Sue Langley

Sue Langley

Winter gardening in our foothills

It’s sunny and 70º as I write this and it’s a reminder that our December weather can be rainy, snowy or sunny with brilliant blue skies. It also means that we can still get out into the garden; we just need to don our flannel shirts and jackets in the early mornings. Here are some of the things I do in my garden in December and January:

Sue Langley

Watering lessons in a foothill garden

I like to hand water. It’s relaxing, cool on a hot day, and I can watch over the newly-establishing plants while I weed a bit in the wet, softening soil. I like to hand water ... up to a point. By August, I’m over it. Besides, our family usually goes on a trip or two during the hot summer, times through which I know my patio pots won’t live.

Sue Langley

Encouraging butterflies and bees in the garden

Butterfly gardeners begin this way - they see a colorful butterfly in their garden and start paying attention. Once you begin observing, you notice more and more of these beautiful creatures and wonder, how can I see more kinds? Let’s fill the garden with them. I’m sure that’s how I began.

Sue Langley

How I save money in the garden

More than anything, here in our foothills, I wanted a beautiful garden and though I had no experience gardening in deer and snow country and a small budget, I just began digging and let experience be my teacher.

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How to sow a wildflower meadow

Have you ever dreamed of growing a real meadow in your garden? Let me tell you how I turned a weedy, sloping field into a colorful and ‘wonder full’ meadow, filled with native wildflowers. Now is the time to begin.

Sue Langley

Divide Iris now for better bloom

‘Iris’ was the Greek goddess of the rainbow and the flower named for her comes in a rainbow of flower colors! Iris is one of the oldest garden flowers, the hardiest and often the only remnant of any long abandoned home garden. Here in the foothills, Iris can survive with very little water and are deer and gopher resistant, which makes them popular with foothill gardeners, as well as with vacation home owners.

Sue Langley

Creating a woodland shade garden

The best place to sit on hot summer mornings, is in a shady, woodsy garden area you can create. Here’s what I did to plan a sheltering woodland garden surrounded by colorful flowers in spring and cool, green foliage plants in summer. All the plants I suggest are deer resistant.

Sue Langley

A garden philosophy for the foothills

After 15 years in the California foothills, I have let go of a lot of ideas that formed in my mind about the activity of gardening here, as opposed to where I lived formerly in the suburbs of Southern California. Those ideas have been replaced with a ‘garden philosophy’ that embraces the natural beauty, the additional wildlife and the ‘borrowed’ mountain views which form the background of my space here. Working with Mother Nature, so close to us here, has shattered any ideas that I had about the style of garden I considered mine.

Meet Miss Tammy, she's looking for a home

Riley Hardison of Animal Compassion Team, introduces Miss Tammy, her foster chihuahua that is searching for a home.
Riley Hardison