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Kachinagirl
Modesto, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 22, 2005
1:31 PM

Post #1354096

Hi all...Karen here in Modesto! :~D

(EDITED...Well, ya'll got interesting on me, 'spose I should add something...I'm in the CA central valley about 2 hours south of Sacramento. My passions are Hoyas, Epiphyllums, perennials of ALL kinds but specially salvias, and now succulents and cactus (thanks to Norma!). We winter here at a wet, cold, clammy & foggy 20-25 degrees, and top out in summer at 110 for a week or two. Plant material is either tough or dead here. A much smaller plant list than I used to use when I lived in West Covina {hi george!] or Campbell.)

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KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

March 22, 2005
2:54 PM

Post #1354274

Hi! I'm Kathleen and I live in Bonsall -- which is between Fallbrook and Oceanside in North San Diego County. A year ago we moved to our own place, which was more or less a blank canvas (just a few trees on the perimeter). Little by little, we are landscaping with California natives, but I reserve the right to have 'special' stuff on the terrace outside the house! I'm lusting for a plumeria. :-)






Juli64
Victorville, CA

March 22, 2005
3:22 PM

Post #1354347

Hi all! I'm Juli and I live in Victorville which is about halfway between Orange County and Las Vegas. If you are heading to Bishop on the 395 you pass right by my house. We are what is called the "upper desert" It's not really desert and it's not really mountains it's a mix of both. We get some snow in the winter but sweltering heat in the summer. Crazy. Prior to living here I grew up in Anaheim/Buena Park area. My DH comes from upstate NY. I'm glad to meet you all! I was so envious of all the DGers who live so close to each other that they get to do round ups :~)
-Juli
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

March 22, 2005
3:41 PM

Post #1354391

Hi there, I'm Antoinette and live in Moreno Valley right behind the mountain between Perris Lake and the 60 FWY. We get frost and we also get up to 115 degrees plus at times in the summer. Glad to be here..
Antoinette


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Happenstance
Northern California, CA


March 22, 2005
5:10 PM

Post #1354589

Morning All!

Good news going on here, I've signed in on Dave's thread! Looks like we are already representing a good sampling of areas!

Candy

Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


March 22, 2005
5:54 PM

Post #1354675

Hi I am Kelley and I live in the East Bay outside of San Francisco. I have a small yard but a huge appetite!! I love roses, bulbs, vines, brugs, and anything flowering!!! The gaudier the better.

Great to meet you all!

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


March 22, 2005
5:55 PM

Post #1354677

I live in the valley near Los Angeles. Wish I lived in San Diego, but seems this climate is better than most others around the country. If any one is into tropicals, I know where most of the 'private' palm and cycad nurseries are near you in case you ever have the yen to add those types of plants to your gardens. For example, Cycad Center is in Bonsall and the Ironmongers have a huge collection of great plants to sell there, right near the golf course off the 74. You should check them out Kaperc.
George
Valinda, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 22, 2005
6:11 PM

Post #1354714

I amin the San Gabriel Valley, East of Los Angeles.
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 22, 2005
7:50 PM

Post #1354921

Hey, some of us already did this in the "Welcome to the Forum" thread, and I, for one, am too lazy to repeat everything here, so if you want to know everything about us, you'll have to go there too.
drdon
Temecula, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 22, 2005
10:53 PM

Post #1355244

Hell fellow Golden staters,

My wife Pamela and I moved to this area from Cardiff by the Sea just north of San Diego. We are further north now in the far southwestern corner of Riverside County in the unincorporated area of Temecula quite liberally regarded as 'Wine Country'...lol. We experience several hard, dry frosts each winter at this location and our summers frequently have weeks where the temps are flirting with, or above 100F. It's a real challenge from the mild climate we came from where we could grow all kinds of neat stuff easily. We came out here for our horses and the price of land. Pamela is a retired psychologist cum warmblood horse breeder and I'm a retired biologist cum pooper scooper.

Strever
Hiouchi, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 22, 2005
11:19 PM

Post #1355306

do we do it twice :-)

i'm living in Fountain Valley for the present
half my neighbors have banana's growing in their back yard
& large plumeria growing in their front yard
i have Orchids growing in my back yard :-)
& Aroids & Coleus in my front yard :-)

my name again is Dick Strever

eje
San Francisco, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 22, 2005
11:44 PM

Post #1355370

Hi...

My wife and I live in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. My yard is typical San Francisco postage stamp size which gets very little sun; but, I try to make up for it by being involved with a community garden a few blocks from my house. I like plants that are visually interesting, bring fragrance, and are edible. Well, preferably at least 2 out of 3! I'm also interested in the native plants of california and try to grow as many as I can.

Erik
Waldrade
Hermosa Beach, CA

March 23, 2005
12:03 AM

Post #1355424

Hi,
Jennifer from Hermosa Beach. I do container gardening because I just have a porch to deal with for now. I'm interested in heirlooms, unusual and "forgotten" vegetables and greens, wild edibles and culinary/medicinal plants. I'm a little bit poor in flowers but I'm working on it...
Lambs_Place
Hemet, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 23, 2005
12:25 AM

Post #1355473

How about that - a California Forun - thanks Dave

"Lamb_place" here (Larry & Jenell). We live in Hemet CA north of Temecula & S.E of Riverside. This area is refered to a,s the "foothills of heaven" Ha! Same zone as DRDON (he's about 15 miles south). We are currently living in town but are gettng ready to rebuild on our 21/2 acres west of Hemet, which we were burnt out of 18 mo ago. Glad to see a "local" forum starting up. Right now we don't have much to trade but hopefully we will once we get back on the property.
Chuck1260
Arroyo Grande, CA

March 23, 2005
3:26 AM

Post #1355889

Hi All! I am Chuck from Arroyo Grande. I live on a hillside about a mile from the ocean. About a third of my garden is CA natives, the rest are mostly Mediteraneans. I started this garden about four years ago with the intention of having 2,000 different kinds plants, and I am about two thirds there. I have about a half acre to garden with, so there is plenty of room. I frequent most of the botanical garden sales in the state, nurseries in the Bay Area, LA and San Diego and locally. Having grandchildren in Sunnyvale and San Diego is great for nursery shopping. I am just starting to get into growing things from seeds.
lisamr
Roseville, CA
(Zone 8a)

March 23, 2005
3:35 AM

Post #1355911

Hiya neighbors! I live northern/central California. I'm fairly new at outside gardening and very new here at DG. I have had houseplants and some roses. Right now I'm in the process of turning my yard into a hummingbird haven. Next year I'm going to make room for butterflies. Think that's only appropriate since they love almost the same flowers...and I love butterflies too! I've always loved plants and growing them...and am glad to have somewhere to learn just how to do that!

Lisa
SoCal
Huntington Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 23, 2005
6:13 AM

Post #1356128

Wow, we sure do have several types of climates listed above and I'm so glad to see so many of you posting now.

My name is Donna and I live in "Surf City USA". My home is 3 miles from the ocean and with my zone 10, we still get a nice breeze to keep us cool. Many of the plants that I grow, that call for partial shade, can be planted in full sun here. My front garden is small and my back garden is just a little larger. I only have a small patch of grass on the side of the house, for my dog to do his thing.

I admit to being a zone pusher. I love to try to grow plants out of my zone. Many of them do fine, but my Hosta collection dwindled down to nothing, as it just doesn't get cold enough here for them to thrive. I love all types of plants and vines...my back garden is enclosed with cement block walls (city life), so I try to cover them with vines or large bushes.

I also love to share my plants with others. I try to give them away to my neighbors, family or friends. When they don't want them, I do a lot of trading on DG. lol The information and the friendship that I have made here at DG for the past 4 yrs. is astonishing to most of my friends. They've seen me go from a simple gardener to an "avid" gardener.

Donna
picturelady
San Jose, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 23, 2005
11:52 PM

Post #1357958

Hi...I'm Margie...a native of NY who moved to San Jose, CA. 30 years ago. I am in a neighborhood with 1/3 of an acrea lot. Until a few years ago, I was mostly interested in growing veggies...the last few years brought me into daylilies and brugs. I tend to be slightly compulsive, so I gather things quickly!
Our climate is hot in the summer...with many days above 100 degrees and only occasional frosts in the winter. Being in a valley, the temps are higher in the summer than surrounding bay areas. (unfortunately!) It is also usually dry, especially in the summer. Winter has been quite wet this year.
I have already had the pleasure of meeting Lilystorm (Tracy), Cal Sue and Happenstance. I am looking forward to meeting more of you at gatherings & sharing our common experiences.
PudgyMudpies
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 24, 2005
1:50 AM

Post #1358194

Yippie! We have our own forum! I was sure surprised to see this. But pleasantly, I might add. :~)
My name is Donna and I live in Stockton, San Joaquin county. About an hour south of Sacramento, (HEY KACHINAGIRL! We are almost neighbors!)
I have a decent sized lot, by in-town standards, but not big enough to suit me. I am a vine addict & can only squeeze in so many vine fences. I am very fickle & only a few things get carried over from year to year.
Our weather is normally very nice, we do get a couple of freezes a winter (the last 2 years being the exception with several) and I can usually grow tropicals outside year around with only a light covering on those freezing nights. I have started enjoying my brugs since I finally experienced some blooms, and think they may be a keeper.
I look forward to reading all the wonderful posts that we are sure to have in this forum. It was a pleasure meeting all of you.
Donna
dguimo
Pioneer, CA

March 24, 2005
1:50 AM

Post #1358195

HI, my name is Jacquie and I've been a member of Dave's for a couple of years, but have posted very seldom. I love this garden club and have learned so much from all the members. I'm a Ca native, born in So San Fran , lived in San Bruno (grew up there), Santa Clara, Scotts Valley, Aptos, and now we are in Pioneer.and we love it. We moved here to take care of my Mom and love it so much that we're here to stay. Well--- I don't love it so much today, it's been snowing for 2 days and I think my roses are not very happy, I hope they will be OK. Just pruned a couple of weeks ago Darn!!!!
Pioneer is off of hwy. 88 at 4000 ft. elevation, an hour and a half from Tahoe.
I have to fence everything because the deer eat everything they can, even the so-called deer resistant plants. Fox Glove is the only plant I have that is safe from the little devils.
I recently joined the Rose Society because roses are my real passion ,aside from my veggies
And cooking, love to cook. I'm looking forward to being more active on Dave's as I have so much more time now. Hope to meet some of the other members too.

Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


March 24, 2005
7:09 AM

Post #1358721

Sue here in San Jose, near the border of Milpitas. We are not quite as hot here as Margie, a bit more of the bay breeze. Lived here all my life, in fact, we bought the house I grew up in when my parents bought another one in 1984 only 5 min. away. Since she had a nice garden here, I had to keep it up and thus began my love of gardening. In '97, I went with her to a daylily garden tour hosted by a club she had been going to for a few years. Fell in love with daylilies and I am now the procurement chair for the club, purchasing new intros for members to grow and eventually bring to a club auction. I have over 200 varieties at this time, 1/2 in pots always being rotated around this tiny garden. I have a daylily being named after me (a real surprise!) as well as ones after my daughter and soon, my granddaughter so I guess daylilies will be a life long favorite!
I have always had a more cottage type garden, colors of lavenders, pinks and blues but I am just now adding tropicals to the mix (lovin' the new coleus forum!) and so finding the warm colors a nice welcome. I do alot of pots too since my clay soil frustrates me plus it allows for an ever changing and rotating palette. I have a few brugs too, still a learning curve there. My favorite plant combos right now are the chartruese and purple/red/black foliaged things and I love large leafed and varigated foliage things! I am trying to learn as I go (or is that grow) and love adding to my collection of various plants by growing seeds and aquiring cuttings. DG is a great outlet for learning and sharing!
Love photography too, especially close-ups of blooms, like dayliles. Love sharing and teaching about plants to my 2 grandkids.


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tabasco
Cincinnati (Anderson, OH
(Zone 6a)

March 24, 2005
1:50 PM

Post #1359149


Hi, everybody--how lucky for the Golden Staters to have a forum!

I'll be lurking here, you can be sure, to see more beautiful garden pics like Calif_Sue's! We moved last year to Cincinnati from Pasadena (northeast city/suburb of LA) after 35 years in San Fran and LA. and I'm a little homesick--although loving it here, too!

Keep posting so I can get my CA fix! ;-) t.
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 24, 2005
7:49 PM

Post #1360168

Karen, what an intriguing update on your message. You must be a real diehard. Many gardeners would have given up in your present situation.

Tabasco, did you have to get in the habit of explaining where Pasadena was when you moved to Cincinnati? I would think everyone would know where Pasadena is after all these years of rose festivals, the Beach Boys, etc.

Sue, your garden is lush. It's just what I needed to convince me to go outside and get busy in spite of the rain.
tabasco
Cincinnati (Anderson, OH
(Zone 6a)

March 25, 2005
2:24 PM

Post #1361616


Zuzu--it always seemed that die-hard San Franciscans had little knowledge of Southern California.

Most people in Cincinnati seem to know about Pasadena--OSU went to the Rose Bowl a few years ago! lol t.
RNB68
Victorville, CA
(Zone 8a)

March 25, 2005
3:57 PM

Post #1361784

Hi. I'm Roseana. I live in Victorville. We moved here last year. I love lilies, daylilies and irises. Nice to meet you all!
geoz
Forestville, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 25, 2005
4:13 PM

Post #1361814

Hi
My name is George, and I live in Forestville which is West of Santa Rosa & North of Sebastopol. I love gardening with our marine influence, as I moved over here from the Central Valley (Colusa) which is hotter than here in the summer. I don't miss the Heat, hot North winds, Night bugs, Mosquitoes, black gnats and alkaline soil. However I did not have gopher problems in the valley that we have here. I have a large garden with Prennials, annuals, roses, and vegetables. I'm glad to see this Calif. Forum.
George
trigardener
San Leandro, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 25, 2005
4:52 PM

Post #1361882

Hi, I'm Gayle and live in San Leandro, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I've always grown my grandfather's thornless boysenberries (wonderful jam) and various fruits, vegetables, flowers and indoor plants; Dad enjoyed gardening and passed the green thumb to me. In recent years I grew a lot of roses but have cut back on those. This year we installed a small pond as our goldfish had outgrown our water feature, and I just didn't want to go another year without a pond! It was a challenge to find a space that allowed enough sun and wasn't under the spread of our huge (but gorgeous) white birch. We had to compromise a little, and we'll be skimming leaves and birch litter, but I think it will work. I love orchids and grown them indoors in our sun room/office but hope for a small greenhouse one day, if I can figure out where we have room for it. My particular interests (this year) are water gardening, tropical flowers, ferns, and all garden critters. I'm very interested in landscaping ideas for small spaces, as I continue to encroach on DH's lawn that he insists we keep.
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 25, 2005
9:24 PM

Post #1362423

George, I have the same gopher problem and have tried every conceivable method of getting rid of them. Nothing works, of course. My cats catch hundreds, but there are obviously thousands more. One solution I have found is Pine-Sol. It won't kill them, but it will make them detour. If I see signs of gopher activity near a cherished plant, I pour Pine-Sol into the tunnel. They don't die, but they do move to another spot, where more Pine-Sol can be applied. I'm hoping they'll eventually give up and move far away.
Chuck1260
Arroyo Grande, CA

March 25, 2005
9:34 PM

Post #1362441

George: gopher baskets work well for me. I gave up trying to kill them, more just came in from the surrounding fields. Gophers do not seem to kill the established plants and the baskets, made out of chicken wire last long enough for the plants to get established. They are pretty easy to make from 12" rolls of chicken wire.
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 25, 2005
9:45 PM

Post #1362461

Chuck, your gophers must be more fastidious than the ones in Sonoma County. Ours don't care how old a plant is. I have lost 50-year old camellias to them. I heard that gophers in George's town of Forestville actually brought down a huge scrub oak. I tried the baskets and they just encouraged the gophers to come in overland. Same thing happens with raised beds lined with chicken wire. The gophers come out of their tunnels, climb into the raised beds, burrow down, and have a feast.
Chuck1260
Arroyo Grande, CA

March 25, 2005
11:04 PM

Post #1362650

I have only lost one plant to gophers in four years of living here and there are anywhere from four to eleven gophers working most of the time. Sometimes the gopher will completely circle the basket but the plant is fine. I am currently making about 2000 baskets for our homeowners association after gophers killed most of their new plantings. I think they knew where to go, only the area around the plants was wet.

I have heard of gophers going overland especially when the plants are not individually protected and gopher is migrating to new territory, but that hasn't happened here. The gophers in my yard prefer the areas where the soil is not very rocky, though I noticed one a couple of days ago working on the rockiest area. I guess all the rain made it accessible.
Kachinagirl
Modesto, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 26, 2005
1:08 AM

Post #1362956

Ah, perhaps I should pack up my Dad and send him up to help you with your gophers. When I was kid, if we got gophers he would take a 6-pack of Pepsi, a stool and his service revolver outside (don't worry, he was a cop so that was supposed to make this ok). He would open up a freshly closed hole. Set up his stool. Pop open a Pepsi and wait for the gopher to come back and see why the hole was open. When the gopher poked his head into view..."BLAM". And that was that. He also threw M-80 firecrackers into their holes and closed it up behind the firecracker. The explosion drove them far away! I have heard that a large pack of Juicy Fruit Gum (take all the sticks out of the wrappers and place in the hole) is supposed to draw them then gunk up their system so they die. I haven't tried it personally. Here, we just buddy-up to an orchard-farmer who gives us pellets (the ones normal people like me can't buy) and you place them in the hole, pour water over them then cover up the hole. The resulting gas kills the gophers. I also have had incredible luck with the box traps. I place it in the hole, pack dirt around it so no light shines into the hole, then place peeled carrots outside the vent. I have caught 3-a-day this way! The only other option I can think of is some large snakes! LOL

K
Chuck1260
Arroyo Grande, CA

March 26, 2005
1:41 AM

Post #1363055

In the past I used poison grain down the hole, but this garden has never seen any chemicals. It is a more relaxed affair. I plant, water and then prune heavily. All the animals take their share and volunteers sprout quite frequently, especially since the gorilla hair required by the HOA is disappearing. Erigonum fasciculata and Artemesia california have made their presence in the neighborhood known. Lotus scoparum and baccharus pilularis mostly get pulled. I have more than enough oaks, so the new seedlings get pulled. There are a number of others that I do not know their names that get reduced in numbers but not eliminated. I hand weed several times a year and weed wack once a year, plants do not seem to mind and the HOA hasn't said anything.

PotEmUp

PotEmUp
Fremont, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 26, 2005
1:42 AM

Post #1363058

Hi, another George here. My wife & I purchased a run down 1950's home on a 1/2 acre lot in 1997. Did a total remodel http://quilts.acphotolab.com/gallery/Our-House that about did me in. In early 2000 we had a basic landscape installed and I have been collecting and adding plants ever since. I do taxes for a living, so I sorta fall into a black hole from January to April 15.
I particularly like hibiscus, any lily, iris or brug. I hate snails, cucumber bugs, box elder bugs and fuchsia mites. I have had to do battle with racoon, gopher, mole and even the neighbors chickens.
I'm a California native, having lived in Inglewood, Bakersfield, Big Bar, Fort Bragg, Redwood City, San Lorenzo and for the last 40 years Fremont. After a freshman year of college that resembled the film "Animal House" and a GPA of 1.2 I almost dropped college and became a nurseryman. With encouragement of family, I managed to graduate college, but kept my love of plants. Raising kids sort of interfered with my gardening plans, so the new home in '97 with no kids really got me going again.
Dave's Garden is just great. I have truly enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people.

Kachinagirl
Modesto, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 26, 2005
1:46 AM

Post #1363069

(can't use poisons here, our black lab carries the gophers around the yard proudly until we get home to take them away...I've often wondered if he thinks he's fooling us into believing he caught them...the attached box trap is, of course, a total giveaway)
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 26, 2005
2:31 AM

Post #1363162

Juicy Fruit gum doesn't work. Neither does kitty litter or a big decaying salmon head. A box trap is just a joke when a dozen cats, a couple of dogs, and many gopher snakes keep killing them and can't keep the population down. One year they took 37 of my roses in a space of about three weeks. Mr. Lincoln is their favorite. I tried to grow five of them (in wire baskets) before giving up. They must be delicious.

One person in my town poured gasoline into the gopher tunnel and set it on fire. Unfortunately, he didn't realize the tunnel ran all the way to his garage. No one here ever tried that method again.

All in all, Kachinagirl, your father sounds like the best solution.
Chuck1260
Arroyo Grande, CA

March 26, 2005
3:59 AM

Post #1363340

Favorite nurseries turned into gophers. mebbe the nurseries are supporting the gophers.
Chuck1260
Arroyo Grande, CA

March 26, 2005
4:07 AM

Post #1363357

Sorry 'bout that, we were introducing ourselves and got sidetracked on gophers. I wouldn't want to hurt anyone who is trying to make a living in California. They need all the help they can get.
Kachinagirl
Modesto, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 26, 2005
5:14 AM

Post #1363462

OOps...rabbit trails...so easy to do...(one last poke...Zuzu...feed your gophers birth control pills!!!!)
picturelady
San Jose, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 26, 2005
3:00 PM

Post #1363977

PotEmUp...looks like we are almost neighbors!!! I just finished looking at all of your photos! You did a wonderful job on your home! Unbelievable! Now I know why when I stop at DG on the way to the kitchen...it takes me hours to get there! I am too busy looking at interesting things on the way! Your albums were my diversion today! So glad I took the time to look!
Margie
sevensisters
Soquel, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2005
4:44 AM

Post #1365444

howdy,
i did a pretty long intro on the welcome mat already just yesterday...will try to keep this one briefer and different...
i live in soquel, just beyond santa cruz. we just moved onto 2.3 acres which has been neglected for 35+ years (nature is taking our house back aggressively!)
i love unique looking flowers and plants, deep and rich colors (pastel pink generally isn't my bag--bleeding hearts are one exception), fruit trees and veggies, water gardens, japanese maples, iris, and other typically asian things like bamboo, and HERBS! i love making salves, potions, medicines...
i am into vermiculture and composting 'bigtime'. just acquired this 10ft device for separating worms from castings! diehard!

ok, now onto the evil little buggers...when i moved here i hired a tractor (not cheap) to dig out 1000sf of soil so i could lay gopher wire (not cheap); replaced the soil and added rabbit and deer fencing. guess who was inside WITHIN THE WEEK???? they are everywhere here and i have had zero luck with any of the 3 types of traps i have tried. my current approach is trying to bargain with them--like 'you can have the nigella but PLEASE don't take the lilies!!' right. meanwhile, the deer are eating the rest from above, including the CA poppies!

i've "met" SK, are there any other cruzers out there?
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2005
6:24 AM

Post #1365567

I'm not a Cruzer, but I used to spend summers in Capitola, about half a block from the Seven Sisters, and I did a lot of antique shopping in Soquel.

