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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Why I’m Letting My Ginormous Coleus Flower Like Crazy This Year

I usually don't let it flower too much, if at all, but this year is different

 You all remember my Coleus "Dipped In Wine" don't you?  It's now 6 years old, 4' tall and wide, and seems to be showing no signs of slowing down. Let me start by saying that mine definitely is a perennial (coleus are classified as tender perennials by the way) but are most commonly sold in the... Read more

Rejuvenating My String Of Pearls Plant

My String Of Pearls succulent didn't visit a spa or take a sabbatical but it's on the road to recovery

My String of Pearls plant, or Senecio rowleyanus, took a bit of a nosedive. Alright, truth be told, it's a shadow of its former self. Fortunately... Read more

2 Ways I Made My Aloe Vera A Whole Lot Happier

Spoiler alert: I repotted & moved it out of the strong sun

I love my Aloe vera and use it almost every day. It's truly a plant with purpose! It was in a warm, sunny spot my front garden and both the plant and pot were looking looking a wee bit sad. It was time to take action and make my beloved plant a whole lot happier. By the way, the pot will get a facelift one of these days.Read more

Schefflera Amate: This Big, Bold & Beautiful Houseplant Screams Jurassic Park

How to care for this tough, tropical plant with impressive, glossy foliageIf you want an easy, fast growing plant that really makes a statement, then look no further. Schefflera Amate's glossy, rich green leaves and impressive size are what make it so popular. Here's how to care for this bold and beautiful houseplant known simply as Amate,... Read more

Five Figs Friday

A big thank you to Ryan and Chantal, aka The Horticult, for letting me publish this article about figs. Yes, it's early Fall and that means those little beauties are ripening in abundance. I have figs soaking in balsamic vinegar this very moment which makes for a lovely salad dressing or dipping... Read more

Frighteningly Fun Halloween Decorating Ideas For Your Yard

October 31st is just around the corner so I wanted to share with you all a decorating job I’ve done in the San Francisco Bay area for 15 years.  The Lady of the House is crazy for Halloween and the displays in her front yard have slowly expanded over that period of time.  Ghosts, zombies, skeletons, black cats, purple trees with limbs that move, rats, spiders, pumpkins, mums, butlers, maids and skeletons that scream out... Read more