Blooming adenium obesum

Blooming Desert Rose

Our desert rose (adenium obesum) was blooming when we brought it home a couple of years ago as a houseplant. It is a succulent that comes from Africa. We fell in love with the bloom and the plant’s bulbous trunk. After giving up as a houseplant six months ago, my husband put the nearly dead Continue Reading »

Filoli Spring Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms at Filoli

Every visit to Filoli offers an opportunity for a fresh discovery. Early in March, fruit trees are in bloom, the daffodils are out in the meadow and tulips are opening. Spring comes early in Northern California. This year, we’ve appreciated recent rains and enjoyed the lush green that has come with it.   Happy pre-spring! Continue Reading »

CorTen used in succulent garden

CorTen Planters

In the image above, the greenery of the succulent garden at the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens is made more vivid by the juxtaposition with red lava mulch and dramatic CorTen garden walls. The modern architectural element provided by the use of CorTen planters both unifies and separates plant groupings. Artists effectively use complimentary colors (colors Continue Reading »

Cacti at Eze Jardin Exotique

Rivera Cactus

The Eze Jardin Exotique is one of the most beautiful spots anywhere. My husband and I just returned from an extended vacation on the French Rivera. A short-term apartment rental in Nice served as our home base. The exotic garden at Eze le Village is a short distance (proximate to Monaco). Eze le Village is a Continue Reading »