Author Archives: Rose Bud

About Rose Bud

I do Plantscapes, with emphasis on edible and floral gardens, grown as an art for function and beauty. I was born in Santa Barbara at Cottage Hospital into a green thumb family, with my family farming in Fresno and her maternal Grandmother in Lompoc putting me to work in the garden as one of my earliest memories. A move to Berkeley in 1988 brought me into the fold of the Gourmet Ghetto, by living in an apartment right in the middle of it. Those times were spent drinking the last splashes of wines from Chez Panisse at closing time and hosting several Friday Night Herb and Garlic dinners with friends. Years later, I moved back to Santa Barbara, where I worked at the Express Way Cafe and Downey’s as a server, while going to Santa Barbara City College to the Environmental Horticulture program under the tutelage of Jerry Sortomme where I became interested in growing food and flowers. My earliest venture into the world of flowers was selling roses and lilies to diners at the Ventura Harbor Village and pruning roses part time for the City of Santa Barbara at the Postel Memorial Rose and was a waitress at Downeys, a Zagat rated restaurant. I worked at Jaffurs Wines after helping with the “crush” and attended many wine related events. I worked at Healing Grounds nursery where I supervised a small crew to produce organic plant starts sold to local nurseries and is developing my own line of plants. I am an active volunteer in places I like: Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Santa Barbara Horticultural Society, the Garden Manager for Trinity Gardens and write a twice year “Edible Garden” column for the Ventura Botanical Gardens. I’m inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and grow many of the plant varieties he did. I will be writing about my work as it goes.

Great Gatsby Greenery

 I sat “The Great Gatsby” and I have to say…I want to party like that!

But what really got me was the over the top gardens, greenery and flowers!

Amazing!

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Bee Friendly Gardens no more

English: The European honey bee or western hon...

English: The European honey bee or western honey bee (Apis mellifera) is a species of honey bee. The specimen in the picture is a fully grown female worker of the subspecies Apis mellifera carnica on an Echinacea purpurea flower. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: 12mm long Apis mellifera, Apis mellif...

English: 12mm long Apis mellifera, Apis mellifera. Pictured in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We hear about the decline of honey bee’s from the media. The mysterious colony collapse disorder. I find defective bee’s in gardens all the time. Its like they were born deformed, with the wings being different sizes, unable to fly. The heads wobble, the pointed stinger butt sort of throbbing, but docile enough to actually hold and not be stung. Very weird. There are plenty of other pollinators in nature that I see doing their jobs well; the carpenter bee, hummingbirds, bats, etc, but the media doesn’t report of how good things are going.

 

I WAS going to begin a new venture, ” Bee Friendly Gardens” and grow herbs and flowers that provide nectar for honeybee’s . But you know what? Most people do NOT want to invite bee’s into their gardens. Fear of getting stung. You know what? The bee dies after it stings. Who wins, the big human or the tiny bee? Bee’s wish no harm upon humans, its humans who harm bee’s. This is where the media has failed; to educate consumers, aka, people, on how this insect can be saved. People are running backwards to obliviate the bee;s it seems.

 

After lurking about in retail nurseries in I’ve heard consumers ask nothing of how they can help the bee’s. Not a word. In fact, they ask for toxic chemicals to bomb entire colonies. Yet we hear the opposite in the news, at least I do. Fearful people run in hoards to big box stores, or local nurseries, grabbing as much toxic chemicals as they can, never considering A) calling a pest control company for pests in general or B) what else these chemical wreak havoc on.

 

I can say for certain that the European Honey Bee is on its way out thats to unmitigated and unlicensed use of pesticides that are sold with no restrictions to people who cant read directions on the label of these killer chemicals, and apply them with relish. Blast their own immediate environment with cancer causing chemicals in humans. Thanks to deregulation on a federal level, uneducated and upset people can wage war on the innocent insects that mean us no harm at all.

 

I will not be unveiling my business “Bee Friendly Gardens” to the garden centers. It wont sell. People do not want beneficial insects in their garden because they may get stung. They do not care about honey really. Honey is something you get at the store anyhow. Average people do not know about what this mystery “pollination” is. This is sad.

