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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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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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Evolution of a Gardener

When my interest in gardening and garden design began, I was drawn to very bright colors. (I also disliked foliage variegation and Hated succulents!) This attraction lasted, believe it or not, for about 10 years. Cut to 1995: I had just started my business and was doing mostly flower garden maintenance. A little planting and design, but not much. I would also occasionally help out Sue Fitzsimmons, garden designer extraordinaire (and the reason I do what I do). What I noticed about the plants she chose was that there were a lot of pale, pastel, muted colors. In other words, the gardens were Cool. Sophisticated. Relaxing. Calming. Ahhhhh. Ok! I thought, these are the kinds of garden that Real designers create. And it wasn’t just Sue. Everywhere I looked- design magazines, plant catalogues, garden tours, etc. there were muted shades of greens, grays, blues, pinks, creams and whites. It felt really good to me and my preferences started to change. I eventually got to the point where I said that I disliked most reds, yellows and oranges in the garden. I considered these colors to be garish, harsh and aggressive. Now granted, I live on the Coast and we have lots of overcast or foggy days and cool colors in the garden do complement these gray skies, but NO hot colors at all?? Pretty closed minded, right? Here’s some pictures of my garden that were taken 2 & 3 years ago:

See a theme?? Very Coooool….. For the record. I love these images and I love these colors, but recently I’ve been ITCHING for something more. COLOR. Bright, vibrant, warm color. Tangerine, raspberry, lime, and purple.

I saw this image from Annie’s Annuals recently (see a couple posts ago!) and can’t get it out of my head. It has inspired me to go for it in my garden this year:

Vibrant Colors- from Annie's Annuals catalogue

Aren’t these colors just luscious?  (broken record?) I’ve just now completed stage one in my color renovation. I’ve planted about 30 new perennials & annuals in the ground. The reason I had the room to add these plants is because this winter the gophers ATE about 40 Bearded Iris (bastards!!), 4 Nepeta ‘Six-hills Giant’ (which take up lots of room…) and also a few of my large English Lavenders decided to give up the ghost on their own. All this space is now filled with soon-to-be-brightly-colored plants with nice, snug gopher baskets around their roots. There’s nothing I can do about all my softly-shaded roses at this point, so it should be interesting to see how all this comes together!

The next stage is POTS. LOTS of color-poppin’, gotta-dance pots.

I’ll keep you posted!

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Container Victory Gardening

Home food gardens are more popular now than they have been since victory gardens during WWII. 40% of the food consumed in this country during that time was produced in home and community gardens! Though they’ve never been a bad idea, in fact I’ll talk about why they’re such a good idea in a moment, they fell out of favor with the majority of people for various reasons- the main one being inconvenience.

When a person could buy almost any type of produce they wanted, at almost any time of year, from their local supermarket- that was pretty darn convenient compared to the relative inconvenience of maintaining a vegetable garden!

Personally, it wasn’t until just two years ago that I started my own. I just assumed they were too time-consuming for me, or… too inconvenient. Ironically, what finally got me growing my own was our local Farmers Market. I simply got used to eating delicious, nutritious food and wanted more access to it!

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New Succulent Project



These are some potted succulents that have been ignored and neglected for a couple of years now. Some are still in their plastic nursery pots… Bad gardener! Anyway, I’m going to make amends for this sad situation in the next week or two, and of course I’ll post the results. I have a larger pot or two that I think they would be much more comfortable in. Looking at the plants that I have here, I see that I’ll have to actually go and buy a couple more from the nursery to do my project. I want a variety of colors and it seems I have a fondness for pale grey/green with hints of pink. I think some darker green and/or some burgundy tones might go nicely… or… maybe I’ll just stick I’ll with a grey-ish color scheme. Stay tuned!

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Potted Succulents

Potted Succulents

Potted Succulents

I planted four of these big containers about 3 years ago for a law firm on Main St. They’re placed on a private deck that their employees can use for breaks or lunch. They truly are very low maintenance. A couple of months ago I pulled all the plants out, divided them, cleaned them up and replanted them and this is how they’re looking. So in over three years, besides watering once a week at most, this recent “re-plant” is all that I’ve done! I’m a fairly recent convert to the beauty of gardening with succulents (see previous post), but for the right application, I’m totally sold!  You don’t have to wait for them to bloom because they’re interesting in all seasons, low water requirements and in temperate climates, very dependable! Yup. I will be doing this again. Maybe even for me. I could throw a few pots (maybe round ones) like these around my fluffy rose garden. Could be interesting…

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