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Friday, April 26, 2013

Meet Doug Kalal in person

I will be at the Tierrasanta Public Library this Tuesday, April 30th at 6:30pm talking about “30 Great Drought Tolerant Plants”. This power point presentation will feature gorgeous photos and fun tales from the field. There will also be sample plants to see, touch and smell and a take home list of all the plants featured.  The Tierrasanta Library is located at 4985 La Cuenta Dr. just off of Tierrasanta Blvd.

Happy Arbor Day!

In honor of Arbor Day, here is one of my favorite trees for San Diego.
This is the Crape Myrtle variety called "Tuscarora". 
Photo by Doug Kalal

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Photo - Silver Sheen Pittosporum (Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Sheen')

This fast growing shrub is perfect for screening 10' to 12' in height.
Silver Sheen Pittosporum gets about 3' to 4' in width.  To create
a dense screen, plant these shrubs abou 3' apart and prune
twice per year to increase leaf density.
Photo by Doug Kalal

Saturday, April 13, 2013

San Diego Rose Show

Next week the San Diego Rose Society will be having their annual rose extravaganza with thousands of roses on display.  This year's rose show will be at the McMillin Event Center at Liberty Station (Pt. Loma).  The show will open on Saturday, April 20 at 12noon and will run until 5pm that day.  On Sunday the show will be open from 10:30pm to 4pm.  Tickets are $5 for adults and free for anyone under 18.  Here is the San Diego Rose Society's web page for more info.
http://www.sdrosesociety.org/

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Nursery Review - Jungle Music

     In San Diego there are some terrific specialty nurseries.  When it comes to palms and cycads, the best in the county is Jungle Music, up in Encinitas.  Jungle Music is owned and operated by expert Phil Bergman and it is a treasure chest of everything from the ordinary (King Palm),
King Palm box

to the very unusual (check out Phil’s Blushing Palm).  My favorites are the Mexican Blue Palms (Brahea sp.) and the Bismarck Palm (Bismarckia noblis),
Bismarckia nobilis, large box

     The web page for Jungle Music is one of the best in the country.  Phil has listed countless articles on everything from how to plant a palm tree;
To diagnosing cycad problems;
If you are interested in palms or cycads, the Jungle Music web page is the first place to start. April is a great month for planting palms and cycads.  So head on up and check out the fabulous Jungle Music.

Jungle Music
450 Ocean View Ave
Encinitas, CA 92024
(619) 291-5605 

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