Aeonium ‘Kiwi’

Gardens of Mission San Juan Capistrano

– Posted in: Garden Design
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California is relatively new, historically speaking, but that doesn't mean we don't love antiquities. Designers of restaurants and hotels must know this, because when they do a Spanish colonial-style establishment, they knock stucco off of the walls to make them look old. So where did they get the idea that this lent (at least the suggestion of) authenticity? [...]

The Easy Way to Paint Watercolors

– Posted in: Succulents
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  Several years ago, I met artist Diane Palley McDonald while doing an article about her studio's makeover for the San Diego Union-Tribune. (The news angle was that it was on HGTV's "Designer's Challenge.") When I saw Diane's paintings, I wistfully told her how much I loved watercolors. She asked, "Well, then, why not paint your own?" [...]

Oh, My, Aeoniums!

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

When in Orange County recently, I stopped by a nursery I'd heard about---the Dana Point Nursery on Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point. I experienced it through my camera, and lost track of time. I shot a lot of cool plants and container combos, but the aeoniums were my favorites. Aeoniums are native to the [...]