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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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Very Yellow Daffodils!

These are on my kitchen table right now and I have to say that they’re SO yellow that they almost hurt my eyes! But still, there they are and they’re actually inspiring me to plant brighter colors in my garden this year. I’ve always been a big fan of soft colors in the garden- like cream, peach, pink, lavender, pale yellow, etc., but these and this lastest pic from Annie’s Annuals have me raring to go bright!

Isn’t this the yummiest combination of colors and flowers you’ve seen in a while??I just want to eat them ALL up!

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Shades of Green… and blue, and gray…

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I love this combination of plants! The shapes, textures and colors all compliment each other so beautifully. The shiny blue-green glaze of the pot in the foreground and the barely visible natural stone fountain in the background make this a Sunset Magazine/Garden Design-worthy image, if I do say so myself! This little vignette is part of a garden I designed and planted about a year ago that had an Asian-inspired theme. Now that I’m done gloating, if anyone’s still with me, here’s a list of the plants:

– Echeveria imbricata (Hens & Chicks)

– Juniperus procumbens ‘Nana’ (Dwarf Japanese Juniper)

– Bamboo (can’t remember which, but definitely ‘clumping’ type!)

– Chondropetalum tectorum (Cape Rush)

BTW, the fountain is from Fabbri Home & Garden in Half Moon Bay and the pot is from AW Pottery in Berkeley. Isn’t it great when a plan comes together??

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Tiny Garden

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Cutest Thing Ever!

Last week I drove down the coast to see my friend Robin at Succulent Gardens in Moss Landing. He has a wonderland of all things succulent-y. Acres of the most beautiful, varied and healthy plants imaginable. I filled my truck up with plants for a garden I just planted in Montara that is right on the ocean. The thing I wanted for myself, though, was NOT FOR SALE yet! It was a prototype for a product that they will be selling soon. This little gem was about 5in. by 12in. on the outside, so the planted area was aprx. 2.5″ x 9.5″. Tiny!!! …and cute. Oh my god.

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