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With spring beginning, along with longer and warmer days, I’ve noticed some changes in my garden. The primroses I planted in November seem to be unhappy hanging along my balcony wall and I’m eagerly waiting for seedlings to sprout into flowers. Today is all about how to update your garden on a budget. We only […] The post How to Update Your Garden on a Budget appeared first on Blooming...
With spring beginning, along with longer and warmer days, I’ve noticed some changes in my garden. The primroses I planted in November seem to be unhappy hanging along my balcony wall and I’m eagerly waiting for seedlings to sprout into flowers. Today is all about how to update your garden on a budget.
We only really have two seasons here in Southern California, spring and summer. We had an unusually wet winter, but those are rare. Based on where you live, you want to update your garden from time to time.
There are many ways to update your garden. I’m going to focus mainly on how to update plants in your garden. I think this is the most fun part about gardening!
There are several ways to do this, which are explained below.
What I mean by know your garden space, is do you know what kind of plants grow best in your garden? This can take time, even years, based on what kind of plants you grow in your garden.
I have a small entryway and an 80 square foot balcony to work with. All of my plants are in pots. I don’t have to worry about the quality of the ground, but I do have to purchase potting soil for my plants.
In the spring and summer my balcony is in full sun, although shade creeps in during the afternoon. When the time changes in the fall, the balcony will become a full to part shaded area until the springtime again.
Because of these boundaries, I only grow plants suited for containers. I try to go for plants that grow well in part shade, but do have succulents and tropical plants that have managed to stay alive during the shorter days of fall and winter.
I know for a larger spaced gardener this does not sound like much, but I’ve been able to enjoy a garden in my space and have been able to share my gardening adventures with you all on this blog.
No matter how small or large your garden space is, know what you can and can’t grow in your garden. If you just moved to a new place, this can take time, but you can enjoy a garden in no time with some trial and error.
This is especially true for gardeners that live in colder areas. You may have to make room for plants indoors or take a break from gardening during the winter months.
If you enjoy growing fruits and vegetables, know what time of year is best to grow and plan accordingly.
I love wandering around gardening centers from time to time to see what is popular to grow during that particular time of year. I do this when I have a pot that needs something planted in it, or a plant is in need of replacing.
Check out what other gardeners are planting in your area by checking out other garden blogs, Pinterest, garden magazines, and social media.
You will probably discover that there are endless ways to add plants to your garden. Don’t get overwhelmed, but pick a few that will work well in your garden.
One of the best ways to update your garden on a budget is to start with seeds. I’ve only started doing this in the past year or so. I find that growing a plant from a seed is very rewarding.
They come in several sizes. I have two that can grow 12 different plants from seeds. I need to buy more pellet refills since I ran out and have more flower seeds to plant!
Seeds are usually much cheaper than buying a plant. I recently bought several packets of seeds for only 50 cents! I can’t wait for the flowers to grow from these seeds!
Seeds are easy to buy. You can find them in gardening catalogs, online, and gardening centers. Here is an article I recently wrote about the best places to buy garden seeds from!
When I first started gardening a few years ago, I started by purchasing plants as small as I could find. I would find containers that were small or slightly larger than the plants, since I only have so much space to work with.
Starting with smaller plants saves me money and gives me a chance to enjoy watching my plants grow and mature. If you are a beginner gardener, growing a small plant is easier than starting with seeds as well.
Since I’m all about saving money while gardening, I’ve found some nice inexpensive containers that I use for my container garden. Many of my plastic containers are in different colors or designs, which make them look more expensive than they really are.
Terra cotta pots are another great inexpensive type of pot to grow plants in as well. The dollar store in spring time usually has a variety of sizes and shapes of terra cotta pots available.
For more ideas on inexpensive containers, read my article about Cheap Garden Containers.
Gardening is a process, and updating your garden can take some time. I’m still figuring out what grows best in my balcony garden. How are you updating your garden this season?
Let me know in the comments section below!
