Thanks to Monrovia for sponsoring this series of posts. The opinions stated here are my own.



Hello everyone, it’s Douglas E. Welch from A Gardener’s Notebook. You may have noticed on the blog that I’ve had a sponsored opportunity from Monrovia to try out some of their plants in my garden. So, I headed off to my local gardening store here — one that I don’t get to visit that often — and I was intrigued by the variety that was available.

One of the first plants that caught my eye was this California Buckwheat. It’s a California Native and I’ve been wanting to grow buckwheat in my garden for a long time, but I haven’t had much success growing it from seed. So, hopefully, this will be one way of getting it started here.

The second plant was one that I had discovered on a photowalk I took about a year ago. It’s a Dwarf New Zealand Tea Tree or a Leptospermum. I really love the color of the flower on this plant. Now, unfortunately, I don’t have room for a full size version of this which grows into a substantial tree in your garden, so I’m hoping that this dwarf variety works better in my garden and still provides a lot of the color and texture that I found so likable in the full-sized version.

So, these are the 2 new plants I’ve decided to add to my garden. Thanks to Monrovia  for giving me this opportunity to try out some new plants. I can always use new things in my garden, especially those plants that are waterwise and help out in our drought conditions here in Southern California.

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Until next time…keep on digging!

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