Garden Photo of the Day

A Little Slice of Heaven in San Diego

Filling a small garden with beauty

Today’s photos come from Catherine Dickerson.

My husband and I have been gardening on our little 1/4 acre in San Diego since we moved here in 2002. I’m still working toward a painterly, English garden feel and am not yet satisfied with the results. But there are a number of treasured plants that I’m pleased to be able to share with you here.

fuchsiaOn one end of the back patio, the fuchsia are having a beautiful second bloom for the first time in almost 20 years, and we’re loving it! They are my husband’s treasures, and he tends the 30 hanging baskets regularly. The misting system he designed and built is almost invisible, and it keeps the plants very happy.

The other end of the patio, showing more happy fuchsias.

Johnny jump-upsSome favorite pots with Johnny jump-ups (Viola × wittrockiana, annual), one of my dad’s favorite flowers from his boyhood in Maine. He’s the one who introduced me to gardening.

ZinniasZinnias (Zinnia elegans, annual) in the front garden. Neighbors have been telling me that they bring their young children here to take pictures in front of the flowers. So sweet!

A scene from the White Garden. A 70+ year-old neighbor’s grandfather’s wooden ladder is framed with fuchsia blossoms. The flying cat birdhouse in the front left actually had a nest in it this year!

FeverfewFeverfew (Tanacetum parthenium, Zones 5–10) producing cheery white daisy flowers.

gardenia flowerA fragrant white gardenia flower (Gardenia jasminoides, Zones 8–10)


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  1. Carolyn3134 08/28/2020


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    treasuresmom 08/28/2020

    Nothing like being able to share your garden with others.

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    simplesue 08/28/2020

    It was so nice to wake up and have a coffee and tour your garden via FGPof the Day!
    Love that whimsical 'white garden" with that gorgeous hanging pale pink or white "Fuchsia"? on the right! Wow!
    Amazing that you actually got a bird nest- I always tried and never had any luck.
    I can totally see why your neighbors take photos of their kids in front of your Zinnia's- they're amazing...and how interesting to think that your zinnia's will a part of someone's family history!
    Oh and all those Fuschia's are fabulous!

  4. btucker9675 08/28/2020

    Love your pretty little garden. Johnny Jump Ups are also favorites of mine - they always look so happy! Your husband's fuchsias are gorgeous.

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    cynthia2020 08/28/2020

    Catherine - I enjoyed looking at your photos. You and your husband make a great team! I especially liked the Zinnia color combination, the creative white garden photo (I am ignorant about Fuchsias and didn't even know they come in white/light varieties), and finally the cheerful Johnny Jump Ups.

  6. cheryl_c 08/28/2020

    These pictures are a nice touch of southern California! Ah, fuchsias ! Lusted after here in the midwest, but not able to survive our heat and humidity. Love your johnny jump ups - so nice to have a plant associated with a parent - zinnias are mine: always remind me of my mom. Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. alicefleurkens 08/29/2020

    The zinnia’s are so Nice one of my favorite garden flowers. The vibrant colours are so beautiful. Are they annuals where you live too? But for whatever reason they are hardly available as a bedding plant here. Fuchsia is another plant I never had much succes with. Not the right Climate here in Ontario. Our relative in BC always had beautiful ones like you do. Alice

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