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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Tillandsia Garden Art

I'd been gardening away for a client up in the San Francisco Bay Area this past May planting posies and pruning like a maniac.   One of my usual stops on the way home to Santa Barbara is a destination spot just south of San Jose for those who crave pottery, fountains, statuary and the like.  They have a mark down area in the way back where I always find a pot I must have.  Instead, I found garden art which now is embellished... Read more

The Joy Us Garden Side Garden

This side garden is right at the base of the steps to my house and borders the driveway so I see it many times throughout the day.  I never get tired of looking at it!  I have a variety of garden art in this garden which cohabits happily with all the plants.

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Flower Friday: White Phalaenopsis Orchids

In the language of flowers, white Phalaenopsis Orchids symbolize love and beauty.  And how wonderful both of those things are.  That must be the reason some brides choose to wear them in their hair and carry them in their bouquets.  They are a very popular houseplant and the easiest of the all the orchids, suited for interior environments, for the homeowner to care for.  Many people even get... Read more

Spooky Halloween Decorations Outdoors

Halloween.  It's that wild and crazy holiday we celebrate when it's just fine to put on gobs of outrageous makeup which takes 2 days to get off, dress like an actor or musician everyone loves to hate and scare people just for fun.  Another year has rolled around, and for me, that means another Read more

Flower Friday: Orange Flowers

Fall is here and Halloween is just around the corner so I'm seeing a lot of orange these days - pumpkins, mums, decor and foliage.   And that's why I decided to do a post on orange flowers.  Most of these flowers don't have too much to do with this season other than their color.  Like many of my photos, these were all taken here in Santa Barbara, CA.  In my initial Flower Friday post I said the... Read more

The Joy Us Garden Front Garden

Oh my front garden ... how I love you!  I've had requests from our Youtube viewers and Facebook peeps to see more of the gardens of Joy Us garden so here are some glimpses for you.  When I moved into this house in Santa Barbara, the front yard was mainly bermuda grass (which looks decent for about 1 month out of the year), agapanthus, lavender, phormium  and valerian.  Only four of the original... Read more

Flower Friday: Santa Barbara Flowering Trees

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet because Lucy is here from San Diego and were busy working away to get our book done, taking pictures and shooting videos.  When I moved to Santa Barbara from San Francisco I was amazed at how many trees flower here and at most times of the year.  The ones that you’ll see here are by no means all of them - just ones... Read more

Orchid Inspirations from the Garden of the Sleeping Giant

This is a guest post by Mackenzie Kupfer.  Mackenzie's article caught my fancy for three reasons.  I love orchids and if you follow Garden Gluttony, then you know I blog about them often.  I've never been to Fiji so for me, this is a virtual trip.  Lastly, I used to work for Podesta Baldocchi, a very large and well established florist in San Francisco, in the plant rental and event division.... Read more