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Yearly Archives: 2015

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

Weekend Musings

Greetings,Well it's hard to believe another halloween is over which means we're now marching on towards Thanksgiving.  Once November 1 arrives, the remainder of the year becomes a frenzied blur.  The weather has finally cooled a bit here in southern California and we actually got a few sprinkles yesterday.  Hopefully more of that liquid stuff falling from the sky is on the way this winter.Here are some of my musings for this weekend:Speaking... Read more

Pencil Cactus Care, Indoors & In The Garden

I love my Pencil Cactus & have had it for many years. It's easy as can be to care for in both the home & garden.  2 things are essential to keeping it happy, healthy & alive.I've had my Pencil Cactus, or Euphorbia tirucalli, for a very long time now.  It's not the original plant (you can hear about it's story in the video below) but a cutting that I took in San Francisco and traveled with me when I moved to Santa Barbara.  I first laid eyes... Read more

Grace Your Thanksgiving Table with these Fall Centerpiece Ideas

Halloween is over & the countdown to Thanksgiving is on!Let's fact it, organizing Thanksgiving dinner, shopping with the masses, cooking frantically and making it all look and taste good takes time, effort and a lot of will power.  Decorating is the fun part so I'm sharing with you 4 centerpiece ideas and inspirations so you're not left empty handed without a centerpiece to grace your table on the big day.  These can all be made days in advance... Read more

More Succulent Cuttings For You!

It's time to do a little thinning out which means I have more succulent cuttings to sell: direct from my organic garden to you.Oh goodness gracious, my Pencil Cactus (Euphorbia tirucalli) is getting so dense that I can't see through it anymore.  I love this plant but it's time to get out the trusty, well seasoned Felcos and have at it.  I'll be moving from Santa Barbara next year and won't be taking the ginormous estate pot which holds this delightful... Read more

A Fall Centerpiece With Succulents, Santa Barbara Style

This centerpiece, with fall fruits & vegetables, would be beautiful on your Thanksgiving table.  Or, for any occasion this fall!Fall to me means red, orange, yellow, gold, bronze and plum.  These colors can come in the form of berries, foliages, squashes, flowers or textiles.  I really don't care just as long as I have these tones in my home at this time of year.  I love making arrangements with fruits and vegetables because you can... Read more

Weekend Musings

Greetings,Halloween is just a week away and it's time to get our spooky on.  It’s that wild and crazy holiday we celebrate when it’s just fine to put on gobs of outrageous makeup which takes 2 days to get off, dress like that actor or musician everyone loves to hate and scare people just for fun.  If you need some last minuteRead more

Head’s Up: A Word Of Warning About Pruning Euphorbias

Euphorbias are wonderful but there's something you should be aware of when pruning them.Oh the wonderful world of Euphorbias - there are over 2000 species of them and most share this 1 thing in common.   I wanted to do this post for those of you who are new to this genus which includes poinsettias, crown of thorns, mediterranean spurge and flowering spurge because most of them emit, ooze or bleed a milky sap when pruned.  This sap is toxic and some euphorbias,... Read more