Making a House a Home

Mom and three boys with patio lemon tree

When the Arnolds moved to Encinitas, they left family and friends far behind back east. Imagine how much they'll enjoy this loving housewarming gift. It's a  gorgeous Patio Lemon Tree [Eureka] that will remind them for years to come that they are loved and missed. Think there might be a lemonade stand in those boys' future!

In Honor of Autumn

Autumn always seems to arrive bringing a sense of astonishment. Can we really be near the end of the year already?

Even though Southern California is known to be perpetually sunny, there really are distinct seasons. Just ask any gardener.

And that's the glory of deciduous trees, like this magnificant dawn redwood at Bressingham Gardens north of London. While

our evergreens, like citrus, are often subtle in how they mark the seasons, the deciduous trees give every season all they've got.

Never too young to have your own tree

two little girls and their apple tree

It's getting close to apple season - shorter days, cooler nights and back-to-school ads everywhere you look.

These two cuties have their very own apple tree - a 'Pink Lady' from TWTC. They will remember picking their own apples right off the tree long after they've gone off to make their way in the world. Imagine a birthday gift that creates memories like that!

Planting love. Growing memories. Part 9

baby and same child at 4 year old with tree planted for her birth

The baby whose birth it honors may not fully appreciate the gift - although this little cutie seems very proud of her tree, doesn't she? But the 4-and-a-half year old is pretty excited about those peaches that she will be picking in August, just in time for her birthday! Planting love. Growing memories.

Arbor Day & Dixie Cups

Long before there was Earth Day [1970] there was Arbor Day, a tribute to the royalty of the plant world. Trees sustain life on earth by providing oxygen and moderating temperatures so that we humans can function. How smart of Julius Sterling Morton to promote the idea of a day dedicated to trees and tree-planting on the plains of Nebraska way back then.