First “Frost”


Today, was the first time this season that the temperature went low enough to frost. Last night the low was 30 degrees Fahrenheit. The only thing I am showing on the deck to be effected is I have a thin crust of ice in my fountain.

I am not sure how many nights will get down low enough to damage any of the plants. I will be paying attention, but I have no plans to bring anything in, or cover them. Unless there is signs that they are being damaged.

Close up on the thin crust of ice.

Close up on the thin crust of ice.

I am surprised my ‘lucky bamboo’, which was in the water that has the ice, is showing no signs of any problems.


Luther Burbank Home & Gardens (Wordless Wednesday)

A story in pictures. This weekend I went on a trip to Luther Burbank’s Home and Gardens.

Enjoy Wordless Wednesday!


I took pictures of the labels and other information to help identify the pictures of the flowers that follow.

Culling Plants

The one maple tree I have found in California. White Cloud Mt.

The one maple tree I have found in California. White Cloud Mt.

When you have a collection of plants, and limited space, how do you get rid of ones you no longer want, or have room for. It seems such a waste to throw them away. And in my case I don’t have pots I can put them in to give them away. Also many times I have no one who really wants them.  Continue reading

Lucky bamboo (Dracaena braunii)


Lucky bamboo (Dracaena braunii) is often mistaken for being part of the bamboo family. The plant is unrelated to Bamboo and not native to Asia. It is found Nativity in Cameroon and the tropical west Africa. It is part of a small group of small shrubby species with slender stems and flexible strap-shaped leaves that grow as under-story plants in rain forests. Continue reading