No self-respecting gopher is going to eat nigella instead of lilies. The worst thing about the deer is that they don't have proper teeth, so they mangle plants instead of pruning them nicely (not that I'd want them to prune the plants either, but it's preferable to mangling).

On top of my gopher and deer problems, one of my cats suddenly started eating all of my corydalis, especially the corydalis solida, but I digress... We already started a new thread for gophers. Maybe we need one for deer and corydalis-eating cats.
Emtnest
Chico, CA

March 27, 2005
9:05 AM

Post #1365642

I'm from Chico, CA, fairly new to DG and loving it here...just planted tons of dahlias, one of my newest favorites...and am making supports out of my fig tree branches.

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2005
9:23 AM

Post #1365653

What a great idea for the branches. Your garden is fascinating. Lots of whimsy. Who lives in the pen?
daisyavenue
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10b)

March 27, 2005
9:47 AM

Post #1365668

Hi from the LBC.

We live pretty much downtown but near the Pacific and are not in zone denial as much as in location denial! We have a 1916 farmhouse in dowtown with a fair bit of space so we try to grow our food organically and tend to the front cottage garden look that soooooo pleases the neighbors (and our time crunched, water wise selves). There is lots of space that we will either cover with perennials or just continue to cultivate that fine speciman called nut grass with regular mowings. Just haven't decided yet.

There are no unwanted critters beyond a recent influx of snails due to the recent crazy rains (knock on wood) but we do deal with our lovely happy yellow lab who likes to burrow into cool, moist ground. (slugs and snails get thrown on the neighbor's roof)

We are me, Boy (my surfer guy/other half) Henrietta (daughter), Fitch ( a beta), Hammy (guess what she is), Sally (don't tell her she is chihuahua mix) and Honey (the lab).

Because of our work, we tend to bring home loads of plants (gifts) so we have lots of succulents and natives. This year we got a greenhouse that is pretty empty save for those that we didn't want to get washed away in the deluges.

I have met several DGers in person and have LOVED that. Wonderful, amazing dear folk, all of them.
Daisy
imway2dumb
Gordonville, TX
(Zone 7b)

March 27, 2005
3:59 PM

Post #1366157

Hi, Daisy! Long time no see!

John
daisyavenue
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10b)

March 28, 2005
5:31 AM

Post #1367641

Heya, John! :-)
Emtnest
Chico, CA

March 28, 2005
5:44 AM

Post #1367650

Zuzu, I have 4 hens and one rooster in the pen... oh... he's a happy ole' boy...lovin' on those girls of his...
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 28, 2005
6:02 AM

Post #1367661

Wow, a harem. I bet he is happy.
dwerland
Nipomo, CA
(Zone 8a)

March 28, 2005
11:38 PM

Post #1369367

Hi I am Dayna a newbie to this site, I am really excited about it though, I think the feedback reguarding differant catalogs it great, as I was going to buy some stuff from Royal Dutch Gardens but now I have thrown away the catalogs as to not even be tempted, be their lies!
I live in Nipomo which is just a stones throw from Chuck in Arroyo Grande. Here on the Central Coast, I just refer to it as Paradise. I love Dahlias, (I am looking for some specific ones so if anyone has some sources I sure can use some,) glads, iris' roses and Freesia. I am really getting into gardening, I am making my own compost now, and find myself getting excited when I find worms so I can put them into my garden which is made up of really yucky hard clay (adobe) soil. Some areas are so bad that I have actually given up trying to dig it, and have just decided to use containers.
I have a 4 year old son, a 10 year old son, a 17 year old step daughter a 19 year old step son, a 5 month old yellow lab puppy( labs are puppy forever tho aren't they) a turtle, a fish, some frogs a cat and a husband. I work at a grocery store, and help care for my 93 year old gradmother who is failing from Alhziemers. My yard is like therepy for me. That is my story. I am looking forward to learning alot from this group!
Dayna
picturelady
San Jose, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 28, 2005
11:45 PM

Post #1369387

Dayne...I will be vacationing down in Pismo later in April. I will be close to both you and Chuck...I first got into daylilies after visiting Daylily West in your area. Isn't there a garden in Paso Robles with dahlias? or maybe it was iris? Seems like I remember something like that. I have met another gal through a forum who also lives in Nipomo...near the steak house.
Good to meet you!
Margie
drdon
Temecula, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 28, 2005
11:47 PM

Post #1369397

hiya Dayna,

Welcome and hope you enjoy communicating with other gardening enthusiasts here. The knowledge, experience, and expertise you will find here is just incredible.

Best,
Don

Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


March 29, 2005
2:03 AM

Post #1369724

See now Margie, we also have to post pictures to tempt people into other plants, like Dayna, her list does not include daylilies!

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picturelady
San Jose, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 29, 2005
2:06 AM

Post #1369731

You are right Sue...let me see what I can post...Yours is a beauty!!

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Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


March 29, 2005
2:08 AM

Post #1369739

Or this one

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Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


March 29, 2005
2:10 AM

Post #1369746

Or this seedling

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Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


March 29, 2005
2:13 AM

Post #1369755

Yummy, this is fun! I can hardly wait for bloom season!

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picturelady
San Jose, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 29, 2005
2:15 AM

Post #1369760

OK, OK...I know we could both go on all night!!!

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Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


March 29, 2005
2:20 AM

Post #1369777

Ok, better quit before someone thinks they are on the wrong forum! Crazy San Jose women! But I see we left out two different forms so have to cover that!

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Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


March 29, 2005
2:21 AM

Post #1369780

The doubles above and the spider. Now back to your regularly scheduled forum. :-)

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drdon
Temecula, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 29, 2005
2:27 AM

Post #1369794

Bloody fabulous blooms!

I can't resist the opportunity to show off L.J. Bobbink (Azalea rutherfordiana). Well, it's basically the only thing blooming this early. Goes with living in a place that gets down to 38f in the evenings and 80f in the daytime...sheesh.

Nice Hemerocallis!!!

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Chuck1260
Arroyo Grande, CA

March 29, 2005
3:20 AM

Post #1369889

Spiders look like the kind of daylily that would fit with my garden. I see there are a number of places that have a good selection. Perennials, rhizomes and bulbs that get big and have smallish flowers fit pretty well with the wild garden I have.
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 29, 2005
3:50 AM

Post #1369942

Sue, before we get back to the regularly scheduled forum, please tell us the name of that yummy peach-colored double above the spider.
dwerland
Nipomo, CA
(Zone 8a)

March 29, 2005
4:11 AM

Post #1369976

thanks for the welcome! Margie, I live very close to Jocko's (the steakhouse you were refering to) I can smell it clearly on weekend evenings!
Had to grin at all the daylily photos. I am looking for one specific one...it is called "Co-ed Gallant Garrett" If you can point me in a direction for that I would be much obliged!
Dayna

Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


March 29, 2005
2:29 PM

Post #1370609

Zuzu, that one is FORMAL APPEARANCE.
Dayna, sorry, I did a Google search on that one, actually spelled COED, only found the plant registration info on Tinkers. It may be out of circulation since it is an older cultivar, 1989. It's a pink & yellow bicolor, don't even recognize the hybridizer, E. Cook.
picturelady
San Jose, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 29, 2005
2:42 PM

Post #1370630

Dayna...my friend lives within "smelling distance" of Jocko's too! Small world!!!

Thanks for checking on that one Sue...

Doing a google search, I notice that someone on another forum is also looking for the same DL...I'll try and follow where they find one!

This message was edited Mar 29, 2005 7:47 AM

Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


March 29, 2005
3:21 PM

Post #1370680

That would be Dayna too Margie.
picturelady
San Jose, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 29, 2005
3:37 PM

Post #1370717

RIGHT Sue!! Got it!! Guess I can stop checking that post out!
Can't say I didn't try!!!
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

March 29, 2005
9:58 PM

Post #1371448

My name is Kelli, obviously. I live in Canoga Park (San Fernando Valley). This is officially Sunset zone 19, but in some ways it is more like zone 21. My very favorite plant genera are iris and aloe, but like all sorts of things. My biggest gardening challenge is weeds. The second biggest is space, or lack thereof. We have a 13,000 ft2 lot, which is big for here, but microscopic compared to what most DGers have. The biggest pests are raccoons and herons, which eat my goldfish. What I like about this place is that it hardly ever freezes. I actually like the clay soil, since it holds water well.

Here's part of the back yard about a month ago. Nothing extraordinary, but you can see where I'm coming from.

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 30, 2005
4:02 AM

Post #1372092

Kelli, I have herons fishing in my ponds too, as well as egrets. They used to catch my fish and frogs, but I have found several ways to thwart them. Aside from growing lots of water hyacinth and water lilies to conceal the fish, I plant bushes with a weeping form--azaleas, Japanese maples, and Cecil Brunner roses--next to the ponds to give the fish and frogs a place to hide. The branches reach out across the pond and the herons and egrets won't go under the branches to get the fish. I also set up a big ornamental copper stork next to one pond, and that keeps them at a distance because they assume it's his spot and they don't want to fight over it.

I agree with you about the merits of clay soil. I used to have it in Piedmont and it cut down on my watering bill considerably. Besides, a lot of nice plants will grow in clay soil, and you can always mix some aquarium sand into it for better drainage for the other plants.
smithav
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 31, 2005
7:47 PM

Post #1375615

Hi all!
Auturo here. Originally from Tulsa, but have been living in Sac off and on since 1993. Three years into gardening and love it. Learning to propagate. I've been planting in my backyard garden since moving into our house three years ago. It's coming along pretty nice; I've learned to be patient. I'm running out of places to plant, time to go vertical (thanks Happenstance). Not to be left out, here's partial photo of my backyard. I would love to see other gardens for ideas!

Happy gardening...

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Happenstance
Northern California, CA


April 1, 2005
12:19 AM

Post #1376071

Hi Auturo...sounds like you've been bitten by the gardening bug like the rest of us! Your garden is looking lovely!

I've been known to go "ballistic"...but that's not what you said. :-)

"Going vertical?"...had to think for a minute and can only guess that I must have said something about running out of space and/or not planting shrubs along fence line because they take up too much room, so put a vine on the fence and plant some more stuff! OR...what did I say? LOL
smithav
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 1, 2005
1:33 AM

Post #1376206

I'd asked about the bamboo trellis yesterday...
Happenstance
Northern California, CA


April 1, 2005
1:59 AM

Post #1376267

Ahhhh yes...you see what happens in 24 hours...poof! Those flexible trellises are one of my better decisions.
nancysaltsman
Livermore, CA

April 1, 2005
9:32 PM

Post #1377843

I live in Livermore, retired landscape gardener from San Francisco. Have a lovely garden of my own (the first)
Bought a house with a 50X150 foot lot adjacent that was covered in concrete (looked like a heliport). No more concrete, 300 plus yards of soil amendments and miles of drip tubing, & two ponds later, it is beginning to look like home. Can't pin down a specific plant passion. It alters moment to moment. I paint plants for a living, so what ever catches my fancy. This week it is parrot tulips, last week hellebores and before that a banana complete with flower and fruit and an enormous rhubarb leaf. Have been leaning towards succulents and cactus and lots of tropicals which seem to survive close to the house and under the overhang.
thanks
Nancy
annac213
Citrus Heights, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 1, 2005
9:48 PM

Post #1377865

Hello, my name Is Anna I live in Elk Grove Ca, i am pretty new to this site but so far i LOVE it, i cant get any work done im always looking to see what is new here. I love ponds and anything involoving water, I have 2 ponds one in my front yard and one in the back also used to work at a local pond and water plant nursery. no longer there now, stuck at a desk going crazy all day, have turned the office into a little nursery lol, in my spare time i am a copper artist foutains and such, sorry i dont have any pictures to show as of yet but soon enugh. nice to meet you all .
bksmall
San Andreas, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 2, 2005
2:03 AM

Post #1378322

Greetings from the Gold Rush Country! I'm Barbara and we moved here two years ago from many years of apartment dwelling in San Francisco. Such a difference. I'm just in from chipping away at the rocks so I can plant another bit of color on our half acre. I'm learning what to plant, when, how to avoid deer and gophers. I'd love suggestions on what grows in this area with an emphasis on native, flowering plants at 1,300 feet. I love Daves Garden (just found it a few days ago) and it is great to have a special place for California gardens.
jcangemi
Clovis, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 2, 2005
1:00 PM

Post #1378904

Hi, better late than never. I'm Janet and am so glad we got out own place to call home. . . I know there's a bunch more Californians, probably in a gardening frenzy right now and like me haven't noticed our new forum. I didn't even look after Dave posted the NO NEW FORUMS UNTIL AFTER APR. 3 post. I live in Clovis (Fresno and Clovis are like one huge city now) with my husband and 1 cat, Adolph (a girl, but that's a story for another time LOL). Clovis used to be a 'small' rodeo town and in Sunset zone 9, but there are so many microclimates here that you can grow across several zones. I take care of a large University of California demonstration garden Vegetable area and needless to say, rarely buy any veggies in the store (an occasional tomato because I'm suffering withdrawals. .). I grew up on a 'small farm' (a vanishing species in this valley), on 80 acres 20 miles from here in Raisin City.

Daisy, I guess I missed your posts whereever you were. . .nice to see your name again. ;-D

Happy gardening all and looking forward to hearing all your California gardening tales. . .

;-D Janet
Kachinagirl
Modesto, CA
(Zone 8b)

April 3, 2005
3:00 AM

Post #1380307

I think we need to start an "Intro, cont." thread.
GraceGardenbug
San Leandro, CA

April 3, 2005
7:45 AM

Post #1380566

Hi Everyone,

It's great to see so many Ca. joined the club. I just began a few months ago. I live in San Leandro which is in the East Bay. Generally the weather is great. I have a small yard so I'm limited but my neighbors are more than glad to let me plant in their yards. I love all kinds of flowers but roses and clematis are some of my favorites. Even with the small yard I find myself spending hours outside. One time I went out and forgot I had hard boil eggs boiling. Came in later to find they exploded all over the kitchen and ceiling. I'll never do that again. It's my therapy nothing better than gardening.

Grace

Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 3, 2005
8:14 AM

Post #1380580

Welcome, Grace. You're in the right place. I have also exploded eggs I was trying to hard boil because I got preoccupied in the garden. I was also on-line once for six hours because I forgot I had been on the computer when I went out to the garden. It's a good thing they don't charge by the minute anymore.

San Leandro has perfect gardening weather. I loved gardening in the East Bay when I lived there.
sheran
LA, So CAL (Northrid, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 8, 2005
10:58 PM

Post #1391942

This is my first time in this forum and couldnt resist to say hello from Northridge, CA..
a half hour depending on traffic from Los Angeles...
Smile to a few of the friendly names here...
Stop in and say hello.
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 9, 2005
2:32 AM

Post #1392274

Welcome, Sheran. I'm sure we all know where Northridge is, even if only because of the terrible earthquake news some years ago. You'll like this forum. Everyone here is as friendly as we all expect our California neighbors to be.
picturelady
San Jose, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 9, 2005
2:40 AM

Post #1392289

Hi Sheran...welcome to the new forum...I was to Northridge once before the earthquake. My daughters husbands family lived there. After their house was condemed after the earthquake, they moved to LV!
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

April 9, 2005
2:55 AM

Post #1392322

Hi! *wiggling under the fence*...Since I have met some of you in person I think that qualifies me to enter...

I'm Jo, 70 years young...widowed ...and don't have the energy to really garden...but I sure can talk a good game after reading so much good info on DG!! I love meeting new people and have met over 120 DG's in person...I hope to meet each of you before long!! Hi Daisy, so-cal, George and strever...where's spin? Oh...gone to China, huh?

Jo ...just off I-10 in south east Arizona...
George
Valinda, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 9, 2005
3:03 AM

Post #1392334

I head for Taiwan early Sunday morning. Staying a week.
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 9, 2005
4:39 AM

Post #1392468

We're so lucky! I didn't know that this was in the works.

I grew up in Southern California enjoying my grandmother's ferns and fuschias and having snail races in my spare time. Now I live on the Stanford University Campus, next to Palo Alto and about 45 minutes south of San Francisco. I've been working on my garden for 30 years, but because of bad paving, crumbling retaining walls, the need for new sprinklers and necessary new drainage, basically pulled it all up and started over again. Well, not all over again. I still have the beautiful trees and some shrubs. I know that many of you have already seen it but you can find my garden photos at

http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/482325/

I am particularly excited about bearded iris, clematis and dahlias right now. Other than that I'm still filling up holes in the garden where things didn't quite work out or I felt needed a change. You know, gardening.

I'm glad to be here.
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 9, 2005
5:19 AM

Post #1392518

Oh, Doss. What a beautiful garden and pool. And such splendid doggies!
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 9, 2005
6:08 AM

Post #1392563

Thanks Zuzu - you're so kind commenting on everyone's gardens. I'm looking at the incredible experience and enthusiasm of the group of people in this forum. I'm feeling lucky to be here. Thanks all.

JuJu55

JuJu55
Jasper Co., MO
(Zone 6b)

April 10, 2005
2:38 PM

Post #1394367

Greet from Inland Impire, I live in Fontana near San Bernardino about 8 miles and new 210 freeway 2 miles.
Rusty (SnowElk)
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

April 10, 2005
4:40 PM

Post #1394482

Doss, what a beautiful garden you have, thanks for letting us peek into your world. Are the pups King Charles spaniels? When Zuzu mentioned "doggies" I thought I was going to see dogwood trees -- shows where my brain is this morning!

I'm down south near San Diego -- glad to meet you. And the same to all the other folks who have introduced themselves -- I forgot to push the 'watch thread' button AGAIN!

I was born and raised in So. CA, so lots of the places are familiar, plus I have family in Mariposa, near Yosemite. Hi Janet -- spent some hot summer days in Fresno when I was a younger!

Kathleen
racerwidow
Atascadero, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 10, 2005
6:29 PM

Post #1394608

Hi All, My name is Mimi and I am a fanatical flower gardener. Once spring hits I cant stay away from Nurserys. I have a hard time concentrating on anything else. My new passion is the Clematis vines. I just bought an incredible blue "Rhapsody" on E-bay. What a pass time. Shopping for the exact plant that you want and having to out- bid for it. I love all your pics of the beautiful plants. Keep them coming.
gacarnegie
Davis, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 15, 2005
5:12 PM

Post #1404860

Great new forum!

I've recently moved to Davis from Sacramento and I'm loving it. It seems like everyone plants drought tolerant species here and I'm now even closer to Lemuria Nursery (fabulous prices!) and the Davis Arboretum sales which both good and bad. Right now my project involves removing a ton of english ivy before installing a xeriscaped front yard with herbs containerized.

Thanks for starting the thread >; )


doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 16, 2005
5:59 AM

Post #1406082

I'm sorry Rusty, I thought I responded to your post. Guess it didn't happen.

I have been really enjoying the garden. Thanks for coming and sharing it.

And you are right. My dogs are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. (big name, little dog) Good guess. They're just a different color from most of them. Everybody is used to seeing the red and white ones. The solid reds and black and tans are genetically recessive. Just trivia.

I had to give up on Dogwood trees. I had three and none of them were thriving. I'd given them quite a bit of time and then I decided I had to replace them. I love Yosemite in the spring when all the Dogwoods are blooming. It should be about now. After you've seen that, dogwoods grown in yards just fade by comparison. With folks in Mariposa I'm sure you know what I mean. Although my neighbor does have a pink one that is very lovely.
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

April 16, 2005
3:36 PM

Post #1406605

doss,

Did you try CA native dogwoods? There are several varieties that would seem to fit in your zone. Too dry here, I think, except for the 'brown twig' which I will definitely try in an area that gets afternoon shade.

gacarnegie
Davis, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 16, 2005
4:56 PM

Post #1406763

There is a place up in our neck of the woods that sells the pacific dogwood... I was going nuts trying to find them last year. I agree that they are just stunning. They are my favorite tree.

I did plant a dogwood (cornus florida, Cherokee Chief) in my yard at my old house and I thought it would never make it. This spring it bloomed and came back with a vengence.

Try these folks for a native: http://www.wildwoodmaples.com/pages/dogwoods.html. They also carry the Rutgers hybrids.

doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 16, 2005
7:28 PM

Post #1407048

Thanks. Sadly, we have a disease locally that is wrecking native Dogwood, so Cornus Kousa is about all we can grow. But at this point my yard is so full of big structure plants, I have to focus on a few problem areas. And of course, find places for my Dahlias, Clematis, and Iris. Good thing that Clematis don't take up too much room. Right now I'm putting in daylilies, ginger and hellebores and I've just finished Dahlias.
weegy12
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

April 17, 2005
2:30 AM

Post #1407734

Hi Rusty,
I'm your neighbor here in Rancho Cucamonga!!!

JuJu55

JuJu55
Jasper Co., MO
(Zone 6b)

April 17, 2005
1:43 PM

Post #1408249

Hello there!!! Weegy!

Rusty (SnowElk)
Moonglow
Corte Madera, CA

April 18, 2005
8:22 PM

Post #1411298

Hello everyone! Awesome thread growing here.

I'm Annapet, originally from San Diego, but moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1995. My husband, son, and I live in Corte Madera, a small town 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, near Sausalito.

This is my first season gardening.
Chuck1260
Arroyo Grande, CA

April 18, 2005
8:25 PM

Post #1411308

You live in a wonderful area. Stuff grows like crazy. You should have lots of fun with your garden. Good luck! One nice thing about gardening, mistakes can disappear very quickly and it is like it never happened.
bncybncytigger
Santa Cruz, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 19, 2005
1:31 AM

Post #1411890

Hi All

I am new to Dave's garden and really happy to be here. i live in Santa Cruz, and would love to meet up with local avid gardeners in my area or the bay area.

i have just started my first big garden project, creating my garden from scratch, it is about 1/2 an acre of grasses at the moment, but i have many great plans and it should take about 2 years to really see results.

