Chicweed in Solana Beach, CA is AMAZING! This outdoor garden shop on Cedros Street is a succulent lover’s paradise and a designers inspiration. Potted succulents and landscape design are their specialty with the potted succulents made on site at the outdoor potting bench. Look around and you will find living Christmas ornaments, outdoor rugs, bistro tables and outdoor showers made with mosaic tiles. The following photos will tell it all… check this place out and then have lunch or dinner down the street at the Wild Note Cafe, I promise you will not be disappointed!
11 Dec 2011 2 Comments
in Garden Design, Garden Projects, Photography, Succulents, water wise garden Tags: Chicweed Garden Store, nadia san diego garden blog, San Diego garden shops, Shopping on Cedros Street, Solana Beach Tourism
21 Nov 2011 2 Comments
♥ At the Encinitas Fall Fair this past weekend a few vendors got clever with succulents and seashells. These were created by “Plant Kreations”.
23 Jun 2011 1 Comment
I found this blooming outside my kitchen window today.
What a real beauty!
It has a very faint sweet scent and the petals are like silk.
10 Mar 2011 3 Comments
in Flowers, Garden Design, Garden Projects, Living Healthy, organic gardening, Vegetable/ Herb Garden, water wise garden Tags: benefits of rainwater, nadia's san diego garden blog, organic gardening, rain barrel water, rain water harvesting, vegetable gardening
It’s not raining this week in San Diego but we may still see some drops in the next month. The garden responds much better to water from the sky as opposed to the water from the faucet. When water comes from the sky it’s free! What a great benefit to harness free water when it rains. Here are some links on the benefits of rain water and rain water harvesting. Education is the first step in conservation and finding ways to be more efficient with using saved water.
Link: Benefits of Rain Water:
Link: Rain Barrel Water
Link: Green Alternatives: Why rainwater is good for plants
Link : Protecting Citrus Trees from cold weather.
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28 Feb 2011 1 Comment
Here are several xeriscape designs that have inspired me. These photos say it all… simple, clean and water wise!
31 Jan 2011 Leave a Comment
♥ The winter months are when most aloes are at their peak blooming season and also a good time to plant them into the landscape. Aloes are succulents and come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes from ground cover and shrub-like clumping to tree style varieties. Finding the perfect fit for a drought tolerant area should be easy!
Aloe Vera is a medicinal aloe aiding in the healing of scrapes, burns and cuts and also considered an anti-aging plant.
This is a nice small aloe that boasts orange candelabra blooms.
This aloe is big and heavy, I use it to cover a large area on my back hillside landscaping. The word ‘verox’ means fierce due to the spiny edges.
This is one of my favorites. Small tree-like aloe with smooth upright leaves and a gorgeous orange flower-burst.
Another beauty that turns reddish when in bright sun, or green if planted in some shade.
Most aloes can tolerate cold weather down to 25 degrees. Plant them in well-drained soil or cactus mix for best results. Enjoy blooms in the winter months when everything else in the garden is waiting for spring! My favorite part about aloes is how they attract hummingbirds into my yard, adding another benefit to aloes in the landscape.
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19 Jan 2011 Leave a Comment
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Flower • Frog • Design • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Using flower frogs is the easiest way to create a quick floral or succulent design. These photos below show a 1 inch Flower Frog in a small dish with several succulent cuttings from my yard. This arrangement will last for months with only a weekly watering and partial indoor light.
SHOP FOR FLOWER FROGS: FOLLOW THIS LINK HERE!
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20 Dec 2010 2 Comments
in Garden Design, Garden Projects, organic gardening, Photography, Succulents, water wise garden Tags: DIY Succulent wreaths, garden diorama, Garden Gifts, nadia's san diego garden blog, potted succulents, succulent design
These are my favorites this year from other websites, blogs and online stores. A variety of “DIY” Do-it-Yourself sites that show how to make and create these beautiful succulent designs. Simple and elegant, drought tolerant, lush looking and green!
Have you ever wondered how to make a Succulent Wreath? Purchasing these beauties can be expensive, but if you can acquire cuttings from a friend or neighbor wreaths can be a very inexpensive and luxurious Do-It-Yourself Project. Square and Heart wreaths look great too.
