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Monthly Archives: February 2015

How To Grow Catnip: Your Cat Will Love You!

 Kitties , most of them anyway, love to frolic and roll in catnip.  I keep a pot of it out on my front porch so Oscar, my 15 year old tuxedo boy, won't totally devastate it in the house in 1 fell swoop. My other feline Riley could care less about this herb. That's how it goes with cats and catnip - some love it, others don't. Read more

Lucky Bamboo In LA’s Chinatown

 Saying Santa Barbara that is a beautiful place to live and work is an understatement. But, let's face it, this girl needs a big city fix every now and then. Fortunately that fix is just 90 miles south (driving time: 1 1/2 to 4 hours depending on the traffic!) so an urban excursion every now and then is easily doable. I took the train down in January and worked in a romp through LA's Chinatown with Lucy so we could show you an assortment of Lucky Bamboo... Read more

A Succulent To Brighten Up The Garden: Aeonium Sunburst

 Looking at this plant is like a day full of sunshine - radiant, warm and good mood inducing.  I've been coveting this succulent for ages now so when my neighbor gave me not 1 but 3, I was over the moon with horticultural giddiness. These Aeonium Sunbursts, with their large rosette leaves, are going to brighten my garden up in no time flat! Read more

I Have Somethings To Show You: LA Flower District Cut Flowers

 The LA Flower District is a floral wonderland smack in the heart of downtown.  Lucy and I met in Los Angeles a few weeks ago to hash out some "business stuff" face to face.  Early the next morning we made an excursion to this delightful place where we shot a few videos for you.  Get ready because there are lots of beautiful cut flowers coming your way. Read more

My Far Out Fern: A Crested Japanese Bird’s Nest Fern

 This is a far out fern with a far out name!  I first saw this Crested Japanese Bird's Nest Fern, whose botanic name is Asplenium antiquum "Leslie", at our farmers market and had to have it. I love those wild, wavy edges and the crispy noise it makes when touched.  I must say, this plant reminds me of an unusual green that I'd put in my salad.  A crunchy new arugula perhaps? Read more

I Have Some Things To Show You: LA Flower District Blooming Plants

 Lucy and I met in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago to hash out some "business stuff" face to face. The next morning we made an early morning excursion to the L A Flower District - a floral wonderland smack in the heart of downtown.  I want to show you some of the plants, most of them blooming, which we had the extreme pleasure to come in contact with.  And yes, I touched most of them! Read more

A Gorgeous Plant Deserves a Gorgeous Pot

My gorgeous Echeveria Afterglow was purchased on a garden/nursery road trip throughout Southern California. There it was, in all it's glory, waiting for me to snatch it up at Roger's Gardens (a wonderland for us plant aficionados) a couple of years ago. I planted it in a terra cotta pot which I had jazzed up a bit with paints and glass chips. I never gave the pot much thought.... Read more