Mexicola Grande Avocado in Winter


This is just an update on my Mexicola Grande avocado tree in December.  It was planted last summer.  The tree has been doing good and producing more leaves.

To prevent slugs from eating the leaves, I have encircled the trunk with egg shells.  I haven’t seen much holes in my leaves since doing this, so looks like it’s working out.


I think these are blossoms, so if I am lucky I may have avocado flowers by spring.

Just a few days ago we had a frost warning of 31 degrees overnight.  But that wasn’t nearly as cold as last winter freeze at 21 degrees.  So I have to keep it protected.  In the meantime I did wrap the trunk with bubble wrap along with brown grocery bags.  Hope that works out for now.


Happy Holidays


To those near and far, young and old, may you continue to have much peace and happiness in your life.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

P.S. Miss Kitty is doing much better after her summer surgery of 2013 to remove the ear skin cancer.  Thanks to the kind and loving team at UC Davis small animal clinic.

Plant Cuttings Still Thriving

Just an update on the cuttings I made from last summer and fall.  It looks like most of the roses didn’t make it except for 2.  The gardenia and hibiscus were doing well until the cold weather kicked in.  So those did not make it either.


The ones that did make it are in the photo above.  For a novice attempt at plant cuttings, I am happy to say these guys were the more easier ones to propagate.  Now let’s just hope they make it to spring.

Rosemary (2/3)

Roses (2/5)

Lemon (5/5)

Lantana (2/3)

Crown of Thorns (3/3)

Mosquito Plants (5/5)

Oleander ( I rooted one via water)  and it was neat to see the extensive root ball.

Luna’s Favorite Place


Luna’s favorite place is on top of this couch.  It’s the best seat in the house.  Luna is our Pomeranian Chihuahua mix dog, sometimes call Pom-Chi.  We had her for a year now.

Luna is more like a cat than a dog.  One of the most polite and sweetest dog ever.  She gets along well with other cats and children really love coming to say hello to her.


Luna loves the sunshine, but not the summer heat.  What’s funny about Luna is that if we don’t walk her enough, she wants to take herself for a walk.  And there are no shortage of animal friends in this neighborhood for her to visit.


Purple Tree Collard

I don’t usually like buying plants online, but really wanted to add some cold hardy veggies to the garden.  That’s when I found out about tree collards.  There’s even a whole wonderful blog dedicated to this neat edible collard tree.


Tree Collards are like regular collard greens except that can get really tall, about 5-6 feet in height.  And once established the plants can be propagated via cuttings.  Experienced gardener advise it’s best to take soft cutting from new growth vs woody cutting as those tend to rot.  And the roots are very delicate, so best to let them grow in a gallon pot before transporting to the ground.

So back in September I bought some cuttings from a gardener in Walnut Creek via mail order.  The plants all arrived nice and healthy.

Of all my tree collard cuttings (maybe 4-5 total) I did manage to grow one healthy looking one.  So all is not lost.

I noticed some bugs or slugs were nibbling on the leaves, so I put down some eggshells.  It seems to be working pretty good.  Then again maybe the calcium from the eggshells is helping out too.

It was partially my fault for not putting more care and attention to my little plants these past few months.  Gardening is relaxing when the hard part is done, even still it’s not as easy as it looks!

I also ordered some seeds, cuttings of golden raspberry and sunchokes (Jerusalem artichoke) from Walnut Creek.  Unfortunately we had a blast of heat at the beginning of autumn and my berry cuttings all died.

I did manage to plant the sunchokes in the garden, but some nasty little white bugs destroyed it.  The next time I’m out in the garden, I’ll have to dig up the tubers and see if they are still alive.