Our Trip to Lotusland

Angele and I went to Lotusland in May, 2014. She had been before but it was my first time and as a big fan of cacti and succulents, I was psyched. Lotusland was built by a series of owners...

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Succulent Symmetry at the RBG

The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA is one of my favorite collections of cacti and succulents… and it’s one of the most important in the world, in fact. There are many reasons to love this place and...

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Four Seasons of Shrubs: Yellow Flowers

In this series we profile four plants (one for each season) that share a particular trait. This episode features five shrubs with yellow flowers. Wait, five? Yup–because one of them flowers year-round! That’s right, our first shrub quickly became...

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February Garden Tasks

April February Garden Tasks Trying to be funny with the title but it’s not really funny, is it? Our sunny weather is a guilty pleasure right now. Let’s hope that February is a rainy month! In the ornamental garden:...

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January Garden Tasks

Now that December festivities are behind us why not spend some time in the garden? There are plenty of dry, sunny days ahead that are ideal for pruning and controlling weeds. Get a little exercise and fresh air, and...

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December Garden Tasks 2014

I love December because I finally get relief from the sun while I do my garden work. If I’m lucky there is just a soft drizzle of rain to dampen the street traffic. It’s like being in a cocoon....

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November Garden Tasks 2014

This is the time of year to start collecting interesting pine cones, seed pods and crispy flower heads for indoor arrangements. Pair them with nice pottery or even a jelly jar. Real materials are infinitely more interesting than artificial...

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