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Monthly Archives: February 2016

Weekend Musings

 I went to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden yesterday with my cousin who was visiting from LA.  The sun was shining bright and many of the plants were blooming away.  You can see the bright splashes of orange created by all the California Poppies putting on their show.  It's a very different garden than others because it's considered to be a living museum dedicated to the research and conservation of California Native Plants.It's set... Read more

3 Small, Easy DIY Succulent, Air Plant & Driftwood Arrangements

 If you only have a few succulent cuttings, a few small pieces of driftwood and a little bit of time, then let me please inspire you with a few ideas of how you can put them together to create something beauteous.  You'll see that I used in air plants in 2 of the designs because they combine really well with succulents.... Read more

2 Succulent & Driftwood Arrangements; 1 Tabletop, 1 Hanging


You know how I love my succulents, but you may not know that I love my beach walks.  I live a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean and like most people, find tranquility and beauty in that big, ole vast body of water.  We don't have a huge amount of driftwood on our Santa Barbara beaches but the winter winds and storms do blow a bit in.  And that my friends is what inspired me to make these succulent and driftwood arrangements.  I mixed it up... Read more

3 Ways To Attach Succulents To Driftwood To Get Them To Grow

Succulents and driftwood are a match made in heaven, just like peanut butter and bananas or brussel sprouts and balsamic vinegar.  Okay, you may not agree with me at all about the last one but the other 2 are hard to dispute.  The majority of succulents growing in nature are not found growing on the beach, but for whatever reason, this pairing works really well.  This video is all about showing you 3 ways, other than... Read more

Fishhooks Senecio: An Easy-Care Trailing Succulent

If you want an easy-care plant that trails like crazy, then call off the search - you've found it. The Fishhooks Senecio (some call the ones I have Grey Fishhooks Senecio) likes to ramble and at 4' long, shows no signs of slowing down. This succulent loves any admiration you can throw its way but is not fussy at all when it comes to caring. Mine grow outdoors here in Santa Barbara but they make excellent houseplants.