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San Francisco Flower & Garden Show 2015 part 1

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show 2015 part 1

A lot of things have been going on lately here at Sweetstuff's.  Things are coming out of hibernation and so am I.  Except I am awaiting another back and neck ablation.  Then in 4 weeks I will be roaring for digging and major planting! &...

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Bamboos at the San Diego Botanic Garden

Bamboos at the San Diego Botanic Garden

The San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) has the largest public bamboo collection in the United States, comprising 121 taxa from Asia, South Africa and even Africa. In January 2014, it received accreditation by the North American Plant Collections Consortium as a National Collection.

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Quick tour of the San Diego Botanic Garden

Quick tour of the San Diego Botanic Garden

At 37 acres, the San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) isn’t immense but it still takes time to explore the 30+ distinct gardens that are accessible via four miles of trails. Since we only had half a day, we had to prioritize and ended up skipping the areas that weren’t that compelling to...

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Sunshine Gardens, Encinitas, CA

Apr 8, 2015
Sunshine Gardens, Encinitas, CA

Since our recent trip to Southern California was primarily a family vacation, I stopped at only two nurseries. I’ve already blogged about the first one, Seaside Gardens located in the Santa Barbara area. The second one was called Sunshine Gardens—with such similar names, I constantly keep getting them mixed...

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Front yard desert bed at age 1

Front yard desert bed at age 1

A little over a year ago the area in front of the fence below was an overgrown tangle of Japanese mock-orange (Pittosporum tobira). After we had the hedge taken out, we built a mound of well-draining soil, planted succulents and other heat- and drought-tolerant plants, and added rock mulch. I documented...

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Beavertail cactus says Happy Easter!

Beavertail cactus says Happy Easter!

My beavertail cactus (Opuntia basilaris) has been regaling us with a succession of flowers all week. The petals are almost diaphanous, with a lovely silky sheen and a deep magenta color.

Move over daffodils, this my official Easter flower!

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More from Balboa Park in San Diego

More from Balboa Park in San Diego

I briefly outlined the history of Balboa Park in yesterday’s post about the Desert Garden. There are nine named gardens in the 1,200 acre park and someday I’ll get to all of them. This year there was just too little time and the needs of my family to consider.

This post...

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The Desert Garden in Balboa Park

The Desert Garden in Balboa Park

Spread out over 1,200 acres, San Diego’s Balboa Park is the largest urban park in the country—1½ times the size of New York’s Central Park. It’s also one of the oldest, created in 1868. The Spanish Baroque and Mission Revival Style buildings that are now the hallmark of Balboa Park were...

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Howdy, Old Town San Diego

Howdy, Old Town San Diego

I’ve lived in California almost three decades, and this was my first visit to San Diego. I still can’t believe it took me this long, especially since San Diego is reputed to have the best gardening climate in all of California. The winters are mild and so are the summers, especially along the...

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Meet Katie Amaral

Meet Katie Amaral

Katie Amaral (right) of Dave Wilson NurseryThere she is. To your right. That, my friends, is Miss Katie Amaral. And that is your's truly to the left of Katie. This photo was snapped about two weeks ago. For the people that I work with day in and day ou...

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