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  • Grilling Up Succulents

    Succulent abuse Oh the humanity! I’ve been feeling kind of bad about these guys for awhile now. They look so sad all jammed in that shallow little box. They don’t get a lot of sun these days either, since they’re on the winter shade side of the patio. Back in the day Look at how […]

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  • Countless Cacti

    California Cactus Center California Cactus Center was on our list of places to check out.  Glad we did.  They have some cool skool specimens hanging out…and for sale. Crazy amount of Cacti. I’d be the first to admit…we really don’t have a lot of cactus in our garden, and wasn’t sure we had any.  But […]

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  • Penjing at Huntington

    Penjing at Huntington Garden. Penjing at the Huntington Botanical Gardens?  No way.  We were first introduced to this Chinese art form last summer over in Golden Gate Park.  Penjing is similar to bonsai that stuff is miniaturized, but does it more as a whole mini landscape. Chinese Garden. Taking a break from the succulents, we […]

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  • Tillandsia Paradise

    Rainforest Flora. Our road trip last Dec/Jan took us to LA, and  Rainforest Flora was on our short list of must see nurseries down there.  Located in Torrance, their Tillandsia oasis was cooler than we could imagine.  Yeah, we’re Air Plant junkies too. Tillandsias galore. Why is Rainforest Flora so awe-inspiring?  Since 1993, they’ve been […]

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  • Botanic Garden Meadows

    Santa Barbara Botanic Garden It’s our last stop at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.  Dudleyas – Check.  Spiky succulents – Check.   Onward to that lush trail we see ahead. Rooftop Garden The rooftop garden was beckoning us with its breathtaking views of the Santa Ynez Mountains in the distance. Underneath the Rooftop Garden We’re […]

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  • Weekend Backyard Action

    Pile of Crassula falcata Yesterday we took advantage of the sunny, sixty something degree day by going nuts in the garden. I brought home twelve new plants from work, we also had quite a few homeless guys on the table. They all made it in to the ground! I started out the morning hacking down, […]

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  • Prickly Parts

    Shaw’s Agave – Agave shawii It was as gorgeous morning when we cruised through the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.  As you know we popped over to the Dudleya section first, but check out the color on this Shaw’s Agave (Agave shawii).  BTW, Rancho Reubidoux has some excellent pics on the A. shawii flower spike. Santa […]

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  • January Bloom Day Fun

      Tillandsia crocata It’s January 14th almost 15th, which means it’s May Dreams Gardens, Garden Bloggers Bloom Day time. We’ve got some blooms going on. This cute little Tillandsia crocata was a souvenir from our trip down south. It’s eeny weeny little yellow flower is surprisingly fragrant. We’ll be blogging about Rainforest Flora (epiphyte heaven […]

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  • Hugemongous Moreton Bay Fig

    Moreton Bay Fig Tree – Ficus macrophylla Near the Amtrak station in Santa Barbara, there’s one of the biggest Moreton Bay Fig trees in the country.  This monstrous fig spans just under 200 feet wide.  Wow, that like 4 Greyhound buses parked end to end.  Look above.  You see that little black thing on the […]