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Seaside Gardens in Carpinteria, CA

Seaside Gardens in Carpinteria, CA

Since our recent trip to Southern California was a family vacation, I only visited two nurseries and only bought one plant (a kangaroo paw hybrid called ‘Red Cross’). I know, it’s a shocker, but there simply wasn’t time (or room in the car) for more.

The first nursery I checked out was...

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Snaps from snazzy La Jolla

Snaps from snazzy La Jolla

One of the wealthiest beachside communities in California, La Jolla is so precious, it has the perfect name: La Jolla (pronounced “hoya”) means “jewel” in Spanish. It is home to several world-renowned organizations such as the Salk Institute, the University of California San Diego, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the Scripps Research...

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Everything’s more exotic in San Diego

Everything’s more exotic in San Diego

This is my first visit to San Diego. While the general layout of the city—and of course specific places and buildings—are unfamiliar to me, I don’t feel like a complete stranger. After a couple of days I think I know why. San Diego feels like an amalgam of cities I do know: a little...

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Agave attenuata at every street corner

Agave attenuata at every street corner

Agave attenuata drives me crazy. In Davis, it requires constant pampering. In the winter it needs to be protected when temperatures get close to freezing, otherwise it will turn into a brown mush. In the summer it needs to be kept out of the hot sun, otherwise it will scorch.

And...

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Motels: What a difference plants make

Mar 22, 2015
Motels: What a difference plants make

I’ve stayed in a lot of motels and hotels over the years. If somebody else picks up the tab, I don’t say no to $$$ places, but in general I opt for a reasonable balance between comfort and price. Typically I know what to do expect and am rarely surprised. But today I...

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2015 Spring break trip to San Diego

Index of all posts from my March 2015 trip to Southern California. Motels: What a difference plants make (Carpinteria, March 22, 2015) Agave attenuata on every street corner (Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, March 23, 2015)

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Belated Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – March 2015

Belated Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – March 2015

“A day late, a dollar short,” is that how the saying goes? I guess I’m three dollars short then since the official Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is the 15th of each month.

Personally, I prefer the saying “Better later than never.” In that spirit, here’s what blooming in my garden right...

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Spring anticipation

Spring anticipation

Spring is synonymous with flowers. But before they burst open in all their glory, there’s that time of waiting that I enjoy almost as much. Here’s what’s getting me excited in anticipation right now.

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Dyckia ‘Burgundy Ice’ getting ready to flower...

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March 2015 snapshot of the front yard

March 2015 snapshot of the front yard

Tuesday was uncharacteristically overcast. We haven’t had have days like that very often lately—it’s been nothing but sun, sun, sun. I was happy and took the opportunity to photograph the front yard. These pictures will serve as reference points for later comparison, especially since in essence I’ve redone the area you...

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Yellow and pink: spring at the UC Davis Arboretum

Yellow and pink: spring at the UC Davis Arboretum

Last weekend was as busy as the entire week had been, but on Sunday afternoon I was able to carve out an hour for a quick visit to the UC Davis Arboretum. (It’s only 10 minutes from my house so it’s not a big trip.) Specifically, I wanted to see how the acacias in...

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