So if anyone out there has good tips, or cuttings to trade who are local let me know.

PS i have many gabanzo beans plants that need homes for anyone local to this area. They are about 4 inches in height and going very well, also some rooted cuttings of dragon claw curly willow, about 2 - 3 feet in height.

Thanks for this really fun forum

Diane
margu
Los Angeles, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 19, 2005
1:45 AM

Post #1411913

Hey, I'm checking in late here, just found this. I'm in Los Angeles, I'm in my third year now with my garden, which was a hillside of weeds when I moved in, and after a year of having it under black plastic (lovely!) to try to kill the weeds, I'm finally getting it going. I've planted about 12 antique roses amongst other dozens of other things, and I can't wait until next year when I can post pics of my paradise!
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

April 19, 2005
3:27 AM

Post #1412140

Hi Margu, we're in a similar boat here. We moved in a year ago, so we're just starting to see a little growth. Not having your patience -- and having over an acre of weeds -- we're killing ours a little at a time and planting natives. Good luck and post those pictures when you have them.

Welcome Diane and Moonglow!

Kathleen
Moonglow
Corte Madera, CA

April 19, 2005
10:56 AM

Post #1412388

thank you for the warm welcome.

=)
margu
Los Angeles, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 20, 2005
12:10 AM

Post #1413825

Hi Kathleen (and all), where is Bonsall? And it wasn't patience, it was negligence...I let the weeds get totally out of hand the first year, and the only way I could deal with it was to cover them with black plastic. Actually, it worked out well, because I might have had some serious trouble with all the rains this year. When I pulled up the plastic, I had the most lovely moist clean soil...and of course within a couple of weeks the weeds were sprouting again. Ha! Little devils. But this time I'm on the job with my trusted hori hori knife!
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

April 20, 2005
3:09 AM

Post #1414212

Bonsall is in North San Diego County, between Oceanside and Fallbrook -- or between the 5 and the 15 freeways. We are on a slope in a river valley so we get ocean breezes except when there's a Santa Ana condition. Our place was completely covered in weeds also, except where they graded for the house. With the rains, the weeds got so high we had to have them sprayed a few weeks ago. They added a pre-emergent, though, which should give us a chance to get a handle on them. With regular applications of the pre-emergent, the natives will have a chance to come back, and we will add what we can when we can.

There's a thread here http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/460283/ about a So. Calif roundup if you're interested.
Chuck1260
Arroyo Grande, CA

April 20, 2005
3:20 AM

Post #1414234

Getting the weeds roundupped or pulled and then mulching heavily will help. Preemergents help, but they also keep down any volunteer seedlings you might want. But the ultimate key is planting heavily so there are no bare spots and then watering only the plants you want to keep. I spent about six hours weeding and cutting things back today. Still have a long way to go, but with drip, most of the weeds are just about toast till it rains again. It is drying out pretty fast now. Just about time to do the annual weed wacking. You have to wait till the grasses head out or they continuing growing for a while.
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 20, 2005
4:06 PM

Post #1415122

Welcome all of you new and not-so-new garden folk.

As to weeds, Sunset magazine recommends newspaper. Don't cover it with plastic though because it will cause mold to grow that is not good for your plants. They use newspaper to kill lawn when they are changing it into a planting bed. Wet it after you put it down and it won't fly away. Evidently good for the soil too.

Half and acre of newspaper though. You'd have to read a lot of Sunday papers. :-)

And Diane, you should start a thread about your garden with photos and thoughts about what you'd like to do with it. Then people can give you their thoughts. (or without photos). Now that we have the California Forum, you've got a place to do it. If you don't know how to create a link to your new thread, just email me.

Just let us know where we can jump in.

This message was edited Apr 20, 2005 9:07 AM
hanna1
Castro Valley, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 21, 2005
6:02 PM

Post #1417677

Hi all, I'm Annie, We moved from CarbonCanyon, San Bernadino County, Ca almost 3 years ago, where We lived for 16 years, my DH got a position at UCB, I love it here, and would never move back, Castro Valley is kinda of a small town, and great people, so here We are! Next to San Lorenzo, San Leandro and Hayward, 20 minutes to Berkeley and San Fransisco, 7 miles to Pleasanton! I spent my Teen years in Anaheim in the 60's, prior to that I grew up in Brussels, Belgium, and speak French.
I love my 250 something Cactus & Succulents, anything strange and grand, quite an ecclectic garden to say the least, A ton of flowers, Citrus and Cherry tree for now, I'm a planting fool, love a lot of color in my yard and love the compliments I get by passerbyes! I'm looking forward to a roundup, and meeting many of you!!! Annie
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

April 22, 2005
2:44 AM

Post #1418784

Hi Annie! Welcome to DG. I'm a relatively new member myself and really enjoy the people and info available, as I'm sure you will. I'm in the 'other' part of the state, near San Diego -- similar zone, though.

Kathleen
hanna1
Castro Valley, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 22, 2005
3:15 AM

Post #1418845

I love San Diego, We use to go there a lot on outings! It's a beautiful place, nice for a Sunday out, Annie
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

April 22, 2005
4:01 AM

Post #1418930

We used to come here on outings, too! That's why we moved here. :-) Little did we know we were part of an invasion! The county has changed so much since we moved here it's incredible. Still a lovely place to be, though.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

April 22, 2005
1:32 PM

Post #1419480

HEY! Any of you close enough to Mission Bay...Frogrus is having a "gathering" on June 25th...I plan to be there...how about you??

Now, not to capture this thread, go to the Round Up Forum and check it out!! Jo
Moonglow
Corte Madera, CA

April 22, 2005
3:28 PM

Post #1419904

you are all making me miss my hometown (san diego) even more!
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

April 22, 2005
4:01 PM

Post #1419971

Jo, you read my mind. Here's the link http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/460283/

Kathleen
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

April 22, 2005
5:51 PM

Post #1420192

WOW...Kathleen...you have a mind? And I can READ? Yippee...we make a swell team...I have no mind left. heheheh Jo
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

April 22, 2005
6:05 PM

Post #1420231

Well, part of it was working this morning, but read fast, it will be gone soon! :-)
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

April 22, 2005
8:53 PM

Post #1420551

LOL Kathleen...I meant to post that the reason I had no mind left was because as I got older and older I kept giving other people a piece of my mind...drat...sure wish I had saved some for myslef!! Jo
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

April 22, 2005
9:32 PM

Post #1420633

Jo -- you were just pruning, dear, to make room for more wisdom. ;-)

k
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

April 23, 2005
12:28 AM

Post #1420960

WHEW...what good news...I didn't know that it grew back after pruning! When I meet you at the SoCal RU...I't try not to give any of my minde away. LOL Jo
RachaelBee
N., CA
(Zone 9a)

April 23, 2005
5:12 PM

Post #1422040

Hello! I am Rachael and I live in Marysville, CA. We are about 50 miles NE of Sacramento. I am new to gardening and quickly becoming obsessed! We just moved into a house on a fairly large lot (bigger than I've ever had) and it is a blank canvas. So cool because I can just be as creative as I wanna be - after pulling weeds and turning soil! I love this website, I'm either here or outside these days. Any other DGer's who live in my area, I'd love to hear about what works best in your gardens! Have a wonderful weekend!
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

April 23, 2005
5:34 PM

Post #1422082

Hi Rachael! Welcome to DG. I'm at the other end of the state.

Kathleen
mendogardener
Ukiah, CA
(Zone 8b)

April 27, 2005
2:36 PM

Post #1430849

Karen in Ukiah here. Zone 14 in Sunset. We're up off the valley floor, so are a bit warmer in winter. Still, we had one cold winter since living here where temps dove down to 18 F. The lemons went to mush that year. We're having an average rainfall season this year-36 inches so far, and we're about done with the rain (I hope). Great zone for gardening.

My big news is that we're going to the Chelsea Flower Show in London next month. A gardener's dream, and it will also be good to see how that city has changed since I was there last in '89. I am not really a big city girl, but it should be fun and London is a trip! Great website and I will be tuning in daily for sure. Cheers all!
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

April 27, 2005
9:24 PM

Post #1431839

Karen,

Welcome & have a nice trip to London -- we were there a few years ago and loved it, but like you say, big cities... My husband is from Yorkshire and while he'd been to London on business before, it was the first time he'd actually stayed for a week! Enjoy the show.

Kathleen
Moonglow
Corte Madera, CA

April 28, 2005
12:04 AM

Post #1432248

when london calls, i answer! =) have fun. don't we just wish that the USD is stronger...
jcangemi
Clovis, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 28, 2005
3:36 AM

Post #1432804

OOOH. . .envy here. Welcome to the forum. I was in London last in May of '89 too. Spent a glorious week all over the place while DH had to work. We were wined and dined at some great places though. Have fun!!
Strever
Hiouchi, CA
(Zone 8b)

April 28, 2005
3:57 AM

Post #1432841

Welcome to DG Ukiah
we have several PNW gardeners here

Dick
soon tobe a PNW gardener myself
mendogardener
Ukiah, CA
(Zone 8b)

April 28, 2005
2:27 PM

Post #1433482

Thank you all for the kind welcome. Ukiah has actually more in common with the Central Valley (Sacramento) than the Pacific Northwest. Hot and dry summers (many days over 100F in August) and it's on those days that I wished I lived in, say, Portland, OR. Actually going to Portland for a "Sister Reunion" in July. If any Oregonians out there have suggestions for public gardens to visit whilst we are there, I'd love to hear.
Cheers on another lovely day in paradise,
MG
srkrause
Boulder Creek, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 29, 2005
12:26 AM

Post #1434720

mendo---

See the Classic Chinese Garden, a full city block! Formal, but impressive. DO the tour.
Stitchinfool
Lake Hughes, CA

May 11, 2005
9:13 PM

Post #1463269

Hi All,
I'm Janis and I live in the mountains above the Antelope Valley. I just posted an intro on the main forum but I thought I'd post one here too since I'm a californian.

The conversation about the gophers has been helpful, and amusing...LOL. I'm having a terrible problem with gophers and I do use the cages but not everything is caged. I planted some garlic last fall and it was coming along great...but the gophers wiped out the entire crop last week. I was told they don't like garlic so I didn't bnother to protect it. lesson learned.

My husbands name is Steve and I imagine he'll be posting here under my name from time to time. We both love to garden and have a great place to do it.

Look forward to chatting with you all,
Janis
Moonglow
Corte Madera, CA

May 11, 2005
9:26 PM

Post #1463292

welcome, janis (and steve).
angelap789
Carmichael, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 12, 2005
12:44 AM

Post #1463676

Hi all...

I'm Angela and I live in Carmichael, CA, just east of Sacramento. Sunset zone 14, USDA zone 9. I'm a gardening fanatic and nursery junkie. In general, I love all forms of gardens, gardening (ornamental and edible), garden art and accoutrements.

I'm always interested in learning about what other folks are growing in their gardens and their favorite nurseries and such.

Oh, and I have a local gardening website: http://sacramentogardening.com/

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RachaelBee
N., CA
(Zone 9a)

May 12, 2005
1:46 AM

Post #1463780

Hey, Angela! I just moved from Carmichael - oh gosh! has it been almost a year already!? We were renting a duplex on Lincoln Ave between California and San Juan. We moved here to Marysville because our house was too small and we can afford to own here. My hubby's family is here, also. My family is in Carm, so we visit often (and stop in at Windmill!). My big dream is to move back to that same area. Some day...
Now about your website - this is so weird: I used to go on it often when in lived down there. I was always looking for ideas for a shade garden. But since I've moved here, I've switched gears. I'm on DG all the time, planning a long-term garden and actually doing hard work digging and starting from scratch. But last night I was thinking, "what was that local website I used to go on? I should ask someone on the California forum if they know it." And then I saw your post this evening! I think you are telepathic.
I am looking forward to learning all I can from you.
Best regards, Rachael
angelap789
Carmichael, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 12, 2005
9:06 PM

Post #1465447

Howdy, Rachael! It is funny how small a world it is sometimes. ;-)

I'm in southern Carmichael, pretty close to the library (which is currently closed for a huge remodel/expansion). I can understand your desire to move back someday... Carmichael's a nice place to live and it's great to be near family.

Is Marysville in Sunset Zone 8? If so, the website still has relevance for you since it covers zones 8, 9 and 14. Hey, are there any fabulous nurseries in your area I should let Sacramentans know about?

Angela
RachaelBee
N., CA
(Zone 9a)

May 13, 2005
1:00 AM

Post #1465872

I posted a little write-up on May 30 on the "favorite nurseries" thread in this forum. I've been back there since, and although it is beautiful and has a cool gift shop, the plants are small and expensive. I think worth a trip, though. It is Vintagehouse Nursery Co. 661 Shasta St., Yuba City CA 95991 530-755-4242.
Sperbecks Nursery 890 Onstott Rd.--Yuba City. It's pretty big for this small of a town. It's been there forever.
SacValley
Wilton, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 18, 2005
5:19 PM

Post #1479020

Hi, I'm Jo Ann, from Wilton CA. We're S/E of Sac about 20 miles. Been in our home 27 years, and in that amount of time we've went from a house baking in the middle of 2 acres, to a home that's so shaded that sun loving plants can't be grown. We have a koi pond, a bullmastiff, and two cats.
I added three fuscias to my garden last year, and to my delight they are all in bloom. Also added peonies, but no flowers yet; great looking leaves!
I enjoy making stained glass lamps.
PudgyMudpies
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 18, 2005
5:37 PM

Post #1479075

Hi Jo Ann, nice to meet you! Sounds like you have created a beautiful place.
I have never had any luck with fuchias in my garden. They always freeze out. What is your secret?
Donna
SacValley
Wilton, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 19, 2005
3:51 AM

Post #1480449

Donna, I figure Luck has alot to do w/my gardening skills! The fuchias were doing well in hanging baskets, then when we were going to be leaving on vacation I knew they wouldn't be watered , so I broke the sides and bottoms of the planters, dug a hole under a mulberry tree, then planted the plants still in their pots. I guess the pots help retain the moisture. We didn't have freeze this year, so that helped.
We also have 15 acres in Copperopolis; on Hwy 4 East of you.
Jo Ann
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

May 19, 2005
4:21 PM

Post #1481331

How do you help your fuchsias survive the summer?
SacValley
Wilton, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 20, 2005
7:04 PM

Post #1485133

Kelli,
In the area w/the fuchsias I also have hydrangeas that wilt easily and quickly, so nearly every morning while I walk around w/my morning coffee I turn on a timed sprinkler for 20 minutes. I got these timers at HDepot, they hook up the faucet and don't need electricity, you turn them on but they turn themselves off. Very handy when you need to water but also need to leave the house.
I love hydrangeas but here in the Sac area they are very touchy.
DesertLover
Palm Springs, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 30, 2005
2:46 PM

Post #1660189

Hi
I'm Irene. I live in Palm Springs from Sept. till June and Southern Germany in the summer. Is anyone interested in a desert gardening forum? I love reading the Calif forum and I envy all the moderate climate gardeners. I grow so many different plants,Veg's, Roses,Daylilly's and have unfortunately wasted tons of money on variety's that don't do well in our climate, but I keep trying. I am inspired by the gorgeous pic's I see here.
My German garden is wild and wonderful. Lot'S of meadow plants and green,green,green. I tend to just let it go as it is a joy to see plants grow like crazy withouet any help from me. Pruning and pulling weeds is my big chore.
I lost my dig camera in an outlet Mall in 'France. I will post when I am back from Europe.
faeden
SF Bay Area, CA
(Zone 9b)

August 8, 2005
4:25 PM

Post #1679150

My name is Marilyn and I live in San Pablo, about 10 miles north of Berkeley. I have 3 dogs (German Shepherd, Italian Greyhound, MinPin/Schipperke mix) and 2 cats (tuxedo type). I like cacti, succulents, xerophytic plants and South African and South American bulbs. I've lived here for 24 years. My house has a greenhouse out back, so at least some of my plants have protection in the winter.

I also volunteer at the Berkeley Botanical Garden. I propagate cacti and succulents to be sold at our spring and fall sales as well as on our plant deck. Right now I'm preparing for our fall sale (last Sunday in September); I need to get about 50 flats of plants ready by sale time.
bncybncytigger
Santa Cruz, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 9, 2005
4:16 AM

Post #1680677

Hi Pekasky

good to see more northern cal people on the site.

Drooling over the greenhouse, and that you get to play in the Botanical garden, that is on my to go and visit list this fall.

There is a plant swap from DG on September 24, check it out in the northern cal forum. if you don't find it mail me back and i can send a link.

Hope to see you there.

Diane
faeden
SF Bay Area, CA
(Zone 9b)

August 9, 2005
6:11 AM

Post #1680786

Thanks for the info, Diane. I know about both the Stockton and Castro Valley RUs. I still haven't figured out what, if anything, I'm bringing to trade. I tried to keep up with all of it and found it very confusing. I don't know how all these people remember so much! LOL :>)

Let me know when you come up to the Garden. If it's a Tuesday or Thursday, I should be there.
Kachinagirl
Modesto, CA
(Zone 8b)

August 9, 2005
6:17 AM

Post #1680793

(we're old...been at it a long time)
faeden
SF Bay Area, CA
(Zone 9b)

August 9, 2005
3:26 PM

Post #1681258

ROFLOL!!! I am too, but I'm having too darned many Senior Moments! :>)
weatherguesser
Salinas, CA
(Zone 9b)

August 12, 2005
3:41 AM

Post #1686749

I'm Jim, from Salinas (near Monterey on the central coast). I've been a halfway gardener since we moved back to this area when I retired from the Navy 15 years ago, and my wife and I have just bought a house that came with a beautiful garden. So now I'm trying to figure out what everything is that's planted here and how to take care of it, in addition to adding a few touches that make it truly "ours".

The picture shows me and my granddaughter and one corner of the back yard, with our big Japanese maple in the back corner.

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picturelady
San Jose, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 12, 2005
4:32 PM

Post #1687575

Hi Jim,
Welcome to California forum and DG !!! Looks like you have a lovely backyard and GD !!! Enjoy!
Margie
sannajane
Eureka, CA

August 14, 2005
9:16 PM

Post #1692042

Hi, I'm Sanna (sounds like 'Donna' with an 's') and I live in Eureka, on the northern coast about 90 miles from the Oregon border. Gardening is my therapy - my first place to go at the end of a work day (after I say hello to DH) and the first place I go in the morning on weekends. My calming, connecting time, with a glass of wine in hand in the evening and a cup of coffee in the morning. I like to see the comings and goings, the birds, the butterflies, but not happily the arrival of deer munchings & gopher chewings... this year has been a difficult one, especially gopher-wise. I've definitely quit planting anything new - and each day something goes...

However!! My garden is still my sanity... I would be lost without it. And I have been very happy to be a member of DG - I can't even remember how I stumbled across it, but have spent way too many hours here! :o)

sannajane
Strever
Hiouchi, CA
(Zone 8b)

August 14, 2005
9:21 PM

Post #1692057

Welcome to DG Sanna
there is a wealth of information & Gardening friends here
do you belong to Humboldt Botanical Gardens ?

Dick
trying to retire to Hiouchi :-)
sannajane
Eureka, CA

August 14, 2005
10:34 PM

Post #1692233

Hi... I don't belong, but have been thinking about it. Hiouchi is really neat... I drove through there just last Monday. Nicer weather than Eureka - enough warmth to grow some things that won't grow here in the cool fog... thanks for the welcome, Dick.

Sanna
Garden_Space
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10b)

August 23, 2005
5:13 AM

Post #1713363

Wow - so many Californians - and so many climates! I'm in the Belmont Shore area of Long Beach - heavily influenced by the ocean. Like the lady in Surf City said, we grow plants that call for partial shade in full sun - we have Cymbidiums and Epidendrums on the garage roof. Look forward to hearing more about what everybody else is doing. I have a particular interest in drought tolerant plants - from any mediterranean climate. Like most properties near the beach, ours is small - but we have LOTS of plants! :-)

SacValley
Wilton, CA
(Zone 9b)

August 23, 2005
5:29 AM

Post #1713389

Gardenspace, nice to have you on board.
I live in the Sacramento Valley;so hot, dry and about 17" of rain a year. My garden is mostly all in shade. I garden about 1 1/2 acres; have one area that has full sun, there I have a catus garden, have another area that has a koi pond, one that had a soccer field.
One of the gardens has alot of hellebore (Christmas Rose) and peonies. Also enjoy dogwood and other blooming trees.
***Jo
SoCal
Huntington Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

August 23, 2005
3:48 PM

Post #1714039

Hi again Garden Space,

Glad to see you found the CA forum and introduced yourself.
I have friends in BShore, so I know your invironment well. Even though we have small spaces, we can pack the area well with lots of goodies. Do you grow many Salvia's? They are drought tolerant and the hummers love them. I have several types and love them too.

Donna
Garden_Space
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10b)

August 24, 2005
4:47 AM

Post #1715572

We have several Salvias, yes. Have a new one this year "Canary Island Sage" - probably way to big eventually, but we're enjoying it at the moment, and believe it can be cut back in winter to start again...love all the salvia scents! We also have a Grevillea and some Spiny Aloes that the Hummingbirds love - isn't it fun?
jcangemi
Clovis, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 24, 2005
5:08 AM

Post #1715596

Welcome Garden_Space to the CA forum. Here's a useful website for Mediterranean climate gardening which you might like. Great pics and descriptions, though not a real extensive list. 8-) Janet

http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/plants/

DougC
Los Angeles, CA
(Zone 10a)

August 24, 2005
7:59 AM

Post #1715686

Hi All:
I usually just hang out at the Cactus & Succulent Forum since that's my main hobby , but thought I'd check out the California Gardening Forum and sure glad I did, sure was surprised how many Californians post here. Enjoyed reading your posts, and will be a regular here also from now on.

Take care all.

DougC
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 24, 2005
10:08 AM

Post #1715717

Sounds great, Doug. Lots of other fans of cactus and succulents here. Welcome.

