The Itinerant Gardener

lantana
For the moment, GardenGrrrl is an itinerant. This summer I’m living with some friends in a shared house. In September I will be moving to a new city to begin a new graduate school program. Lately it’s been one move after another with little time to establish a garden. In the meantime I have still be assisting friends in getting their gardens started. I will be posting more on various gardens that I have coached clients through.

For now, here’s a picture of some Lantana in the front yard of my summer home. Mostly the garden here is a mess, but despite the neglect the Lantana is doing beautifully. Gardening snobs might not be fans of Lantana because it is so ubiquitous in this part of the country, but it’s the kind of plant that can make anyone feel like a successful gardener. It’s a great groundcover or perennial for places you don’t want to spend that much time on. Lantana does well in summer or part shade and tolerates forgetful watering. In some parts of the country it can become invasive, but I have never seen it cause a problem here in California.

Since I’m only here for another six or eight weeks I have a limited amount of time to get the garden here straightened out. Luckily my roommates have both expressed an interested in learning more gardening, so expect to see more posts in the coming weeks as I attempt to get them started.

One thought on “The Itinerant Gardener

  1. Charlotte A. Weybright

    Hi Garden Grrrl:

    I use plants from my yard also. I got interested in “weed” food years ago when I picked my first dandelion greens from my yard and decided to try them. They were great. The trick, though, with garden dandy lions is that they turn quickly, so you really have to catch them quickly.

    I then bought a book by Steve Brill – known as “Wildman Steve Brill” that provided a ton of info about plants – weeds to most – and how use them and cook them.

    One of my favorites is Purslane. I usually try to pick a different plant every so often and try it. His book is very good about identification so you don’t have to worry about getting something poisonous.

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