Category Archives: clippings

tuesday clippings 4/23/19

The pitcher plant Sarracenia ‘Scarlet Belle’ is sending out more flowers than leaves this spring. I have no idea if this is usual, unusual, a sign of imminent demise, or what exactly. But at least the pitcher plants made it … Continue reading

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garden notes 3/20/19

Yesterday I removed the diseased carcass of Agave ovatifolia ‘Frosty Blue’ which lived its brief but spectacular life – until this rainy winter – under the acacia tree in the far southeast corner. You’d think having to battle for resources … Continue reading

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friday clippings 2/8/19; Modernism Week 2019

Next week brings some welcome warmth to this chilly February with the start of Modernism Week in Palm Springs (February 14-24, 2019). Long Beach garden designer and ceramicist Dustin Gimbel, some of whose recent work is pictured above, will give … Continue reading

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friday clippings 1/18/19

I find this brickwork for the studio of photographer Graciela Iturbide utterly mesmerizing, taking a pedestrian building unit like the brick to new heights — three-story heights, in fact. The architects Mauricio Rocha (Iturbide’s son) and Gabriela Carrillo (of the … Continue reading

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garden clippings 1/15/19

I feel like I’m posting on my little garden all the time, but that’s predominantly on Instagram these days and less so on the blog. So since the 15th of each month traditionally calls for a Bloom Day report among … Continue reading

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garden clippings 12/18/18

I noted Solanum pyracanthum on sale at nurseries in late summer, which makes sense for this heat-loving tropical from Madagascar.  (Except when it’s not a heat lover, like at this moment in December when it’s thriving in my garden.  What’s … Continue reading

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thursday clippings 11/8/18

Some pretty pictures for Thursday. The Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California, closed since 2014 to address leaks of up to 5,000 gallons of water a day, is open for business again. But if you want to … Continue reading

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wednesday clippings 10/24/18

I’ve been having incompatibility issues lately — with hardware, operating systems, cameras, the relentlessly awful news, you name it. But please do carry on! It’s been a lovely autumn so far. I’ll be back when the technical stuff gets sorted … Continue reading

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Natural Discourse 2019 Preview Conversation 10/19/18

Where: Wind Tunnel Gallery Art Center College of Design 950 South Raymond Ave, Pasadena When: Friday, October 19, 2018 5 to 7 p.m. free but reservations encouraged The winter aloe bloom season is coming, always a compelling reason to visit … Continue reading

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garden notes 10/14/18

Bitter Cassava, Manihot esculenta ‘Variegata,’ waylaid me at the local nursery Friday while stocking up on potting soil. Just try walking by this. Not possible. Manihot grahamii, the hardy tapioca, always drops its leaves mid-winter, while the Bitter Cassava is … Continue reading

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