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Monthly Archives: June 2013

A Bounty of Beautiful Cymbidium Orchids

In early March, I had just returned home from Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park. I immediately dropped off my suitcase at home and headed to the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show. You should keep reading, especially if you enjoy Cymbidium Orchids! They are a favorite flower for many, and the show was plentiful.I had all intentions of doing this post as an overview of... Read more

Creating With Tillandsias

 I use these little babies for my creative endeavors

I love tillandsias, commonly known as air plants or tillys, and have been using them in creative designs for years.  These days I’m busy making Christmas ornaments accented with tillandsias and succulents... Read more

How To Prepare and Plant A Flower Bed

I love both flowering plants and cut flowers - seeing them in the garden or in a vase in the house makes my little heart patter in a very good way.  My garden is full of succulents, bromeliads and plants from the Mediterranean and Australia.  It certainly is not a riot of color but the interest from foliage, form and texture sure is there.  I have a few pots planted with annuals here and there... Read more

The Japanese Friendship Garden

Balboa Park in San Diego is huge - 1200 acres in fact.  So, it took Lucy and I a little while to get our bearings when we first arrived to plot out our horticultural route.  We planned to see everything in the outdoor environs in this park (except for the zoo) so by the time we made it to the Japanese Friendship Garden in the mid-afternoon, we were ready for the a little downtempo and tranquility.   And like other gardens of... Read more