My Climate Zone
Sunset Climate ZoneZone 24
USDA Plant Hardines ZoneZone 10b
Biographical InformationI'm an avid gardener that really got into gardening because I remember how good the fresh apricot's were which grew in my yard as a child and the unbelievable cherry's my grandma grew in Utah. I'm by no means and expert, but I thought it would be great to make a place for people to communicate and share information about gardening but in a regional way. That's how we got to this website. We've been working on it for years and it's really fun to see it start to happen. I was born in Salt Lake City Utah but I moved to coastal Southern California my whole life. I have a smallish yard with a layer of clay soil running throughout my whole backyard. I swear if I had a spinning wheel and a kiln I could throw a million clay pots!
My Mulch Profile
OccupationThe Mad Man who thought this this place up
Gardening Ability3 - Garden a lot, with some success
My 5 favorite plants areEaril-Autumn Apricot
Persea americana 'Hass'
Asclepias spp - milkweed - i love monarchs!
What is your favorite gardening outfit or costume?Shorts, t-shirt and barefoot.
What is the one question about gardening you would really like people to ask you?What's ripe in your garden?
And what's the answer?Come on in and see - don't be shy, help yourself!
Who is your own favorite gardening personality on TV, radio or in print? Why?Pat Welsh. Her book "A Month by Month Guide" is like a bible to me.
Do you have a gardening philosophy you would like to share with other gardeners? What is it?Grow plants that do something - give fruit, attract birds or butterflies, smell nice, look great etc.
If you could grow only one plant, what would it be?An ever bearing apricot tree, or if I could move my grandmas cherry tree from Southern Utah to my home on the coast in Southern California.
What plant have you tried to grow that has given you the most trouble? Or, what plant would you like to grow and can't, and why?I can't seem to grow purple Echinacea. Finally this last summer I got a couple of blooms out of one. I must have killed 10 of these damn things.
What is your favorite time in the garden?Whenever I'm in it!
What is your favorite color in the garden?Purple/blue and orange and white together, or a bright yellow on dark green.
What is your favorite place or activity in the garden?Watering by hand. Staring blankly at empty spots in my garden and imagining what I could put there. Watching my kids pick, eat and enjoy fresh fruit from our garden.
What is your favorite public or private garden in the world? Why?I haven't been to to many, but there was one in Rio de Janiero that was super cool.
What individual has influenced your gardening interest the most? How?My Mother
Gardening DilemmasFinding enough space for all the cool plants I keep finding!
What do you dislike most about gardening?I'm not big on weeds, bad bugs and giant trees in my neighbors yard that suck all the water from my yard.
What do you like most about gardening?I really like growing fresh fruit, especially low chill berries. It's also really fun to find new and different varieties and think about where the heck I'm going to fit all the great plants of the world in my little yard.
Cat or Dog personBoth Cat and Dog
What is your Garden Test Score?21-27 Excellent
College / UniversityUC Irvine
Favorite QuoteBadges? We don't need no stinking badges.
InterestsGardening, Baseball, Fishing, Golf, Camping
Plant Care Provider Profile
I would like to promote my gardening expertiseYes
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This plant care was originally written by KatWolfDancer: Truly a spectacular architectural plant for a perennial garden, Phormiums add splash, drama, and elegance to any landscaping with their arching, strappy leaves which fold and change directions midway up the blade. Phormiums have a clumping, compact habit, and can grow taller than the suggested height if they are happy. This group normally stays around the 1'-3' height. With care, they are long-lived. They need moderate watering, good drainage, and full sun to light shade. In the colder zones, they will need winter protection. They are hardy to around 15* F. This cultivar, a sport of "Yellow Wave", has a reputation of reverting back to green, and in order to keep the striking colors vibrant, it is best to cut these rogue blades out of the plant. Older, established plants can flower a deep lovely red, and are quite attractive to hummingbirds. "Jester" flaunts a rich pink leaf with an orange midrib and lime-green bands, and is relatively slow growing and tidy. A real show stopper!Sunset Zones : 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 6, 7, 8, 9USDA Zones : 10a, 10b, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bPlant Photo(s) :
Mitch, Point Loma, CA 92106
Plant Care by Garden Jewels Nursery. Epis are very easy to grow. They thrive on neglect, but reward you with a little effort. They bloom once a year and the flowers last from 1-5 days. More filtered sunshine light is better than less to grow flowers April through June. Less water is better than more to avoid root rot. Never let roots become bone dry. Less fertilizer is better than more. Begin fertilizing the first of February using 0-10-10 or 2-10-10 every 2 to 4 weeks until the flowers are gone. July and September feed with 10-10-10. Protect from snails and slugs. Watch for scale and mealy bug. If you have questions please do not hesitate to call our Nursery at 619.987-6251 or ask about availability or email us at Katie@garden-jewels.comSunset Zones : 20, 21, 22, 23, 24USDA Zones : 10bPlant Photo(s) :
Mitch, Point Loma, CA 92106
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