Roger’s Pick for a punch of color is Queen’s Wreath

Roger’s Pick for a punch of color is Queen’s Wreath

If you’re looking for a flowering vine that will give you some sporadic blooms throughout the year….it’s Petrea volubilis orcommonly called Queen’s Wreath in the verbenaceae family. This semi-evergreen twinning vine is a native from southern Mexico down south to South America and into Paraguay. You can also find it growing in profusion throughout the […]

Roger’s Pick: The Bamboos of the World

Roger’s Pick: The Bamboos of the World

Since the dawn of civilization, man has cultivated and harvested bamboos and used them in many forms. Certain species of bamboo can grow very well here in Fallbrook. Bamboo is in the grass family and has hundreds of species and cultivars, be it in the clumping or the running category, so choose wisely and plan […]

Our woodlands are turning grey with time

Our woodlands are turning grey with time

On Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 5, another grand one of our cherished mighty oaks said good-by along Live Oak Park Road. She measured about 24-inches across at the base and was approximately 35-feet in height. Her canopy showed sparseness and that she was ailing. We must understand that our native woodlands have many levels of maturity […]

Roger’s Tree Pick: Lemon citron tree

Roger’s Tree Pick: Lemon citron tree

Over the span of my horticultural career, my eye has always been on the lookout for the unique, rare, and bizarre in plants with novel form, shape, color, fruits, and drought tolerance. So what does that say about my garden? Yes it’s a botanical collection to say the least. An unusual fruit-bearing tree this time […]

Roger’s Tree Pick – The Morton Arboretum

Roger’s Tree Pick – The Morton Arboretum

It was a cold -7 degrees when I set off to spend the day at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill., just outside of Chicago, a few weeks ago. A 1,700 acre arboretum, Morton has trees from all over the world. The goal of the arboretum is to collect trees, shrubs, plants material and to […]

Roger’s Pick – Palms for the Southland

Roger’s Pick – Palms for the Southland

What is more of an exotic Southern California landscape then tropical palms from far away continents? The family in which palms are in has over 2,500 assorted genus, species and hybrids with either feather- or fan-shaped leaves. Some are short and ground hugging, while others, like the Washingtonia, can tower well over 100 feet on […]

Roger’s tree pick – Growing topiaries

Roger’s tree pick – Growing topiaries

Ever wonder why at Disneyland’s Small World there’s so much magic? Just look at the intricate and whimsical topiaries that greet you outside before you take the magical boat tour inside It’s a Small World. Topiary, or the art of sculpting, shaping, carving, twisting, grafting and turning a green plant into a real living art […]

Rattlesnakes are part of Fallbrook’s rural landscape – Be prepared; know what to do if someone is bitten

Rattlesnakes are part of Fallbrook’s rural landscape – Be prepared; know what to do if someone is bitten

More and more people are coming in contact with rattlesnakes because we humans have moved into their backyards out in the countryside. In the United States there are four main types of venomous snakes, rattlesnakes, water moccasins, copperheads and coral snakes. There are over 30 species of rattlesnakes with a great number of subspecies. The […]

Can you dig it? Rejuvenate your garden this fall

Can you dig it? Rejuvenate your garden this fall

With the long, hot summer months on the go, it’s time to get your garden ready for a little fall facelift and rejuvenation. Here are some autumn chores to consider for a new lease on your landscape: Remove all summer weeds from your garden and get it cleaned up. Cut back all dead or withered […]

Roger’s Tree Pick – Persimmons

Roger’s Tree Pick – Persimmons

As we approach autumn, there remains the delicious and colorful fall fruit of the persimmon tree to highlight the landscape. Its delicious fruits can be used for some fall baking and for seasonal decorations for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Their fall-like colorful foliage and striking orange fruits make the Japanese diospyros kaki persimmon a good choice […]

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