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.


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.


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!


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show 2015

Tomorrow starts one of my favorite events of the year! From March 18-22 the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show is a must go to destination for anyone interesting in gardening. This is a public exhibition held at the San Mateo Event Center just South of the San Francisco Airport. It’s worth the drive even if you only go for one day.

Of course Succulent Gardens will be there with a huge booth!   But so much more!

There is too much to see and do. This is the 30th anniversary of the show and the theme is “Going Wild”. Just the theme gets my imagination spinning. I can’t wait to come home with some great plants and fresh exciting gardening ideas!

 There will be more than 100 free how-to seminars and hands-on workshops. From growing your own food, designing with flowers, backyard beekeeping and how to create the ultimate vertical succulent garden. You can even take a photography class. There is something for everyone!

Listen to seminars with top industry experts. You can learn new techniques and skills and talk to the experts on many gardening and landscaping topics. And one of my favorite parts is being able to shop thousands of plants and garden related products. I need to remember to leave extra room in my car this year.

You will be able to wander through 15 designer gardens with artfully arranged plants, trees and flowers in full bloom. This event covers 5 acres and these gardens are full size. These are wonderful designers from the West coast and they will be on hand to answer questions

This is just a quickie post and I hope to see everyone there!  When I get back PHOTOS!  Woohoo!  Should be a blast.

For schedule and more information go to San Francisco Flower & Garden Show!


It's Another Beautiful Day!