Blackwing
Gazelle, CA

August 24, 2005
3:38 PM

Post #1716326

A wee voice, heard faintly, as from a great distance . . . that would be me, calling to you all from up near the Oregon border! Too far south of Portland to feel like an Oregonian . . . 300 miles north of San Francisco . . . but a Californian, nonetheless! We've been here just over a year and I'm still trying to understand this mountain climate, and get a grip on the special challenges of gardening here (wild temperature swings from daytime to nighttime, voracious wildlife, hot dry summers). One of these days I'll pile some plants in my car and show up for one of your roundups in Sacramento, San Francisco, or Eureka. Till then, happy gardening, all!
Hannelore
sannajane
Eureka, CA

August 25, 2005
4:03 AM

Post #1718030

Hannelore1, I know how you feel - sometimes I feel like an orphan: not quite Oregon, but so far removed from big cities, that sometimes I don't feel like a Californian. However, born and raised in the Central Valley, I am a California girl...

I'm going to go check out Gazelle on the map!! Welcome to this forum...

Sanna

PotEmUp

PotEmUp
Fremont, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 25, 2005
2:49 PM

Post #1718736

Hannelore1, welcome aboard. I have very best friend in McCloud and I have been to your neck of the woods. Obviously a big draw to the rich and famous. Some of your neighbors are Ophra, Hearst, McCormicks, etc. but I doubt they worry much about the gardening.
But given a choice, I love sannajane's coast. I grew up in Fort Bragg and go back up the coast every chance I get. Love Ferndale and all of our coastal state parks.
Blackwing
Gazelle, CA

August 25, 2005
3:24 PM

Post #1718811

Thanks for the welcome! McCloud is cool -- so is the coast. I LOVE Eureka. One of these days we're taking a coast jaunt to get to know all the great places we haven't seen yet. Meanwhile, I'm wondering where those rich and famous could be hiding . . . definitely haven't seen them here yet!
RachaelBee
N., CA
(Zone 9a)

August 25, 2005
5:59 PM

Post #1719197

Welcome all new Californians! When I was in the AF, I lived in other states, and none compares to this one! I always yearned to come back. My family has a ranch in Grenada and I spent every summer there growing up. I'd love to buy a big piece of land anywhere with a view of Mt. Shasta. It's so beautiful!!
Blackwing
Gazelle, CA

August 25, 2005
6:51 PM

Post #1719300

Hurry, RachaelBee -- there is still some land available! When you come to Grenada (just minutes from here, as I'm sure you know) next time, send me a D-mail. I'd love to meet you! Hannelore
RachaelBee
N., CA
(Zone 9a)

August 25, 2005
7:41 PM

Post #1719370

Will do! Is it cooling off any?
Strever
Hiouchi, CA
(Zone 8b)

August 25, 2005
9:31 PM

Post #1719543

we sometimes go up thru Medford & back down 5 to Redding from the coast
just to see Mt Shasta :-) wait until you see it with a halo
http://www.siskiyous.edu/shasta/map/mp/jelen.jpg

Dick
RachaelBee
N., CA
(Zone 9a)

August 25, 2005
11:56 PM

Post #1719796

Dick, thank you for that picture. Its awe-inspiring. I saved as my wallpaper.
~Rachael
sannajane
Eureka, CA

August 26, 2005
1:32 AM

Post #1719994

Anyone who ventures to Eureka better give me a shout!! My garden's not much, but would love to meet and chat with anyone from here. The common ground is a good one!

Sannajane
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 26, 2005
3:36 AM

Post #1720222

Same here, Sannajane. If you're ever headed south, stop in Sebastopol and visit me.
Blackwing
Gazelle, CA

August 26, 2005
4:01 AM

Post #1720303

Ditto here! Wow, cool halo.
Weather has been more pleasant these last couple of weeks. Colder at night, too.
cnswift
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

August 30, 2005
4:58 AM

Post #1728904

Wow, look at all these Californians! Hello all, I'm Christina from San Diego. I joined Dave's a few months back and have been hooked ever since. I have a new garden and have been slowly learning the ropes with the help of everyone here. My favorite plants are my vines; passion flower, mandevilla, morning glory, wisteria, red trumpet vine, jasmine (pink and also white) and so many other pretty varieties that I wish I had space for. I just love em! We're blessed in San Diego with pretty temperate weather, so hopefully my garden will remain pretty throughout the year. We shall see... :~)
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 30, 2005
5:23 AM

Post #1728918

Hi, Christina, welcome to DG. I've always thought San Diego has the best weather in the world. Never too hot, never too cold. Just perfect. I'm sure your garden will be pretty all year.
RachaelBee
N., CA
(Zone 9a)

August 30, 2005
3:23 PM

Post #1729461

Welcome, Christina!! Your garden sounds lovely. Post pics when you can!
~Rachael
jerodsmom
Livermore, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 12, 2005
7:14 PM

Post #1754768

Hi all, I am Patricia and live in Livermore which is about 50miles inland from
San Francico. I have always love growing flowers, which I learned from my mom.
We moved to Livermore not quite two years ago, and at that time put in a greenhouse which has opened a whole new world of tropical plants for me. I grow approx. 250 hoya plants as well as brugs, love flowering vine and anything else that flowers. I thank God everyday that he gave me a love of gardening, it has at times been what has kept me going when life has thrown me very hard curves in my life. I love sharing and trading plants and cuttings and do alot of trading on both Daves and another gardening site.
faeden
SF Bay Area, CA
(Zone 9b)

September 12, 2005
7:29 PM

Post #1754783

jerodsmom:

Do you know about the Roundup in Castro Valley on Sept. 24? Go to the California Gardening forum and check it out! Love to have you come! We had a great time at the Stockton RU last Saturday, and I'm really looking forward to this next one.
jerodsmom
Livermore, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 12, 2005
11:21 PM

Post #1755206

pekasky, I am planning on being there.
faeden
SF Bay Area, CA
(Zone 9b)

September 13, 2005
12:06 AM

Post #1755281

Great! See you there!
lizzipa
Emerald Hills, CA
(Zone 9b)

September 30, 2005
5:48 PM

Post #1790308

Hi, I joined the website earlier this month and am finally brave enough to jump into the fray. I live in Emerald Hills (hills above Redwood City - a native of Palo Alto.) My DH & I bought our (dream) house last year, then got married. One of the big draws was the property - 1/3 acre on a hill, with sweeping views of the SF bay. The area is wonderful for plants - more temperate than the flatlands - but there are deer (which I love most of the time)! The yard's been neglected, but has good bones. We have relatively level areas for the first 30 ft. or so, then more of a slope with way too many trees & ivy. We demolished the deck this summer (about 100 ft. of it) and discovered the hedge (around an above ground pool surrounded by tall deck) was really the tops of a wonderful grove of oak trees - lots of other surprises hidden in that yard, like old stone walls... We installed a fence on the back of the property, and in the process re-claimed 20 ft. of our property the back neighbors were using and locked the deer out of back yard (we hope). We're in our mid-50's and wish we could retire and make the house & yard projects our career, but my teenagers wouldn't understand why they can't eat or go to college & I'm not likely to win the lottery, (since I don't even play)! We have a love/hate relationship with our house & yard - lots of charm & character & comfortable to live in, but often think we're crazy for taking on such a big project... Looking forward to comparing notes as we design & landscape.

Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


September 30, 2005
7:40 PM

Post #1790430

Welcome lizzipa!
We want pictures!! Sounds like a project and hopefully you are well on your way to the garden you dream of. The weather sure is wonderful for so many things here in the Bay Area. be sure to check out the Annie's Annuals and local nurseries threads, there are quite a few enablers on this forum!
cnswift
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

October 1, 2005
6:19 AM

Post #1791265

welcome lizzipa! Your house and yard sound awesome! It sounds like a great location too. I love Northern California and always considered it 'home' as I grew up in Pacifica. Definitely post some photos when you can. Glad you jumped in! :) Christina
lizzipa
Emerald Hills, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 3, 2005
8:27 PM

Post #1795509

Thanks for the welcome Calif_Sue & crnswift! Looking forward to getting to know you all! CNSwift, my DH lived in Pacifica for quite a while (in fact his ex grew up there)...
bncybncytigger
Santa Cruz, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 18, 2005
8:06 PM

Post #1823422

Welcome lizzipa, i hear you on the deer, so if you ever need any help on questions please d mail me, i live in santa cruz in the redwood area so deer are my pet hate, or where before i ousted them from the yard...

oh and gophers but i took out all those as well, so now no more gopher baskets for me :)

Defianelty post a picture as it sounds gorgous...

Diane
LindaCA
Concord, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 20, 2005
3:32 PM

Post #1827032

Hi, I'm new to this websight. So far its great. I live in Concord about 30 miles east of Oakland. Zone 9B ( I think). My home is about 1/2 acre on a hill and has everything from Giant redwood trees to giant black walnut trees. Of course I try to grow all the things that shouldn't grow here like tropicals. We live next to an open space so deal with gophers, mice and other bad guys. I am always looking for unusual plants and all the advice I can get.
I work in the Albany-Berkeley area. So i get two totally different types of weather. 60 in Albany and 90 at home.
I think I am addicted to plants.
Linda

PotEmUp

PotEmUp
Fremont, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 20, 2005
4:49 PM

Post #1827180

Welcome Linda - You should fit right in. Most of us are addicts and I think many of us do not believe that the zonal ratings are right. Redwoods to Oaks? Sounds like a lot on a 1/2 acre. I look forward to seeing you at one of our Roundups or other gatherings.
George
picturelady
San Jose, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 20, 2005
5:13 PM

Post #1827229

Hi Linda...welcome to DG and the CA forum...are you into daylilies by any chance? Some of our local meetings will be held in concord! Our Regional VP lives in the hills of concord too! Maybe you are neighbors! Looking forward to hearing your interests and getting to meet you at a get together!


Welcome to the other new forum members too...Linda's location caught my eye so I stopped by to say "hi"...but it is nice to meet you others too!

Margie
sannajane
Eureka, CA

October 21, 2005
1:40 AM

Post #1828148

YES! Welcome to all new members... DG can be very addicting. Plan on hours and hours your first month here! And then still more hours from that point!

Sanna in Eureka
lisamr
Roseville, CA
(Zone 8a)

October 21, 2005
3:46 PM

Post #1829025

Hiya Lizzipa! Welcome to DG! I love pics of project progress...maybe you can post some of the pics of your yard. Sounds like you have some treasures hidden over there.
GreenEyedGuru
SF Bay Area, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 21, 2005
11:35 PM

Post #1830045

Hi, I'm new here as well.. Although this isn't my first post. I live in Union City very close to the bay. Sunset zone 17.

I have a lot of fruit trees on my property including plum, apple, and citrus. I'm also interested in chile peppers and tropical plants (esp. palms and cycads).

--Adam
drdon
Temecula, CA
(Zone 8b)

October 22, 2005
1:07 AM

Post #1830255

Hiya GEG,

Welcome!

You'll find lots of people here with similar tastes and passions. Also, this place is a treasure trove of information and experience.

best to you,
don
lizzipa
Emerald Hills, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 27, 2005
12:06 AM

Post #1840616

Hi bncybncytigger,

Thanks for the offer of deer tip - may take you up on that. Was on vacation last week & happy to see that my garden didn't become deer food, while I was gone. Recently sprinkling bloodmeal, on a new bed, after they munched the new flowering maples I planted... so far, so good, but my husband hates the smell! He lived in the Santa Cruz mountains for 17 years (think it's called Redwood Estates - near you?), but relied on deer fencing, which isn't very pretty in the front yard - pretty flowers gotta can't be surrounded by ugly fencing!

No gopher issues, so far, but can see their holes on the hills across the street, and the cats dragged one into the house one day (YUCK!), but we do have moles... though the cats seem to be taking care of those, too, judging by the corpses in my bedroom (double-YUCK).

Liz
lizzipa
Emerald Hills, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 27, 2005
12:10 AM

Post #1840623

Thanks for the interest in seeing pictures. I will defintely start posting some soon and asking for suggestions, as I will be in design mode this winter!
cnswift
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

October 27, 2005
4:26 AM

Post #1841176

I can't wait for the photos too!
gprevost
San Jose, CA
(Zone 9b)

November 22, 2005
4:53 AM

Post #1888232

Another California member. San Jose near Milpitas. We are at 1300' so get cool/cold nights and lots of wind. We purchased a working cattle ranch five years ago and have been turning some pastures into gardens. We probably have about an acre (or more) planted of bearded iris and the collection is growing. We will have approximately 1400 varieties by next spring. Dabbling in daylilies too.

Made our own compost over the past three years to amend our horrible clay soil - the compost is ready and beautiful. You realize that when you have that much land, you can't just go buy bags of compost - plus not to mention the cost.

Have approximately 30 varieties in bloom right now (probably more). I am fortunate and have blooming iris almost year-round.
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 22, 2005
5:04 AM

Post #1888239

Your iris plantation sounds like paradise, especially to those of us (probably the majority) who never feel we have enough room for all the things we want to plant. Of course, with 1400 varieties, you may feel the same way too.

Any relation to Don and Cathy Prevost in El Granada?
picturelady
San Jose, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 22, 2005
1:53 PM

Post #1888542

WOW...another member near San Jose! Welcome gprovost! Your land and blooms sound gorgeous. Are you planning on opening a public nursery or display garden?

Margie

BTW...Cal Sue and Lilystorm are also from San Jose and also plant_fiend and mmqc!
ginny
Covina, CA

November 27, 2005
11:12 PM

Post #1896302

Fortunate enough to be in a 10a San Gabriel garden. Front of back garden is roses, iris, azaleas, etc. on one side and cactus and succulents on the other side. Middle yard has converted from vegetables to tarragon, lavender, sage, etc. in front of the back yard with citrus and avocado trees. Looking for suggestions to enhance front of garden and to find some way to trade.
zostropz
San Diego, CA

December 6, 2005
9:10 PM

Post #1911130

I looked through really quickly and don't think I ever replied to this. Anyhow, my name is Mark and I am an addict...I mean a Passiflora nut. Passiflora are the main thing around my place. Before the storms last year that tore up my greenhouse, I was up around 120 to 140 different types of Passiflora. I also grow Amorphophallus, wow, what a wierd plant. Ok, that's about all for now, nice meeting some of you at the So. Cal roundup this past season.
Mark
jcangemi
Clovis, CA
(Zone 9a)

December 8, 2005
12:54 AM

Post #1913278

Hiya Mark. . . it seems like ages ago since that roundup. Sure was fun and nice to be able to put faces with names when I read a post from someone that I met there. Have you rebuilt your greenhouse yet? I'm familiar w/ Passie's (sp?) but what variety of Amorphophallus do you have? There are several listed in the plant files. That's the one that has the awful smell isn't it? Never seen one, but have read about them.

Good to have you in the California forum. 8-) Janet
Moonglow
Corte Madera, CA

December 8, 2005
10:13 PM

Post #1914707

wow, mark. love the fruit. i want to grow a few that are fruit-bearing (is that a term?). that's the secret ingredient to my sangria. lol.

hi, janet. i have to attend a round-up one of these days.
zostropz
San Diego, CA

December 9, 2005
6:45 PM

Post #1916001

Janet, thank you for the welcome. ok, Amorphophallus. I have many tubers of:
A. Konjac
D. Vulgaris (very related)
I have a few personal tubers of:
A. Gigas
A. Titanum
A. Decus-Silvae
A. Kiusiansus (spelling)
A. Henryi
A. Koratensis
A. Peonifolius
I have seedlings of:
A. Titanum
A. Gigas
A. Decus-Silvae
A. Hewittii
A. Prainii
and I have seeds I'm waiting on to sprout of a few other lesser type.
See, I am an addict. lol
Mark
mpabbott1
(Mary) Poway, CA
(Zone 10a)

December 11, 2005
10:52 PM

Post #1919425

Hi,
I'm Mary and I live in Poway which is 3 miles west of the 15 freeway in San Diego County. Haven't browsed this forum for a long time because I've been obsessed with Brugmanisa and also make an occasional jaunt over to the Roses or Coleus forum. I'm more of a lurker than a poster anyways. A couple months ago we filled in our swimming pool and bulldozed the whole back yard. Talk about a blank slate! It used to look like a jungle. Secretly I miss the jungle; almost out of control look. My husband wants me to keep all the new plants in pots. We'll see. I might have to compromise since he's building me a greenhouse.

Dave's has been an enjoyable outlet for me. Aren't we lucky to live in California!
Mary
jcangemi
Clovis, CA
(Zone 9a)

December 12, 2005
12:51 PM

Post #1920020

Mark, you really meant it when you said you were an addict. I think there's maybe 6 or 7 types of Amorphophallus listed in the plantfiles. If you have time, post a few pics of your faves for us. . a very interesting plant I hope to see one day. Seems like all of us here at Dave's are addicts of one sort (plant) or another or many LOL.

Hi Mary, my youngest son & his wife lived in Poway until 2 years ago when he moved to Las Vegas. Sounds like you have quite a project ahead. Be sure to take some before and after pics to share with us. I don't know about the rest here, but I sure like to plagiarize or ah..hemmm borrow other peoples terrific ideas. The greenhouse will really be a treat though. Welcome, even if you only lurk. Please share from time to time, if you have time LOL.

8-) Janet
zostropz
San Diego, CA

December 13, 2005
12:15 AM

Post #1920855

Janet, don't have much to post in the way of pics. I sell on ebay and really only have room for seedlings. I do post many pics of all my awesome Passiflora however. They are actually my first love.
Mark
cyp808
Aliso Viejo, CA
(Zone 10b)

December 13, 2005
6:26 PM

Post #1921959

Hi

I'm originally from Hawaii but I've been living in Orange County for a few years now. I haven't really worked on my garden for several months since my little one came along. Just about the last thing I was able to do was to get my poinsettia to bloom again for the third year. While I'm nursing my son, I get a tall glass of water and poke around on DG to see what new and interesting things everyone is up to. This really is a nice group of people here.

Claire
Moonglow
Corte Madera, CA

December 14, 2005
12:20 AM

Post #1922539

hello, claire. congratulations on your little one.
jcangemi
Clovis, CA
(Zone 9a)

December 14, 2005
3:43 AM

Post #1922871

Hi Claire. . .how exciting to have a little one. Just had my 5th grandbaby born 1 mo ago and she's every bit as special as the1st one 17 years ago. Welcome! 8-) Janet
cnswift
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

December 16, 2005
6:12 AM

Post #1926162

Hi Mary,

Looks like we're practically neighbors. I live in scripps ranch so you probably drive by my house enroute to yours. :) I too would love to see before and after photos, as it sounds like you have a really big project ahead! Good luck to you.

Christina
ABarker
San Francisco Coast , CA
(Zone 10b)

December 27, 2005
5:58 PM

Post #1941318

Hi! I am a new resident here on Dave's Garden Web! I keep my little garden in Half Moon Bay, CA. And am quickly learning how much plants dislike that salty cool sea air that I love so much! I am a fan of plumerias and peonies and dahlias. However, I have yet to try my hand at mothering the last two blooms! I look forward to my new garden family!
cnswift
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

December 28, 2005
4:16 PM

Post #1942544

Hi ABarker, Welcome to Dave's Garden! I know what you mean about the salty air as I grew up in Pacifica which is just up the road from you (as I know you know). You'll find great advice here however, and your garden will be flourishing in no time! Good luck! Christina
Moonglow
Corte Madera, CA

December 31, 2005
5:48 AM

Post #1947134

welcome, abarker! we're in the same zone!
lauriwilson
Caistor
United Kingdom
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2005
11:19 AM

Post #1947210

Hi all, I'm Lauri from Anderson, Happy Valley actually and new to Dave's. I'm currently re-doing most of my yard, moving this here and that there. Well will be after these rains as everything is under 3" of water. I try to grow a little of everything from bulbs to roses and just discoverd SAC and bananas. Have a large amonut of bulbs mostly old stock cannas and ladys. I'll be borrowing quite a few ideas from everyone as spring gets going. Here is my 4' wide walk being taken over by my some of my cannas this past summer.

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hyacynthblue2
San Jose, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 5, 2006
4:29 AM

Post #1955782

Hi I am new to Daves Garden,
My name is Angela and I live in San Jose California .
I am starting to see my fall planted bulbs opening early.I am not sure why.
Grape Hyacinths and crocus are opening up in January? I am new to gardening is that normal? I am in love with the hardenbergia blooming in my back yard. For some reason anything I planted in fall that ispurple is opening early????Oh well at least I have some color on dreary days.Hope to learn a lot from you experienced california garderners.Below is a photo of my hardenbergia.
Angela

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 5, 2006
4:34 AM

Post #1955787

Hi, Angela. Welcome.

It's not really normal, but it happens once in a while. My narcissus already finished blooming, and now all of the anemones and freesias are in bloom. I think fall here was so hot and lasted so long that it woke everything up early. Today I noticed that a great big Easter lily is in bloom in one part of my garden. Makes me wonder what's going to be left for spring.

Your hardenbergia is gorgeous.
hyacynthblue2
San Jose, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 5, 2006
7:27 PM

Post #1956792

Hi zuzu,
Thanks for the compliment on the hardenbergia. I agree with you about the fall weather causing early blooms.Can't wait to plant bulbs for summer.
Demstratt
Lincoln Park, MI
(Zone 5a)

January 6, 2006
3:45 PM

Post #1958389

Hi Lauri Wilson Welcome to Dave's..I was born near Anderson left there at an early age,but still remember the beauty of Ca...Hope you enjoy it here at Dave's and have a good time going to all the forums..I know I'm having fun...

Loretta...
Moonglow
Corte Madera, CA

January 8, 2006
2:52 AM

Post #1961440

hi, loretta. hello, zuzu.

welcome, angela and lauri =).

annapet
kimmers
Turlock, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 15, 2006
10:05 PM

Post #1979249

Hi everyone! I just rejoined DG and am so glad I did,lots of info and nice people! I've worked with plants off and on for about 20 years, orchid nursery, interior plant tech, and for the last 5 years ordering all the plants for the Home Depot I work at [ the BEST part of working there!] I have lots of houseplants and orchids, but my new interest is building my first raised bed for my tomato and pepper plants.Have lots of container plants on my patio[love Brugmansias!] Roses are new for me too, just got through planting a bare root 'Julia Child' i just had to have! Been in the Central Valley for 6 years,before I lived my whole life near SF, miss the cool summers, but love being able to grow tomatoes here!
calpat1
Redding, CA

January 16, 2006
4:53 AM

Post #1980136

I'm Pat in Redding, was raised in San Diego, lived in Baja for some years, then to El Cajon, Hemet and now Redding. Glad to see a few of you that live close to Redding. I think we've got enough people up here for a "roundup" sometime. Lost all my Dahlias this past fall, but got more coming, Mums were gorgegous, now trying to wade thru puddles of water that I'm sure I'll need this coming summer. Just joined Dave & gardening companions this past week! Happy Gardening To You All!
sheran
LA, So CAL (Northrid, CA
(Zone 10a)

January 16, 2006
2:23 PM

Post #1980558

Hello to this forum that I finally found. My name is sheran, some here at daves call me the robin queen.

