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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Thoughts On Leaving My Beloved Garden

When I created my garden, I certainly didn't do it with the intention of 1 day leaving it.  Life deals us a different hand of cards at different times of our lives and I never want to be opposed to change.  I'm leaving Santa Barbara and will be moving out of California this weekend, which I never thought I'd do.  And that means that I'm leaving my... Read more

How To Keep Your Succulent Wreath Alive & Looking Good

I'm a practical girl.  If I put the time, effort and money into making something then I want it to last for as long as possible.  Last week I did a tutorial on how to make a living succulent wreath.  Today I want to share with you how to take care of that succulent wreath outdoors to keep it alive, healthy and looking good for the long haul.   The bottom line is:  you don't... Read more

Weekend Musings

I grew up in northwestern Connecticut where May signaled the blooming of our lilac trees.  They only flowered for 2 weeks but my oh my, our house was full of vases with those sweetly scented, beautiful lavender-purple blooms.  I've never grown any of the new reblooming varieties but I can't imagine them being as impressive as our 15' trees.I recently bought a new home (it closes on Read more

5 Easy Steps To Making A Living Succulent Wreath

As you know, I'm a succulent maniac. I have a lot of them planted in my garden and in pots. I jump at the opportunity to make anything using these interesting, durable and visually diverse plants. Alright already, it's about time I make 1 of these wreaths!  Succulents are fun to look at and easy to maintain which makes them so... Read more

Aeonium Arboreum: How to Take the Cuttings

I got my Aeonium arboreum (the variety is "atropurpureum") at a lecture about succulents at the San Francisco Botanical Garden about 20 years ago.  The curator of the desert garden at the UC Davis arboretum was speaking and brought plants to sell.

This was of the very 1st succulents I ever bought and I carried it with me when I moved to Santa Barbara. I now have 3 of them in pots... Read more