Category: Jackie’s Journal

Letter from the Author

Follow ( 0 Followers ) X Follow E-mail : * Follow Unfollow From the time I was a little girl, helping my mom plant sweet peas, to being in the nursery business for almost twenty years…I’ve loved gardening. Some of my best days were spent whiling away my time in the garden, visiting nurseries, or browsing through endless garden books and magazines. garden design ideas at waterwise botanicals plant nursery Working in this industry has taught me well, but what I love most is the creativity that goes along with it. Designing a beautiful landscape, or meeting such wonderful people who share their enthusiasm & ideas for gardening. I never tire of discovering new plants, or changing up the mood of my garden. ​I have a passion for photography and writing, so you will usually find me with my camera trying to capture a shot of a beautiful plant or
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Cactus Flowers Abound in glorious Beauty and Color

Follow ( 0 Followers ) X Follow E-mail : * Follow Unfollow I’ve often said that cacti are “Armed and Dangerous”, but when they bloom, they produce some of the most exquisite blossoms I’ve ever seen. At this time of the year, they are “On Stage” and I get a front row seat as they explode in beautiful colors, and some in tremendous sizes!        Our Opuntias and Tricholobivia hybrids are breathtaking, and only a photo can do them justice…or coming to see them for yourself. They are always surprising us…one day the white will be spectacular…two days later, the brilliant red…or pink; Before long, another joins the chorus of color.        What is astounding to me is how these pads and columns of sharp spikes that keep us at a safe distance, can deliver such an alluring flower. Obviously, like us, they hold unseen treasures deep within.   Only at
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The Succulent Sea Garden

Follow ( 0 Followers ) X Follow E-mail : * Follow Unfollow Living in San Diego brings  trips to the beach, boogie boarding, surfing, building sand castles and long walks on the beach.  Whether you are young or old we are drawn to the sound of surf and sea gulls.  The salty sea air is the first hint we are getting close to the shore. Some years ago, Tom & I went to the Del Mar Fair and Jeff Moore had done this amazing undersea design with succulents, and cacti that left me spellbound.  I wasn’t a fan of succulents (especially cacti) at the time.  No attraction what so ever!  Then, that day at the fair…I was transformed.  Being a beach lover and avid fan of those nature shows on TV that let you explore the depths of the ocean, viewing all the plants and creatures below amazing splendor, I
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Don’t Worry….”Bee” Happy

Follow ( 0 Followers ) X Follow E-mail : * Follow Unfollow Don’t Worry….”Bee” Happy CELEBRATE NATIONAL POLLINATOR WEEK THIS JUNE 17TH– 23RD, 2019 After what seems like months…the sun came out the other day and I found an energy emerging that had been buried in the gloom.  I wandered into the yard and felt the warmth and beautiful glow of an old friend.        I saw a couple of butterflies lighting on flowers in my wildflower garden and on a rose under the bedroom window…then as I watch them, a bird flew into the yard and landed on a bush, then moved to the tree and back down to some low growing geraniums.  As I stood there absorbing the feel of my bare feet in the dew covered grass, I heard a soft hum and looked around the garden only to discover that bees were at play… going from
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The Meaning of Springtime

Follow ( 0 Followers ) X Follow E-mail : * Follow Unfollow Not only is springtime a season, but, according to the dictionary, it is “the early part or first stage of something”.  Are you in the “springtime” of something? …a project of remodeling the house, redecorating, planning a trip, or maybe a relationship?  Beginnings can be exciting…or they may be tough… changes in a loved one’s health, a change in finances, a difficult move, or a loss of a job.  But, if we hold on to all the beauty of the season, we can learn that we can look forward to blossoming in the process.  Often, starting a journal is a great new opportunity for self- exploration, something I have done many times, only to abandon in the swirl of everyday life & its adventures, or busyness, or demands.  I sometimes wonder what it would be like to pick
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