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How I Take Cuttings Of My Aeonium Arboreum

I got my Aeonium arboreum (the variety is “atropurpureum”) at a lecture about succulents at the San Francisco Botanical Garden about 20 years ago.  The curator of the desert garden at the UC Davis arboretum was speaking and brought plants to sell.  This was of the very 1st succulents I ever bought and I carried… Read more

Weekend Musings

Greetings, Life sure is busy these days.  I bought a house a couple of weeks ago and there’s always lots of fun paperwork that goes along with that whole process.  It’ll be mine on May 13 but I won’t be moving until the end of the month.  So, I have just a few weeks remaining… Read more

3 Ways To Propagate Sansevierias aka Snake Plants

  I love Sansevierias and I know I say that about a lot of plants but these spiky numbers really have a place in my heart.  I grow them in the garden and in my house in both pots and in the ground.  They have quite a few common names so you may know them… Read more

Shrimp Plant Needs A Good Pruning Every Year

Oh my yes, this plant is very appropriately named.  This beauty with the shrimp-like flowers gives a tropical feel to the garden and blooms like crazy, almost all year long here in Southern California.  Shrimp Plant needs a good pruning once a year to prevent it from becoming a twiggy, spindly mess with flowers much… Read more

Melamine Plates For Outdoor Gatherings

Did someone say “garden party”?  Yes indeed, it’s time to fire up the barbecue.  One of my favorite things as the weather warms and the days become longer is that I get to use my garden as another room.  This means the patio table starts to get a lot more use.  Why not turn every… Read more