Water Features, Water Lilies, Lotus Plants

The Garden of Eden had a river running through it and, ever since, nearly all memorable gardens have had water features. The first formal gardens, planted in Egypt 3,500 years ago, were arranged in s...

The Greatness of Bulbs

Greatness may best be evaluated not by natural talent or achievement or an applause meter, but by response to adversity. The greatness of plants is thus demonstrated, since many of them can be cut to...

Low Maintenance Garden: an Oxymoron

A walk in the forest is most enjoyable yet, when you get hungry, you long for the presence of a peach or a plum or an apple tree among the pines.  You realize that forest trees are a wonderful gift, ...

Melons: Past and Present

As summer approaches, thirst-quenching watermelons and cantaloupes become ever-present snacks and dessert priorities. Yet the intensively hybridized melons we find at the supermarket, or grow from se...

Getting Ready for Spring

Spring can turn the most casual observer of plants into a suddenly enthusiastic novice gardener.  Blinding displays of flowers are everywhere.  Who can resist them?  Just take a look at Lampranthus p...

Asian Citrus Psyllid: a Hitchhiking Pest

International air travel is a wonderful thing, especially if you happen to be an insect.  Just ask the Asian citrus psyllid.  Thanks to hitching free rides on airplanes, where it typically stows away...

It Really is All About the Trees

It really is all about the trees. Most of the correspondence sent my way involves trees.  Questions about fruit trees, especially citrus trees, are the most common.   Suggestions are also sought for ...

Tree Kale Can Live for 20 Years

Robert Steele, who maintains a thriving vegetable garden in West Covina, always has something new to teach, especially in the area of pest control, a trade in which he worked professionally for many ...