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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Sansevierias: An Easy Care Houseplant

Sansevierias are tough as nails and about as easy a houseplant as you'll ever come across. Their common names are bound to bring a smile (or snicker) to your face: Mother In Law Tongue, Snake Plant and Devils' Tongue.

Obviously, they are not soft and fuzzy so the look may not appeal to you but their maintenance,... Read more

Succulents In Old Town San Diego

Old Town San Diego, reportedly the birthplace of California and site of our very first mission, has something to entertain any tourist.  We went on a Sunday in early March and be warned, parking on the weekends is not easy.  There are restaurants, shops, musicians, dancers, events and hotels in this state historic park but none of them were of too much appeal to Lucy and I.  We were much more interested... Read more

Farmers Market Centerpiece

I wanted to share this “Hello Spring Farmers Market Centerpiece” (see it in magazine form by clicking the link) with all of you.  I made one of these for Fall -I Ate My Thanksgiving Centerpiece-... Read more

The Botanical Building In Balboa Park

Screen Shot 2013-05-08 at 12.07.07 PM_new I hadn't been to San Diego in almost 20 years and decided that a road... Read more

Miniature Gardening For Kids

I grew up on a small farm in Litchfield County, Connecticut with lots of acres, a greenhouse and both flower and vegetable gardens.  My dad started most of our crops by seed and I was soon helping out in the garden at age 3.  For me, gardening was and still is a way of life but many kids don't grow up this way.   It's such a great activity because it teaches them how to respect the earth, imparts a love for nature, gets them... Read more