Thursday, August 30, 2012

Drilling Holes in Pots

Hi my friends!  I have always wanted to start a video series so this is the beginning.  I wanted to show you how to drill holes in pots.  It is really easy!  Check it out!




Hope you enjoy and drill away!

And remember:

It's Another Beautiful Day!



Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Oasis Water Efficient Gardens with Debra and Cindy part Two

This is the second post on Oasis Water Efficient Gardens. You can view part one right here.  I took so many photos that I needed to split it up.  And as I discovered could easily be broken up into three parts.  But I am a procrastinator so I'm not going to do that to you.   If you remember back in July of this year I got to spend some time with two wonderful woman, that love succulents as much as I do.  Debra Lee Baldwin photographer and author of Succulent Container Gardens and Designing with Succulents was so gracious in showing us some of the most beautiful nurseries and awesome succulents.  I will never forget my time there.

A little background on the nursery.  There primary goal is to provide exceptional selection and quality, along with knowledgeable and friendly customer service.  And I can attest to the fact that the selection and quality of the succulents was A++.  I did not see one blemish on any plant.  And Carmen Contreras was there to answer any questions we might have.  The business started in the Fall of 2010 specializing in cacti and succulents.  But they do also have some really great drought tolerant perennials and shrubs.  As stated by Carmen Contreras, nursery manager at Oasis, "On our property, we have several display gardens designed to inspire those considering a change to a more water efficient garden or offer new possibilities’ to those who already have. It’s a great opportunity for people to see how the plants perform in real garden situations – day in and day out 365 day/year. Unless a plant has no chance of survival, we leave them be. We want our customers to get an accurate representation of how these plants respond to their environment. Of course, we do provide our plants with the necessary maintenance and care they deserve. All this allows us to pass our experiences’ along to our customers."  

The following are my favorite photos and plants of the display gardens.  We had the best time wandering around this lovely garden, taking photos and discussing succulents.  

Succulent rooftop

This succulent rooftop composition was so beautiful!  Succulents can provide quite a bit of insulation and look so beautiful also.


Succulent rooftop

A close up of part of the roof top for you!


Senecio anteuphorbium

Senecio anteuphorbium

Pedilanthus sp. mini Lady Slippers

Pedilanthus sp. mini Lady Fingers
The flowers at of the tip of each leaf look like little tiny red slippers!


Blooming agave

Agave Colorata hybrid


Agave colorata hybrid bloom

Agave Colorata hybrid bloom

Kalanchoe luciae 2

Kalanchoe luciae
This kalanchoe just loved it in this display garden.  It was getting the full California sun!


Euphorbia tirucallii 1


Euphorbia tirucallii 'Fire sticks'

Euphorbia mauritanica 'Golden Spurge'

Euphorbia mauritanica 'Golden Spurge'

Euphorbia mammillaris varigata

Euphorbia mammillaris varigata

Euphorbia ammak variegata

Euphorbia ammak variegata

Echium fastuosum

Echium fastuosum

Echeveria hybrid 'Crimson Tide' 1

Echeveria hybrid 'Crimson Tide'
I fell in love with this echeveria!  I love the wrinkled leaves and the color is beautiful.


Dudleya candida 1

Dudleya candida

Cotyledon orbiculata var. flanaganii

Cotyledon orbiculata var. flanaganii

Cotyledon 'Chalk Fingers'

Cotyledon 'Chalk Fingers'

Centaurea cineraria

Centaurea cineraria

Agave vilmoriniana 'Octopus agave'

Agave vilmoriniana 'Octopus Agave' with Echinocactus Grusonii 'Golden Barrel Cactus and Senecio mandraliscae (Kleinia) 'Blue chalk fingers'

Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor'

Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor'

Agave celsii albicans

Agave celsii albicans

Agave americana 'Medio-Picta Alba'

Agave americana 'Medio-Picta Alba'

Sedum river

At the end of the display gardens we saw this beautiful river of sedums.   Oasis has been able to grow sedum in mats so that you can just take the whole flat and lay it on your soil.  It's all ready to take root and grow!  What a great idea!

So as you can see we had a fabulous time at this nursery!  I could have taken a van full of these succulents home with me but darn it we had absolutely no room.  The prices were really great.  I encourage anyone in the area to visit this wonderful nursery.  Check it out and get the address from their website here.

Thank you so much for sticking with me while I take forever to blog.  I do have a lot of fun on my facebook page also which you can check out.  I love to share photos and great ideas from others!

So until next time remember:

It's Another Beautiful Day!












Saturday, August 4, 2012

Mom's Succulent Bird Cage

My sweet Mother passed away about 9 years ago but she left me things that bring back memories.  I was visiting my Dad a few months back and we went out on the his back patio.  Mom was quite a flower gardener in her day until her heart and  Alzheimer's took away her gardening ability.  So I collected many pots and then I saw the old iron bird cage in the corner.  It had been sitting out in the rain and was pretty rusty but that didn't matter.  I remember the beautiful flowers that my Mom would have poking out between the bars.  I always Oooo'd and Aaaaaah'd over it!   I asked my Dad if I could take it home and plant with succulents.  He said of course so I loaded the heavy birdcage in the back of my van.  I actually stared at it for a couple of months before I decided what to do.  And what a great way to remember my Mom whenever I look at it!
I planted this a month or so ago and forgot to post about it.  I was reminded when author photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin did a recent post in Gardening Gone Wild on birdhouse or birdcage succulent gardening.    It features my friend Cindy Davison's incredible succulent birdhouse's that I featured in a post that you can find here!


Top of Bird cage

First thing I did, since I wanted to plant the top, was get some coconut fiber matting at Lowe's and I made my own pot in the top of the bird cage.  I filled it with my soil then added a green sedum to poke out the top and put  Crassula Marginalis 'Calico Kitten' around the edge in hopes it will continue to drape down.


Bottom of bird cage

I put a plastic pot saucer with holes in it on the bottom of the bird cage.  I wanted something to hold the soil and lift the plants up a bit.  I planted Senecio Vitalis in the back, Echeveria elegans 'Mexican Snowball', Sedeveria in the front right and some elogated (from lack of light) Sedum adolphii.  Hopefully the sedum will do better now that I have moved this in more light!


Succulent Bird Cage all done

So here is the whole thing as it sat on the patio just finished!  I now need some muscle to put it under the gazebo!


Succulent Bird Cage

Here it is in it's permanent location.  I put it on a stand in the back right corner of my gazebo.  It receives morning light then filtered light throughout the day.  It is very happy and makes me really happy.  Everytime I look at it I think of my Mom!   Aaaah!

Until next time remember:

It's Another Beautiful Day!