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Yearly Archives: 2011

Gardens I Visited This Year

Enjoying the San Diego Botanic Garden

For the final blog post of this year I decided to do a recap of the gardens I toured this year - all happen to be in California and... Read more

Ideas and Tips To Make Your Christmas Merry and Bright

The Holidays are upon us once again (where did this year go?!) and it's time to add a little sparkle and festivity to our lives.  I was a professional Christmas Decorator in the Bay Area for years and have a few pointers for you as you get ready to deck the halls.  Plus, I'll show you some pictures of a job I just did featuring Santa, his trusty reindeer, penquins in their holiday best, nutcrackers and a nativity scene adorned with fallen palm flowers and... Read more

The Bamboo Garden At The San Diego Botanic Garden


Blue skies, sunshine, warm November temperatures,... Read more

Succulent Gardens and Plantings

Succulents - I just love them!  Wacky shapes, the variety of colors and sizes available make them oh so appealing.  And, most of them flower in an assortment of colors.  They are easy to maintain, require little water and are very easy to propagate.  Simply heel them off (make a clean cut and let the end of the stem dry out) and leave them in a bright but dry location for 1-4 months.   You will see the roots starting... Read more

Glimpses of Dartington Hall

[caption id="attachment_2872" align="aligncenter" width="504"]Memorial Figure by Henry Moore Memorial Figure by Henry Moore[/caption]What I remember most about this beautiful place in rural Devon County, England is its park-like... Read more