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Monthly Archives: March 2015

10 Reasons Why I Love Gardening

 I live in a climate where I garden year round. This can be both exhausting and rewarding so my trusty Felcos never get a rest!  Someone recently asked me why I love gardening so much and I had to stop and think about the answer(s) for a bit. So, after some musings, I came up with not 1 but 10 reasons as to why I love gardening.1)  I was born into it.  I've beenRead more

My Farmers Market In Winter

I've been a vegetarian for 42 years now.  Egads, that's a long time!  The majority of what I eat now is plant based, fresh and organic.  Lucky for me, I live in Santa Barbara which is a big agricultural region with rich farmlands surrounding it. Our farmers market is on year round and you can find it 6 days a week within a 10 minute drive.The diversity of the produce is impressive with most of it being picked the day of or day before the market.... Read more

Hens And Chicks, The Succulent That Keeps On Giving

 It's true, most succulents keep on giving in terms of the cuttings you'll get, but Hens and Chicks really hit the mark on this one.  Just look at the picture and you'll see tons of babies, or larger rosettes for that matter, just waiting to be cut out of the patch.  They're easy to care for, require little water and actually make good houseplants.Something to know: there are a few Read more

A Plant With Major Attitude: Cup Of Gold Vine (Solandra maxima)

 Cup  Of Gold Vine, or Solandra maxima, is indeed a plant with major attitude.  It grows big  has ginormous flowers, huge buds and large, glossy foliage. This twining vine is not one for small spaces or flimsy structures. It requires room to grow and something sturdy for it to grow on.Read more

I Have Somethings To Show You: A Bromeliad Greenhouse

 You know how I love bromeliads!  They  grow in my side garden and I look at them many times a day on my way from the shed (the Joy Us garden world headquarters) into the house where the bathroom is. Not only are they interesting and easy to maintain, but... Read more

An Elegant Plant For Lower Light: The Kentia Palm

 If you have a room with lower light levels in your home and want an elegant plant to liven it up, then the Kentia Palm is the one for you.  It arches gracefully and fans out so it's not for tight corners but if you have the room, you'll love it.  In my interior plantscaping days, this palm was used quite commonly in offices and lobbies (if out of drafts and trafficked areas) so I maintained and specced my share of them.  Not only are they pleasing... Read more

I Have Somethings To Show You: Flowery Things In February

 It's almost the end of February and many of you are still buried under snow and wearing big heavy coats.  Here in temperate Santa Barbara we are running around in tee shirts and enjoying beach walks. There is a lot flowering right now and I thought it might warm you up to see a bit of  what's in bloom these days. Let me take you on a tour to see some winter bloomers along the Southern California coast: