Friday, May 24, 2013


My favorite benchmark that spring is afoot is the coming out of my Paperwhites,. aka my Tazetta Narcissus Paperwhite Daffodils.

My lovely, fragrant bulbs return every year at Easter time.  In 1999, I inherited 300 Paperwhite bulbs from a friend and planted them in my yard.  It sounds like a lot, doesn't it? It really wasn't that difficult. Not knowing a thing about bulbs, I googled Martha Stewart and read all about bulbs and how to plant them.  There is a special bulb planting tool you can buy, but i planted all 300 with a simple spade in one afternoon.

It was a labor of love. One that has been rewarded many times over as they multiply each year they come back up. It's been 14 years and now they fill up my yard!


They look so pretty with some of my other misfit plants.
Here they are with some Begonia I rescued from a neighbor.

I wish i could make this blog a "scratch and sniff" because they smell so fresh and beautiful.  For just a few short weeks, my garden smells like heaven, especially at night. And then, they're gone. Until next spring, when they'll bring more buddies.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

2nd Annual Mountain Bike Ride Benefiting the Challenged Athlete's Foundation

Don't miss the 2nd Annual Mountain Bike Ride to benefit the CAF! By participating in this fun outdoor event, you are helping physically disabled individuals receive the support they need to live active lives. This event has 3 different distance courses 10, 15 and 25 miles and we are encouraging all levels of mountain bikers to come out and join us. If you don’t ride, please join us for food, live band, beer garden, give aways, and more on:

Saturday, JUNE 1, 2013 9:00am
3680 Sunset Drive
Lake Hodges, Escondido 92025

Please arrive at 7:00 to register onsite.
For all the info and to register/donate online, please visit

Heritage Park May 9, 2013

Steven Smith Landscape staff was onsite for the May 9th flag raising dedication at Heritage Garden.  Also attending were the Mayor, members of the Rotary Club, the Boy Scouts and representatives from other local businesses who were involved with the construction of the Park, along with our team.  Its great to see the result of all the hard work on this newly beautified corner of Escondido, at Juniper and Grand.
Please visit to view our project galleries and contact us to arrange for a consultation.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Heritage Garden Escondido - Flag Raising Dedication May 9, 2013

This photo taken last week at Heritage Garden, shows the pavers we installed at the entrance to the corner of the garden, at Juniper and Grand, Escondido. Steven Smith Landscape, Inc. is currently participating in a collaborative effort to build this park in the City of Escondido.  We donated all the labor for the grading, planting, heavy equipment, irrigation, walls and pavers. All the materials are being donated by local Escondido businesses. Steven Smith Landscape, Inc. has committed to performing the landscape maintenance of the Garden as well.

We are attending  the Flag Raising Dedication at Heritage Garden, tomorrow May 9, 2013 at 8:30 AM.
Stop by and say 'Hi' !

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