Monday, April 12, 2021

Video - A hummingbird enjoying my succulents

My little rescue nursery has several succulents waiting to go to a client's garden. Today a little hummingbird discovered the aloe flowers.
Video by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Video - How pesticides almost robbed me of my children

Here is the story of our devastating heartbreak, joyous triumph and the rose garden in the middle of all of it.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Photo - Monarch Caterpillar Eating Milkweed

Milkweed is a tremendous plant for attracting butterflies.  Here's a Monarch caterpillar getting nice and fat on my milkweed.

Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design


Video - Doug's Top 10 Plants for Butterfly Gardens

Want more butterflies in your garden? Here's Doug's Top 10 plants for Butterfly Gardens.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Video - Hummingbirds and bees love this 15 foot tall flower

The glorious Octopus Agave (Agave vilmoriniana) only flowers once in its life, but what a flower! Rising over 15 feet tall and lasting 6 months, this flower is a great source of food for bees and hummingbirds.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Video - A Little Rose Called Love

Once upon a time, love came in to my life along with a little hybrid tea rose called 'Love'. Here is that story.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Photo - Rose 'Double Delight'

Double Delight is an easy to grow hybrid tea rose with a wonderful fragrance.

Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design


Video - Balboa Park Rose Garden

The Inez Grant Parker Rose Garden opened to the pubic in 1975 and it has grown into one the finest public rose gardens in the world. Here is a quick tour in March of 2021, about 1 month before the peak bloom. If you are in the San Diego area and you love roses, make sure to stop by. The garden is free and open to the public at all hours of the day. It is located at 2125 Park Blvd on the edge of Balboa Park.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Video - My Favorite Tree for Small Spaces: The Forest Redbud

Here is my go to tree for tight spaces. This is the Forest Pansy Redbud. This is a tree for all seasons. Dainty pink flowers herald the arrival of spring. Majestic purple foliage provides shade in summer. The cool crisp weather of Autumn transforms the foliage to various shades of yellow and orange. The beautiful architecture of the unusual branches are most visible in winter.