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Monthly Archives: October 2017

How To Prune Leggy, Overgrown Geraniums

Have you ever walked into someone's house and just wanted to prune their plants? Are you raising your hand on this one too? It happens to me quite often and most times I keep my mouth shut and my Felcos in their... Read more

Protecting Your Garden From Curious Pets and Other Critters

Written By: Gwen Lewis

For those of us who enjoy gardening, we may also love animals and our pets and sometimes combine these can be complicated. The term “curiosity killed the cat” may come to mind when thinking about the inquisitive nature of felines, but cats, dogs and other forms of outdoor wildlife can wreak havoc in our gardens.

Size Doesn’t Matter

When it comes to destructive behavior from dogs, many people may imagine larger... Read more

Pruning & Shaping My Star Jasmine Vine In Fall

The best time to prune Star Jasmine, or Tracelospermum jasminoides, is soon after it flowers. It has a twining, wandering growth habit and wants to grab onto anything it can. Sometimes you need to prune it once or twice more during the growing season just to keep it from going too crazy.  Today I'm talking about pruning and shaping Star Jasmine Vine in the fall; October 19th to be exact.I moved into my house in Tucson a year and a half ago and Read more

4 Easy Steps To Decorating A Yellow Pumpkin With Purple Statice And Air Plants

These days pumpkins and gourds come in all sorts of shapes, colors, sizes, variegations, and textures. Now that you're not limited to a traditional orange color palette, the decorating possibilities endless. This post is all about decorating a yellow pumpkin.  And, because of the unusual color, I decided to pair it with unusual elements also: air plants, statice,... Read more

Why Is My Bromeliad Plant Turning Brown & Looking Sick?

I get asked "why is my bromeliad plant turning brown" and "why is my bromeliad looking sick" every now and then. It's time to do a post which addresses these concerns because there's 1 reason which stands out above the others.There are many things which can cause  houseplants (or plants in general) to turn brown. Here are a few reasons: too dry, too wet, too... Read more

A Simple, Non-Traditional Pumpkin DIY In Natural Tones

Long gone is the time when you could only buy or grow pumpkins in orange.  These days they come in dark to light orange, white, green, blue-grey, peach, yellow, brown with smooth skin, warts, ribbed, and in all shapes and sizes. This brown one caught my eye because I'd never seen one before. It was destined to be - I just had to do a pumpkin DIY in natural tones with this beauty.My client had bought an SUV full of pumpkins and other squashes at Read more

Transplanting My Dracaena Marginata With Its Cuttings

Written By: Nell Foster

When you move into a new house it's nice to inherit something you really want instead of 35 cans of old paint, scraps of construction materials and a bunch of other junk. The previous owner left behind a plant that I liked and it was in pretty good shape to boot. This is all about transplanting my Dracaena marginata with a couple of Read more

Halloween Front Porch Decorations Reused To Create A New Look Each Year

Hold on to your witch's hat because Halloween is coming your way!  And how better to welcome all the goblins on the eve of October 31st than to have a spooked up yet frighteningly fun and welcoming entry. Over the past 17 years I've been decorating the same Victorian house in the San Francisco Bay Area for Halloween.  Here's how Halloween front porch decorations get reused to create a new (and slightly different) look each year.These characters, props,... Read more