Monthly Archives: June 2010

Topiary Caterpillar

My daughters and I have been grooming this guy for about 2 years now. As topiary creatures go, caterpillars are pretty easy, but It makes us (& our guests) smile!

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Aaand Another…

See my last two posts to understand the title of this one. I’ll make it short, but I just wanted to show you what I did with all those gorgeous plants I bought in Moss Landing. The site has full ocean exposure (about a mile inland) and very windy. I mixed the succulents with other really tough plants like Juniper, Leucodendron, Carex, Mugo Pine and Phormium. All the pots have drip irrigation and should do quite well. *crosses fingers*

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Visit to Succulent Gardens!

Ok. Two posts in a row about succulents, I know, but I’m having a lot of fun with them! The place I go to buy them is called Succulent Gardens and the owner, Robin, has been doing this for more than 30 years. He is, as we say, an expert. I had to buy some plants for a very windy site and of course Aeonium was on the list. They’re weird, cool and beautiful- not to mention really tough. ┬áThere are so many different ones! Here’s what Robin has done with them in a display garden. I call it the Aeonium Bank.

Click on ’em, click on ’em, click on ’em! They look oh so much better BIG. Isn’t this AMAZING??

They also have many greenhouses and one of them had carpets of sweet babies. See?

If you feel like driving along the coast to Moss Landing, you can go east at the twin smokestacks of the power plant and in five more minutes, you’ll be in heaven. Oh, and afterward you can have a super yummy lunch at Haute Enchilada. (NOT “The Whole Enchilada” that you can see from the highway- confusing, I know)

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Succulents Revisited

A while ago (I’m embarrassed at how long) I posted that I was going to do something with all the old, sad and neglected succulents lying about in pots. Well, I finally did it!

First I planted a large urn by my front door with a mixture of plants and mulched with rocks that are similar in color to the plants:

…aaand a close up…

The last part of the project was me potting up some little pots of separate plants. I can’t wait ’til they grow in!

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