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Monthly Archives: April 2015

The Quest For A Hanging Pot

I live in Santa Barbara where gardens are lived in all year long and garden centers are plentiful.  Do you think I could find a hanging pot I liked?  I also looked down in the San Diego area.  You would think with the multitudes more people and nurseries down there that I could find a pot.  Nope. Nada. No way.  The quest was still on for something modern, with no complicated details or designs going on.I came across the standard plastic pot and hanger... Read more

Houseplant Watering 101: Avoid Too Much Of A Good Thing

I get asked the question "how often should I be watering my houseplants?" all the time and there are so many variables that go into the answer.  You know, it's sort of like trying to answer the question "how often should I wash my hair?".  I was an interior plantscaper (which is an interior plant specialist) for years and have lots to share with you on this subject.

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Ask Nell: How Did I Prep The Soil For My Succulent Garden?

 This question came from a youtube viewer who asked: can you do a video about how you did the soil prep for your succulent garden?  This is a great question because I am a firm believer in properly prepping the soil and planting the right plants in the right spot.  It comes down to good soil, good garden.  Here's the soil prep I did when planting my own garden, as well as a couple of tips for planting succulents in pots.You can see more pictures... Read more

How I Prune & Trim My Bougainvillea For Maximum Bloom

My Bougainvillea glabra is a flowering machine.  It puts out a big show of magenta/purplish color off and on for 9 or 10 months out of the year.  It grows up and over my garage which sits at the end of a long, narrow driveway.  It gets a major "WOW" from anyone who sees it.  Here's how I prune and trim my bougainvillea for maximum bloom.The pruning that I do in January is the big one that sets the shape that my Read more

Tour An Orchid Grower’s Greenhouses With Me

If you've been following me for any amount of time, you know how I love flowers.  I love to see them in a garden, in a greenhouse, at our farmers markets or in vases in my home. I live in Santa Barbara, Ca which is an agricultural region where many flowers, both for the nursery and the cut floral trade, are grown.  Lucy and I visited a orchid grower's greenhouse, Gallup & Stribling in nearby Carpinteria, a month ago so let me take you on a tour.  Many... Read more

Snake Plants: Easy Care Houseplants That Are As Tough As Can Be

If you want houseplants that are as tough as can be, then Snake Plants are for you.  They're virtually indestructible, unless you of course have a heavy hand with the watering or place them in a hot, sunny window.  These plants seem to thrive on the dry air in our homes, as well as neglect. The more you ignore them, the better... Read more

Why Are My Giant Bird Of Paradise Leaf Edges Turning Brown?

I receive so many questions here, on my videos and via email.  I decided to start a segment called "Ask Nell" because you all might have the same questions and/or be interested in the answers. The first one comes from Patti regarding her Giant Bird Of Paradise, or Strelitzia nicolai.

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