Tag Archives: succulents

Before, During and After pics

For the past year I’ve been working on a really wonderful project. It’s a beautiful spot right on a cliff above the ocean. The weather is pretty extreme, so plant selection has been tricky, to say the least! I’m doing a fairly good job at taking lots of pictures, which is not always my strong point. Here’s just a little taste…

Before:

Just after planting(with some rare sun!):

 

6 months After:

More on this project in the future!

Advertisements

2 Comments

Filed under jobs, Montara, succulents

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.  There 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)

1 Comment

Filed under shopping, succulents

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!

Leave a comment

Filed under me in the garden, potted gardens, succulents, Uncategorized

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!

Leave a comment

Filed under color, me in the garden, personal, potted gardens, Roses, Uncategorized

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!

2 Comments

Filed under me in the garden, potted gardens, succulents

Tiny Garden

succulent gardens

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.

Leave a comment

Filed under potted gardens, shopping, succulents