I live in the so calif area, northridge, to be exact and have been on daves for several years now. I am not one of those lucky large home gardeners or ranch gardeners, but am proud of my 1000 sq ft in a local coop.

My prizes of joy is my 20 rose , rose garden started from cuttings.
I love growing all types of vegetables, if the crops are small, well I always have tons of flowers. My loves are flowers of whites and blues.

I am the mom of 2, and a grandmother. For work I am a director of 2 Alzheimers units, am the facilitator of a family support group in Granada Hills.
Health gardening to everyone, feel free to stopin and say hello anytime.
jcangemi
Clovis, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 16, 2006
3:19 PM

Post #1980666

Hi welcome to calpat1 and sheran and welcome back kimmers. Not alot of action on this thread like there was at the beginning, but it's a nice place to see who our fellow gardeners are and there's lots of interesting threads in our state forum. AND, we all like pics. . . so please share if you can. Janet

Took this last Friday. . .the colors on this flowering Kale and just beautiful in the cold weather.

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jcangemi
Clovis, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 16, 2006
3:21 PM

Post #1980671

Here's a closer up of some of them, just gorgeous, nice colors in the "dead" of winter, with hints of spring starting to show, as in lots of weeds LOL.

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ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 16, 2006
4:42 PM

Post #1980824

Hi! I've been hanging out here for a while and occasionally posting but figured I should introduce myself. My name is Liz and I've been living here in the East Bay for almost 4 years now, before that I lived in Ohio. I bought my house 3 yrs ago, spent the first year or two ripping out all the ivy that was covering up the front and back gardens, and then last year I was finally able to get started on planting stuff! I'm really more of a plant collector than a gardener--I like to experiment with lots of different plants rather than putting in multiples of the same plant like you're supposed to. I collect tropical flowering plants/trees (which live on my patio), and in my garden I like anything that's not an annual but blooms over a long time (right now my favorites are a white Nemesia and a sweet pea shrub that have been blooming for 11 months straight!) I also collect Salvias, Buddleias (any species other than davidii), plants in Melastomataceae family, and Australia/New Zealand/S. Africa natives (but not proteas--I can't seem to keep them alive!)
milehiDi
Pinon Hills, CA

February 9, 2006
7:46 PM

Post #2033242

Hi! I'm Di (Diana) and new here. I live and garden (16 yrs.) on 5 acres in Pinon Hills, Ca., which is located on the northern slopes of the San Gabriel Mtns., 10 minutes from Wrightwood. We locals say it's where the desert (high) meets the mountains. My home and gardens are located ~ a mile high, on a hilltop. This can present some challenges and micro climates reign supreme, but the views and peace & quiet keep me humble and my whining to a minimum.

We are having an exceptionally warm winter with temps in the 60-70s instead of our usual 40s. I'm loving it! And so are my roses, which I also love. I primarily garden in the cottage style and have a potager (ornamental vegetable garden) where I grow vegies and flowers for cutting. I grow lots of annuals from seeds and have been growing more perennials from seed in the last few years. I'll be adding more fruit trees this year. I already have apricot and apple, but would like to try a pluot and some cherries.

I'm married to a wonderful guy who indulges my gardening passion, building arbors and picket fences without too much eye rolling. I secretly think he likes it because there are usually new tools in the bargain. We also share our home and gardens with 3 cats and a dog. Or should I say they share with us? ; )

I am presently cleaning up my photobucket albums, but when I'm done I'll post pics. I love all of yours! They are so inspiring!

Di
hyacynthblue2
San Jose, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 19, 2006
12:01 AM

Post #2054545

Boy it's cold here for california ( San Jose) I still have a lot of blooming hyacinths,and muscari to brighten up the dreary day.I saw a group of wild turkeys at the park near my house today Not sure where they came from never seen them before in san jose.Lots of strange stuff around here.
Anyone else in San Jose area have spring/summer flowers blooming left and right? I even see a canna tyring to open as cold as it is today I am surprised at that.I'll put up a photo of them tomorrow.
Angela
sannajane
Eureka, CA

February 19, 2006
12:07 AM

Post #2054557

Yup! cold here too... in fact for us, here on the north coast, it's the first real cold snap I remember for a couple of years, just following a few days of really nice spring-like weather! I have peonies up about 6 inches, roses with new growth, stuff busting out ~ only to have to worry about covering everything up the last few nights, including tonight! I hope I don't lose anything... I saw my first wild trillium in the grove we have here - the true (for me) first sign of spring. But dang it's cold out there right now!

Sanna in Eureka

PotEmUp

PotEmUp
Fremont, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 20, 2006
6:15 PM

Post #2058575

I think the folks back east would consider us whiners. Definitely a change from the 70's of last week. I, too, saw wild turkeys just off Mission Blvd in the Niles area. I have hibiscus ready to open (maybe the christmas lights on them helps,) as well as at least one open Canna. My Douglas Iris have begun opening and the snails have come out in full force.
4paws
Citra, FL
(Zone 9a)

February 26, 2006
10:24 PM

Post #2073533

Hi - I'm new and in Hoopa, Humboldt County (near Eureka), CA via ...upstate NY, Santa Cruz County, Humboldt Coast, Western CO, AZ, and WI. We've been on our place for almost two years. The dirt and worms are phenomenal. My "yard" is an acre, about to grow to three, with one border on the Trinity River. Oh my!

Since our arrival in Hoopa in August 2003, I've inadvertantly and unavoidably become a dog rescuer. There were six or seven "strays" living in the yard of our tribal rental and despite my neighbor's first meeting advice, "don't feed the dogs and don't feed the kids," I began to leave food for them on the porch. Then I added blankets, flea preventative, brushing, tick pulling, occasional treats, and basic training. (Oh yeah, I fed the kids too, and sometimes there would be a dozen hanging around). Anyway, my neighbors just loved me (NOT), so the minute we closed on the property I moved the dogs out to it. But they wouldn't stay without me and found their way back to the rental place, 5 miles away!

So now, 40 dogs and many fine adoptions later, we've just added new fencing and my "playing in the dirt" challenges first start with planning around dogs. Currently there are ten and our great cat, Radar on the place, and two humans. The ones (dogs) ready for adoption are at http://dogrescuers.org. For some reason the link directly doesn't pull up the site, so you can go there through the usual way. I've tried several different times to make it work (thus, all the edits)

We have black locust, blackberries, wild plums, blackberries, apples, blackberries, roses, blackberries, fuschias, ferns, moss, and pepperwood, and dogwood trees. DId I mention blackberries? We have a dead oak with a live poison oak as thick as my forearm growing up it, and English Ivy bringing down giant black locust trees. It rains forever in the winter, and I would say the cold that comes with it is worse than Wisconsin. Much to my surprise I prefer snow and ice to buckets of icy water and mold) and doesn't usually rain at all in the summer with temps being 95-100 daily. Better than Wisconsin - dry, not humid. However, it's February and my daffodils are in all their glory, which I don't think is the case in WI.

We do have irrigation water, so that is gold for the gardening, but as much as possible I want to use native and xeriscape plants for privacy, mosquito and flea repellant, boundaries, flowers, and ground cover. No lawn, please! I've started blueberries and some fruit trees, and have had two seasons of vegetables which were not fenced, so each new dog had to be taught to stay out of the beds. Mostly it worked, but this year new fence has been installed bisecting the first acre to protect the garden and perhaps set up a training area for individual dogs. Thanks to the current crew of collies, gophers, moles, and mice have moved on, leaving me with lots of dog (I mean dug)-out burrows.

So, that's me in Hoopa, CA. Too much info?




This message was edited Feb 28, 2006 8:09 AM
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 26, 2006
10:37 PM

Post #2073557

Never enough info as far as I'm concerned. It all sounds like quite an adventure. I tried to see the dogs, but the link only goes to the Server King home page.

Welcome to the California Gardening Forum. Don't forget to check into the Pets Forum. They'll love hearing your dog stories and they're a great bunch of people (as we all are).

I can sympathize with your blackberry problem, but I still have gophers galore in addition to the blackberries. If only the gophers would eat the blackberries and leave everything else alone. I'd love to use dogs as deterrents, but my cats won't let me.
4paws
Citra, FL
(Zone 9a)

February 28, 2006
3:31 PM

Post #2077161

Thank you, Zuzu, for the heads up on the Friends For Life site and the welcome. I can't seem to make it work from here, either, but it does work through the usual methods. I will check in with the pet forum. There is so much to read/learn/participate in here that it's easy to spend hours at it! This is such a great networking place, I'm pleased to have found it. I'm "watching" 65 forums, though have only spent time with a handful. Thought this one would be a logical start.

Actually, I don't hate those berries all that much. Where I don't want them, we've so far gotten way ahead of them with active pruning, digging, and a little Round-up (I never thought I would use it, but, maybe there's a place for everything). Where they remain, taller than me (I'm 6') I pick the most wonderful berries, some of the biggest I've ever seen. I think the black locust seedling/saplings are my bigger problem, which I've addressed on the trees forum.

4paws
Citra, FL
(Zone 9a)

February 28, 2006
3:38 PM

Post #2077169

I'm thinking of planting wax myrtle around the perimeter of most of the fencing for privacy and for mosquito/flea control. I understand it's a native. Any comments?

Also, I have a property border that is between two driveways. I want to define the line, block the view and cut the dust from neighboring drive. However, I don't want fencing, or something deciduous or particularly woody, so that if it was necessary to drive over it or cut it way back, it wouldn't be permanantly damaged. The only thing I've come up with is oleander. It has to be xeric and tolerate full sun to part shade (especially in summer). Ideally it wil grow to at least 10 feet tall, with the spread pruned as needed. Suggestions? Experiences? Thank you.
desert_witch
Lucerne Valley, CA
(Zone 8a)

March 16, 2006
7:59 AM

Post #2116015

WoW!!!! Thorne here in the wild High Desert of So CAL!! Our winters range seriously from 7a to 8a, and we have 2 or so months of 100+ degree (does anybody know where that lil degree dot is hiding on the keycaps?? *s*) F heat in summer. Oh! Let's not forget about the flash floods! *LOL* It's too much fun! I love it here, and am happy to meet all you Californians! (Good Idea Kachinagirl! See you in chat!)

So here's a lil TMI:

I live with: My lover and partner Tammette, girrrlllyboi extrordinaire, Masteresse of delayed gratification, and harmony to my melody; my 87 year old grandmother, (wheelchair queen of ice water and soap operas, and weekend warrior of rock music, and drag races; Hildy (the african queen, my african grey parrot-soul mate and familiar, aka the amazing psychic bird); Sam (Samwise, Samson, Sam the Man, Sam I Am, pig in a bird suit, my red-lored amazon and abusive boyfriendbird); Sir Kisses, (Greater Sulfer Crested Triton Cockatoo, cuddleslut extrordinaire and perpetual 2 year old [as in "terrible"]); Sweetpea, (youngest of my featheredflock at 6. A Military Macaw who has a beak the size of Texas, but not [thankfully] yet the will to use it...nicknamed "batty" for her cagetop hanging antics); Flute, a 30-something yr old wild-caught Mollucan, broken hearted, self abusing feather plucker with a case of zinc poisoning when I got him in March 03. He's a happy healthy Too now, who has grown back about 70% of his feathers! (yippee!!)[In October of 2004, my Precious Flute was killed by the Dogs in a horrible freak accident. I miss him every day, and mourn not only his loss, but my failure in the sacred trust of caring for him. He, in all his imperfectly feathered glory, is the subject of my newest tattoo which was done January '06 by Judy Parker in memorium of his bright spirit and the plight of these amazing creatures]; Peaches, female Molluccan (neck burrowing, nymphomaniac and devastating flirt). Our 4 newest rescues are Hepzibah Hermoine Tidbit Crawford (a tiny evil female cockatiel), GirlieBirdie, another Sulfer Cretsed 'Too. Precious and sweet she's bonded to the Girlyboi. She's got a lil chest plucking problem and a BIG screaming problem (but we're working on those) and only one foot; and a breeding/bonded pair of Double Yellow Headed Amazons.

Then there are 4 dogs, Tammette's "Soul Man"...Solon, her baby boy, and my "Sexy Beast", a talking, firewood chewing brindle pit-bull that we adopted in Sept.04; also Junior-son of The Beast, and Crissy-mae, shar-pei. 3 indoor cats, (twins born in the same sac, Castor and Pollux), and the second recent incarnation on my Nightmare; 1 outdoor wandering stray Mouser named Lucifer (for his beautiful Golden eyes).

We are in the process, a labor of love, of repairing and remodeling and cleaning up the Family Ranch; 40 acres of creosote and sagebrush, snakes and scorpions and vinegaroons in the High Desert. We are working on getting the main house right, (electrical, insulation, sanding the hardwood floors, installing drywall and ceramic tile, etc.), and landscaping the environs immediate to the house and outbuildings, and repairing the outbuildings to use as various art and craft studios.

We have aproximately 4,000 square feet of Gardening enclosures, where we grow the most delicious organic veggies and fruits to feed ourselves, our FIDS and our friends and family.

And yes...we're busy gals!
Tanya3
Visalia, CA
(Zone 7a)

March 23, 2006
2:43 PM

Post #2133029

Hi, being new on this thread, I'd thought to hop on the bandwagon. I saw the one from Clovis, which is probably the closest to me. Visalia is about an hour south of Clovis,so we go up there to shop often. Any GREAT nurseries there? Well, since wer'e introducing, We have 4 boys(our newest is 6 weeks) who all like to help me collect seeds. The oldest (11) is very useful for helping with digging and planting.But, of course they each have their own shovel! I haven't done much yet this year, but I think this weekend will be great weather for getting some new plants in, and trimming the dead off the Cannas. Hope to talk with some more folk from the central valleysoon.
jcangemi
Clovis, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 23, 2006
3:53 PM

Post #2133239

Hi Neighbor. . .saw your post on another thread and thought "how did I miss seeing you before now?", but it seems you've been a bit busy. Congrats to you, new Mom and welcome to the forum. Are you tired of this rain or what?? I'm ready for some drier, warmer weather. I get down to Visalia occasionally. I really like the downtown area for a small town, lots happening, kind of like stepping back in time to what it used to be here in Fresno/Clovis. My DD & husband have a car lot in downtown Visalia and they live in Kingsburg, right down the road from you. Nursery wise up here, there are some nice ones. If you're looking for statuary or water features, Willow Gardens is a good one, way out north of Clovis on Willow, nearly out to Millerton Lake. Another mile or two north, at the foot of the dam, there's a topiary nursery, Finch's Zoo, that has some neat stuff (proud parents of the snowboarding Olympian, Andy Finch). Up by River Park, 1/2 block west of Blackstone on Nees is another really nice nursery with beautiful grounds, if you shop out there (seems to have taken over as THE PLACE TO SHOP NOW!!!) The name escapes me right now. Nice to see you here on our California forum. . .8-) Janet

Check out this thread too right here in our CA forum:
http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/493887/
wcgypsy
Fallbrook, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 7, 2006
4:56 PM

Post #2256708

Good Morning All, My name is Sherry, Calif born and raised with a few forays to Arizona, Iowa, Hawaii, Whidby Island, but always end up back in Calif. There's not one area of California that I don't have some form of nostalgia for, have lived in Whittier, Seal Beach, Laguna Beach, Venice, Martinez, Pacheco, and now Fallbrook for quite a few years, though we are feeling the need for a new adventure, which will probably be out-of-state. Bought a 2-ton flatbed to move all my plants to Washington State, love anything growing, but have finally this year become disciplined enough to have given away everything that I didn't really have room for planting. Focusing now on cottage type plantings, everything's always kinda wild and messy,( seem to have a problem with things looking too neat and orderly). So now I don't get things just because I "have to have that, too", Where does it end?
The thing that slows me down the most is planting virtually everything in wire, have never experienced the gopher problem that we have here, been on this property quite a while now and it has been a gradual thing, I "really" hate making all those wire baskets!! It's great fun to hear what others are planting and doing and I've already become addicted to checking this site with my morning coffee...
sheran
LA, So CAL (Northrid, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 8, 2006
2:26 AM

Post #2258284

Hello from so cal... where is fallbrook????
wcgypsy
Fallbrook, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 8, 2006
3:40 PM

Post #2259633

Hi all, noticed a mention re: wild turkeys from Pot Em Up, this may have already been covered elsewhere that I haven't come across yet, but...we go to Julian very, very often (it's such a fantastic drive from our house), but about a year ago I first noticed the wild turkeys. I don't know how I could have missed them before or how long they've been there, but now they're the first thing we go looking for. Got curious, looked up on line and found that Fish and Game started a release program some years back. Apparently there are those who are not happy with having them around, but I would love to see them on my property. Be happy with what you have!
SoCal
Huntington Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 8, 2006
6:07 PM

Post #2259990

Hello Sherry and a big welcome to DG,

As you can see from under my name, that I live in HB, so you are familiar with my area for sure. I've been a member here for over 5 years and have learned so much about gardening and have met some fantastic gardening friends too.

I just want you to be aware of our SoCalif get together that we have every year and our next one in on July 8th in Temecula. Here is a link to read about it. http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/559332/
We have had a great time in all the prior ones, and I have hosted 2 of them also.
Here are some pictures from the roundup last year. http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/524248/

I hope to see you around the forums and also at our SoCal RU.

Donna

Hey Sheran, Fallbrook is down near San Diego, but inland. Hope you can make the RU this year too.
stellapathic
Cambria, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 9, 2006
4:17 AM

Post #2261451

Hi Sherry, Stella from Cambria but recently moved here from Laguna Beach. I just thought it was interesting that you mentioned the wild turkeys. We have a bunch in Cambria too, and I think it's thrilling! My friend had them traipse across his lawn on Christmas morning, how cool is that? I just had a conversation two days ago with a visitor from Laguna about them. He told me about the Fish and Game release and that's the first I'd heard of it. So they're in Julian too. And apparently San Jose. I agree with you. They are wonderful. Welcome to DG.
kanita
Los Angeles, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 10, 2006
11:30 PM

Post #2266931

Hi Sheran! I am in LA as well.
wcgypsy
Fallbrook, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 11, 2006
3:37 AM

Post #2267834

Sheran, Stella, Donna
Thank you for the welcome...I'm getting a lot of joy out of this site, start my morning with it everyday. About the wild turkeys, where have you been seeing them in Cambria? Around the "village proper"? Had no idea, now I'll have to look for them there also. I can't tell you what it does for me to see them, if I don't find them in Julian or Mesa Grande now, I come home depressed. We had so many days of wonderful snow this year in Julian, Warner Springs was nice also, that I was going back and forth quite a bit and the last sighting of the turkeys was wonderful. We'd come up from Borrego Springs and heading around the curves to Wynola and spotted something ahead on the road going into a curve, couldn't see what it was and as we got closer we saw that it was 2 Tom turkeys with their tails all fanned out displaying and they were escorting the hens across the road like crossing guards. It really made my day. It made me feel so much farther away, I envy those wh live where they can sit and watch them outside. Once there was a flock of about 30 out by the park in Julian and I could have been there all day watching them, peaceful...I think it was the Tomales Bay area that wasn't so happy about having them around, reports of a flock of them attacking and elderly woman in a cemetary. Now, I have to admit to having a black sense of humor, but it brought funny visions to my mind. Donna, thank you, I am aware of the R.U. in Temecula, plan on making it if can,I do have things I'd like to trade. Though July 8th in Temecula will be hot...
Sherry
WetDog
Davis, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 19, 2006
12:06 AM

Post #2294129

Hello, everyone...

I happened upon this site while randomly following links in the web. What serendipity to have found you all. I lived in Palo Alto for many years and did a lot of gardening there. My garden was a cottage style garden.

Last year we moved to Davis (about 20 miles west of Sacramento on Hwy. 80), and my garden here is very small. Most of the backyard is pool and cement. The front is small with some grass (probably to be replaced with something more interesting) and some planters. We live on a corner lot and one side is dry shade with no irrigation.Oh my what a difference! I have so much to learn about this climate.

I am looking forward to getting to know you and exchanging advice and plants.

Judith

berkeleytom
Berkeley, CA

May 19, 2006
2:19 PM

Post #2295866

I am located in the hills known as Vicente Canyon (along Vicente creek) on the Oakland/Berkeley border. I have been here one year and am excited and OVERWHELMED with my yard. It is about 1/2+ acre mainly a 25-45 degree slope with some flatter areas. There are 4-5 large Oaks, a group of Redwoods, and a creek surrounded by Ash. There are very sunny to very shady areas. It has been neglected for a number of years. I am designing and gardening by instinct as I am completely uneducated in this area. I hope to use this site for education, inspiration, and reference.
jcangemi
Clovis, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 20, 2006
4:19 AM

Post #2298417

Welcome to both of you, Judith and Tom. You'll find an answer to just about any gardening question you can dream up, both from some very knowledgeable experts and from alot of us, who like me still do alot of trial and error (but can come up with some good solutions when we put out minds to it.) The collective body of knowledge here still astounds me after being a member for several years and am sorry to say I don't have nearly enough time to frequent the site as much as I would like, but when I do, I usually get my answers. I've met quite a few on the CA forum in person and they're super! So, welcome aboard and hang on for the gardening ride of your life. 8-) Janet
AlexK
La Mirada, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 21, 2006
4:36 AM

Post #2301734

Hi,
I'm Alex, and I live in La Mirada (right on the LA County/Orange County border). I started with roses, branched out (ha ha) into herbs, and now I'm gradually populating my garden with offbeat stuff as it catches my eye. I also suffer from a serious case of zonal denial, as the sun-scorched twigs of what was once a witch hazel will attest.
sheran
LA, So CAL (Northrid, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 21, 2006
2:06 PM

Post #2302294

would be nice to do a local round up!!!!!!!!!!!!!! any takers.
stellapathic
Cambria, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 23, 2006
3:46 PM

Post #2309207

Sherry, the turkeys have been on Happy Hill (just above West Village) and the southern part of Lodge Hill, overlooking the hills around Harmony. I really can't imagine a turkey threatening anyone. I wonder how damaging they could be to a garden? I guess I don't know the answer to that. I do know that the pictured trio (there were four but I only got a shot of three, and those in bad lighting) are very, very harmful to my garden. This is on the back part of the lot but I first noticed them right outside my office window, boldly drinking out of the bird bath and nosing my delphiniums. BTW, if you need a good way to get them moving (these guys weren't in the least bit scared of me), try canned air. One pssssst and they bounced right outta here.

