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  • Rearranging Rocks

    Max and succulent containers. It’s cleaning day in the garden and Max the Border Collie is always ready to help.  Last summer, Megan cranked out a bunch of succulent containers which we arranged on a homemade bench.  Every time it rains or the wind blows…the neighbor’s big Myoporum laetum tree drops debris on, underneath and […]

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  • Ants In Our Plants

    When Ants Attack! GROSS! What the heck? On this quiet, rainy Sunday afternoon Matti was watering some of the indoor plants. I’ve been slacking on my plant watering duties lately, and started to worry that they were so bone dry that simply pouring water on to them wasn’t doing much. The water was running right […]

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  • Ridiculously Rosey Ribes

    Ribes sanguineum love After tiptoeing through the tulips at the Dutch Windmill two weekends ago we headed east, and found a bunch of Ribes sanguineums putting on a show near the bathroom (I think it’s a bathroom) close to Chain of Lakes, off the bike path. Truthfully, they were all over the place, but these […]

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  • Huntington’s Iconic Cacti

    Echinocactus grusonii – Golden Barrel Cactus. There are iconic plants and gardens across the world, and this standing of cacti fit the bill.  I was first introduced to Huntington Botanical Gardens while watching Jamie Durie touring the ground while taping a Victory Garden episode. Mammillaria geminispina. Mammillaria geminispina really pops like fire and ice.  The […]