Six Sux for my Show-and-Tell

– Posted in: Succulents
Echeveria agavoides 'Lipstick'

  Spring starts for me this year at the Fallbrook Garden Club in north San Diego County on Feb. 24. Guests are welcome, and all attendees will receive a gift plant courtesy of nearby Serra Gardens Nursery. I'll show photos of beautifully designed gardens and do a show-and-tell of outstanding succulents from Serra.  Among them are: Echeveria agavoides 'Lipstick'. Shown close-up [...]

How to Fluff Your Succulents

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

In 5 minutes, you can transform an overgrown succulent bowl like this... into a tidy composition like this, using the same plants! Here's how: (1) Cut off the tips (about 4") of the leggy Graptosedum 'California Sunset' stems. Set cuttings aside. (2) Pull the Echeveria 'Afterglow' (the big rosette) out of the bowl, root ball and all, [...]

Glorious Corals

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Euphorbia milii

I know what you're thinking: I'm showing you a tree in all of its autumn splendor. Actually, this is what a flamingo Chinese cedar (Toona sinensis 'Flamingo') looks like now, with its fresh spring leaves. When I saw it (at the University of CA, Davis, Arboretum last week) it made me realize that coral is my probably [...]

Front Porch Ideas

– Posted in: Garden Adventures
Topiary closeup

Your front porch is the first room of your home guests see.  It sets the stage, reveals how tidy you are, and how much the aesthetics of your environment matter to you. A porch also can be a semi-public sitting area, combining elements of indoors and out. A red aeonium in the garden echoes the [...]

2011 Calendar Adventure

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12 Dec

Saxon's recent post, showing gorgeous December photos from his past calendars, has inspired me to share with you the images from my first-ever calendar along with info you might find useful should you want to create one yourself. It's easy to do through Cafe Press or Zazzle, online sources for note cards, coffee mugs, T-shirts and other customizable items---even [...]