Category Archives: Plant List

Last Chance for Planting Bare Root Trees

Ok, so I have more jars of canned fruit than I can eat in a year.  Does that mean I have enough fruit trees in my yard?  Apparently not.  There I was riding my tricycle home from my plumbing repair … Continue reading

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March Planting List for Home Grown Vegetables – Town of Apple Valley, California

“What can I grow here?” is common question the circulates among gardeners new to an area.  When I first moved into my home, I started a plant list searchable by planting date in Microsoft Access.  I got my information by … Continue reading

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English Violet Blooms in Mojave Shade

English violets (Viola odorata) take me back to the most magical days of my early childhood.  My  mother dipped them in sugar and served them to me as candy.  Violets were one of the first plants that I drew through … Continue reading

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Lupine Seedlings Emerge After Winter Rain

After years of drought we finally got good rain in the High Desert. Lupine seedlings started to emerge in December.  I have carpets of them where mud puddles collected.  Spring is on its way!

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California Fuchsia (Epilobium canum) Adds Fall Color to High Desert Gardens

I took a lot of chances on planting California native plants slightly out of their natural range.  Most of them didn’t make it. One of the successes, among my favorites, was California fuchsia (Epilobium canun). I planted mine where the … Continue reading

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October Rain | Time to Sow Seed and Plant Bulbs

Its a perfect day for planting in the High Desert. We just had a nice October rain and there is 20% chance of rain for the rest of the day. It is warm and balmy with a light wind. In … Continue reading

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What “cover crops” could home gardeners consider in the fall?

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Farmers across the country use “cover crops” over the winter. Cover crops do several things, depending on what is planted: Help prevent erosion and topsoil loss. Their roots, and the plants themselves,…

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Fried Egg Plant aka Matilija Poppy Adds Sizzle to Mojave Gardens

  My mother introduced me to Matilija poppy when I was a teenager.  She planted one in her front garden.  The poppy didn’t exactly like where she put it, so it literally moved.  It spread by underground stems to where … Continue reading

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Mojave Aster

Mojave Aster,  is easily one of my favorite plants.  It features large blue flowers with a yellow center.  When it opened it’s flowers in my garden this morning, I had to share it with you. My Experience Growing Mojave Aster … Continue reading

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Iris Thrives in Mojave Gardens

None of the iris that I purchased bloomed so far this year.  The iris that were given to me, on the other hand, have been spectacular.  When I compare iris that thrived to iris that either died or failed to … Continue reading

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Banana Yucca Blooms for Easter

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Firecracker Penstemon Adds Pop to Mojave Gardens

Of all the plants that I have purchased to date, firecracker penstemon has given me the biggest bang for my buck. Continue reading

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“Angelita Daisy”

“Angelita Daisy”, (Tetraneuris ivesiana Greene), provides color and food for bees almost year round. Continue reading

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