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Yearly Archives: 2015

My Bougainvilleas: Fall Color In My Garden

Fall means warm, sunny & clear days here in Southern California.  My garden is still going strong but I do get a minute amount of color change.I was raised in Litchfield County, Connecticut - land of rolling hills, endless stonewalls, covered bridges and lots and lots of trees.  Big trees.  Those trees turned a myriad of colors in fall which is something I took for granted growing up.  I now live in Santa Barbara, California where the autumn... Read more

How To Get Your Christmas Cactus To Flower Again

Your Christmas Cactus may bloom on it own, but if not, here's what to do.  It can take a little effort, but when it's covered in flowers, it's so worth it.I've been growing Christmas Cactus since I was a little girl.  We had quite a few of them in our greenhouse in Connecticut which bloomed at the holidays with no effort at all.  Now I grow them in my garden in Santa Barbara where they enjoy our year round temperate climate.  Even if mine didn't bloom,... Read more

Weekend Musings

 Greetings,Here in seaside Santa Barbara, fall means the vibrant bougainvilleas are still going strong and the birds of paradise are starting to put on their big blooms.  That's our autumnal version of orange, yellow and red!  Just over the San Marcos pass lies the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley which is familiar to those fans of the movie Sideways because it further established this area as a destination.  The beautiful farmlands with... Read more

Add Some Orange Zest To Your Succulent Garden With Sedum Nussbaumerianum

Orange mania in the garden!  I love Coppertone Stonecrop & am sharing all I know about this jazzy succulent.I absolutely love orange in the garden so it was instant plant lust when I  first laid my eyes upon Sedum nussbaumerianum (or Coppertone Stonecrop in common speak) at a nursery here in Santa Barbara.  Should I buy 25 or them for my newly planted succulent garden or would 1 be enough?  I opted for 1 and have taken numerous... Read more

A Few Groovy Plants & A Bit Of VidCon

 Oh Youtube, how wildly popular you are!  The fans adore your many stars and were out in full force a couple of months ago at the Anaheim Convention Center, just a Mickey Mouse hat's toss away from Disneyland.  Lucy and I were there also to attend VidCon, the largest gathering on earth for people who love and adore online video.  I'll show you a bit of VidCon and of... Read more

A Fun and Sparkly Budget Halloween Centerpiece

For me fall centerpieces are all about foliages, berries, pomegranates, persimmons, pumpkins and mums.  You know, classy grown up stuff.  Halloween, even though it lands smack in the middle of autumn, is a totally different ballgame.  I say: it's a time to bring on the glitter, glitz and paint and get your spook on.  This halloween centerpiece project is fun, sparkly, a bit out of the ordinary yet very easy on the wallet.Read more

Weekend Musings

 Fall has officially arrived!  I love this time of year at our Santa Barbara Farmers Market because the summer produce is still abundant but the fall and winter squashes are starting to make an appearance.  Tomatoes fresh from the farm and kabocha squash anyone?Peppers, like the ones you see above, love our warm temps and sun filled days that are signaled on by late summer lasting well into fall here along the central coast of California.... Read more

Learning About African Violets

 Whenever I mention African Violets, I always get the response "oh, they were my grandmother's favorite flower or my mother loves them".  My grandmother grew them with great success in a bright window in her Connecticut home atop a tray of pebbles with water in it.   I however, have only grown a few of them so this app on African Violets interests me and I thought you might find it useful.   Note: this is a guest post & was written... Read more

A Forsaken Frame & Succulents Turned Into Art

 I've lived in California for a very long time but I'm originally from New England.  Yes it's true, you can move the girl clear across the country to the other coast but you can't take the Yankee ingenuity and frugality out of her.  I found this forsaken frame in a heap of discarded junk and treasures next to the sidewalk a year or so ago.  I just knew this tossed away treasure would be used in 1 of my succulents crafting projects at some... Read more

A Quickie Tour Of Spooky Halloween Decorations

 It's that time of the year again when we get to decorate our houses to creep and not to greet.  Hold on to your witches hats because Halloween is coming!For me that means hopping in the car and heading north.  I’ve done this decorating job up in the San Francisco Bay Area for 16 years now.  Pick up truck loads of spooks are taken out of  hibernation and the decorating extravaganza begins.   The characters and props, collected... Read more