Friday, September 18, 2015

Late Summer Garden Tour

Last Sunday I broadcasted another video on Periscope that I would like to share with you here as well. That day, when I taped the video, it was still boiling hot in San Diego, but Tuesday we finally got a good amount of rain and the temperatures came down a bit and instantly the whole atmosphere in the garden changed for a brief time and it felt really autumn-ish. But we are back to hot temperatures by now, again.

In this video I am focusing again on plants that do well in my garden despite the heat, but also on plants that really failed in my climate. Your will see a few roses: 'Our Lady of Guadalupe', 'Lavender Crystal', 'White Meidiland', 'Neptune' and a few others varieties as well. I also touch on some other plants like for example the white flowering dianthus 'Floral Lace White', the daylily 'Siloam Double Classic Pink', alstroemeria Princess Lilies 'Claire' and dichondra sericea 'Silver Ponyfoot', a favorite ground cover of mine, and some more.

I am also talking about fertilizing roses with fish fertilizer and recommend a brand that works well for me in my garden.

I hope you enjoyed the tour and, if you are gardening in a similar climate, got some tips with regards to which plants could do well for you in your own garden and which ones may not. Thanks for watching my video!

See you in the garden!



  1. I'm so jealous of your location there in San Diego! I always enjoy seeing your roses--it must be great to be able to grow them year-round! I need to learn more about Periscope. How is it different from simply videotaping and loading to YouTube?

    1. Beth, it is one of the greatest pleasures here in San Diego to grow roses year round, if only it would rain more and the severe water restrictions could be lifted.
      Honestly, I think Periscope is an awesome app. If you want to know about it more, I would suggest you simply download it. It is still for free. To me the main difference to video taping is that it is live streaming and that you are able to interact with your live viewers. They can leave comments that you, the broadcaster, can see while you are persicoping and you can for example answer their questions or show them something more closely that they say that they want to see immediately.

  2. Thanks for the tour, Christina! I've relied on fish fertilizer in my garden as well, although I've heard it can attract raccoons and, as I have such problems with those destructive creatures, I've halted my use of the product; however, given your testimonial as to how it benefits your roses, maybe I'll try applying it just to those plants. Regarding Plectrantus ciliatus, I find that it does best with morning sun only.

  3. Thank you again for the tour Christina! I have seen the rose 'Our Lady of Guadeloupe' several times on your blog and I really do love this wonderful rose. I have not seen it here, so I think it is a rose which needs a warm climate.Then the fish fertilizer, so interesting to see your roses are doing very well on it, may be I give it a try next year, for now our roses are going slowly to sleep for winter, no not yet, some of them are going on till December when frost arrives.

  4. Hi Christina, nice to see your garden in a video again - did you say you have 35 roses? Wow, that’s a lot, didn’t realise you had that many! I love all of them, and every time I visit your garden I see another rose I would like to have :-)
    Hope the weather has cooled to a nice temperature, over here we have got autumn with very changeable weather – lovely during the day today, but a cool 12 degrees now in the evening.
    Have a great Sunday!

  5. Hi Christina, I use lots of fish emulsion fertilizer. It works well for almost everything. One year I used some Miracle Grow (left over from my non-organic days - I just wanted to use it up). My plants, accustomed to fish fertilizer, were not happy! One almost died. I am impressed with 'Our Lady of Guadalupe'. Not only because of the many gorgeous blooms, but also because the leaves look so healthy.

  6. Dear Christina, I learn the heat is stil in SAN Diego. Your roses don't bother! Love the rose lady of Guadeloupe. The shape and colour, mmmm. I wish I could send you Some of our rain. We have had a lot. Groetjes, Hetty

  7. As always a real treat to see around your garden Christina. I had no idea you had quite so many roses. I can imagine the effort if you were to pamper the roses constantly throughout the year and can understand your reasoning for not doing so.
    That little ground cover, silver pony's foot did you call it? Has done remarkably well hasn't it. It's gorgeous and I'm sure I'd be forever running my hands over it.