 

I feel that its my duty to inform people about pollination, other pollinators than one species, but I’m not going to give up my garden space with a greenhouse to grow plants that wont sell. I will be designing my garden now that I’m taking down my greenhouse. What a treat for you readers! I will post more about my Bee Friendly Plants for your education. Maybe saving nature through information is going to be done right here.

 

Bee Friendly Gardens no more.

Bee Friendly Gardens

Bee Friendly Gardens no more

We hear about the decline of honey bee’s from the media. The mysterious colony collapse disorder. I find defective bee’s in gardens all the time. Its like they were born deformed, with the wings being different sizes, unable to fly. The heads wobble, the pointed stinger butt sort of throbbing, but docile enough to actually hold and not be stung. Very weird. There are plenty of other pollinators in nature that I see doing their jobs well; the carpenter bee, hummingbirds, bats, etc, but the media doesn’t report of how good things are going. 

I WAS going to begin a new venture, ” Bee Friendly Gardens” and grow herbs and flowers that provide nectar for honeybee’s . But you know what? Most people do NOT want to invite bee’s into their gardens. Fear of getting stung. You know what? The bee dies after it stings. Who wins, the big human or the tiny bee? Bee’s wish no harm upon humans, its humans who harm bee’s. This is where the media has failed; to educate consumers, aka, people, on how this insect can be saved. People are running backwards to obliviate the bee;s it seems.

After lurking about in retail nurseries in I’ve heard consumers ask nothing of how they can help the bee’s. Not a word. In fact, they ask for toxic chemicals to bomb entire colonies. Yet we hear the opposite in the news, at least I do. Fearful people run in hoards to big box stores, or local nurseries, grabbing as much toxic chemicals as they can, never considering A) calling a pest control company for pests in general or B) what else these chemical wreak havoc on.

I can say for certain that the European Honey Bee is on its way out thats to unmitigated and unlicensed use of pesticides that are sold with no restrictions to people who cant read directions on the label of these killer chemicals, and apply them with relish. Blast their own immediate environment with cancer causing chemicals in humans. Thanks to deregulation on a federal level, uneducated and upset people can wage war on the innocent insects that mean us no harm at all.

I will not be unveiling my business “Bee Friendly Gardens” to the garden centers. It wont sell. People do not want beneficial insects in their garden because they may get stung. They do not care about honey really. Honey is something you get at the store anyhow. Average people do not know about what this mystery “pollination” is. This is sad. 

I feel that its my duty to inform people about pollination, other pollinators than one species, but I’m not going to give up my garden space with a greenhouse to grow plants that wont sell. I will be designing my garden now that I’m taking down my greenhouse. What a treat for you readers! I will post more about my Bee Friendly Plants for your education. Maybe saving nature through information is going to be done right here.

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Plantscapes and Fun-ctional gardens

I do Plantscapes, with emphasis on edible and floral gardens, grown as an art for function and beauty.

I was born in Santa Barbara at Cottage Hospital into a green thumb family, with my family farming in Fresno and her maternal Grandmother in Lompoc putting me to work in the garden as one of my earliest memories.  A move to Berkeley in 1988 brought me into the fold of the Gourmet Ghetto, by living in an apartment right in the middle of it. Those times were spent drinking the last splashes of wines from Chez Panisse at closing time and hosting several Friday Night Herb and Garlic dinners with friends. 

Years later, I moved back to Santa Barbara, where I worked at the Express Way Cafe and Downey’s as a server, while going to Santa Barbara City College to the Environmental Horticulture program under the tutelage of Jerry Sortomme where I became interested in growing food and flowers. My earliest venture into the world of flowers was selling roses and lilies to diners at the Ventura Harbor Village and pruning roses part time for the City of Santa Barbara at the Postel Memorial Rose and was a waitress at Downeys, a Zagat rated restaurant. I worked at Jaffurs Wines after helping with the “crush” and attended many wine related events. I worked at Healing Grounds nursery where I supervised a small crew to produce organic plant starts sold to local nurseries and is developing my own line of plants.

I am an active volunteer in places I like: Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Santa Barbara Horticultural Society, the Garden Manager for Trinity Gardens and write a twice year “Edible Garden” column for the Ventura Botanical Gardens.

 I’m inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and grow many of the plant varieties he did.

I will be writing about my work as it goes.