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Monthly Archives: September 2016

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas With Natural Elements

Written By: Lucy Ferreira

Fall is here which means it's time to start thinking about Thanksgiving preparations: food, drinks, the decor and more food.  In the decor department, the table centerpiece happens to be my favorite.  Thanksgiving is all about gathering around the table sharing food, stories and giving thanks for the people in our lives and all that we have. This is why I like creating a focal... Read more

Weekend Musings

Oh my goodness, another summer has come and gone and fall has arrived. I love it when the light changes, the mornings get a little crisper and that harvest moon makes its 1st appearance. There's no foliage changes going on here in Tucson except for wild and wacky Ocotillos whose leaves are starting to turn yellow and drop... Read more

3 Unique Ways To Decorate Pumpkins Using Natural Ingredients

Say the word "fall" and 1 of the very 1st things we think of are pumpkins. Harvesting pumpkins, eating pumpkins, carving pumpkins and decorating with pumpkins. You know I love me some succulents but when I was cooking up ideas for gussied up pumpkins, I wanted to use something else.  That look has been seen over again and although... Read more

A Dracaena Marginata Needs Pruning: How To Do It

The alluring and popular Dracaena marginata loves to grow, and sometimes twist, every which way. I've seen plants with single stems which have reached at least 10' tall with just a few spikes of foliage at the top. A Dr. Seuss plant indeed. This plant grows with a single head on a single trunk and there's no branching unless you prune the trunks (canes or stems).  It's their habit to get rather long and leggy  over time so today I'll be pruning my Dracaena... Read more

Dracaena Marginata Cuttings Root Easily In Water: Here’s How To Keep Them Healthy

Dracaena marginatas are extremely popular houseplants and rightfully so. They're spiky, a bit edgy, fit in beautifully with modern, Asian or bohemian decor but sometimes they get a bit out of hand. I inherited a Dracaena marginata "Tricolor" from the previous homeowner which needed to be pruned back before I transplant and bring it in for the winter. I'm sharing with you a few things to keep in mind when rooting the cuttings.

Dracaena marginatas... Read more

Weekend Musings

Greetings!  My 1st summer of living in Tucson, Arizona is winding down and fall is fast approaching. Not the best timing because I moved here right as the temperatures were heating up and starting to sizzle. Oh, and all the non-stop sunshine didn't make things any more comfortable. I must say, this is the only place I've ever lived where one looks forward to summer... Read more

If You Love Mojitos, You Need To Grow This Mint

My favorite herb is actually a toss up between mint, basil and thyme but mint is hands up the one I use almost every day.  I love lemon in my water and when I throw in a few leaves of mint, then all's well in my world. I love Mojito Mint and was so happy when I found it at the Tucson Farmers Market.  But, truth be told, is the name just a marketing ploy???

No it's not!  This is the mint used to make Mojitos in Cuba, where they originated.

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Planting My Medley Of Succulent Plants & Cuttings

Oh you know how I love my wild and wacky, intriguing and interesting fleshy succulents!  It made my little ole horticultural heart melancholy to leave most of them behind when I moved from the coast of California to the Arizona desert.  It was clearly for their own good and well being that I gave them away to  to friends and neighbors.  I did bring a few small pots with me as well as quite... Read more