Thursday, April 16, 2015

I Got to Go to GROW

Now say that title 5 times fast.  LOL  Just messing with you.

I have been waiting and waiting to visit this cool nursery.  I finally got my chance the beginning of this month while on vacation to the Morro Bay area.  I was giddy with excitement and was not disappointed.

GROW is tucked behind some cute little shops on the main street of Cambria, CA.  It has some really rare and unusual succulents, lots of Tillandsia and delicious hand made pots by well known potters in California.  They also had some cool mineral specimens and my much sought after slag glass.  Needless to say we brought two cars on our trip with my ulterior motive being to bring home plants, pots and glass!  Moohahaha!

Let's take a look!


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The entrance was chock full of goodies.  I haven't shown you yet but there was a lot of cool stuff before I saw this outside.


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I found this Montrose San Pedro cereus outside.  Snapped that baby right up.  I grow them well and can't wait to see it monstrose.


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This old truck surround by succulent beauty and pointing the way was in the courtyard outside the nursery.


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All I could saw was WOW at this Tillandsia!


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A great variety of rare Sanseveria and Hoya were inside.  These gorgeous pots are made by Esther Studios.  I would love to have one for my collection.  I had to pass though since I wanted a few rare plants.  Tucked inside these beautiful pots were wonderful plants of all kinds to give you an idea what filled pots would look like.


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More great pots!  Mark Muradian on the top.  Mike Cone makes the ones on the bottom!


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Another amazingly cool Tillandsia growing in a bunch.  Most of the plantlets were blooming!

Now it was time to walk outside and see more of everything!  So out the backdoor I walked..... into Wonderland!


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Isn't this a sight to behold.  In my imagination the tractor stopped working and was abandoned.  Over the years the succulents just took it over and made it a work of art!


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Even the side yard had cool stuff.  And whoever decorated is awesome!  Left side!


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Right side.  Too hot for me to grow those pretty bromeliads outside in Roseville/Sacramento, CA.


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Even this cool Abromeltiella brevifolia needs some shade as you can see.  This one must be very old and has enveloped the pot!


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This will give you a good idea how big it was!


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I love how the place was decorated.  Cool old signs, wagon wheels and this old car hood stood out.  But the succulents were the stars!


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Isn't this metal piece of art cool?!  And against the corrugated steel it pops out.


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Stan the man helping with photography!


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More fantastic pottery outside.  A whole bunch by our own Keith Kitoi Taylor!  Click on the link to see some to buy!


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Love those Firesticks, so red!  And look at the slag glass!  It was everywhere in lots of colors!


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.This Agave Cornelius really caught my eye!  Love those teeth!  The imprint marks in the green from next leaf look really artsy!


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Here are a few things I came home with!  So exciting!  I'm trying to remember who makes these cool pots!


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A variegated Hoya with heart shaped leaves!   EEEEEE!


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And last but not least, my long sought after slag glass!

So I wish I had been able to meet one of the two Nick's that own GROW.  And if Jan had been there I would have been over the Moon.  But Brandon was very, very helpful and knowledgeable.

They are open from 10 to 5 every day.  So go pay a visit to GROW!  You will love it!



It's Another Beautiful Day!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show 2015 part 1

A lot of things have been going on lately here at Sweetstuff's.  Things are coming out of hibernation and so am I.  Except I am awaiting another back and neck ablation.  Then in 4 weeks I will be roaring for digging and major planting!  Woohoo!

I just came back from vacation with our best friends to the San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay area.  I will be posting about that and my visits to GROW in Cambria and The Garden Gallery in Morro Bay.  What beautiful places.  So stay tuned.

But first let's look at the retail area at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show this year.  A lot of the same vendors made their appearance which was good to see.  Must have been good business last year.  I saw lots of people carrying their load of goodies to be held in the Holding Area.  Great idea!  This year I went with my sister and we had lots of stuff being held!  LOL

Succulent Gardens and books

My first stop is always the huge Succulent Gardens booth!  As usual it was stock full of goodies and people were filling their cardboard boxes with plants!

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Look at all the healthy plants, just waiting to be bought!


Wegman's Nursery 1

Right behind the booth for Succulent Gardens was Wegman's Nursery.  I was intrigued by all the cool topiary they had.  So many shapes!  They had some great plants also.


Sticky Situation

The Sticky Situation cactus company was there.  They came from Arizona with some incredible plants.  I went home with a crazy looking Euphorbia.  I will show you that on a later post.


Orchic Fiori D'Amore

Orchid Fiori D'Amore was there with their amazing orchids.  I bought one last year that smells like chocolate..  It is blooming right now.  Now that I see the photo I should have gone inside and looked at the large snail shells in the back.  I bought three last year that hang on a metal hook.  Dang it!


Hang a Pot

I love these Hang a Pot thingy's!  You can hammer then in a fence and easy peasy hang your pot!


Fairy Gardens

At one end of the Fiesta Hall kids could go to a cool area and work on Fairy Gardens.  This is an example of one and it's in a booth of which I don't have the name sorry to say.  Lot's of cool fairy stuff.

