I Don’t Do Dirt Work……

There is a famous story in my family that when I was  a little girl I told my Mom that I couldn’t help her in the garden because “I don’t do dirt work.” Well look at me now Mom! I not only tore apart our whole flower bed, I even planted flowers today.

Today was a perfect 60 degree SoCal day for planting some spring flowers. Yes it is February and the rest of the country is still in a deep freeze. But that’s why I live here! We moved into our new home last April and life has been too busy for any work in the front flower bed. Until today!

Beautiful ranunculus

One of my favorite flowers is a ranunculus. And they are in season from now until May. I was so excited to plant them on our front yard, but when we moved to Carlsbad last April it was the end of the season for this flower. So you can imagine my excitement when I saw them for $2.90 a gallon container at Evergreen nursery in Vista! We loaded up the trunk with at least 8 containers!

Our front flower bed was a boring sight to see. It just had some flax plants and beach grass of some sort. Which is very low maintenance, but not very colorful. We spent some time last weekend ripping out the old plants and putting down some compost just in time for a week of SoCal rain! So the ground was nice and soft today for planting. I also had to add some amendment to the soil, nothing like clay to stunt flowers without some help!

The before.....

I’m not done yet though. Stay tuned for the next wave of planting, a rock border and some mulch for the complete transformation! I guess I do dirt work now!

Almost done......

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Bringing the outside in

One of my favorite things about Spring is the fresh flowers; especially this month when my favorite flowers are in season, Ranunculus. I was so disappointed to learn that they were not in season in October (I had wanted them for my bridal bouquet). I absolutely loved my bouquet from Petals by Shell though, it was breathtaking even without my favorite flower. I learned something fun today about the flower, the word Ranunculus is Late Latin for “little frog,” probably referring to the many species being found near water, like frogs.



One of our favorite things to do on the weekend is to walk to the local La Jolla Farmer’s Market. I always look forward to this time of year when Ranunculus and strawberries are in season. Having fresh cut flowers in the house feels like we are bringing life into the house, and the Ranunculus almost seem like the wild version of a rose. Plus, the cost of flowers at the market is really affordable, about $4 for one bunch of Ranunculus. And the strawberries were about $6 for a 3-pack (and are sweeter and tastier than anything we have bought recently at the grocery store). They are both grown locally in San Diego as well, so we are supporting the local growers by shopping at the Farmer’s Market.

Interested in finding a local farmer’s market near you? Local Harvest has an easy to use tool that allows you to search by zip code or state to find one near you. Happy shopping!

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