Follow these Links to learn How to Make a Succulent Wreaths yourself: DIY!
I’ve had many email requests on how to make succulent bouquets, I found a great website that shares all the specifics! http://poppytalk.blogspot.com/2010/02/inspiration-succulents-bouquet-how-to.html
These bouquets could be added to a vase and kept “forever”… or a really long time
Got t0 love this one. A small-scale diorama with cactus and toy cars. This could be done with any theme and the creativity would be endless.
These would all make great gifts for the holidays and throughout the year.
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Stay inspired and enjoy!
29 Oct 2010 1 Comment
♥Aeoniums are beautiful rosette shaped succulents requiring little water and many cultivars of color to enjoy. They are one of the best succulents for growing in pots! The fleshy leaves can be smooth, hairy or finely ciliated margins. Aeoniums grow well in full sun and in partial shady areas with well-drained soil. This is an easy plant to propagate from stem and leaf cuttings.
Origin: Mediterranean, North Africa, and the Canary Islands and Madeira regions.
Genus: Approximately 30 species.
Size: Can be used as a low shrub, single rosette style from 5 cm to 50 cm and larger.
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♥ Create – Grow – Have Fun ♥
25 Sep 2010 4 Comments
in Flowers, Garden Design, Garden Projects, Living Healthy, Vegetable/ Herb Garden, water wise garden Tags: drought tolerant plants, Guerilla Gardening, nadia's san diego garden blog, seed bomb, succulent landscape
Guerilla Gardening – Gardening without boundaries
The word “seed bomb” is a common word for guerilla gardeners. Here is a web site that defines what a seed bomb is and also has a recipe for how to make one.
Do you hate those blank vacant lots on the side of road and city streets? Have you wanted to put a flower garden in one of those lots but have been afraid of being arrested? Do you not have the money to buy all those flower transplants? Is the lot just to hard to get into? And think of how many times you have seen a bare plot with nothing in it or a neglected flower bed that you just wished you could plant on? Well the seed bomb is just right for you. The seed bomb is cheap compared to buying transplants, is natural and organic, easy to make, pocket-sized, and you can easily cover a large area with seed bombs in a very short time. The seed bomb is also a great weapon in the guerrilla gardeners arsenal when the guerrilla gardener needs to quickly get the job done.
All materials in this instruction are cheap, easy to find, and are natural and organic.
Crayola air dry clay (can use dried red clay), and is found in walmart for about $5.00
Tough Flower seeds such as baby’s breath, sunflower, and forget me not.
compost or worm castings
yogurt container top or any large flat surface
Clay from a dried riverbed (Red or Brown)
For the dried red clay mix 5 parts clay with 1 part compost and 1 part flower seeds, put some careful drops of water into the mixture(make sure not to make it into a goopy sloppy mess!), Knead with hands into a ball, flatten it out and cut to desired size. Now just make into a small ball and let it dry in the sun. Now you have a red clay seed bomb.
ABOVE INFORMATION From WEB LINK: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Seed-Bomb/
Is Guerilla Gardening politically correct? It depends who you ask, for some it is a statement about creating a more beautiful environment and others see it as an invasion or mis-use of private property.
I used to throw wild flower seeds and California native poppies with my kids in open areas around our home when they were young, it gave us a lot of enjoyment to see them blooming several months later.We knew nothing about guerilla gardening or the politically correct way to create more beauty, we just simply threw flower seeds and enjoyed the benefits of the outcome. Part of our inspiration came from a book called Miss Rumphius:
Written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney
Viking Children’s Books 1985The American Book Award winner chronicles the life of Alice Rumphius from childhood to old age. A world traveler, she finally comes home to live by the sea and follow her grandfather’s advice to “do something to make the world more beautiful.” Barbara Cooney provides wonderful illustrations to accompany this inspirational story.
How many areas do we drive by in our own communities that are not kept up and by adding some water wise plants, or wildflowers would brighten the area and anyone’s day that passed by. That’s my opinion anyway. Add more beauty, create some joy, be inspired and inspire others!
Guerilla Gardening Link: Here