Now there were many more booths.  Lot's of raised garden beds.  (Pretty expensive)  Aloe lotion for your body, garden tools and lot's of other things for your garden experience.  If I show'd you every one though you would be bored.

Orchids

Type of puya

Check out this cool plant.  It's a puya.  Should have gotten one.


Mark Muradian pots

  Mark Muradian had a booth with his fabulous pots!  Every one wants one.  My sister and I went home with one.


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Aren't these gorgeous!


Mark Murean pot

This is the pot I bought.  I put Graptoveria Fred Ives.  I think it is a good match.


Garden Design

Our friends from Garden Design were there.  So I had to stage this shot.  It's a great publication.  If you don't get it you might want to consider it.


Debra Lee Baldwin

Debra Lee Baldwin was there with a wonderful presentation each day!  Lot's of great speakers and demo's.  Not enough time in a day to shop and go to these extra events.  Ack!  LOL


Garden Art by Marissa Motto

This was cool Garden Art by Marissa Motto!  Very cute!


Glass Gardens NW

Right next door was this eye popping garden glass by Glass Gardens NW!  There were a few booths with garden glass but this was very cool.


Katy LaReau

But this booth and the brilliant designs by Katy LaReau had me entranced.  I had to buy a small flower.  Would have liked a bug but pretty expensive.


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I will leave you with this shot I took of this gorgeous Bilbergia nutans flower.  I didn't think it was real until I got up close!

Until next time!


It's Another Beautiful Day!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring has Sprung and Misc. Sweetstuff Things

I am so excited for Spring to be here.  I have been so busy working in the garden I have't blogged about the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show.  But it is coming.  I wanted to show you a little bit of what has been going on in the garden.

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This is one of my favorite nurseries to go to in Roseville.  They always  have lots of succulents and tons of other cool gardening stuff.  You name it they have it  I have been slowly but surely replacing my rollers for their's that can hold up to 500 pounds ad they won't break.


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Remember the greenhouse I bought and used last winter?  We kept up the poles and used them to attach shade cloth so I have more growing area without the intense Sacramento sun.  It is fantastic!


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I found this awesome new red hybrid Aeonium and added it to a pot in the Aeonium corner.  It's name is mini ming!


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I love this aloe in the front side bed but the leaves are unusually sharp.  Don't now the name darn nit!


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This beautiful pot I named Lola was potted with crassula tiny tim last year and has grown a lot.  I love her!


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I am in love with Aeonium mardi gras!  The colors are superb and it grows like a beast!


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 My very first Mark Muradian pot!  I
fell in love and knew I would be planting Perle von Nurnberg in it!


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This is Echeveria crinoline ripples!  I am in love with her juiciness, color and curls!


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My sister and I will be repotting this soon.  Should be quite a chore!  But it really needs to be done.  This is my huge Euphorbia enolpa.


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This is a glass top to a light fixture!  It was begging to be planted.  I used moss covered mesh over the hole so dirt will not fall through.  Aeonium kiwi is in the back and aloe bright star in front!  Red lava top dressing!

That's about it for now!  Have a super weekend!

It's Another Beautiful Day!



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tillandsias

Let's learn about some unusual plants called Tillandsia or Air plants.  They are epiphytes.  Epiphytes are plants that grow harmlessly on other plants. They take in all their moisture and nutrients through their leaves.   Other epiphytes are orchids, mosses and bromeliads.  But we will be discussing the genus Tillandsia.

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This large Tillandsia Streptophylla X Xerographica is setting in a beautiful green blown glass that belonged to my Mother.

I bet you have seen these little plants before.  You may have even bought one.  Once you get your darling little Tillandsia home and take it out of the bag, you probably stared at it not knowing how to care for it.  Here is my most import tip:  DO NOT PLANT IT IN SOIL!  It will die!  They do have roots but they are used to hang on to trees or rocks.


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There are so many ways you can display your Tillandsia.  One of my go to ideas is to put them in a large shell.  Then it looks like a little critter is crawling out.  As you can see in one photo, Green Acres nursery (little plug for one of my favorite nurseries), inserts them upside down in a sea urchin shell. A waterproof glue like E6000 can keep them in place. 

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They are really easy to care for.  They like to be in bright but filtered light.  Do not put them in direct hot sun as that will dry them out very quickly.  These plants are used to living high in trees or on rock faces in tropical regions.  They like good air circulation and need moisture.  But they like to dry out between watering. So once or twice a week I drench my Tillandsia in water.  Usually under the kitchen sink.  I shake off the excess water and put it back in it’s home.

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Here's another tip: The thinner the leaves the more often they will need to be watered. If the leaves have a fuzzy texture they will need water less often. The fuzzy bits help hold the water for the leaves to take in.

Have fun with your plants.  Hang them from the wall attached to wine corks.  You can even get little terrariums for them.  These are small and round and usually have two holes.  This provides good air circulation.  Add some colored sand in the bottom then tiny shells, drift wood and moss.  Then place your baby inside and hang.  Just make sure to take the plant out of the terrarium to water.  When dry you can put it back inside.


I hope you get one of two and try them out! Have fun and Happy Gardening!


It's Another Beautiful Day!