Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’

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 [...]

Sweeten Your Writing with Metaphors

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

One of the challenges of being a professional writer is to think metaphorically---to describe an item in terms of something else, so that readers make an association that clarifies, enlightens and perhaps also entertains.  Metaphorical thinking can be learned and is a great memory aid. Food metaphors often occur to me when describing plants. For example, matilija poppies, which have white, crepe-paper petals surrounding yellow centers, [...]