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Rosalina’s Dream: A Nursery of Her Own

– Posted in: Succulents
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Twenty years ago, cacti and succulents were oddball plants, little known among the nursery industry or gardening community. North San Diego county was where the wholesale growers were located, and many still are. But unfortunately Cooper's Cactus and Succulents no longer exists; not since John Cooper passed away. The good news is that his plants live on, [...]

Roger’s Garden

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

In Southern California, Rogers Gardens is famous,  the largest independent nursery on the West Coast. But this post is about a different Roger's garden, one cultivated by Roger Martin for 40 years. When I visited him and wife Gerry, Roger pressed plants on me---anything I admired or asked about was added to a box of [...]

2011 Calendar Adventure

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

Saxon's recent post, showing gorgeous December photos from his past calendars, has inspired me to share with you the images from my first-ever calendar along with info you might find useful should you want to create one yourself. It's easy to do through Cafe Press or Zazzle, online sources for note cards, coffee mugs, T-shirts and other customizable items---even [...]

Fierce Color

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

Why are we so shy about color in our gardens? What's with all those pastels? Give me loud hues, fierce and bright. Like this pair of ice plants, which is anything but icy. Calendulas sizzle in my garden, their petals glossy orange. Velvety purple is eye-popping, too. This scorcher is Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire'. In case its [...]