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Monthly Archives: April 2016

Weekend Musings

Greetings,Life sure is busy these days.  I bought a house a couple of weeks ago and there's always lots of fun paperwork that goes along with that whole process.  It'll be mine on May 13 but I won't be moving until the end of the month.  So, I have just a few weeks remaining here in Santa Barbara and I will definitely miss the ocean.  I have lots of packing to do but will definitely make time for a few beach walks before  I leave.... Read more

3 Ways To Propagate Sansevierias aka Snake Plants

I love Sansevierias and I know I say that about a lot of plants but these spiky numbers really have a place in my heart. I grow them in the garden and in my house in both pots and in the ground.

They have quite a few common names so you may know them as Snake Plants,... Read more

Shrimp Plant Needs A Good Pruning Every Year

Oh my yes, this plant is very appropriately named.  This beauty with the shrimp-like flowers gives a tropical feel to the garden and blooms like crazy, almost all year long here in Southern California.  Shrimp Plant needs pruning once a year to prevent it from becoming a twiggy, spindly mess with flowers much smaller than we prefer them to be.  We want jumbo prawn flowers, not mini shrimps!Shrimp Plant, whose botanic name is Justicia brandegeeana, has... Read more

Melamine Plates For Outdoor Gatherings

Did someone say "garden party"?  Yes indeed, it's time to fire up the barbecue.  One of my favorite things as the weather warms and the days become longer is that I get to use my garden as another room.  This means the patio table starts to get a lot more use.  Why not turn every meal into a special occasion I say?  Whether I'm having a meal on my own or entertaining friends I like having dish-ware that makes the... Read more

The Steps I Took to Start a Blog (Don’t Think You’re Too Old To Start A Blog!)

Want to start a blog? It doesn’t matter how old you are and what generation you grew up with - anyone can start a blog! If you’re interested, you can read more about my story. I was raised in the days long, long before computers appeared on the scene so technology was a puzzle that I just couldn’t unravel. I swore up and down that after I... Read more

Weekend Musings

In preparation for my upcoming move, I've left the shed and am now working in the house.  The sun is streaming in the dining room window and my 16 year old tuxedo kitty Oscar is contently sound asleep on the desk soaking up some rays.  I don't mind working in the house nearly as much as I thought I would (alas, I'm now longer a "sheddie") but the amount of cat hair that collects on this desk is a little ridiculous.  Out in the shed it was dirt... Read more

Salvia: Pruning & Trimming 3 Different Types of Salvias

Salvia leucantha "Santa Barbara." It has a compact growth habit & the flowers are a rich purple.

Salvias are popular all the world over and are so versatile because they can comfortably fit into many styles of gardens from old fashioned cottage right... Read more