M-J de Mesterton

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Clever Vegetable-Sowing in Winter: Original Idea Demonstrated by Author Kevin Lee Jacobs

Gifted professional pianist, cookery author, accomplished host and master gardener Kevin Lee Jacobs shows us how to plant a full vegetable garden in the middle of winter, and start your seedlings early no matter what the weather.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Flowering Cactus Creates Its Own Bouquet

Cacti bloom in the merry month of May. Not all of them bloom, and some cacti flower twice during the spring; weeks apart from the first blossoming, a cactus may surprise you and do it again, as in the case of this plant that is producing what looks like a white bouquet. These desert-flowers last but two or three days, closing up at night and opening with the sun.
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Monday, May 30, 2016

Blooming Cacti 2016

Cacti are in Bloom

Memorial Day Bouquet 2016

Elegant Home Cactus Garden

My home garden is kept visually elegant by using similarly-hued pots for the cacti. The pots are brown and black, featuring the greenery of the dry-climate succulent plants. This year, many of the cacti bloomed twice, which is unusual.
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Friday, May 6, 2016

Elegant Morning Glory

Morning Glory Has Begun Climbing the Trellis, and Will Soon Be Covering It, Improving the Look of this Garden Corner
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Elegant Summer Garden

The best cactus and palm gardens are made up of sturdy, architecturally elegant plants that are suited to the zone.

 Rare is the leafy, flowering  plant that will look healthy all day long in summer heat. This corner of my garden hosts morning glories  that have been trained to grow up over a bare ficus trunk. They bloom from sunrise until the sun becomes too hot for them, around 9:30 a.m., at which time their blossoms close and the leaves shrink a bit until later in the day when the extreme light begins to subside. These morning glories were planted in late spring from seeds that had been collected from the plants last winter.
©M-J de Mesterton 2015

Cactus Flowers of Late Spring in M-J's Elegant Garden
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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Elegant White and Pink Bouquet

Pink-Tinged White Roses and Fluffy White Carnations are Combined to Create a Delicately Beautiful, Fragrant Bouquet ©M-J de Mesterton 2015