Tagged: Waterwise Botanicals

Winter Blooming Aloes

Follow ( 0 Followers ) X Follow E-mail : * Follow Unfollow Winter is the season when leaves have fallen from the trees… when we clean the rain gutters, and prune back our roses & shrubs. Gardens and landscapes seem a bit lifeless as they wait upon spring. I still love the winter garden. As I prune and rake, I find delight in the plants that are still full of color, either in their foliage, or in persistent blossoms they continue to share.The Aloe blossoms are like torches of hope and beauty. While we are lighting our fireplaces, wearing our scarves and sweaters and pulling on our boots and beanies, Aloes are budding and blooming, each with their unique shape and size, but most with a brilliant orange blossom…a color of energy, fire and warmth.  Aloes can have a variety of foliage color, as well as, varying sizes and shapes making
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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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Summertime Projects…An Infusion of Joy for your Garden

Follow ( 0 Followers ) X Follow E-mail : * Follow Unfollow We all like to spend time outdoors with family and friends in the summer, which leads to giving some attention to our outdoor living space. I have found that I love to spend some early evening time outdoors snipping, planting and dreaming up ideas for my garden area. As I made my mental notes of fun ideas, I thought I’d share them with you. If outdoor decorating & creating brings you joy, as it does me, I hope I can pass along some positive energy and smiles to you. I love “Market Lights”!  They are fun and inviting. Look for places you might want to try them. Plant a succulent, or perennial chair to place in your garden, porch or patio area. I go to vintage, antique barns, or second hand stores to find one that have some
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Graceful Perennials with a Side of Butterflies!

Follow ( 0 Followers ) X Follow E-mail : * Follow Unfollow Perennials that dance in the wind have a “wild” quality that is so appealing. They express grace and softness in the landscape becoming the “music of the garden” as they sway. I love to see a variety of color playing host to one another, creating a whimsical, inviting appearance. Let’s take a look at a few favorites that attract Butterflies and some that attract Hummingbirds, as well… adding an extra dose of joy!             Salvia Amistad is in the mint family with deep green foliage on long graceful stems. Its blossoms of purple line the top of the stems in the summer and fall. I like to keep mine at about 3’ tall by simply snapping the stems down to maintain the overall grace and width of this gorgeous perennial. Its water needs fall into the medium range,
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More than Driftwood

Follow ( 0 Followers ) X Follow E-mail : * Follow Unfollow  When I see a piece of driftwood, I think of the sea…but there is more to it than that. Driftwood is a survivor of the storms. It gets tossed, carved, polished and punished by harsh forces before it gets to shore. Even then it survives sun, wind, and more storms. I’ve often overlooked the journey of a piece of driftwood…only admiring the smooth, beautiful twists and turns…colors and shapes of the end result. Some of them still look rough and worn…even battered, but others fair better and the beauty is brought about by their trials. The qualities of the wood from which they derive play a part in their journey, as well. Softer wood will show the ravages of a storm in a different way than hard wood and the intrinsic values of each wood…color, growth patterns, and
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