When hubby and I visited the poppy superbloom a few weeks ago, we walked around Tom’s Farms, a place nearby with shops and restaurants, before heading back home. We picked up a few gazania plants from the nursery located at Tom’s Farms. Today I want to talk to you about how to grow gazania flowers. […] The post How to Grow Gazania Flowers appeared first on Blooming...
When hubby and I visited the poppy superbloom a few weeks ago, we walked around Tom’s Farms, a place nearby with shops and restaurants, before heading back home. We picked up a few gazania plants from the nursery located at Tom’s Farms. Today I want to talk to you about how to grow gazania flowers.
Gazania flowers originated in South Africa as an annual flower. A Greek-Italian scholar of the 15th century, Theaodorus of Gaza, gave the gazania it’s name.
These gorgeous blooms will attract butterflies and other critters to your garden. They are also known as the African daisy or treasure flower. It is a member of the daisy family.
Gazanias come in a variety of types and colors, such as pink, red, yellow, white, orange, and variegated. Below are some popular variations of gazania flowers.
Chansonette-This type of gazania is an early bloomer.
Big Kiss White Flame-This gazania is white with red stripes. I bought this variety because of their beautiful, striking colors. The come in other colors as well.
Sundrop-The gold petals on this flower are stunning.
Creamsicle-This flower stands out with its white petals and brown colored center.
Kiss Rose-This gazania comes in different shades of pink.
Sunbather’s Sunset-Deep red petals on this flower make this gazania stand out from the rest.
Daybreak-These large flowers come in a variety of colors with stripes.
Mix and match some of these gazanias to enjoy a colorful section in your garden!
Gazania flowers are great flowers to add to a low maintenance area of the garden. They love heat and grow well in hot, full sun areas.
I also love them because they make great container plants that can be left alone since they don’t need much water.
For best blooms, use sandy, well-draining soil, although gazanias can grow in a variety of soils and conditions due to their hardiness. I use Miracle Gro Potting Mix for these and most of my plants since it is a great, all-around potting soil.
Don’t overwater your gazania plants. This can cause fungal disease and root rot, killing the plant. The soil needs to dry between waterings for best results and so that you can get the most enjoyment of the beautiful flowers blooming from this plant.
To encourage more blooms, prune back dead flowers. I recently cut off the dead flowers and there are already more sprouting up from the leaves.
We have each plant in its own container. I love how they close up at night, as if to sleep. When the sun is out, the gazanias bloom beautiful, vibrant colored flowers.
If you live in a hot arid place and enjoy daisies, I highly recommend buying one or more gazania plants to enjoy in your garden.
Have you tried growing gazanias or want to try? Let me know in the comments section below!
This post will be a little different than the ones I have been publishing lately, but its always a good thing to shake things up a bit every now and then, right? I recently learned to make body spray and wanted to share with you all how you can too! Today I want to tell […] The post How to Make Body Spray appeared first on Blooming...
This post will be a little different than the ones I have been publishing lately, but its always a good thing to shake things up a bit every now and then, right? I recently learned to make body spray and wanted to share with you all how you can too! Today I want to tell you how to make body spray.
I’m sure you’re wondering: what does body spray have to do with gardening or home decor? If you grow herbs, like lavender, then everything! Many body spray scents come from herbs and various plants.
The inspiration to make body spray came from my sister. She gifted me a set of essential oils for Christmas this year. I’ve used lavender oil before, but wanted to do something different with this new set of oils I received.
I highly recommend using a glass bottle to keep the contents nice and fresh for as long as possible. Recently, I bought my cute set of 6 gift sized glass bottles in various colors through Amazon.
I have several oils to mix and match so I wanted enough bottles to experiment with. I’m very happy with the product so far!
You can also use filtered water. I did! The purer the water, the better. If you have no distilled or filtered water on hand, use tap water.
Just be aware that tap water can change the mixture due to the minerals in tap water.
I used witch hazel. Its inexpensive and can be used for other things, such as an antiseptic. Vodka or witch hazel is added as a preservative. It will also prevent the oils from going to the bottom of the bottle.
