Thursday, March 27, 2014

Photo - Evergreen Pear Tree (Pyrus kawakami)

The Evergreen Pear Tree is noted for it's beautiful canopy of white flowers in the early spring.  Unfortunately, here in San Diego, this tree can become infected with Fire Blight, a virus that is spread by insects. Fire Blight can result in branches dying and looking like they have been burned.  There is no cure for this disease.  Once the branch is infected it must be removed to prevent it's spread through the rest of the tree.

Photo by Doug Kalal

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Photo - Impatients

Impatients are a great annual for shady areas under trees and on the North
sides of houses.  Here in San Diego they will continue to survive all year if 
the yard is frost free.  Impatients also self seed a lot, so you can a constant
supply of color.

Photo by Doug Kalal

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Photo - Wood Arbor

Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's garden in Point. Loma

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Photo - Hybrid Tea Rose 'Secret'

Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at the Balboa Park Inez Parker Rose Garden

California Natives Garden Tour

Garden Native and the California Native Plant Society are putting on a garden tour on March 29th and 30th here in San Diego.  With 15 gardens on display, there is something for everyone including a sustainable vegetable garden with native plants surrounding it and a homeowner who grows his own wine grapes. The tour will feature many inspiring ideas for drought tolerant as well as organic gardens.  For more information go to;

Photo - Cleveland Sage (Salvia clevelandii) & bird

This California native is great for attracting a variety of
small birds to your garden.  Cleveland Sage is also
drought tolerant and fragrant.
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's garden in La Jolla

Monday, March 3, 2014

Tropical Patio

Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's garden in El Cajon