow and if that is the case then you should read your CC&R'S.  I did not read mine and ended up getting a letter from the HOA informing me that I could not nail or screw anything to an exterior surface of my unit/building as the exterior walls are HOA property.  So I removed anything that was nailed or screwed.  I could have tried to fight this rule but I decided not to because while I was miffed about this rule, I was glad that the HOA is enforcing their rules.  One day I will buy a house in an area with no HOA but until then...

The three new plants I added to me garden are:

  • Penstemon heterophyllus 'Margarita' - Purple Penstemon
  • Salvia greggii 'White' - White Autumn Sage
  • Satureja douglassii - Yerba Buena

Monday, April 25, 2016


I had previously blogged about my patio garden and the design I created for it as well as my worm composter.  So today I thought I would do a quick video about the actual space that is 99% done.  I say 99% because every garden much live every interior space is a work in progress.  It evolves over time as seasons and tastes change.

Mine was interesting as I had only 100 square feet of space that is 100% concrete and some challenges such as a swinging gate door and walkability to the front door to tend with.

Overall I am very pleased with the space.  The only thing left to do is top dress the 3 raised beds which will be done in another blog post.

On a side note I am going to be doing more videos in relation to California native plants, gardening and some client projects.   Stay tuned for those as my goal is to post one video a week.

Here are some things that I have in my garden...

CA native plants - from Tree of Life Nursery:
Salvia clevelandii 'Japatul' - Japatul Cleveland Sage
Ceanothus 'Concha' - Ceanothus
Dudleya pulverulenta - Chalk Dudleya
Dudleya edulis - Dudleya
Dudleya Lanceolata - Lance Leafed Dudleya
Clarkia bottae - Farewell To Spring
Berlandiera lyrata - Chocolate Daisy

Edible plants - from Plant Depot:
Onion chive

Woolly Pockets
Raised beds from Ikea 
Greenbo railing planter

Worm bin
Red Wiggler Worms 

Home Goods
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