If you don’t have any essential oils to work with, I recommend buying a few or a set so that you can mix them up to make your own unique scent.
The set I have includes lavender, a sleepy mix of several oils, peppermint oil, and eucalyptus oil. Here is another set with various oils to mix together.
Below are some popular essential oils to use in a body spray mix. These oils are:
With some supplies, planning and preparation, I was able to make a few bottles of my own body spray! Below are the supplies you will need to make your bottle of body spray:
One thing I love about making my own body spray from home is that there are few items needed and it is really easy to make! Below are more details about each supply and why you need them.
Once you have all your body spray supplies, its time to mix them together. Fill half to three-quarters of the bottle with distilled water, another quarter of witch hazel or vodka, then several drops of essential oils. Mix up the ingredients.
You are now ready to enjoy your home made body spray!
Note: These cute little bottles only hold 1/3 fl oz of liquid, so measure accordingly if you are using a larger bottle.
Below are some body spray blends to try out. Make sure to mix the drops with distilled water and witch hazel in a glass bottle for long lasting use and enjoyment.
You can also experiment by adding or taking away drops to find your favorite scent! For larger bottles add more drops.
Body spray does not have to be used only on the body. These can definitely be used in place of a perfume and work great. You can also use these as gifts, spray on pillows and other specific objects to make them smell nice, and in various parts of the house.
Did you know that some essential oils are poisonous to cats? I have seen various lists with different essential oils on them not use around cats. This seems debatable, but some oils on these lists include lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus oil.
If you, your pet, or anyone around you displays signs of getting ill due to oils, stop using them. Let me know if you know of other oils that are dangerous to pets.
Have you made homemade body spray before? How did it turn out for you? Know of any great blends to use?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!
After having such a great time checking out the poppy superbloom near Lake Elsinore last week, Vince and I decided to visit Anza Borrego State Park to see their wildflowers superbloom. It was amazing! Read on to find out how to see the wildflowers at Anza Borrega State Park. One of my students told me […] The post How to See the Wildflowers at Anza Borrego State Park appeared first on Blooming...
After having such a great time checking out the poppy superbloom near Lake Elsinore last week, Vince and I decided to visit Anza Borrego State Park to see their wildflowers superbloom. It was amazing! Read on to find out how to see the wildflowers at Anza Borrega State Park.
One of my students told me about Anza Borrego State Park a few years ago. When researching where to find wildflowers several weeks ago, Anza came up again. I was curious and after doing more research for my wildflower superbloom post last week, I decided to check out Anza myself.
Vince and I left at 9:15 Saturday morning and didn’t return until around 9:15 that night. Anza was a little of a drive and once we arrived, we drove around to search for the wildflowers because the park is huge! We were tired by the end of the day, but had a blast!
Anza Borrega State Park is huge! It is 600,000 acres, making it the largest park in the state of California. Canyons, mountains, and the Pacific Crest Trail go through the park.
Anza is located 65 miles, southeast of Temecula. The drive is absolutely beautiful, through vineyards and ranches, a far cry from the busyness of Orange County.
The park is open from dawn until dusk, making it a great place to explore during the long days of spring and summer. There is a visitor center that is open from 9 am to 5 pm seven days a week.
Below are some tips to best enjoy your time at Anza Borrega State Park. I highly recommend viewing the website for wildflower updates and what to bring.
Do you want to explore other areas to see the wildflower superbloom? Check out my post on 5 of the Best Places to See the California Wildflower Superbloom!
There is not much between Temecula and the park, so be prepared with plenty of food and water. Vince and I brought water and snacks. There is a tiny town near the visitor center, Borrego Springs.
We ended up eating lunch at a restaurant there. A small snack shop was right next to the restaurant as well, across from a hotel. I still recommend bringing your own water and some food, since there is not much here in town.
Anza is at 3,000 feet, which is much different than where we live near sea level. Because of the elevation, the weather can change quickly. It was 80 degrees but windy, so we were fine in layers.
