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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Weekend Musings

Greetings,I was up in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley (land of the wine country cult movie Sideways) last week filming a poinsettia care video in a grower's greenhouses.  It was a gorgeous fall day and the light was magical.  After spending a few hours behind and in front of the camera,... Read more

A Wacky & Rambling Succulent: Narrow-Leaf Chalksticks

This succulent, Senecio talinoides cylindricus, likes to roam in the garden so make sure it has plenty of room!If you want a succulent which likes to ramble, then Narrow-Leaf Chalksticks is the one for you.  I bought my now zealous but adorable beast as a very small plant (it was in a 4" pot) and now it's grown up and through my equally zealous Rosemary "Blue Spires".  Both seem happy to to cohabiting the same space in the front garden and I leave... Read more

13 Blooming Plant Choices For Christmas, Other Than Poinsettias

 I happen to like Poinsettias.  Yup, it's true.  Their big, showy colored leaves always put a big ole smile on my face during the holiday season.   But I know for a fact that many people don't want to have anything to do with them, much less have them in their homes at Christmas time.  The good news is, there... Read more

6 Tips To Keep Your Poinsettias Looking Good This Holiday Season

 Alternate title: how to keep your Poinsettias alive through Christmas!It's that time of year when these colorful plants make it into our homes and offices bringing us cheer during this winter holiday season.  Something alive and growing in December - it's a Christmas miracle!   Poinsettias are the most popular plant sold here in the US with almost 50 million pots sold last year.They're happily grown in climate controlled greenhouses,... Read more

A Succulent Adorned Cornucopia With A Twist

A horned shaped container, what's up with that?  What do you do with it?I remember being 6 years old and marching around the house with our cornucopia on my head although clearly that's not what they're meant for.  It's true, cornucopias have been pooh poohed over the years but I do like them.  Growing up in New England, we always had 1 full of fruits and nuts for Thanksgiving and switched it over to pine, cones, berries and balls at Christmas.  I wanted... Read more