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"New and exciting Ferns from Monrovia Nurseries," by the Whistling Gardener

Ever since I was a young kid I have been drawn to ferns. Growing up in Southern California I collected many varieties and had a patio dedicated to them. I grew Australian and New Zealand tree ferns, multiple varieties of Maidenhair and Staghorn ferns, and hanging varieties like Rabbit’s Foot and Polypodium.

Ever since I was a young kid I have been drawn to ferns. Growing up in Southern California I collected many varieties and had a patio dedicated to them. I grew Australian and New Zealand tree ferns, multiple varieties of Maidenhair and Staghorn ferns, and hanging varieties like Rabbit’s Foot and Polypodium.

"Ornamental Grasses, Purveyors of Whimsy and Drama," by the Whistling Gardener

When I think of ornamental grasses, I am reminded that some are hardy for our region and others have to be treated as annuals and discarded at the end of the season. Purple fountain grass for example, is a year around staple in Southern California gardens where its pinkish/purple feathery blooms just cry out to be touched.  

When I think of ornamental grasses, I am reminded that some are hardy for our region and others have to be treated as annuals and discarded at the end of the season. Purple fountain grass for example, is a year around staple in Southern California gardens where its pinkish/purple feathery blooms just cry out to be touched.  

"Six Steps to Successful Summer Planting," by the Whistling Gardener

Now that the summer weather has arrived, it never fails that someone will ask me: “Can I still plant now, or should I wait until the fall?” For the record, as a landscape contractor in the Sacramento valley where it was routinely 85 to 105 degrees, I planted all summer long and never lost a single plant.

Now that the summer weather has arrived, it never fails that someone will ask me: “Can I still plant now, or should I wait until the fall?” 

For the record, as a landscape contractor in the Sacramento valley where it was routinely 85 to 105 degrees, I planted all summer long and never lost a single plant. 

"Goodbye June Gloom, Hello Summer Blooming Perennials," by the Whistling Gardener

It seems a bit trivial to complain about the weather considering all the political upheaval, pandemic, and social injustices that currently abound in our world, but the plain truth is that gardeners live and die by the weather, and to that end, June 2020 will go down in the record books as a real stinker.

It seems a bit trivial to complain about the weather considering all the political upheaval, pandemic, and social injustices that currently abound in our world; but the plain truth is that gardeners live and die by the weather, and to that end, June 2020 will go down in the record books as a real stinker.

"Make Your Garden Sparkle with these 'Sunsparkler Sedums,'” by the Whistling Gardener

When it comes to plants that are sun tolerant, drought resistant, and pretty much maintenance free, nothing can compare to sedums. They are a group of plants that fit nicely into rockeries, spill over retaining walls, blended into sunny mixed borders, and are great just about anywhere you want a carefree plant. 

When it comes to plants that are sun tolerant, drought resistant, and pretty much maintenance free, nothing can compare to sedums.

They fit nicely into rockeries, spill over retaining walls, blended into sunny mixed borders, and are great just about anywhere you want a carefree plant. 

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