Daily life, Gardening, Plant Rescue

Plant rescue…

I can’t say this enough… but plants just AMAZE me. A couple of months ago, on our way to the laundromat we saw this chopped up cactus on the side of the road, most of the pieces were brown and dried up but we noticed that there were a few pieces that still had some life in them, so we picked it up! This isn’t the first time we’ve rescued a plant, we found a jade plant on the sidewalk on our way home from a show at the Casbah, the poor thing was ripped out of it’s home and left to die. The jade plant is doing well and recently just started to flower. I knew the jade plant would make it, it looked like somebody JUST pulled it. But this cactus… we had little hope, didn’t see any harm in trying anyway… AND NOW LOOK!!! NEW GROWTH!

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Crazy right? It looks like it’s a Cereus hildmannianus (Hildmann’s Cereus) which are pretty common around here, but we won’t be able to confirm that until it flowers or gets a little bigger. But seriously though, I’m so impressed by the will of this little cactus. And it’s funny, I think we’ve found our calling – Plant Rescuers!

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Favorite Places, Gardening, San Diego, Shopping

Happy place – City Farmer’s Nursery & Nate’s Garden Grill

There’s a local nursery in City Heights called City Farmer’s Nursery and in the same parking lot there’s a cute little restaurant called Nate’s Garden Grill. I love this place so much!  The grill has a great local craft beer selection and all of their menu items are farm fresh. It makes for a really nice outing… perusing the nursery and admiring all of the plants after a beer and yummy good food. It’s what heaven must be like.

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^^ pulled pork hash. so good. ^^

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^^they have a really great selection of California natives! ^^

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^^ the giant scary looking turkey that loves to show off ^^

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It’s such a happy place. The owner lives on site and basically turned his property into a self-sustaining little village… it’s amazing!

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Daily life, Gardening

Propagating (a.k.a. plants making babies)

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I mentioned in my other post that I’m starting to propagate our plants. So at the beginning of this month I decided to try it on my echeveria. It takes a long time but it’s really neat to watch! The second photo was taken 3 weeks after the top photo.  You can see a little teeny tiny plant beginning to grow! oooooh!

Here is a great post with pretty pictures on how to propagate: Needles and Leaves

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Daily life, Gardening, photography

House update…

Our house…It’s been more than 2 years now. That went by quick! A lot of progress has been made towards our front yard, well especially since Chris and I at one point bought a new plant every week for a few months. The front yard is quickly filling up with our plant babies. It’s so gratifying to watch! We’re also starting to propagate our plants to make MORE plants.. what?!?!! Plants are so cool.

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That dr. suess looking tree (Euphorbia lambii) only had 1 of those leafy heads when we bought it, now it has 5 big ones and there’s a couple baby ones! So cool! It’s going to have a killer silhouette once it’s bigger.

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These aeoniums are the toughest little plants! These ones were all tiny and shriveled up when we got them from a friend… now look at them!

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this lavender grew 10 times it’s size since we planted it. this was one of the first plants we planted!

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Yes, you grow bougainvillea! The photo below is the boug when we first planted it you can’t really tell in the photo, but it was tiny… now it’s nicely trailing up the house! I love it!

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I can’t wait until this wall is fully covered by this plant (amazon sunset, parrot’s beak) it has really pretty orange flowers that hummingbirds love.

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This guy is still a baby… a scary spiky baby. But isn’t he so cool!? I love the grey. Do a google search for pachypodium geayi and you’ll see what he’ll grow up to be… do it!

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This is Chris’ dragon tree. We can’t wait ’till this guy gets bigger, it seems like it’s taking forever but the growth is there, we’ve noticed a few more leaves and that the trunk has gotten a little thicker.

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Those were a few of our other plants… and there are more of them, so MUCH more… Sometimes we like to go outside and just look at them all. Are you as crazy as we are about plants?

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DIY & Crafts, Gardening, Goals and Aspirations, Home Decor, Uncategorized

Goal update: 50 DIY Projects/Crafts…

I challenged myself to this goal at the beginning of the year to keep myself creative and busy! Here’s what I’ve done so far!

-Curtains… after WEEKS of working on these curtains I can finally say they’re complete! I did the curtains for the bedroom and the living room, and I have to say that my sewing skills have improved dramatically! I did a simple flat curtain to hang from clips and I completed a total of 8 panels! 6 of which I had to do twice because my measurements were off… I wasn’t too happy about that.

-Terrariums… I’ve made a few of these because I’m obsessed with them.  I’ll come up with simple DIY instructions in the very near future in case you’d like to make one yourself, they’re super fun and easy!

-Necklace Hanger..  I know I wanted to use some sort of antlers to hang my necklaces from. I saw this project on one of the blogs that I follow regularly, A Beautiful Mess.. it’s a really easy project that I completed in less than 30 minutes. You can find the instructions here. I’m very happy with mine!

-Plants… this past Saturday I planted heartleafed ice plants (aptenia cordifolia) in front of our brick wall. My mom supplied me with cuttings from her yard. So far they look pretty good! They should be rooting in 2 weeks. Yeay!

And I know you must be thinking that 50 projects are a lot… it sure is.

 

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Gardening, Home Decor, I live for...

I live for…

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Aren’t these vertical gardens just amazing?  I’ve always loved creative and new ways to display plants.  Anyway, on my search to find decor for the new house I visited the website for one of my favorite stores in North Park, San Diego… Pigment and came across Woolly Pockets!

Absolutely gorgeous right? I’m in LOVE with these! The pockets are made from 100% recycled materials and you can even have an automatic watering system! I think we’ll definitely have a living wall in our living room, how appropriate!

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