Thursday, May 14, 2009

5 Reasons I Choose Succulents

1. What other plants pair both seafoam green and pink in one tidy, charming package?

2. $200 spent on the water bill vs $200 spent at my favorite local boutique...need I say more?

3. I'm a pushover for rosettes of all sizes.

4. I like to make my neighbors look twice.

5. Impatiens only look good in tropical gardens and (hard truth) tropical gardens rarely look great outside of the tropics. [Note: Prevalence of palms aside, California is really not a tropical region.]

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Friday, April 17, 2009

The Dirt on Grubb

Well, let's talk. First, is it considered gossip if it's flattering? Because I have nothing but great things to say about the accomplished Flora Grubb, Belle of the Bay Area (garden) Ball! I love it when the newsletter from Flora Grubb Gardens, her handsome nursery in San Francisco's Hunter's Point area, arrives in my in-box. There's always something fresh and fun in the new offerings she brings in for those lucky ducks up north. If it weren't enough that she's putting such fabulous plants in the hands of the masses, look what she's up to now! Of course it's no surprise to see her toss her hat in the vertical garden design ring, but the results of her delicate hand take this trend in a nice direction. A toast to Flora!

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