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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Mint: How To Care For and Plant This Fragrant Herb

I love pretty much any herb. I do a lot of cooking and have a raised bed of herbs in the back yard that I can pick from all year long whenever my little heart desires. Of all the herbs, mint is my very favorite. I use it almost every day to add to a pitcher of water with sliced lemons for that added pop of flavor.

My mint doesn't share growing grounds with the other herbs. It's planted... Read more

Neanthe Bella Palm: Care Tips For This Table Top Plant

The Neanthe Bella Palm is widely grown and sold in the trade as a table top palm. You'll frequently see it used in dish gardens and mixed plantings as a fluffy little filler amongst kalanchoes, african... Read more

I Have Somethings To Show You: Los Angeles 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 months 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.My senses were firing full speed ahead in no time. The sights, the smells, the... Read more

Paddle Plant Makes A Beautiful, Easy Care Houseplant

 I have a patch of Paddle Plants (aka Red Pancakes, Flapjack Plant and Desert Cabbage) growing in my front garden, but did you know they an interesting yet easy houseplant?  Yup, it's true. I bought this plant direct from the grower right here in Santa Barbara 8 years ago as Kalanchoe thrysifolia but now they say on their website it's actually Kalanchoe luciae.  This happens in the world of plants, but regardless of the botanic name, this plant is... Read more

Ask Nell: Planting Succulent Cuttings

A Youtube viewer requested that I do a video about planting succulent cuttings.  Gadzooks!  I plant enough of them both in containers and in my garden here in Santa Barbara, CA - had I never done a video showing how to plant them?  Time to change that because planting succulent cuttings is really easy.  It's a great project for beginning gardeners or one to do with kids.I've recently done a post and video onRead more

Ficus Benjamina: The Fickle, Yet Popular Houseplant

I've always said that if you look at a Ficus benjamina, or Weeping Fig, cross-eyed,  it'll start to drop leaves.  Actually, many things make this fickle tree defoliate.

Here in Southern California they grow outdoors (best to keep them away from foundations, sewer lines & sidewalks by the way) and look full, green and happy as can be but indoors is another story.

I Have Somethings To Show You: Tiles Santa Barbara Style

Santa Barbara is an eden when it comes to plants. The variety of plant materials that grow here is amazing and really adds to the beauty of this small city.  It is known for it's Andalusian architecture which here, in a nutshell,  is white-washed buildings and red tiles roofs. Tiles fit right in with the Spanish style of the buildings and are seen all over town. They accent the gardens and really add to our outdoor (and indoor) spaces.Read more