Master Gardeners to the Rescue!

Recently I was made aware of the scope of ser­vices of the Mas­ter Gar­den­ers. These folks are trained thru the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia exten­sions across the state in all aspects of hor­ti­cul­ture. They are charged with doing vol­un­teer work when they grad­u­ate, amount­ing to 50 hours the first year after they com­plete the course, and 25 hours each year after. One of their more won­der­ful ser­vices is their hot line..they can answer all mat­ter of ques­tions. I recently con­tacted them on my poor dead lawn, and I’m in the process of send­ing them pho­tos. I get lots of ques­tions on my web­site that do not per­tain to nurs­eries. Because I am hor­ti­cul­tur­ally chal­lenged, please, gen­tle read­ers, con­tact the Mas­ter Gar­den­ers at mglosangeleshelpline@​ucdavis.​edu or call 6265861988 — you will be glad you did!

One of my beloved succulents...

One of my beloved succulents…

Palisades Park

Sun­set

Sun­set at Pal­isades Park in Santa Monica..a great place to see gor­geous mature trees and dream of plant­ing one!

Readers have questions.…

Hang­ing gourds photo per­mis­sion of Organ​ic​green​roots​.word​press​.com

And I’m hop­ing you have the answers:

  • From Paul: Where can I find the best selec­tion of fuch­sias in the L.A. area?

From Susan: I called the South Coast Fuch­sia Soci­ety and found out the best time to buy fuch­sias is in the Spring. They rec­om­mend Arm­strong Gar­den Cen­ters , a chain of nurs­eries in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, for fuch­sias (www​.arm​strong​gar​den​.com).

  • From Mario (This is an inter­est­ing one): I have a 47 ft sin­gle out­rig­ger sail­ing canoe which I am refur­bish­ing. I am look­ing for black bam­boo in the 68 inch diam­e­ter size for use as mast and booms. Any leads for such resource in the San Diego county area? Thanks.

From Susan: my first call would be to Ralph Evans of Botan­i­cal Partners/​Bamboo Head­quar­ters under San Diego Nurs­eries on my website.

  • From Dana: does any­body know who sells Cal­i­for­nia native and herbal plants? I am a stu­dent of the plan­e­tary her­bol­ogy and would like to find those plants and basi­cally plant them in my garden.

From Susan: You can try Theodore Payne Native Plants /​Sun Val­ley under Los Ange­les Nurs­eries on my website.

  • From Patrick: I like to buy some dragon plant at a nurs­ery near San Diego — I am will­ing to drive. Thank you.

Any answers would be so appre­ci­ated — just go to com­ments at the bot­tom of this page, type your answers, and I will trans­fer them to this page!

Thanks,

Susan

Here come the pumpcullents!

Laura Eubanks’ pumpcullents

These pumpkin/​succulent com­bi­na­tions were cre­ated last year by Laura Eubanks of Design for Seren­ity. I attended a work­shop Laura taught and learned how easy it is to make these beau­ti­ful arrange­ments. They can last up to 9 months because the pump­kin is not cut. To find out how to make one google “lauras pump­kins” or enter the same on the right of my web­site, where the search box is. Either way you will get the tuto­r­ial. Laura is giv­ing a work­shop on Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 3 at Gar­dens by the Sea Nurs­ery. Go to her web­site www​.design​forseren​ity​.com to register.

Q and A Debut on Socal​nurs​ery​plants​.com

A con­tainer pho­tographed on my recent trip to Michigan

I get many ques­tions by phone and email for Socal​nurs​ery​plants​.com. Many peo­ple from for­eign coun­tries want to know where they can get seeds for exotic plants (I’m no help there!). Oth­ers have prac­ti­cal con­cerns and can be referred to experts on bam­boo, suc­cu­lents and the like. Then there are ques­tions like Sarah’s below, which is quite spe­cific. I’m hop­ing my won­der­ful read­ers, gar­den­ers and nurs­ery pro­fes­sion­als alike will be able to par­tic­i­pate in my new Q and A feature:

Hello Susan,

I’m a grad­u­ate stu­dent at UC Irvine, and I’m seek­ing some advice on nurs­eries and plants in gen­eral. I live on cam­pus and have an unen­closed patio space. I want to keep my neigh­bors off my patio for pri­vacy rea­sons (since we are not allowed to put up fences), and I would like to get some plants to block my neigh­bors from com­ing into my space, as well. I have been con­sid­er­ing get­ting some rea­son­ably sized cacti, but I know that this would not give me all the pri­vacy I want (since my plants have to be pot­ted and wouldn’t get that large). My patio is 10 feet by 3 feet. Do you have any plant rec­om­men­da­tions that would cover that space, pro­vide pri­vacy and help pre­vent peo­ple from com­ing onto a patio, be able to be pot­ted, and are rea­son­ably priced? I know that is prob­a­bly a tall order to fill, but if you had any ideas of what to buy and where I could buy it, I’d sin­cerely appre­ci­ate it.

Thank you in advance for your time,
Sarah

Another way to display succulents

A suc­cu­lent planter…

SoCal­Nurs­ery­Plants is under­go­ing some revamp­ing, which is why you haven’t seen new posts lately. You can look for­ward to a ques­tion and answer forum with an easy to use for­mat. Next week I’m off to the Dahlia Show in Michi­gan and Nia­gara Falls.

A lot of nurs­eries (Pot­ted in Los Ange­les, Deep Roots Gar­den Cen­ter in Man­hat­tan Beach, Jack­a­lope Pot­tery in No. Hol­ly­wood, to name a few) are open on Labor Day and hav­ing sales. So check out your local nurs­ery and sup­port the fact that they are not out play­ing on a national hol­i­day, but stay­ing open for you!!!

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