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Monthly Archives: July 2016

How I Repotted My Hanging Succulent: The 6′ Trails Were A Challenge!

My Grey Fishhooks Senecio had trails over 6' long and was growing in the 6" pot just as it came from the grower's greenhouse.  It's been happily doing it's trailing thing in a very bright spot, with about an hour of direct sun, on the patio off of my living room enjoying the hot desert days and evenings.  This hanging succulent keeps on growing and I knew that the pot was getting way too small for it.

Time to spring into action and step up to a little... Read more

What Everyone Should Know About Growing Rosemary

Oh yes siree, rosemary is wonderful!  It's a woody perennial evergreen herb that's commonly sold as a shrub and is a member of the mint family. This is such an attractive plant to have in the garden and comes in a few forms, many sizes and is versatile and easy.  Here's what you should know about growing rosemary.The Rosemary "Tuscan Blue" was 1 of the anchor plants in my Read more

7 Ways You Can Increase Curb Appeal and Home Sales

This post, written by Bobbi Peterson, especially interested  me because I just moved from California to Arizona and sold a house.  Before my home went up for sale I did a lot of tidying up to make certain the gardens were neat and that the front porch and patios were inviting. Remember, curb appeal is very important and 1st impressions do matter!  

These 7 tips will help... Read more

1 Way To Get More Spider Plant Babies

I love wild and wacky Spider Plants but I love them even more when they produce lots of babies.  I got mine from Santa Ynez Gardens and bought it with me when I moved to Tucson.  It's hanging outside right near the front door but the grow pot just wasn't knocking my socks off. It really has sent a lot more babies in the 2 months that I've lived here but I wanted a jazzier decorative pot to put it in. This is 1 way to get more Spider Plant babies, which is... Read more

Pruning To Rejuvenate My Salvia Greggii

There are many different types, sizes and colors of salvias, both perennial and annual, which are all commonly planted the world over.  Here in Tucson, which is now my world, I inherited a very overgrown and extremely woody Salvia x greggii in my new garden.  I've been wanting to clean it up for weeks now and this past Sunday afternoon I had the time... Read more

Flower Bowl Planting 101

Oh my horticultural goodness, I was just about to have my green thumb certificate rebuked if I didn't spring into action. When I can home from my trip to San Francisco the 2 flower bowls on either side of my gate were deader than doornails. There's nothing that says "welcome to my home" like 2 pots of petrified petunias!  I was going to wait until early fall to switch them over but my mind quickly changed.This post goes over the basics so you can think... Read more

How to Care for and Prune an Iochroma cyanea

Oh my tubular floral goodness, Iochroma cynaea grows like a bean stalk and flowers like crazy.  Because of its vigorous growth habit, this subtropical stunner needs a frequent cut back.  Not only does this tall shrub look much better with pruning but it also stimulates flowering as it blooms on new growth.  This is all about the necessary pruning of Iochroma cyanea as well as how to care for it.

Weekend Musings

I moved!  Yes, I drove from Santa Barbara CA to Tucson AZ over Memorial Day weekend in a relatively small car car packed to the gills with plants, cuttings, pots and 2 kitties.  Oscar yapped the whole way (9 hours, but who's keeping track?!) but all 3 of us made it here none the worse for wear.  I haven't done a Weekend Musings post in ages so I thought it was about time.The... Read more

Potting Up My Pencil Cactus Cuttings

I loved my 8' Pencil Cactus and had it for a very long time.   It was a cutting that I took in San Francisco and it traveled with me when I moved to Santa Barbara.  I 1st laid eyes on it when I was installing the Macy’s Spring Flower in the late 80’s and it was part of 1 of the window displays.  Succulents were very exotic back then and... Read more

Add A Touch Of Intrigue To Your Garden With Black Flowers

I love all flowers, but I must admit, black flowers add that touch of drama to the garden like no others. I've only grown black calla lilies but there are many other choices out them there. I'm doing a post on green flowers soon (oh you know how I love them!) but when the folks at ProFlowers shared info on types of flowers by color, I just knew I wanted to share it... Read more