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Monthly Archives: August 2015

Weekend Musings

The ginormous 7' Rosemary in my front yard is coming into bloom and the honey bees are starting to trickle in.  They love the sky blue flowers and buzz from bloom to bloom doing their thing.  Let's hear it for pollinators - we need them!That brings to mind the ages old saying: "busy as a bee".   Going hand in hand with that is the Kin Hubbard quote: "a bee is never as busy as it seems; it's just that it can't buzz any slower".  And that,... Read more

How I Water My Phalaenopsis Orchids

Phalaenopsis Orchids are the most commonly bought orchids in the houseplant trade.   They're the large flowered, cheery faced ones that do the best in our home environs and also the easiest to care for.  They're sold in florist shops, in nurseries, in big box stores like Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Home Depot and Lowes.  In other words, there's no shortage of Phals!I live in a major orchid growing region of our country, Santa Barbara CA, and they're even... Read more

Weekend Musings

 I have an internet based business and spend much of my days on the computer.  It's not bad though because I work out of my shed which is right next to my back garden.  Besides being my office, it's also holds all of my gardening tools and supplies.  Definitely a dual purpose structure!I live by the sea in Santa Barbara, CA so I do get to have the door open most of the year to watch the butterflies and hummingbirds wiz by.  But, occasionally... Read more

More On Far Out And Fabulous Ponytail Palms

 I get quite a few questions and comments regarding Ponytail Palms.  My 2 are doing great and growing like crazy since their recent repotting so here's an update.  My neighbor has one that has multiple heads on the same trunk which I thought might interest you too.  And, you'll find out how to get those if that's a look you want.  So, this post is a bit of "Ponytail Palm potpourri"!Read more

Hanging A Miniature Phalaenopsis Orchid

 I freakin' love orchids!   Alright, make that flowers period.   So, it's a very good thing that I live in orchid country because I'm surrounded by them.   I grow cymbidiums outdoors  and phalaenopsis indoors.  Heck, I even get to see orchids... Read more

Jade Plants: So Easy To Care For In The Home & In The Garden

Oh Jade Plants, some people love you and some people don't.  Simply put, you're just one of those plants that everyone seems to have an opinion on.  Regardless of how the masses feel, this is 1 of the easiest care plants, in the garden or in the house, out there.There are many species and varieties of Jades.  I have 4 of them in my Santa Barbara garden which you'll see below and in the video.  In this post I'll be referring to Crassula ovata which is... Read more

Maintaining A Gravel Landscape

After a few years, it was time to replenish the gravel landscaping in my front yard.Gravel landscaping is easy maintenance but it definitely requiring a little attention every now and then.  The fallen leaves and blossoms don't bother me too much, but after my Jacaranda does its yearly post-flowering dump, I do sweep up all the debris.  The dirt was showing through in some spots so it was time for a little topping off.  And that's basically all I do... Read more

Ask Nell: Brown Tips On Houseplants & Water Quality

This Ask Nell topic comes from a Youtube viewer who questions if the brown tips on their houseplants are due to water quality.  Should they use distilled water?  Even fresh water, out in the great outdoors, can contain salts.  And when it comes to city water, my goodness, the stuff they add to it sometimes adds up to a very long list.

Here's the comment/question:... Read more