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Monthly Archives: March 2016

An Easy Way To Grow Bromeliads On Driftwood Or A Branch

I live in Santa Barbara just 7 blocks from the ocean and love to go for walks on the beach.   Sometimes I just stroll and zone out enjoying all the beauty, or perhaps chat with a friend and then there are those times when I have a mission: a major search for "beachy treasures".  I'm a big fan of driftwood and was the envy of every dog on the beach as I carried this 4' long stick on the hour long march back to my car.  Bromeliads and wood go hand in hand... Read more

The Big Winter Pruning & Training Of My Bougainvillea

Oh Bougainvillea glabra, I written about and filmed you so many times but this is our swan song as a team.   I've sold my house with this vibrantly floriferous and frequently pinned bougainvillea and will be soon be moving.  Your magenta blooms have delighted me, as well as all the neighbors, for years but now it's time to move on and create a garden in a totally... Read more

Napkins We Love For Outdoor Entertaining

The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining brighter and the days are getting longer.   This gives us a multitude of reasons to gather and enjoy the great outdoors.  Whether you are planning a big soiree in your garden, kicking back with some pals and firing up the barbecue, having a picnic in the park or just inviting a friend over for tea on the terrace, here are some gorgeous napkins with a fresh nature flare we thought you might swoon over too.I... Read more

Why Is My Bougainvillea Dropping Lots Of Yellow Leaves?

Let's be honest here, bougainvillea is not a plant I grew up with.  I thought it was some kind of exotic plant until I moved to Santa Barbara 10 years ago where it's found growing in some form or color on every block.  It's ubiquitous I tell you, yet in my opinion, it's a beautiful "weed".  I had no experience growing bougainvillea until a bought a house with 3 of them on the property.  The 1st winter they all of a sudden started loosing leaves so I had... Read more

How To Care For Aloe Vera: A Plant With Purpose

I would hazard a guess to say that Aloe Vera is the most widely sold succulent the world over.  Yes, it's true, this plant has been used for 1000's of years and is still favored today.   You find it in many homes and gardens and it also goes by many other names as well - Aloe barbadensis, First Aid Plant, True Aloe, African Aloe, Burn Plant, and Miracle Plant, to mention a few.  This beneficial plant with purpose is really easy to... Read more

How I Feed Camellias With Great Success

 Oh Camellias, how showy your blooms are!  I was a garden designer and professional gardener in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years. Camellias are very popular plants there and I took over many accounts with chlorotic and sickly looking shrubs. I want to share with you how I fed Camellias with great success and brought them back to health.Read more