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Yearly Archives: 2014

A Lantern Posing As A Succulent Arrangement

Good grief … what to title this.  That was the dilemma so I went with this one.  It seems like I always have some succulent project going on. The terra cotta piece that you see below is actually meant to be hold a candle.  The finished arrangement just sounded funny being called “a succulent lantern”.  It just doesn’t look much like a lantern when filled with moss and decorated with succulents.  

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Propagating A Dracaena Is So Easy To Do

I almost titled this short post “I Accidentally Propagated My Dracaena” because that's exactly what happened. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, propagating a Dracaena is oh so easy. If you do it by pruning the top off the plant and letting new growth appear or by stem cuttings in water, it propagates with little or no efforts from... Read more

The Makeover Of My Succulent Bowl Makeover

Succulents and containers go hand in hand.  Actually, planting and repotting them is so easy that it seems like I always have some succulent project going on.  I pick up a new plant whenever I find one I don't have and take cuttings from my garden on a regular basis.  If you don't already know, succulents practically propagate themselves.  If you scroll on down, you'll find the steps I take when planting... Read more

A Floral Feast: Lunch Smack In The Middle Of The Flower Fields

Last July I had an unexpected surprise when Debra Prinzing, author of Slow Flowers and advocate for American Grown Flowers, invited me to a luncheon hosted by Read more

How To Care For The Sweet Pink Jasmine Everybody Loves

If a plant had a TV show this would be it: "Everybody Loves Jasmine". Everybody but me and a handful of my fellow gardeners that is. The object of Pink Jasmine's, aka Jasminum polyanthum, adoration is the sweet-smelling flowers which appear here in winter/early spring... Read more

How To Care For A Dracaeana Marginata

The Dracaena Marginata, also known as Madagascar Dragon Tree, was favored by people who wanted an Asian, modern or architectural feel.

I was an interior plantscaper many years ago - yes, I maintained plants in offices, lobbies, hotels and the likes. I saw and took care of my share of Dracaena marginatas.

Decorating My Terra Cotta Pot

This post comes hot on the heels of the last one about repotting and top dressing my Ponytail Palm.  There's a pottery and garden ornament center I like to stop at when driving from the San Francisco Bay Area home to Santa Barbara because it has a 50% off section in the back where I always find a new treasure.  As you can see from the picture to the left, this pot had lots... Read more

Repotting & Top Dressing My Ponytail Palm

Ponytail Palms and lizards go hand in hand - both love sunshine and warm temps. I bought it years ago as a little young'un in a 4" pot.

To the left you see the second pot my little Ponytail Palm was growing in. I repotted it once more a few of years ago and now it was time for its fourth repotting adventure.

Stephanotis Vine Care

Stephanotis floribunda, aka Madagascar Jasmine or Hawaiian Wedding Flower, is one beautiful vine.  It has striking, dark glossy green foliage and heavenly scented, starry flowers grow in clusters which delight the olfactory senses.  How you care for it (in the outdoor world) is not difficult, but like any plant, there are a few things it requires.  

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Potato Vine Care

Potato Vine, botanically known as Solanum jasminoides or Solanum laxum, is a fast growing and easy to care for evergreen vine.  If the clusters of white flowers look familiar that's because this plant is in the Nightshade family alongside potatoes and tomatoes.  Here in Santa Barbara it flowers all year long with the heaviest bloom being in the Spring - it gets covered in white.  It grows very densely and the new growth tendrils... Read more