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Yearly Archives: 2014

Bougainvillea in the Fall: How My Plants Look in October

It's been a little while since I've filmed some videos in my own garden so I decided that a beautiful sunny day in mid-October was a good time to change that. I've shown you my 2 Bougainvilleas before but I wanted you to see how they look in mid-Fall.

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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: A Beautiful “Jurassic Park” Houseplant

If 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, or Umbrella Tree.

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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... 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.

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Staghorn Ferns Had Me At Hello

I love staghorn ferns ... each one is a horticultural work of art, truly. I remember distinctly when I first saw a staghorn fern. It was in a design or architecture magazine and there were several of them hanging on a wall stealing the show from all the furniture and artwork and I thought ... "wowza".

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My Secret Weapon For Planting A Cactus Dish Garden

My secret planting weapon keeps my paws spine free!

I was born and raised a New England girl. You know, mountain laurel, lilac, peony and sugar maple country. Not a cactus growing outside for thousands of miles around. My few years of living in Tucson, Arizona really made me appreciate them. And now that I'm a Cali girl (SoCal to be exact), they just make plain sense in our current... Read more

5 Things To Love About Pothos

This is the ultimate easy care, low light tolerant houseplant to come down the pike

I was in the interior plantscaping trade for years. I maintained 100's of Pothos and I put 100's of them in offices and... Read more