Planting Bare Roots in the Spring

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I ordered a bare root Rheinland Astilbe this spring. When I got it, I was a bit tired and put off planting it until the next day. It looked like a dried up root with bean sprouts protruding from the other end. Not too attractive. I read the instructions and put it in the soil and gave it a drink.

The next few days left me worrying about my plant. It didn’t look very happy. The bean sprouts were drooping and I did not think it would make it. However, I kept watering it.

One day, I went out and the bean sprouts had turned to beautiful green leaves! Wow! How did that happen? I won’t ask questions, I’ll just be thankful it is thriving. Now, every day it grows a bit taller and a few more leaves are growing.

I should have taken pictures in the beginning. But anyway…here is what it looks like today…

If all goes well, it will have beautiful pink flowers in early summer. As always, Happy Gardening!

January in So Cal

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It may be winter, but in Southern California the sun still shines. It is mid January and the daffodil bulbs have popped making it look more like spring. The lavender is constantly in bloom as are many flowers. The orchard is a buzz with bees excited by the blossoms. Oranges and lemons are ready to be picked. My husband often brings in some lemons when they are ripe. Is he hoping for a lemon meringue pie? That does sound good!

Botanical Building and Lily Pond – Balboa Park

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The Botanical Building in Balboa Park (San Diego, CA) was built for the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition. Inside the building one can see collections of cycads, ferns, orchids, tropical plants and palms. Summer is a great time to visit the Botanical Building as many of the plants will be in full bloom. Outside the building is the beautiful Lily Pond. Koi fish and ducks can be seen swimming among the lily pads. There are usually a musician or two playing outside the building adding to the atmosphere and hoping for a few coins tossed their way. The site in front of the Lily Pond looking at the Botanical Building is one of the most photographed places in the park. One can see why as the splendor of one of the largest lath structures in the world is reflected into the water of the colorful Lily Pond.

Inside the Botanical Building