I wore shirts while Vince had on jeans and we were both comfortable. We had hats since we were spending all day outside in the desert. I put on sunblock to keep my Irish white skin from getting burned.
We each carried a small backpack with our water, snacks, and Galaxy S10e phones, which took awesome pictures and video, as you can see from this post. We also had cash on us, just in case.
Sturdy shoes are a must when outside, especially in the desert. There were many prickly plants that we walked near and admired. These would hurt if stepped on, so make sure to have sturdy shoes on while visiting Anza.
Vince and I made sure our Elantra had a full tank of gas before we left Huntington Beach. Whenever we go to unfamiliar places that are a few hours away, we make sure the gas tank is full. We added some gas when we left Temecula that evening.
I remember passing a small station in Borrego Springs. I still advise having as much gas as possible when you are going somewhere new. You don’t want to end up with an empty tank in the middle of nowhere.
On their website, the park noted that visitors were to not step on the wildflowers and to not pick them to allow others to enjoy them as well. I think this is common sense and sad that people have to be reminded of this. Nature can be enjoyed without ruining it for others.
There are several ways to find the wildflower superbloom at Anza Borrega State Park. You can hike to them, drive your car to the sites, rent a bike, book a private tour, or offroad in a four-wheel.
Since I knew the park would be large and we might tire quickly due to the heat and elevation, we decided to drive to as many of the locations as possible.
There were many types of wildflowers, cactus, and other desert plants that could be seen from all over the park. Certain areas were known for having more blooms than others. I’m just going to mention some of the plants we saw since there were so many!
Desert Sunflowers, desert dandelion, pincushion, phacelia, beaver tail cactus, desert lilies, lupine, purple sand verbena, white dune primrose, and other cactus, desert plants, and wildflowers were admired during our trip.
Below are the locations we visited and the types of wildflower superbloom that were found at these locations.
After grabbing a bite to eat at a nearby restaurant, we parked our car and wandered around the Visitor Center. Phacelia, desert dandelion, pincushion, and a variety of desert plants were found all around the center and parking lot.
Beaver tail cactus and other cactus were in bloom near the Visitor Center as well. There was a small, paved walkway near the center that was .25 mile, where you could admire the wildflowers without going off the path.
Henderson Canyon Road
The next area, which had the best view of wildflowers, was just off of Henderson Canyon Road. A gorgeous display of desert sunflowers were found here, as well as purple sand verbena and white dune primrose.
There were also huge caterpillars and butterflies around the flowers as well. The mountains made a gorgeous backdrop with the sunflowers in the foreground. They seemed to go on forever!
The last stop we took was in the Borrego Badlands off of Highway S-22, near mile marker 35. This desolate area had some desert lillies and lupine. The purple lupine were a beautiful contrast against the stark landscape.
Vince and I drove back to the restaurant parking lot, where we had some water and snacks before hitting the road back home. There were several other locations of wildflowers, but at this point in the day we were tired.
This trip to see the wildflowers at Anza Borrego State Park was definitely a wonderful way to spend a Saturday. Let me know if you have visited and other thoughts you have in the comments section below!
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I have been mentioning that we have been experiencing unusual amounts of rain since the beginning of the year. Because of this, there have been reports in many areas of a beautiful superbloom this year. Below are the best places to see California’s wildflower superbloom. I know many of you do not live here, but […] The post 5 of the Best Places to See California’s Wildflower Superbloom appeared first on Blooming...
I have been mentioning that we have been experiencing unusual amounts of rain since the beginning of the year. Because of this, there have been reports in many areas of a beautiful superbloom this year. Below are the best places to see California’s wildflower superbloom.
I know many of you do not live here, but thought since you love flowers, you would love to know where to visit if you ever end up in Southern California this time of year.
These places are more inland, but definitely worth the drive. I have even seen patches of wildflowers in bursts of color on the sides of roads and the freeways all over Orange County, so you don’t have to go far to experience our beautiful wildflower superbloom.