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stellapathic
Cambria, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 23, 2006
3:49 PM

Post #2309213

Oh, and I meant to say Welcome Alex, Judith and Tom.
wcgypsy
Fallbrook, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 23, 2006
6:07 PM

Post #2309728

Stella,
Thanks, I'll be sure to look for them now every time I'm there. Don't know what they would do to the garden. I do know that we used to have peacocks roaming around here and a hen and her three chicks took up residence at our place for awhile, really loved my strawberry beds!! I didn't care, was worth it to have them there..The deer are unfortunately another story, we had to deal with the deer when we were on Whidby. Can be costly to do deer fencing to keep them out. And yet I loved seeing them outside...I think it was in November when we were up your way last, had been wanting to go to the Aquarium and being as it had been rainy I didn't think it would be crowded...Duh! I don't know if there are any days left when one can find even a parking spot near the Aquarium. Anyway, decided to head the long way down 1 through Sur and all. Quite a few whale spotted, and best of all, the elephant seals north of Cambria! I don't know how I'd missed seeing them before. I usually stop in Harmony also (to pay a visit to the Camp Climax Pottery works that I would love to collect, but, alas, can only visit), so I'll look for them there also. I wake up nearly every morning wishing to be on the road up there! And now there are turkeys there too! I'll have to content myself with driving up to Julian this afternoon and looking for them there

Sherry
TheRedlines
Simi Valley, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 28, 2006
2:58 PM

Post #2324850

Hello everyone. My name is Duke. I just found DG a couple of weeks ago and it looks as though it's the right place to come to for good advice. My wife Sunni and I live in Simi Valley. We look forward to learning and sharing our experiences with you all.
-Duke
sheran
LA, So CAL (Northrid, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 28, 2006
3:45 PM

Post #2324975

Hello Duke its sheran from Northridge,,, finally someone close...


yipeeeeee.
desgun
San Jose, CA

May 29, 2006
3:15 AM

Post #2327103

Hi,
I live in San Jose. I moved here 3 months ago from the Santa Cruz mountains. I am very busy changing the landscape to my taste. There is too much Ivy in our property and the neighborhood ( I hate ivy). Trying slowly to get rid of ivy. Going slow as some of the ivy is on a sloping area and don't want the soil to start sliding later this year with the rain. I don't want to use weedicides - so it is good old hand power.
Any thoughts on a better ground cover (no vinca or ivy).
Also any thoughts on "nice" plants to grow around the fish pond.

I am glad to be in this forum.
Everyone-enjoy the summer and happy gardening !!!
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 29, 2006
2:44 PM

Post #2328034

Welcome! I can sympathize with you on the ivy...it was covering the majority of my yard when I moved here. I also didn't want the chemical approach so I ripped it all out by hand, but unless you dig way down and get all the roots out it will come back, so you'll have to stay on top of it unless you want it to come back. I even covered it up with weed cloth (which I would normally never do) and it can still come back up through that, although it does slow it down a bit). I replaced mine with regular garden plants rather than groundcover (yard was level) so I'm not sure if I have any good suggestions for you but it would help to know whether the area is in sun or shade (I'm guessing at least a little shady because that's where I usually see ivy, but a lot of mine was growing great in full sun so I don't want to assume!) You might also want to start a new thread about the ivy replacement...you'll probably get some answers here but it'll get noticed by more people if it's a new thread.
TheRedlines
Simi Valley, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 30, 2006
1:15 AM

Post #2329751

Hi there Sheran. Not far at all. Hope you've been enjoying this absolutely beautiful weekend!
sheran
LA, So CAL (Northrid, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 30, 2006
2:08 PM

Post #2331154

Yes, I am a community gardener, right below the oddessy resturant on rinaldi, drive by and check us out.


Maybe we should have a get together with other gardeners?????
TheRedlines
Simi Valley, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 30, 2006
2:28 PM

Post #2331207

To be quite honest, my wife and I are totally newbs to gardening. In fact, we just planted our first 3 trees this weekend ( Heritage river birch) and have 4 gardenias set to go in today or tomorrow as soon as we till the bed. So we don't have any knowledge to offer to others yet but would love to have the chance to get more knowledgable ;) We'll have to stop by to see the garden as soon as we have the chance.
sheran
LA, So CAL (Northrid, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 30, 2006
10:38 PM

Post #2333004

I am the president, there is always someone around, tell them you know sheran, and ask for a tour.


betterbloom
Blythe, CA
(Zone 10b)

September 14, 2006
6:26 AM

Post #2721445

Well this took awhile to read! It brings back so many memories of when I lived in the real city, Covina and then Ontario, and Chino. I'm now living in Blythe, which is on the border of Ca & Arizona. I'm new to this forum and new to gardening, so I'll probably be asking a whole lot of stupid questions in the future. I have no idea why I would move to the desert when I hate cactus. Oh, now I remember, I got lost in my rv and was only going to stay a couple of days. Two years later I'm still here. Not to say I like it, I'm just still here. Anyways, I've enjoyed reading everyone's comments so much now I'll never get off my laptop...except to garden.
stellapathic
Cambria, CA
(Zone 10a)

September 14, 2006
3:48 PM

Post #2722347

Welcome betterbloom, You should go to the cactus and succulent forum. I'm not that fond of cacti myself (because they bite). But there are so many other things that grow in the desert; you're sure to find something you get addicted to. Adeniums, for instance - I'm having a hard time staying away from them.
NY2CA
Pasadena, CA
(Zone 9b)

September 14, 2006
10:40 PM

Post #2723694

I just saw this now that it's been bumped up. Great reading about all of you!

I live in the Montclair district of Oakland in the hills. I have only been here a year or so after transferring with my firm from NYC. I lived in Manhattan for 15 years and never had more than a houseplant, so I am a complete novice gardener and DG has been really helpful resource. Not to mention that this summer when I was confined to the house with a broken right leg, conversing with folks on here helped keep me sane. (well, you know, sane for me :-)

I have started with containers since I am sharing the yard with folks living downstairs. However, new tenants came in and we decided together to clear the vine (I read about other people struggling with these vines above - they just take over don't they???) and clean up the back yard. I now have free license to plant whatever I want since they are only around a couple days a week, living in Napa otherwise.

So suggestions? What grows well here that would be okay with a lot of shade (big trees back there). I like the idea of food plants vs ornamental, but interested in all!

ooh...also, I am having something attacking my tomatoes on the deck and if anyone knows what it is and what maybe I can do next time I'd appreciate it. Here is link from tomato forum.
http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/651009/

Thanks!

Lee (and Jezebel, my dog)
betterbloom
Blythe, CA
(Zone 10b)

September 15, 2006
3:08 AM

Post #2724647

Oh no, not another addiction right now, but thanks for the info on cactus and succlent. I'll check it out. I've been working on an Iris garden for the past month and this is all my budget will allow for awhile. My husband got the mail yesterday and saw that I had two more orders coming from Schreiner's...I'm still in trouble! I did notice your in zone 10b and live in Cambria, isn't that up north? Maybe I should check my zone, maybe I'm wrong.
weegy12
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

September 15, 2006
3:58 AM

Post #2725165

Betterbloom, when did you live in Chino? That's where I grew up, I now live in Rancho Cucamonga.
There are no stupid questions here on Daves, you can just about ask anything and someone WILL answer you.
stellapathic
Cambria, CA
(Zone 10a)

September 15, 2006
4:21 AM

Post #2725223

betterbloom, I was wondering about you being in 10b too. Seems like your too hot and dry for 10b. But what do I know. I do know I'm in sunset zone 16 (a microclimate on the coast with cooler temps and afternoon breezes off the ocean).
betterbloom
Blythe, CA
(Zone 10b)

September 15, 2006
6:06 AM

Post #2725401

in reply to Weegy : I left Chino about two and a half years ago. Can't say I miss the flies, are they just as bad? I sure do miss the stores, I would die to go shopping at a Wal-mart, or my favorite; the 99cent only store. I lived out at Prado Regional Park for about 3 years in my rv . It just got to bad out there (drugs) so we left. Oh and of course Stater Bros. my favorite grocery store.
So many good memories! I just planted over 40 iris r/z so I know I can't move again till their ready to be divided. And thanks for not thinking anything is stupid. I know they say not to over water iris but it's gets to 120 here quite often and mine have very good drainage. They seem to be growing so I hope watering them every three days is okay. It was nice to hear from you, so many nice people in Chino. Keep in touch.

betterbloom
Blythe, CA
(Zone 10b)

September 15, 2006
6:13 AM

Post #2725413

To Stellapathic: I'm probably wrong on my zone, I'll have to do some reaseach tomorrow on that. Your climate is most definetly different than mine. Cool temps and ocean breezes? Sounds so nice!

PotEmUp

PotEmUp
Fremont, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 15, 2006
2:19 PM

Post #2726013

Zones are misleading - Bythe is in 9b, Cambria in 8b - Check out http://www.garden.org/zipzone/ for zone by zip code. This zone is just a measure of how cold it can get. There is also a heat zone http://www.ahs.org/publications/heat_zone_finder.htm - Cambria covers zones 2 through 5 and Blythe is zone 11. Sunset has a whole different set of zone, http://www.sunset.com/sunset/garden/article/0,20633,845238,00.html where Cambria is 16 and Blythe is 13.
Blythe is definitely a good candidate for the Cactus & Succulent arena.
betterbloom
Blythe, CA
(Zone 10b)

September 15, 2006
3:39 PM

Post #2726291

thank you PotEmUp. No wonder I'm confused on zones. I hate cactus & succulent . Working on Iris right now, will wait and see how they do here first. Thanks again!
weegy12
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

September 15, 2006
4:14 PM

Post #2726398

Betterblooom, they're moving the dairies out, or pushing them out, so the flies are not bad anymore. My iris garden is on Walnut and Magnolia if you're familiar with that part of Chino, you were more towards Chino Hills...when I grew up, it was just plain old Chino, dairies, rural and you had to go to Montclair or Pomona to shop...now...well it's gotten very busy.
Your irises should be fine with a couple of waterings a week...they're pretty drought tolerant. During the summer here, I probably watered mine once a week and they're doing fine. Since I don't live where my iris garden is...it's my mom's property, I can't get down there to water the new ones as often as I like but have noticed even the ones that look dead, when I pull those brown leaves off of them,there's little green leaves looking up at me.
betterbloom
Blythe, CA
(Zone 10b)

September 15, 2006
8:41 PM

Post #2727163

weegy: how sad that you can't have your iris with you. The first thing I do when I wake up is check on mine to make sure they're still alive. I still live in a rv park so I'm kinda limited , althought I keep kidding everyone here by telling them the backhoe is coming to dig the hole for my pool any day. I'd love to have a small pond but we have rattlers here and I hear they like ponds. Maybe I'll put on above ground.I have a saucer that I keep full of water for the frogs, I'm surprised I haven't found a snake in there yet.
I can't believe how much Rancho has grown. It's a very nice area, with lots of stores...I'm so jealous!
weegy12
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

September 15, 2006
9:03 PM

Post #2727205

Well, I do have 80 irises planted here for my enjoyment! The rest of the 450 are in Chino at mom's. Hey, by the way, the Chino Champion wants to do a feature story on my iris garden...more business coming my way! I'll meet with the writer on Tuesday and I'll let you know how it goes. Wow, anyone want my autograph?!!?!?
Yes Rancho has grown, have you seen the new mall...Victoria Gardens??? All outdoors and kind of has a downtown Pasadena feel to it. I've only been there 2 times, I am not a shopper. When you get your pool dug and filled with water, I'm there!
betterbloom
Blythe, CA
(Zone 10b)

September 15, 2006
11:24 PM

Post #2727585

More business coming your way, are you selling any iris? I might need a few more. Good luck on the feature story, gee now I can say I know someone famous. Haven't been there for awhile, hopefully this winter when it cools down some.Our temps are still running close to 100. I really not much of a shopper either but do enjoy it once in awhile. I'm planning on going down to Algadones next month to pick up some ceramic garden critters. So cheap and they will bargin with you.
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

September 19, 2006
10:58 PM

Post #2740365

better, I live in the Antelope valley and I go on the southwestern forum a lot and you should too because you, even more than me, will have a lot ofsimilar gardening issues and the people on the forum all seem to know eachother, most are from Phoenix area, but they are reall helpful and it is one more place to go on DG. Girl, very few things that grew well in the ie will probably do well there. Too Hot.
betterbloom
Blythe, CA
(Zone 10b)

September 21, 2006
2:32 AM

Post #2744228

thank you helnzn11, I'm new to this forum and gardening so anything helps. I did check it out and will visit it more when I have more time, too many good ideas. I'm planning a small pond/ waterfall so I'll need a few plants to put around it, maybe they can help. thanks again.
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

September 21, 2006
3:46 PM

Post #2745712

Your very welcome
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

September 21, 2006
4:13 PM

Post #2745777

Hey I was reading pretty far back and the whole gopher thing is a horrible nightmare. It keeps me up at night. I put engine degreaser in the holes and bleach to detour them but I live near acres of vacant desert and what are you going to do..I have posted threads and talked to people on their threads and it is a real issue. One girl said her exterminator did something that worked for 2 1/2 years. I am going to call but in Ca. there are so many enviremental issues that I am sure it is not area. I had an idea that I posed on the southwest forum but I didn`t get much feed back, so let me pose an idea to you what if each plant you plant is wraped in a huge ball of fishing line or nylon thread of some sort. They would get all tangled up and then it would start to sever and injure them, hypothically. It is easy to get trapped in it. Cruel like glue boards ha? or what if you lured them to a honey hole that was mixed up with boric acid(away from your plants though? Any thoughts or similar attempts. I wish I had a big owl hanging around guarding my future raised beds.
stellapathic
Cambria, CA
(Zone 10a)

September 21, 2006
5:02 PM

Post #2745895

hellnzn11, I think it was a Dave's member that suggested this: Unroll steel wool and wrap it around the roots. Sure worked for me! The plants that I used it on made it through the season, the others didn't. My big red lettuce that I was letting go to seed (since harvested) had gopher pockets all around the steel wool part. They ate right up to that part but didn't touch the original root ball. I'm definitely wrapping my fall bulbs in it. Of course this would only work for the smaller annuals. Can't do much about the plants that were already in the ground.
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

September 22, 2006
4:17 PM

Post #2748977

I know, the nursury and everyone says the same except that of you don`t block them off @ top they can go up and down too. It is all part of the NO FUN gardening here in Sunset Zone 11. I have another tip that another girl on a different thread told me, I think Southwestern again, She said if you grow castor plants from the bean then they will stop going in the garden. She said they haven`t bothered her plants in a year or more since she did it. My friend Maria Ortiz from SW garden site said she is having the same problem out there in Phoenix and is ready to try it because she saw most repellents for gophers have castor oil in them. Have you heard this? We should try to get a trade going for beans. With my luck here, they won`t take the heat. The gardening center here said that Rabbits were eating the oleanders this year so gophers may too but no one knows if it kills them?
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 22, 2006
7:51 PM

Post #2749639

They do sell castor oil repellents, I had bought one at my old house because I had gopher problems there (they're all over CA, not just in your area!) but hadn't gotten around to trying it before I moved, so I left it behind for the new owner to try if she wanted to. So if castor oil repels them, then I wouldn't be surprised that the plants would too, although I'm not sure how far from the plant the effect would extend, so you may have to plant a bunch of them all throughout your garden to really get protection, otherwise they'll just stay away from the plants and eat stuff in a different area.
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

September 22, 2006
10:10 PM

Post #2750201

Don`t you rain on our parade you fantasy wrecker. You need only one plant and it repells all gophers for 20 miles.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 22, 2006
11:13 PM

Post #2750354

Oh sorry, I'm sure I'm wrong, that sounds much better to me too! LOL
faeden
SF Bay Area, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 6, 2006
5:11 AM

Post #2790112

Are any of you from the San Francisco Bay Area going to attend the Roundup in Moraga on Saturday, Oct. 7? I'd love to meet any one of you I haven't met yet, and to once again see those of you I met last year at our Roundups in Stockton and Castro Valley. If you can make it, please Dmail Huckuntod and let them know you're coming. Details re address, etc. are here: http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/592965/

Hope to see you there!

Marilyn
dun1kirk
Berkeley, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 9, 2006
5:03 PM

Post #2800419

Hi. I'm Linda and have been a member for a year, but still have trouble navigating everything. I'm not of the computer age! I've lived in this Berkeley house for 31 years and within the next few weeks I'll learn how to post pictures. I have a large garden and am constantly re-doing it. 1/3 of it is veggie gardening. My neighbors are sick of zucchini. I have some great successes and great failures. Anyone know where to get free compost in this area?
I also have trouble getting off this site to get to my gardening!
faeden
SF Bay Area, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 10, 2006
4:15 PM

Post #2803766

Welcome, Linda! Wish I knew about the compost too. I have hardpan clay on my property, and everything needs to be grown in pots or in raised beds.

PotEmUp

PotEmUp
Fremont, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 11, 2006
2:00 AM

Post #2805481

Alameda County residents can get free information on composting and discount priced bins at [HYPERLINK@www.stopwaste.org]
Back in the olden days, I was known to go to the sewage treatment plant and get free end product compost. I am not sure if they still allow such adventuresome collecting.
BWebster
Kirkland, WA
(Zone 8b)

October 22, 2006
7:17 PM

Post #2840489

Hi - I'm Bonnie from Costa Mesa, Zone 10 and relatively new to DG. I finished building a small deck and arbor this summer, with only enough space for maybe two or three large pots, a few hanging baskets, a bistro table and two chairs – and with that it will be crowded. Three steps forward from the living room slider and three steps side to side about covers the amount of space I have for gardening. Condo living has its advantages, but space isn't one of them. Nevertheless, I've been determined to have something alive growing out my window and pretty to look at. Turns out, with the addition of the arbor, I have more shady area than full sun, but thought I’d attempt a couple of vines in pots. Any ideas? In this zone, plants chosen for the sunny spaces on my deck are unlimited. It’s the shade issue I would like advise on.

Thanks a lot and welcome to all newcomers and beginner gardeners.

Bonnie

p.s. To cover my basis, I'll probably post this message on the container garden site.

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betterbloom
Blythe, CA
(Zone 10b)

October 22, 2006
10:35 PM

Post #2840888

Bonnie, welcome to DG. Sorry I can't help you on this I'm pretty new at gardening also and live in climate where it gets to be 125 in the summer. Even in our shade it's 110. I love your arbor, the color is nice also.
faeden
SF Bay Area, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 22, 2006
10:41 PM

Post #2840901

Welcome Bonnie! You'll love it here. How shady is your arbor? Is it bright shade? In what direction does your deck and arbor face? How hot does it get on your deck? Answers to these questions will help determine what will grow there.

Marilyn
BWebster
Kirkland, WA
(Zone 8b)

October 28, 2006
9:08 PM

Post #2859712

Thank you betterbloom and thank you Marilyn,

My deck and arbor face south with a bit of westerly light shining through (onto the deck - not the arbor). I'd say my shade area is pretty bright. Meaning there is a lot of light hitting the arbor but not necessarily direct sun. It may be a few degrees warmer on my deck than out on the street because, as you can see from the photo, the apartment building next door is only a few feet from my space. I'm not boxed in on all sides so there is some passing breeze - not much but some.

Sorry it took me so long to respond. I know I've been busy doing something around here – just got waylaid.

I appreciate your replies.

Bonnie
faeden
SF Bay Area, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 29, 2006
3:34 AM

Post #2860973

I do mostly cacti and succulents, which would grow well on your deck. However, I think some tropicals might do very well there too since you seem to have created a great microclimate for them and bright shade is good for many different plants.

I think you'll get many more responses re what to grow in your area by creating a separate post in this forum or, perhaps, in the Container Gardening or Shady Gardens forums. I'd try this forum first. It doesn't look like too many people are watching this thread.

Marilyn
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

October 29, 2006
6:05 PM

Post #2862480

I agree post in another forum.
brimcgin
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9b)

December 7, 2006
3:29 AM

Post #2976542

Hi Folks! Rookie gardener here in Stockton/San Joaquin Co. and a DG friend of Donna (Pudgymudpies). Love Plumies and my newborn Brug (a gift from Donna). Starting some Cork Screw vines and Mexican Sage inside. Can't wait for Spring!!
Brian
IslandGurl
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

December 7, 2006
4:56 AM

Post #2976808

Hi everyone!
I've been on DG for a few months now, but just found my way to this forum. Usually I'm over on the Cactus & Succulents board, as well as Plumerias and Tropicals. I was very happy to find this forum for those of us in CA.

I'm in San Diego, CA where I've lived all my life. I've loved flowers and gardening forever I think, but just really gotten serious about learning how to do it right this year. A friend of mine from work got me started on succulents by bringing me cuttings from his garden. I was hooked!!

I also love the beach and anything tropical...so...palms and plumerias are also favorites.

Looking forward to getting to know everyone here...and learning lots too! Anyone else in the San Diego area???

kim
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

December 7, 2006
5:09 AM

Post #2976830

Hi, Brian. Didn't I just read someplace else that you're moving to Maine? So, welcome to the forum and goodbye.

Hi, Kim. steph_gem lives in San Diego. She usually hangs out in the rose forum. She's a sweet girl and would be lots of fun to meet.
IslandGurl
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

December 9, 2006
5:52 AM

Post #2983988

Thanks Zuzu! I'm a rose grower also...so I'm headed over to post in that board also!

Nice to meet everyone!

kim

mrs_colla

mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 10, 2007
4:54 PM

Post #3071242

I am in the North Bay, San Anselmo.
It's the garden with the 10 Brugmansias (visible in summer, they are taking a nappie right now), and 31 citrus and orchard trees. Small but mighty!

