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Spring Bulbs To Plant Now For Spring/Summer Blooms

Written by Richard Flowers, ACCNP-Green Thumb Nursery-Ventura For several years I had tall growing Gladiolas planted along the unsightly 6 foot tall chain link fence. The summer blooms were spectacular as the flowers and foliage disguised the bare fence for a few weeks during the summer. Amongst the “Glads” were other lovely perennials. Combining bulbs with perennials […]

On Valentine’s Day, Share a Little Love For the Garden

Written by Alicia R. Gardens are romantic, which is why so many people choose to celebrate weddings amid places like backyards, botanic gardens, and the flowerbeds of public parks. Similarly, plant nurseries are romantic. They’re colorful, fragrant, and filled with opportunities to create beauty outside and indoors. So, as Valentine’s Day approaches, consider giving your […]

How You Can Conserve H2O by Designing a Water-Wise Garden

Written by Alicia R. Water conservation is a way of life in California especially since May when Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation requiring water districts statewide to set permanent usage rules applying even in years without drought. Creating a water-wise landscape involves practices such as: Planning a combination of hardscape and planted areas Installing drip-watering systems Mulching […]

Dwarf Southern Magnolia

By Richard Flowers, ACCNP-Green Thumb Nursery-Ventura Looking up through the canopy I see the helical distribution of branches. Between the thick foliated stems I observe patches of blue sky. Attached to these branches and stems are what appears to be almost like thick plastic; russeted underneath with a “felty” feeling, dark green above giving them […]

Why and How to Plant Dormant Roses During Cool of Winter

Written by Alicia R. Winter rain and cooler soil temperatures make January a top month for planting dormant roses in Southern California. If you’ve never grown dormant stock, it comes planted in small paper pots filled with potting mix that are place in plastic sleeves. So Cal’s winter conditions encourage root growth so newly planted […]

Holiday Decorating Is Easy with Green Thumb Top Picks

Written by Alicia R. Decorating for the holidays brightens late autumn and early winter’s short hours of daylight. It’s a rare person who doesn’t welcome twinkling strands of lights that scallop rooflines and bejewel shrubbery and the bare branches of trees. Indoors, lights twine around Christmas trees, railings, windows, and wreaths. The heady fragrance of fresh evergreen branches […]