All the pictures on this post are my own or my husband’s at Walker Canyon. All pictures and videos were taken with our new Galaxy S10e phones. These phones have the best cameras, in my opinion!
Me and my husband ventured out to see some of these superbloom areas ourselves this weekend, and we were not disappointed. Here are the best places to see California’s Wildflower Superbloom. I hope you can experience at least one of these someday!
Near Lake Elsinore is Walker Canyon, which has exploded with poppies. Walker Canyon is located off of Interstate 15, a little ways outside of Los Angeles. The beautiful golden poppies are the state flower, which make them illegal to pick and take home.
Enjoy taking pictures and posing with the many golden poppies along the hills of Walker Canyon, as well as other wildflowers blooming here.
Vince and I braved the traffic and crowds to check out the wildflower superbloom at Walker Canyon. Despite the traffic, we were able to enjoy orange hills bursting with poppies along the way.
The beginning of the trail was packed with people, but the further we winded along the hills, less people were around so that we were able to enjoy the scenery more.
Around one wind there was a hill splashed with purple wildflowers that I have no name for. Other yellow wildflowers in white and yellow were also blooming among the poppies.
Walker Canyon was said to have some of the best displays of poppies and I definitely agree! The pictures don’t do it justice though.
Antelope Valley California Poppy State Reserve is located just west of Lancaster. There are specific parts of the trail that are blooming with golden poppies. 2.5 mile South and North Lopp has the best views of the poppies.
You can also view more wildflowers from Techachopi Vista Point. Visit the website to get updates on the best days to view the superbloom here.
Anza-Borrego State Park is a scenic place to go for the wildflower superbloom. Many colorful flowers can be seen at Coyote Creek right now. This also happens to be California’s largest state park, with many places to view the wildflower superbloom.
Yellow poppies, purple sand verbena, yellow desert dandelions, lupine, desert lillies, brown-eyed primrose, and desert sunflowers can all be seen here. Different parts of the park have one type and a combination of flowers to see at a time.
Check out the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for more information about the best times to view the wildflowers.
Point Mogu State Park is located in the Santa Monica Mountains. Poppies, lupine, and mariposa lillies can be seen from the lower parts of the Chumash Trail. In higher areas are blue glob gilia and chocolate lillies.
Yellow dandelions, purple lupines, and golden poppies cover Joshua Tree National Park. The park is located about two hours from Los Angeles off highway 10. Wildflowers can best be seen from the Bajada Nature Trail.
Poppies, bladder pod, lupine, brittle bush and creosote can be seen from the Southern part of the park.
Diamond Valley Lake is located southwest of the Riverside County reserve. This is about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. Golden poppies are blooming and are expected to be at their height of bloom halfway through March.
Most of these areas require an entrance fee (Walker Canyon did not), so make sure to bring some cash with you. The weather is finally getting warmer here, so take some sunblock since you will be outdoors for several hours.
Bring a hat, sunglasses, water, and some snacks in a backpack to use when you need them. Don’t forget your camera as well! Be prepared for traffic and crowds, since these areas are popular places to view the wildflower superbloom from.
Last, but certainly not least, enjoy seeing this natural phenomena that only comes around once every 10 years here!
Have you seen the wildflower superbloom in Southern California before? Which place had the best views? Let me know all about your experiences and thoughts in the comments section below!
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Its March, which means its almost spring! I’m sure some of you are looking forward to warmer weather. Do you know what to plant for the springtime? Here are 10 plants to grow in spring. We have had an unusually wet new year, but a break from the rain gives me a chance to clean […] The post 10 Plants to Grow in Spring appeared first on Blooming...
Its March, which means its almost spring! I’m sure some of you are looking forward to warmer weather. Do you know what to plant for the springtime? Here are 10 plants to grow in spring.
We have had an unusually wet new year, but a break from the rain gives me a chance to clean and figure out what plants to add to the garden in spring. I’m use to only a few rainy days a year, but this rain is getting us out of a long drought, which is good.
