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Monthly Archives: August 2016

Rooting My Medley Of Succulent Cuttings

I have a funny little story to share on how I learned that rooting succulent cuttings is super simple.When I drove 9 hours from Santa Barbara to Tucson, my car was jammed packed with plants, pots and 2 cats. I was crammed into the driver's seat with limited vision. My nerves were slightly frazzled from Oscar yapping away the whole trip.On the other hand, I felt like I was commanding a mobile greenhouse. I am at my happiest when I'm surrounded by plants.... Read more

What You Need To Create A Spooky Halloween Graveyard

It's time to get your goblins and ghouls out - Halloween is fast approaching!  I’ve done a large decorating job in the San Francisco Bay area for 2o years now and the graveyard scene steals the show from all the other displays in the front yard.  It's spooky but not too scary and is a delight to all who see it, especially at night. There are many, many photos... Read more

Weekend Musings

It's great to get home to my little desert oasis after sending 6 days in the concrete jungle of downtown Los Angeles.  The temps are cooling a bit here in Tucson so I've started to do some pruning and clean up. I did a post and video on the plans for my new garden which I'd love to share with you.We went to Los Angeles to attend BlogHer16 which was busy,... Read more

3 Reasons Why You Need A ZZ Plant in Your Life

This houseplant really shines - literally! I love the ZZ Plant because it's gorgeous, tough and so easy to care for.  Other names it goes by are Zanzibar Gem, Welcome Plant and its tongue twisting botanic name Zamioculcas zamifolia. Mine just got repotted so I'm sharing that project with you along with tips for keeping your ZZ healthy and looking like its fabulous self.

The 3 reasons why I love the ZZ Plant are: it tolerates low light, needs... Read more

127 Stunning Desert Plants and Succulents

From the colorful Paddle Plant, to the adorable Read more


How To Train A Weeping Pussy Willow To Grow Taller

I had zero experience with growing and maintaining this plant because it's not often seen in California. Although there were quite a few Pussy Willows growing around the pond on my childhood farm in New England, I didn’t even know there was a weeping variety.

My client, who lives just south of San Francisco, had been her eye on this weeping beauty in the Wayside Gardens catalogue... Read more

2 Cactus Dish Garden Makeovers

My cactus dish garden graced the bistro table on the patio off my shed (aka "the office") in Santa Barbara and was doing beautifully. I moved to the Arizona desert a couple of months ago and brought quite a few plants and cuttings with me.  The planting in the Talavera bowl found a spot on the table off of my kitchen and looked great for a few weeks.  By the end of June, signs of burn starting to show and I knew it was time to spring into action with my Read more

Sharing Plans For My New Desert Garden

Oh my goodness, it's time to plan another garden. And this isn't just any garden, it's my new garden in the desert. It's a smaller garden, and for a plant hound like me, those are so much harder to do than larger gardens. The plant choices and design options are so much more varied when you have more to work with.  I know that you might have a small garden too so I'm sharing my plans.

I hope this will help you think of something which hasn't crossed your... Read more