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PotEmUp
Fremont, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 11, 2007
2:32 AM

Post #3073130

Welcome to DG. You look like you will fit in just fine with all these other plantaholics. Keep an eye out for our next roundup/plant swap so you can add a few more pots to that yard. I can see a couple of bare spots in need of some new species.

mrs_colla

mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 11, 2007
2:48 AM

Post #3073190

That's right PotEmUP! But how will you convince my husband it looks a bit bare!!!! LOL

mrs_colla

mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 11, 2007
9:46 PM

Post #3075144

PotEmUp, I took your advice, and ordered some Iochromas. They'll look like baby brothers under my Brugmansias, and when my husband asks "WHY" with his hands in the air, I'll tell him you said so. Allrighty? :-)

Empty spots? Consider 'em gone!!!

Christie
SoCal
Huntington Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

January 11, 2007
10:03 PM

Post #3075190

Christie,

I hope you know that the Iochromas do get very large also. I have one and it's as large as my brugs.

BTW, welcome to DG. Although I live in So Cal., we can still plant and grow the same type of plants. I'd advise you to attend the next garden get together they have up there. You will have a great time and meet some wonderful gardeners and also trade some plants and seeds.

Donna

mrs_colla

mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 11, 2007
10:22 PM

Post #3075236

Thank you SoCal, for your advice! Can I keep the plant trimmed to about 2 feet you think? If not, I should look for another location, or maybe a pot?
Christie
SoCal
Huntington Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

January 11, 2007
11:58 PM

Post #3075449

Christie, I don't think you can keep it that short without sacrificing the blooms. I've only had mine for 1 yr. and it is already 6 ft. tall. I was told by a friend to cut it back this winter to make it fuller.

You might ask this question on the Brug forum since many of them grow them too.

Donna

mrs_colla

mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 12, 2007
12:09 AM

Post #3075483

Thank you SoCal; I already figured out another spot for them.
Get ready for cuttings if it grows as fast as you say it does!!! :-)

Christie
JoyfulKate
Encinitas, CA

February 28, 2007
5:26 PM

Post #3234611

Hello to all! I have been away from this site for awhile and was just getting caught up. I have enjoyed reading all your comments and seeing the photos!!! My goodness they are beautiful. Let me introduce myself. I live in Encinitas which is in N. San Diego County along the coast. We grow an eccletic garden: citrus, apples, cherimoya, macadamias, passionfruit, apricots, plums, peaches, nectarines, figs, avocados, blueberries, guavas, fejoda, veggies, herbs, roses, orchids and are just attempting raspberries, goji berry and pomegrante. My most unusual vine is the aristolochia brasiliensis or Dutchmans Pipe. People who see it are amazed! I look forward to learning from this vast audience!
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

March 5, 2007
6:07 PM

Post #3250655

Hi JoyfulKate - great name! Like yourself, I've been away for a time. We adopted a macaw last spring and she's kept us pretty busy! Plus my DH has been creating a pond - he's finally out in the garden!

We're neighbors - I'm in Bonsall, between Oceanside and Fallbrook. Your garden sounds great. We're planting natives on a previously empty acre with a southern exposure and it's touch and go. We love salvias, manzanitas, and ceanothus, though, so we chose the right way to go. Eventually I would like to have some fruit trees and your collection sounds wonderful.

Kathleen
WetDog
Davis, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 10, 2007
2:11 AM

Post #3266361

Hi! We moved last year from the Bay Area to Davis, Ca. I tried to grow tomatoes here last summer, but they fried in the summer heat and sun. I have them against a west facing wall. Has anyone had luck growing tomatoes at home in this heat? I was using the topsy-turvy planters. Perhaps that was my problem. Does anyone have any experience using these planters? Thanks for any help you can offer. Judith
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 10, 2007
2:29 AM

Post #3266421

I don't grow tomatoes, but some people I know who live here in the Bay Area complain about how they can't grow decent tomatoes because it doesn't get hot enough, so in general I think heat is good for them. My guess is that the roots got baked--roots of any plant don't like to get too hot, and since you had them in a west facing location where they get the brutal afternoon sun, plus reflected heat off the wall, the roots probably got way too hot. So I would either put them in the ground next year instead of having them in the planter, or put the planter somewhere that it won't get sun during the hottest part of the afternoon. When we had that big heat wave last summer, I made sure to put all my containers somewhere that they didn't get afternoon sun so that this didn't happen, and you probably get temps like we had in the heat wave on a regular basis in the summer, so having containers of anything in full afternoon sun is probably not going to be a good idea for you.
TLeaves
Ramona, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 16, 2007
7:12 AM

Post #3286912

Hi Y'all, I've been on DG a few months now and just wandered over here. Sometime in late 2005, I finally decided to quit being a major workaholic and somehow found myself gardening. I'm doing veggies and ornamentals and I recently put in (what I call) a small orchid this year.

I'm in scripps -- probably somewhere in the crevice between cnswift and mpabbott1. (Hi Neighbors!) I absolutely love Bonsal, Kaperc (if you're still watching). I tried to get DH to move there last year, but no luck. I'd love to have a bigger place to put more plants. I haven't given up on that. *smile*

In the mean time, I'm learning all I can - with the help of all you wonderful DG folks. This forum is a such great place to learn about local stuff. How lucky we are to have it!

Happy gardening to you all,
Tea-



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wcgypsy
Fallbrook, CA
(Zone 10b)

March 16, 2007
11:36 AM

Post #3287758

Hi TLeaves,
Good time to join as we have a Roundup coming up in May. Drdon and Pamtannia will be hosting for the 3rd year and you really shouldn't miss it. It's the chance to get to know all of the local DG people that you will be conversing with online. There are a lot of very knowledgeable people, good food, plant exchanging, good food, horses, lovely gardens, good food. There's a thread going for RU info, and one for food and one for plant trades...check it out!
Sherry
TLeaves
Ramona, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 16, 2007
11:40 PM

Post #3290259

Sounds interesting. Thanks Sherry!
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

March 17, 2007
2:03 AM

Post #3290477

Yes, please try to make it to the roundup, Tea.
We love Bonsall, too!

Kathleen
MoonlightCA
Lakewood, CA

March 17, 2007
2:43 PM

Post #3291842

Hi All,
I'm in Lakewood, CA
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

March 17, 2007
10:56 PM

Post #3293165

Hi Moonlight. I'm in Bonsall, which is between Oceanside and Fallbrook. Are you new to Dave's? We have a Roundup coming up in May - you should join us. Lots of garden talk, good food, nice people...

Kathleen
SoCal
Huntington Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 18, 2007
12:04 AM

Post #3293397

Hello TLeaves and Moonlight,

A hearty welcome to the CA forum and to DG too.

TLeaves, I've seen you posting to other threads and that you are from Louisana, right?

Moonlight, hello neighbor!! I was just in your town last week shopping at H&H nursery...love it there.

I will be sending you both an email soon telling of the DG gathering we are having in Temecual in May.

Donna
TLeaves
Ramona, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 19, 2007
12:42 AM

Post #3296816

Yes Donna, I am from Louisiana. Cajun at heart. Are you from there too?
SoCal
Huntington Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 19, 2007
11:39 AM

Post #3297746

No TL, I am not from Louisiana...lol I was born in NY and moved to Calif. when I was 5 yrs. old. I just knew you were from your posts to Lisa's thread.
TLeaves
Ramona, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 21, 2007
4:33 PM

Post #3306002

Ah, yes. Lisa has had quite an adventure.
TeresaInCAL
Valley Springs, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 9, 2007
1:02 AM

Post #3834646

Guess I should introduce myself.
Been gardening all my life. Was taught by my Mom and Grandma. Currently working a Rising Sun Nursery in Burson Ca. Love it most of the time...when the temp is 90 or lower...LOL
Last year decided to become a Master Gardener, so now I'm all official and all that...giggle.
I like to do consulting on the side, and have planned a few landscapes. Trying to figure out if I want to do more of that or not.
At the "tendar" age of 37, I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.
I'm married, and have 2 boys, 8 & 10.
Live on 5 acres, well, the house is on 1 acre, and the 2 horses have 4. How they got more land than we did I'm not sure...lol
plantmum
Napa, CA
(Zone 9b)

August 9, 2007
9:24 PM

Post #3837525

Hello everyone!

I live in Napa, about an hour north of SF. I work at a local nursery just a few miles south. LOVE IT. I just came back, worked there from 89 to 98 then went home to have a family, and came back to work in April. Im 36 years old, and have 6 kids. I enjoy any and all types of gardening, and am working on getting our garden like I want. We live on 1/3 acre and a lot of it is pretty wild!
Looking forward to meeting you all.
LindaCA
Concord, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 9, 2007
10:50 PM

Post #3837802

Welcome Plantmum and Teresal,
I live in Concord and drive through Napa often on our way to Clearlake. Its a great place to garden. Looking forward to pictures of you gardens. Not sure where Valley Springs is.
You 2 sound like you must have alot of energy lol
Linda
TeresaInCAL
Valley Springs, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 9, 2007
11:38 PM

Post #3837952

Yes, sounds like Plantmum and I have a lot in common!

Linda, Valley Springs is about 15 minutes west of San Andreas. Or 30 minutes east of Lodi (hiway 12).
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

August 9, 2007
11:43 PM

Post #3837962

Hi Plantmum and Teresal - I'm waaayyyy down south of you. Welcome and I hope you enjoy DG. Try to attend a roundup -- you'll really enjoy meeting everyone in person.

Kathleen
LindaCA
Concord, CA
(Zone 9a)

December 19, 2007
9:23 PM

Post #4311189

bump

I noticed new CA gardeners joining and don't want them to miss this.
Linda
jills
Alameda, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 6, 2008
1:58 AM

Post #4365536

I was a DG member a few years ago and had to quit because it was such an addiction! This time of year I particularly love this site because it's like virtual gardening when the whether doesn't allow any ACTUAL gardening.

Unfortunately, my lot is only 5000 square feet and that includes the house. And I have a huge old oak tree (with which I have a love-hate relationship) that shades most of the back yard, further limiting gardening opportunities. But I make do.

We're in Sunset zone 16 or 17. The book says one thing, reality is the other.

My biggest pest challenges are squirrels and tobacco budworms. This past year I have discovered hundreds of white grubs in my new raised planters, but I haven't decided yet how much damage they do. I toss them out as I work the soil (got a couple of hundred on New Year's Day. That can't be good). My lab, Kelly, can also be a pest. She likes to lie in sun-warmed dirt and pees wherever she chooses (at least outside). She also likes to snack on abutillon.

I love my little gardens, though. The front is my sunny bit (I'll attempt to post a photo of that). About a third of the back is what I call my woodland garden; it's dominated by that oak so it's very shady. Another third is a dry-laid flagstone patio my DH and I installed last year, surrounded by raised planters built by that handy DH. I'm still working on the plantings for most of the planters. Last year I tried veggies in one, but reluctantly concluded that 4 hours or so of sun is just not enough.

Any ideas for an evergreen flowering plant about 1-1-1/2 feet high with a long bloom time that can deal with sun for only about 4 hours in the middle of the day? It rarely gets above 80 degrees here, and we get freezes a few times every winter. I don't want pastels there, but any other flower color is an option as the rest of the plants around it either are foliage plants or have white flowers. A pleasant fragrance would be a plus, as this will be in a large planter right on the edge of the patio.

Gardening is my therapy, as I have a pretty stressful job - not to mention one 15-year-old and one 12-year-old girl. Plants are grateful for whatever you give them and don't talk back!

Jill


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Redtootsiepop
Livermore, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 10, 2008
8:15 PM

Post #4384446

Jill - just beautiful ! Your lillies look great, I was wondering if I should dig up my favs before moving to CA, and the answer is definitely YES.
SarahUCM
Santa Cruz, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 4, 2008
4:26 PM

Post #4621460

Hi Everyone,

I guess I'm a little late in posting to this forum, but better late than never right? I'm in Merced and am excited to see some fellow Central Valley residents here. (Though I'm very jealous of the cool summer breezes the rest of you all get to enjoy along the coast!)

We just bought a new house this past fall and have finished pulling out all the VERY overgrown or dead landscaping we inherited. Our yard is looking a little bare right now, but its been fun having a clean slate to work with. We've definitely got our work cut out for us, but its coming along a little at a time. Meanwhile, I have an excuse to spend lots of time in the garden!! :)
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

March 4, 2008
6:54 PM

Post #4622002

Welcome, Sarah! I have family in Mariposa, so I know where you are. Have fun with that clean slate. I'm sure you will get lots of help if needed from the DGers up in your neck of the woods.
wcgypsy
Fallbrook, CA
(Zone 10b)

March 5, 2008
3:26 AM

Post #4624012

Merced...mmmmm. Main Street Cafe. I like to drop in there on my way to my Dad's in Ceres. Grab a San Joaquin Turkey sandwich and a loaf of Raymond's Dutch Crunch Sourdough with lots of butter to take along. I've been missing it lately 'cause the traffic is sooo horrendous on 99 and I've jumped over to 5. I sure do miss my sandwiches and their bread and their cookies. Lucky you...
Redtootsiepop
Livermore, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 5, 2008
4:30 PM

Post #4625710

now I'm going to be thinking about a good sandwich all day, wow that sounds yummy!
LisaLu
Wildomar, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2008
3:41 PM

Post #4770600

Greeting neighbors...I live in Wildomar, north of Temecula, my husband and I just put a house on 2.5 acres 3 years ago, and we have been working our behinds off getting it all together. We are doing all the work ourselves. My garden has gone thru 3 stages...at first I was waiting for him to build raised beds (like the picture in Better Homes & Gardens), but I soon realized it wasn't going to happen, so I started digging in the dirt, and now...well...my garden is over 5000 sq ft, it now has a cute white fence around it, and a shed. I grow mostly veggies, and this year I've got a few roses, and carnations (?) I don't know why, but they are very cheery...last year I had 600 tomato plants, I put them under a 70% shade cover (I thought it would protect them from 100+ temps) and although I did get enough to can, the production was poor. This year...I've got 50 holes waiting, and I have a new theory...treat tomatoes like the weeds they are!...So we'll have to see how they do.
I'm looking forward to the roundup - it's my first. It sure would be nice to meet folks that are as nutty about gardening as me!
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

April 7, 2008
4:20 PM

Post #4770753

We drove through Wildomar several weeks ago on our way to a DG get together (DH likes to take the road less traveled!). Nice area. You'll love the roundup and we love to have new people, too. See you there, LisaLu.
weegy12
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

April 7, 2008
6:35 PM

Post #4771340

Welcome Lisalu! Look forward to meeting you at the RU!
Wildomar is somewhere I need to stop and visit on my way down the 15. Always wanted just to exit somewhere there and get lost!
wcgypsy
Fallbrook, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 7, 2008
10:29 PM

Post #4772334

LisaLu, you for sure don't want to miss the RU. Tomatoes grow well in the San Joaquin Valley in the hot sun...shouldn't bother them here. After our really hot week last summer here, up to 107 which is very unusual for our place, I've been planting a lot in whatever partial shade I can find. Makes me see things differently. What in the world do you do with 600 tomato plants? Are you going to be market gardening?
Nutty about gardening? Yes...
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 7, 2008
11:04 PM

Post #4772472

Greetings!
My husband and I bought our first home here in San Diego in November. I'm finally able to exercise my passion for everything green! I am new to gardening and to DG, but boy, am I already hooked! I'm absorbing gardening wisdom like a sponge, thanks to our fellow experienced DG friends…
I grew up in Brazil so I am really passionate about tropical plants. After a hiking trip at Washington state I found out I also really love woodlands, so now my plan is: woodland in the front (yard), tropical in the back (yard)! Mud under my fingernails and shovel in hand, that's the life I've always wished for!!!
Glad to meet you all!
Roberta : )
weegy12
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

April 7, 2008
11:33 PM

Post #4772631

Roberta, are you Portuguese?
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 8, 2008
5:06 AM

Post #4774474

There are indeed many Portuguese in SD, but no, I'm Brazilian. : )
weegy12
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

April 8, 2008
2:44 PM

Post #4775764

The last name and growing up in Brazil made me think you might be, Just wondered!
LisaLu
Wildomar, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 8, 2008
3:11 PM

Post #4775940

Anytime y'all are passing through Wildomar, you'll have to stop by and see my garden. This year will be the best yet...I'm so excited...It's mostly clean dirt right now, but in the next few months...oh I cant wait! My artichokes are 5' tall and loaded, there must be over a hundred buds, my strawberries are just starting to ripen, just enough to tease my taste buds when watering, and the boysenberries are growing over an arch, 9' tall, and are white with blooms, and raspberries are popping up everwhere...I worked all weekend and planted the following:
white corn, yellow corn, watermelon (yellow, pink, orange, red), cantelope, honeydew, 5 kinds of squash, beans, peas, spinach, 4 types of lettuce, onions, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, herbs, and my latest experiment...canary date palms! We have a huge tree we planted last year, and when it produced seed...well...of coarse I had to dry some, and planted them...now I have apx 50 trees about 6" tall! I told my stepson it was his inheiritance! We joke when we're out there weeding, he refers to each plant as his corvette, his summer home, his recording studio, his private jet...I refer to them as his next meal ticket, new shoes, and payment for the old folks home...ha, ha, ha...
I look forward to meeting all of you at the RU!
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

April 8, 2008
4:16 PM

Post #4776239

Wow, LisaLu, that's a bunch of stuff!! Sounds like you have a good stepson there, too. I am also blessed with a good one too, though we don't see him as much as we like since he lives in England. We'll have him for two weeks this Christmas, though. Next time we're coming up that way I will D-mail you so we can take the tour!
LisaLu
Wildomar, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 9, 2008
1:55 AM

Post #4778879

K: Please keep me in mind when you're in the area. Love to share the "garden", although it might classify as a farm! My husband is going to build me a chicken coop so we can have fresh eggs for breakfast! Yummy!
And yes, my dear stepson Kohl is truely a blessing, just like his daddy! We'll be celebrating his 13th bday this Sunday! He's getting his first guitar, he wants to be a recording artist! Last week he wanted to be a wildlife photographer, and live in Austraila. They are such a kick in the pants at this age!
BrightStar
Chesapeake, VA

April 16, 2008
9:30 PM

Post #4818405

Hello. I'm not a California girl yet, but it looks like I might become one! I am being considered for a job there.

I would have to live near Roseville, which is near Sacramento. I am coming from beautiful Chesapeake, VA (near Norfolk and Virginia Beach).

What can I expect? I looked at the climate map and it made me even more confused - it looks like you could cross the street and be in a different climate zone. Gee, Virginia is almost monochromic compared to northern California on the climate map!

I get that it will be 110 in daytime and cold at night in summer, and cold and miserable in winter. Is there anything else that I should know particularly?

I miss my plants already. I guess I can't bring them.

I will be exploring the info in this forum and learn all I can.

This message was edited May 18, 2008 10:02 PM
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

April 16, 2008
11:39 PM

Post #4818848

Well, you'll be moving to a place far from me, but I wanted to welcome you. There are lots of members up north who can steer you right, though. Enjoy your adventure!
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 17, 2008
1:20 AM

Post #4819433

Compared to Virginia I don't think you'll find the winters cold and miserable, they should be better than what you have now. Sacramento's in zone 9a, maybe borderline 8b, unless you start to get too far into the Sierra foothills then it's colder. But I'm pretty sure Roseville's not very high up yet. Here's a link that shows you avg highs, lows, and rainfall for each month so you can get a better sense of the weather. http://weather.yahoo.com/climo/USCA0957_f.html The weather will be hot much of the time in the summer, but it will cool off at night, and the heat probably won't feel as bad as it would in VA because we don't have humidity. You'll also have to get used to having no rain at all in the summer...it's nice if you're planning outdoor activities because you don't have to worry about the weather being bad, but it makes it a lot harder (and more expensive) to keep things like a lawn alive. As soon as you get out here, I'd highly recommend picking up a copy of the Sunset Western Garden book, they have developed climate zones that are much more useful than the USDA's zones for figuring out what will do well for you or not, it's one of those "must have" books for gardening out here.
BrightStar
Chesapeake, VA

April 17, 2008
1:40 AM

Post #4819604

ecrane3, even here in Virginia I'm pretty much a grass-hater. I think I will have an "Arizona lawn", so dubbed from the "lawns" I saw in Scottsdale.

A rock lawn, in other words, with container gardening.

Well, since I don't know where I will be living exactly, I don't know if I will have a yard at all. For awhile, I imagine I'll be living out of a suitcase. But eventually, I hope to settle down...

I don't think I can do without gardening for long. Maybe I can find a botanical garden that I could volunteer at to get my gardening jollies...
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 17, 2008
2:11 AM

Post #4819812

UC Davis has a nice arboretum, it's on the other side of Sacramento from Roseville. Probably not somewhere you'd want to drive during weekday traffic, but on weekends it would probably be fine. There are probably other ones up there too, that's just the one I'm aware of. I want to say there's some sort of botanical garden up around Redding somewhere too, that's a bit north of Sacramento.

If you end up eventually getting a place with a yard, you're not stuck with only containers, there are plenty of drought tolerant plants that you can put in the ground and they'll get by just fine on not too much water. California has some wonderful native plants, and we can also grow Mediterranean plants like lavender, and I also grow a ton of Australian/South African natives which also do great here. Rock lawns are great, when I bought this place I had the grass lawn ripped out and replaced with gravel and garden beds, much better in my opinion!
BrightStar
Chesapeake, VA

April 17, 2008
2:53 AM

Post #4820043

Well, I never saw that grass lawns did any good unless you had sheep or cattle.
BrightStar
Chesapeake, VA

April 17, 2008
3:14 AM

Post #4820156

ecrane, I visited a website related to the Sunset thing, and this is what it said:

Zone 9. While cool air flows downward into the valley, where it gets trapped, the surrounding low-elevation foothills are warmer. This is Zone 9. Zone 9 is safest for heat-loving plants like citrus, hibiscus, melaleuca, and pittosporum. The weather can be cold in the winter, including long periods with thick tule, or ground, fog. During extremely cold periods, air blowers are needed to keep the temperature from dropping too low and killing the citrus crop.

I can grow oranges there?

Also, are there rules about what kind of plants can enter California? I know they have to protect the orange crop.