Before you plant any of the below plants (which are all flowers, since those are my favorite!), you want to consider if your yard is ideal for these plants. You also want to become familiar with your growing zone so that you can enjoy flowers that will grow best in your area.
What kind of soil and water do they need? Do they like full sun or part sun? How much space do they need? Do you have a huge yard or a balcony (like me!)?
Plan out what you can plant this spring before getting any of these flowers as seeds, bulbs, or small plants. Then, watch and enjoy them as they grow into beautiful plants for your spring garden!
Below is a list of 10 plants to grow in spring. If you haven’t tried planting some of these, make this year the one where you add at least one of these to your spring garden!
When you think of spring flowers, one of the first that may pop in your mind are daffodils. These bright yellow and white and yellow flowers grow in different sizes and shapes.
Daffodils grow best in soil that drains well and in full sun. They can grow up to 1 foot tall and 1 foot wide. You are in luck if you live in zones 3-9, since these areas have the most ideal weather and conditions for these spring flowers to grow in.
These spring flowers don’t bloom until late in the season, but are well worth the wait! There are single and double varieties of these flowering plants available to grow. These shrubs can grow in containers and larger gardens.
Rock roses need full sun with soil that drains well. This shrub can grow up to 1 foot tall and 2 feet wide, making it an ideal plant for small areas like containers. They grow best in zones 6-8.
Another popular spring flower is the tulip. These flowers come in different sizes, so that they can be enjoyed in containers as well as in larger garden areas. Tulips come in an array of colors as well.
Tulips grow well in full sun and great draining soil. Varieties grow as small as 4 inches high up to several feet high. Tulips can grow in zones 3-7.
Pansies come in a variety of colors and can be enjoyed in all kinds of gardens. Decorate a container with pansies or use as a border to add color to a specific area in your yard. They enjoy full or part sun.
Pansies can also grow up to 10 inches in height and spread out to 12 inches. They are the perfect spring flower for zones 4-8.
Hydrangeas can also be found growing in springtime. These plants flower in beautiful pinks, blues, and purples. The oakleaf hydrangea flowers come in unusual white and green. Although these flowers grow as a shrub, they can also be enjoyed in containers.
Hydrangeas grow well in part shade and well-draining soil. These shrubs can grow quite large, 6 feet high to 8 feet wide. Zones 5-9 are ideal areas to grow hydrangeas in.
These showy flowers usually bloom toward the end of spring, so if you want to add them to your spring garden, plant them now. They come in a variety of colors and their petals are all slightly different, making them a great choice for gardeners who love variety in their garden.
Irises prefer growing in full sun with soil that drains well. They can grow up to 34 inches tall and spread out by 12 inches. Ideally, they grow best in zones 3-9.
Roses are a popular flower and enjoyed in all kinds of colors and types. The garden rose is a popular rose to grow in the spring. Roses grow best in mild climates and grow in a variety of zone, usually zones 7-10.
These colorful shrubs are great to add to just about any garden. Azaleas come in different colors, such as the popular pink, red, white, and purple. These shrubs decorate the apartments facing the office, making a beautiful display of pink throughout the year.
Azaleas grow best in part shade with acidic soil that can drain well. These shrubs can grow as high as 10 feet tall and 10 feet wide. If you live in zones 5-9, make sure to add a shrub to your spring garden.
There are many different types of poppies to choose from, up to 70 species. I’m familiar with the California Golden poppy, which I hear is blooming like crazy outside of our urban areas and up north. A gold color is the most popular color I know of, but poppies come in other colors as well.
Poppies should be planted as early as possible. They grow well in partial shade and full sun. Poppies grow best in zones 3-9.
Morning Glories grow in vines with bright blue flowers being the typical color, although there are varieties in other colors. Since morning glories grow on vines, they look great growing on fences and trellises.
They grow well in full sun and well draining soil. Morning glories thrive best in zones 3-10.
Which of these plants will you add to your spring garden? Let me know in the comments section below!
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