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Ask Nell: Brown Tips On Houseplants & Water Quality

  This Ask Nell topic comes from a Youtube viewer who questions if the brown tips on their houseplants are due to water quality.  Should they use distilled water?  Even fresh water, out in the great outdoors, can contain salts.  And when it comes to city water, my goodness, the stuff they add to it… Read more

A Succulent Creation On A Wacky Sea Stick

I live 7 blocks from the Pacific Ocean so beach walks are a big part of my outdoor recreating routine.  I always find interesting materials to use for crafting and creating as well as to embellish my garden.  I’ve used shells and polished rocks as ground cover as well as big chunks of driftwood to… Read more

How This Never Ending Succulent Repotting Job Almost Did Me In

  Sometimes things just don’t go as planned – ya know what I mean?  In the video below I had intended to show you how to shave a root ball of a plant, in this case my Miniature Pine or Crassula tetragona because I was certain it was pot bound in a big way.  Shortly… Read more

Ask Nell: Changing The Color Of Hydrangeas

  Have you ever had a blue hydrangea turn pink?   A reader named Carol emailed me asking why her gorgeous blue hydrangea was turning pink the year after she planted it. I had this happen with 1 of my client’s Endless Summer Hydrangeas so I know exactly what’s happening.  If blue is your thing,… Read more

My Shrimp Plant Pruning Experiment

  Even though I’ve been gardening for over 50 years (egads – that’s a long time!) and have my tried and true ways of doing things, I do enjoy a little experimentation every now and then.  And yes, I must admit, I’ve sent a few plants to the green waste bin with my curious ways…. Read more

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