I'm still trying to figure out how I can "import" the plants from my garden and greenhouse. Who says you can't take it with you? Maybe the California state laws...
BrightStar
Chesapeake, VA

April 17, 2008
3:17 AM

Post #4820173

KaperC, thank you for your kind welcome.

And, thanks for the info, ecrane!
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

April 17, 2008
3:31 AM

Post #4820277

Try this link for info on bringing plants into CA

http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/phpps/PE/InteriorExclusion/ext_summary.html
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 17, 2008
4:03 AM

Post #4820433

There's an email link at the top of that page if you have specific questions. Houseplants are generally a little easier to bring in as long as they don't have obvious signs of pests, but they're pickier about plants that have been grown outdoors. If your plants fit any of the criteria on the page that Kathleen linked to then I wouldn't even try to bring them, but for your others, I'd email them and find out what's the best thing to do to maximize the chances that your plants won't get confiscated at the border.
BrightStar
Chesapeake, VA

April 17, 2008
1:07 PM

Post #4821647

Well, let's see...
One of the forbidden entries, for Burrowing and Reniform Nematode, is "All earth, plants and plant parts with roots; all parts of plants produced below ground or soil level and all plant cuttings for propagation."

Another, for the West Indian Sugarcane Root Borer, is "Soil, sand, gravel and all plants and plant parts capable of propagation."

I interpret that to mean none of my Virginia soil is acceptable because of Japanese beetles, which I can understand. I just realized that I only see Japanese beetle larvae in my garden dirt, but never in the dirt of a potted plant. I wonder why. You would think that after nearly half a century of gardening I would have found one by now.

It sounds like most of my plants could come, minus the dirt. I don't know how many of my plants I can carry with me, but I'll make a list and check it out with the authorities. The way it looks right now is that it will have to be just houseplants or their cuttings, out of my beloved Virginia dirt, because of the lack of yard.

I think I will have to make arrangements for someone to care for my plants for a month or so if I get the job. After that, I should know if I'm going to make California my permanent or semi-permanent home.

I hope I can find reasonable housing, with a yard!

This message was edited Apr 17, 2008 9:19 AM

This message was edited Apr 17, 2008 9:20 AM
BrightStar
Chesapeake, VA

April 17, 2008
1:31 PM

Post #4821759

Thank you, ecrane3 and KaperC. It would be nice if I could make it to the RU, wouldn't it?
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 17, 2008
2:13 PM

Post #4821929

The other thing if there are plants that you REALLY want to bring in is you could see if you can get an inspection and phytosanitary certificate for them. Nurseries always have these so that they can ship plants into CA. I don't know how much it would cost, but it may be worth it if you have some things that really mean a lot to you. I'd make sure and dig the plants up and get rid of all the garden soil on the roots and put them in containers with potting mix though, that will be more acceptable than things in garden soil.

Some plants like citrus it doesn't matter what you do you'll never be allowed to bring them in, and there are some states where you're required to bare root everything before sending it to CA, but I've ordered stuff a number of times from Lazy S nursery which I believe is in VA and the plants always come in container mix, so there are mechanisms for getting potted outdoor plants from VA into CA. Whether it's a viable option for an individual person vs a nursery is another question though!
plantmum
Napa, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 17, 2008
2:42 PM

Post #4822051

Im not sure the nursery could help you. Contact the local agriculture commision of the county you are moving to. They will be looking for different things depending on where you are coming from and what plants you are bringing too (hosts). They may ask you to take your plants to your local VA. office before the move and have them looked at and/or call them upon arrival here and have them looked at. I think in general states back east are more worried about getting our bugs than vice versa. When we get plants from southern California its the sharpshooter they are mainly looking for (since the apple moth is now everywhere) and shipments from Oregon are inspected for Phytothera.

Welcome!
LindaCA
Concord, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 17, 2008
3:23 PM

Post #4822240

Brightstar,
Welcome to Ca. I live a couple of hours south of Roseville in the SF east bay, Roseville, is a lovely community.
If you can't bring your plants with you, put the word out for what your looking for maybe we can help you out.
Linda
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 17, 2008
7:16 PM

Post #4823272

Sorry if my post was misunderstood, I wasn't suggesting that the nursery could help, just using that as an example that since they're in VA and ship plants here in pots with potting mix, therefore all plants from VA in potting mix are not automatically banned from California, there is a way to get them in. The ag dept. is still the right place to go to find out if there's a way for individuals to get their plants allowed or if it's something that's only feasible for nurseries to do.
plantmum
Napa, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 17, 2008
8:36 PM

Post #4823535

Oh sorry ecrane! I thought you meant that he could get the certificate from the nursery.
Basically it is the certificate that comes with the plants (sharpshooter hosts) saying "This plant has been thoroughly coated with toxic substances no more than 24 hours before going into the truck." I am really curious what the residual levels are on these plants as we unload them.
Its serious here in Napa...All Hail The Mighty Wine Grape (dollar)!

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ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 18, 2008
3:06 AM

Post #4825283

Great picture! They are a bit over-protective of those grapes aren't they!
1AnjL
(AnjL) Fremont, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 19, 2008
10:44 PM

Post #4832810

lol! I love the pix! :o)
fragrantflower1
Riverdale, CA
(Zone 8a)

April 28, 2008
11:25 AM

Post #4875706

I guess where I live, my zone and all will show up right?
Any how, I am Norma and I live in between Fresno and Lemoore and for years I have
been trying to improve my front yard and do something with that back yard.
But all I seem to be able to do is purchase 1000's of dollars in flowers (I love perennials and fragrance)
then watch them all die. I need serious help. Now I have to do it on a serious cheap budget
to no budget at all. Can you do that? There are so many problems with these yards I don't know
where to begin. I drive around and just love looking at peoples yards and I love, love, love
seeing what you guys and gals have done. I am so jealous. Keep it up. I hope one day
to enjoy and reap the rewards I know so many of you are.


If nothing show up my zone is 8a according to National Gardening Association.
Hugs and Kisses,
Norma
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 28, 2008
7:16 PM

Post #4877829

Hi Norma! Welcome to DG & the California forum! If you want to start a new thread to get some more specific advice I'm sure lots of people will jump in and help you out. Do you own a copy of the Sunset Western Garden Book? It's a great reference, they've made climate zones that are much better than the USDA ones since they take into account summer temps, rainfall, etc as well as just winter lows. You have a challenging climate, but the book can help you figure out which plants ought to do well in your climate (there are some, don't worry!). My guess is the things you've been planting may not have been ideal for your tough climate, so you may have to rethink some of the things you're trying. And planting them at the right time of year can really help too--if you were planting things too late in the spring when the weather was already starting to get hot, that really doesn't give your plants a good chance to get established before the sun fries them, but if you plant in the fall or really early in the spring that gives them a better chance.

Definitely check out the threads on the Roundup that's coming up in June--if you're able to go to that it'll be a great chance to meet some other DG'ers and also probably come home with some cuttings & seeds of things that may do well in your climate.
Nasturtium28
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 17, 2008
8:29 PM

Post #4965446

Good afternoon, I garden in Sacramento, but at the moment I am sweltering in Claremont. I am starting a garden in a new house, small narrow lot, AWFUL tight clay soil - but I am happy because I have sun for the first time and can grow many things that would not grow in my former mostly shady garden. I love perennials and can't cram enough in my beds, but I also can't stop the container habit I developed from years of apartment living. My ultimate luxury is to be able to walk out to the garden to cut a vase of whatever is blooming at the moment. I help my sister in her southern California garden, and I also attempt to maintain what is left of an old garden in a family home in Utah - as a result I am a compulsive weeder! I have much to learn, and enjoy sharing gardening triumphs and challenges with gardeners everywhere.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 17, 2008
8:40 PM

Post #4965522

Welcome! That sounds like a lot of work trying to keep up all those gardens! I think you'd be sweltering if you were in Sacramento today too...unless the heat wave we had here in the Bay Area the last couple days missed you. You're going to have fun with your new garden, there are so many great plants to grow in the sun.
1AnjL
(AnjL) Fremont, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 17, 2008
9:05 PM

Post #4965590

Welcome nasturnium! I am sitting here eating my 7th popsickle of the day, drinking ice water and trying to figure out why my hubby insists on pouring concrete today of all days! LOL!
I too had a container gardening habit, but now I have a huge yard. Still bought about 15 pots this weekend for plants! LOL! I guess I still like the potted look :o)
Welcome to DG youre gonna love it here :o)
wonderearth
Santa Cruz, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 26, 2008
12:28 AM

Post #5002759

All that heat and then the wind. Boy we're taking a beating up here in the bay area. i'm Lydia, only been gardening for a couple of years but I'm really into it. I love shade gardens, edibles particularly berries, propagation from seed and from cuttings. I've got a small potted suculent garden, I have a thing for flowering vines, but I feel like I learn to appreciate everything in time. I've got a couple nice native plant resources here in Santa Cruz so I've got a bunch of natives. I would love to get to know all the folk from CA who frequent DG.
1AnjL
(AnjL) Fremont, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 26, 2008
12:33 AM

Post #5002777

Hi Lydia! Youre not that far from me and SunnyG is in San Jose! yeah! we have more northerners on here now! whoo hoo!

I hope your not near those fires. I live in fremont but work right around the corner from the Claremont hotel up in Oakland. I hate all this hot weather and winds! My plants dont know if its winter or summer right now! LOL!

Glad to see you on here, and WELCOME!

AnjL
sunnyg
San Francisco Bay Ar, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 26, 2008
4:07 PM

Post #5005175

Hi Lydia, I was born and grew up primarily in Santa Cruz (Cabrillo College and UCSC alum and everything)…how fun to see you on here! I too hope you’ve been faring okay with all the extreme weather and the fire.
evesocal
Granada Hills, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 27, 2008
1:54 AM

Post #5007879

Hi everyone, I live in the San Fernando Valley. Looking forward to learning how to take better care of my plants. I'm an ex-New Yorker (been in L.A. for ten years now) and still find the plants here exotic and wonderful.
carrihulet
Nevada City, CA
(Zone 8b)

May 28, 2008
6:00 PM

Post #5015859

Hi, I'm carri and live in Nevada City on a hot hill side bordered by a wilderness area. I'm interested in high desert plants like agaves , daslyrions and yuccas. Are there other people in the foothills with similar interests?
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

May 28, 2008
6:32 PM

Post #5016017

Hi Carri! Sorry, I'm down south, but I know there are lots of members up north. You might do a search on the plants you are interested in and see who is posting on them and where. OR, you can do a search on the members list and see who is near you. Just start posting here and there and you'll see some action. Lots of people are busy in their gardens with the good weather, so things slow down a little and you might not see a response for a while.

Welcome to the CA Forum!
BrightStar
Chesapeake, VA

May 29, 2008
6:35 AM

Post #5019181

Hi, California people! I just got back from visiting Roseville. It looks like a challenge growing things in northern California - and some surprises. Some plants that don't do much here in Virginia do fine there, yet I don't see many people growing them. The hotel grew cyclamens outdoors - all year round. And they were beautiful. Here, they would be short-term plants probably. I wonder what it is about the climate there that causes them to do so well.

I saw oleanders - everywhere! It is the northern California highway plant. Miles and miles. Here, you see them lining the streets in Virginia Beach, at the resort area. The plants along the streets in nearby Norfolk are Crepe Myrtles, part of the history due to Roosevelt's New Deal. So the streets of older neighborhoods in Norfolk are lined with Crepe Myrtles.

But in northern California, it is oleanders. At least in the part I was in.

I have a lot to learn and figure out.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 29, 2008
2:21 PM

Post #5020190

Yes, oleanders are everywhere on the highways--they have pretty flowers and get by with hardly any water during our dry summers so that makes them ideal for places like the freeway median. There are bazillions of crape myrtles here too, you just probably didn't notice them because they're not blooming yet--they're used in people's yards or as street trees, but on city streets rather than on the highways. As far as the cyclamen...I'd be surprised if those really grew and looked good in Roseville year round, it gets pretty hot up there in the summer and they're more of a cool weather plant so I don't expect they'd be too happy in the middle of summer.
BrightStar
Chesapeake, VA

May 29, 2008
8:03 PM

Post #5021652

Well, I wouldn't think so either about the cyclamen, but that's what the motel people were telling me...
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 29, 2008
8:41 PM

Post #5021877

BrightStar, I grow Cyclamen in the shade year-round in Sonoma County, so the motel people were telling you the truth. As long as they get enough water, they make it through even the triple-digit temperatures.

We have more Crape Myrtles and Lady Banks roses than Oleanders on the freeways around Santa Rosa.
BrightStar
Chesapeake, VA

May 29, 2008
9:01 PM

Post #5022034

Zuzu, I remember - these cyclamens were in the shade!
BrightStar
Chesapeake, VA

May 29, 2008
9:06 PM

Post #5022056

It seems to me that geraniums are the perfect Sacramento area plant.
BrightStar
Chesapeake, VA

June 7, 2008
2:34 AM

Post #5066012

Hello again, Californians. It looks like I won't be joining you. The job was a really good job, but they decided they didn't want me.

I did get a greater appreciation for the state of California, though, and the gardening challenges that it presents.

And the people seemed so nice!

Maybe some day I will get to visit you again.
cyra
Central Valley, CA
(Zone 9b)

June 22, 2008
3:51 PM

Post #5142453

Criminy, but this is a long thread! Our long growing season here in CA seems to be growing...-Gardeners!!!!
I'm Cyra from the Central Valley, here in Kings County, CA. (Hi, neighbors!) What to say? Well, I'm an employed happily single (div.) mother of 4, (two at home) whose green passions focus on medicinal, culinary, and other herbs, -but not exclusively.
I live in a small apt. in a small town, and excepting the shortage of water, fairly polluted air, and unbearably hot summers, I love this area, with my friendly neighbors and small-town atmosphere..and relatively low cost of living.
Mmmmm, oh yes, I'm a foreign import (German) and have inherited various felines...(as they say, cats are like potato chips, -you can't just have one!)
I'm online 9 mos per year, and incumunicado for 3, when I work 7 8-12 hr. shifts, nightly, per week. That full-time+ work period, when I'm offline, begins in approx. a week, or so, and I'll return to DG forums in Oct...
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 22, 2008
4:23 PM

Post #5142605

welcome! And we'll look forward to hearing from you again in October! That sounds like a tough work schedule, although I guess if you only have to do it for a few months maybe it's not so bad!
cyra
Central Valley, CA
(Zone 9b)

June 22, 2008
4:35 PM

Post #5142653

Thank you, Ecrane, (nice to "see" you again!), fortunately I only work 5-night weeks the rest of the year, between periodic lay-offs:) I'm looking forward to returning here to the forums:)
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

June 22, 2008
4:41 PM

Post #5142667

OK, Cyra is right, this thread is getting tooooo long!

Here's Part 2 : http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/866951/
Sequee
Carmel, NY
(Zone 6b)

October 6, 2008
5:00 PM

Post #5639599

Does anyone know what happened to Kachinagirl???
weegy12
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

October 6, 2008
9:04 PM

Post #5640323

I have d-mailed her 2 times and haven't heard from her. I have one more possible way of getting in touch with her and if I do, I'll let you know.
Sequee
Carmel, NY
(Zone 6b)

October 6, 2008
9:05 PM

Post #5640333

Thanks! I've sent a couple of d's over the year or so, and haven't heard from her. I miss her. If you do get in touch, please give her my warm regards!
weegy12
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

October 6, 2008
9:10 PM

Post #5640353

I will for sure and if you get ahold of her, let me know please. I met her at our RU last year and enjoy her so much.
Kachina, where are you?!!??
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

October 6, 2008
10:59 PM

Post #5640713

Ditto here!
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

October 10, 2008
10:46 PM

Post #5656501

I tried to reach her too..no luck...and I know for sure that Dave sends Dmail out to those that do not pick it up on line...he sends to their Email address to notify them of Dmail...I got 2 that way today. (I am in WV...be home Wed!!) Jo
weegy12
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

October 10, 2008
10:48 PM

Post #5656509

Hmmmm, I hope everything's ok with her.
MomsterGina
Napa, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 8, 2009
9:53 PM

Post #6383578

I figure there must be other Cali noobs here that need to come out of the woodwork!

Hi everyone. My name's Gina, mom of 4, and now "Napkin."
I just started posting recently on DG. I am a 30 year native of NY who moved to Napa 3 years ago. We're still renting and it will be HARD giving up the yard when we buy a house since we've put so much time and energy into it and it's just so CUTE. We've fallen in LOVE with the Japanese Maple out front. But we will be here for another couple of years, I am sure.

We just took over an unused dog run and built a container garden for vegetables (and a few fruits). I'm also trying some flowers in containers from seed for the first time to sprinkle color in more areas around the exterior.
weegy12
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

April 9, 2009
3:55 PM

Post #6386589

Welcome to Dave's Momster! You'll love it here, there's so many knowledgeable and wonderful people here. You'll never feel like you're asking a dumb question!
Congrats on your new home in the most wonderful part of Calif...in my opinion. We visited Napa a few years back and will probably go back sometime.
Again, welcome!
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

April 9, 2009
4:03 PM

Post #6386647

This thread is waaaayy to long - I've started a continuation here: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/973189/
shorty07
San Jose, CA

April 14, 2009
7:03 PM

Post #6409588

Hi I am new to DG. Just subcribed. My name is Shirlene. I live in San Jose, in the Berryessa area by Pentencia Creek on the way to Alum Rock park. I love to garden, spend most of the summer in yard taking care of all my pots and other plants in yd. Which I have too many of, pots that is-Orchids, Ferns, Ivies, Succelents, Bulbs and Lillies Pelargonium (fancy leaf & few scented). I have a lot of Alstromeria and many other plants.
SoCal
Huntington Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 14, 2009
9:55 PM

Post #6410458

Hello Shirlene and welcome to this great site. I hope you enjoy yourself and learn lots of new things. You have a lot of great gardeners up in your area too. Watch out for some of them as they are true plant enablers and will have you growing new things you've never even heard of. lol


Donna
belladoll
San Clemente, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
7:26 AM

Post #6417516

Hi my name is Brigitte, I live in San Clemente CA ,which is in between Laguna beach San Juan Capistrano and Dana point Calif. sunset zone 24, 1/4 mile from the ocean on a 1/4 A lot. I grow most of our veggies and I love cottage gardening, I have about 150 new and antique roses. I love garden antques. herbs and scented plants ,heirloom veggies and flowers, love night bloomers. I grow my grandmothers green beans from the 1940's from Palos Verdes. I Grew up in Redondo beach and love digging in the dirt. lurking on this website for about a month. And I just love it. Next year I would love to go to roundup. I have been in the San Clemente garden club for about eight years and I am in charge of our monthly garden tours ,anyone wants to show their garden in L.a., Orange county, San Diego let me know. Been starting a lot of my plants from seeds or cuttings, but over indulged before at many a nursery. Try to be as organic as I can. I have two kids in collage.
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

April 16, 2009
3:35 PM

Post #6418628

Hi Brigitte! I used to live in Redondo Beach, too, but didn't do much gardening there. You will be very welcome at the next round-up, which should be in October.

We have continued this thread here, since it is too long for our dial-up members: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/866951/

Kathleen
SoCal
Huntington Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
4:12 PM

Post #6418783

Hello Brigitte and welcome to this wonderful site.

I was so excited to read your message. I am a big fan of our local garden tours in OC.
I have been a garden host of the Mary Lou Garden Tour along with another one of our DG members, Jasperdale. I am really looking forward to this one coming up next month also. Have you attended this tour? One of my favorites is in your area...Bea Grow.

You would be more than welcome to attend one of our Roundups. We usually have it in late May, but this year we are gearing to Oct. Stay tuned for any announcements in this forum.

I am also from the South Bay, El Segundo and Redondo was one of my stomping grounds. My sister lives in Redondo now. Did you grow up in RB? You might know of my BIL, Howard Wood. He had a Real Estate office down in the village for many years.

I've have heard that you have a wonderful Garden Club down there. In fact didn't you just have a great speaker on pelagarniums? Can't remember her name. I wanted to attend but was out of town that day.

Hope to see you around the forums.
Donna
belladoll
San Clemente, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 17, 2009
12:00 AM

Post #6420763

Hi Donna,
I just typed a two page reply and it did not come up. Anyway I was on Mary Lou's tour in 2007 and I live around the corner from one of my best friends the famous Bea Grow. She is such a wonderful woman. 83 in May and I bet she gardens into the 100"s. She just bought me a scented cameilla for my birthday and I love it!!. There are many plants in my garden that came from the Queen Bee herself.
Robin was the geranium girl and she and Bea had a wonderful tea is Beas garden. Also Bea Grow is once again on the Mary Lou tour. I also cant wait . San Clementes tour is on June20th its gonna be good. I am also going on the Palos Verdes tour this sunday. Laguna beach , Encinitis and mission hills in S.D.then maybe Tustin and the rose society too!! And yes now I am poor now! , tickets are getting to be too much money!!
My sister also lives in Redondo Beach and he husband John Strausa works for Larry Moore [real estate} in the village too, small world!. If anyone wants to see my garden their was an article \ in July5th 2008 in the O.C. register. the Serendipitous garden by Cindy Mcnatt. She was very kind to me!!
My garden club field trips are open to anyone who would like to attend.
This April 20dth we will see a fab rose garden in Nellie Gail ranch and May 22nd we will go the the exposition park rose garden in L.A..Thank you all for welcoming me and really excited maybe one day we can go nursery hopping. Thank you Brigitte
ldblond
La Quinta, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 12, 2011
1:38 PM

Post #8422601

Hello California Gardners!
I'm from La Quinta, about 30 minutes outside Palm Springs in the hot California desert. Raised by an avid gardner, the desire to be in the garden, hands dirty - unfortunately, I never left the amateur/beginner stage. I'm eager to learn by reading and interacting in the DG community focusing on perennials and annuals that are easier to care for and drought tolerant as my CRPS prohibits me from gardening as I once could. I truly would like to learn from those with wisdom and experience now that I'm old enough to understand to listen and wise enough to have learned that a garden is only sucessful with patience and love. You have a wonderful place here at DG, I'm glad to be a new part of it.

Ld



sherman99
Menifee, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 12, 2011
1:40 PM

Post #8422604

ldblond-welcome but you might want to post to the newer thread:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/866951/#new
ldblond
La Quinta, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 12, 2011
9:02 PM

Post #8423466

Thanks for finding me wandering out here. I will jump and post at the thread you gave me.

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