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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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friday clippings 9/7/18

What a week. I think it’s time for some portraits of very clever squirrels by Geert Weggen, like this: More industrious squirrel portraits at the link, via My Modern Met. Another mood lifter is this charming series of drawings by … Continue reading

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good riddance to July, you hot and sultry thing

And hello August! (what fresh hell do you have in store?) Unlike me, pedilanthus loves it when the heat and humidity are matchy-matchy numbers. I’ve been so worried that Yucca linearifolia would reject this container, which has already killed a … Continue reading

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c’mon & safari with me

So friends and/or relatives are visiting you in Southern California, and you’re sorting through which tourist destinations will please everyone, of all ages and dispositions (even your own sweaty and cranky self at the thought of hitting tourist spots). Do … Continue reading

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sunday clippings 7/1/18 (it’s a small world after all)

I bought this Echinopsis ‘Arizona Sunset’ at a San Diego garden visit a couple weeks ago sponsored by the San Diego Horticultural Society. The echinopsis was among plants for sale at the entrance to the private home and garden, all … Continue reading

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prepare yourself for summer plant sales

Dyckia ‘Uncle Ray,’ Exhibitor Bryan Chan, (San Fernando Valley Bromeliad Society) won best in its class at the recent World Bromeliad Conference in San Diego, or so I was told by a docent at the Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent … Continue reading

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