All posts tagged: plants

annie’s.

One day I’ll have a garden of my own. For now I have a patio with potted plants and places like Annie’s Annuals and Perennials to enjoy. This was my first time at the nursery, and I almost didn’t make it in time. I was the last person allowed in ten minutes before closing. It wasn’t enough time to explore the whole nursery, but it was plenty of time to be in awe of the plant varieties they carry and take lots of pictures. The nursery is large and packed with so many different kinds of plants that there’s a guidebook! It’s like the Disneyland of nurseries. I feel like I could learn a lot about flowering plants from hanging out in the nursery and talking to the staff. Each plant has an info card with care tips and photos of the blooms, too. I love me a good info card, and I will stop to read all of them. I was thinking I wouldn’t be able to make any good plant decisions in my …

plant friends.

Happy Spring! I completed my first full week of working from home, and it’s Day 5 of the mandatory shelter in place in the Bay Area. Luckily, I do have some company – my Hubby (who is off from work at least through the end of the month) and my plant bebes! Here’s a little plant update from my indoor plant friends. There are 18 total; 23 if you count the ones that I’m trying to revive/propagate. One. Sansevieria laurentii (snake plant). This one came from my parents’ backyard. I named him Green Mamba. He’s fairly tall now; showing off some of the lil sprouts. Two-Ten. In the kitchen/living area I have Calethea roseopicta, Zamioculcas zamiifolia (ZZ plant), Calethea lancifolia (rattlesnake plant), Calethea ornata, bamboo, sweet potato leaves (rooting them!), marimo (moss balls), Peperomia obtusifolia, and Hoya carnosa variegata. Eleven. Next to the TV I have a Ficus lyrata (fiddle leaf fig). I recently gave him a trim because I wanted to propagate him, but I’m not sure if I did it correctly. Also, his …

winter wreath.

Happy first day of winter! To celebrate, I’m sharing a winter wreath I created in Haia Sophia’s most recent wreath workshop at Rare Bird. Haia reviewed materials and basic wreath construction. We used 12-inch metal hoops, 24 gauge floral wire, and an assortment of foliage – some fresh and some dried. It was pokey class so we wore gardening gloves. It was so fun working with all the materials – acacia, fir, straw flowers, pinecones, …; it smelled so fresh in the classroom. Haia helped me create my dream giant wreath! It might be a little too big for my front door, but I love it! Thank you to our winter wreath guide Haia of Canopy Floral – check out her amazing work! Do you adorn your home with winter wreaths? Share your favorite door decor below!

plant potions.

I’ve taught classes at Rare Bird but can you believe I’ve never taken a class here until recently? What? I know! I signed up for Plant Potions with Tracy Chocholousek, co-owner of Rare Bird and founder of White Sage Wellness. It was so fun to join class here as a student. And Hubby joined me, too! The space was set up with a beautiful plantscape. It looked like we were going to sit down for a multi-course meal with wine pairings. Yum. Tracy started class with a brief lesson in scents and we participated in an herbal ally meditation. I enjoyed this – we had to experience a plant, it’s scent, how the scent made us feel, and what it tasted like. I chose rose geranium – the leaves had a subtle sweet smell and made me feel calm. After the exercise, we got to smelling! We smelled all the essentials oils available for mixing, working our way through scent groups and taking notes on if we liked the scents or not. Tracy had a …

m.lovewell.

Paper goods and plant babies??? Dream store! On a recent work trip I found myself in Orange County so I scouted out some fun places to go frolicking. On my list for this visit: M.Lovewell. I strolled in fresh from the airport, luggage in tow. All the paper things. All the writing things. All the plants. I’ll take one of everything! I spotted some pins from my friend Angel of Design and Happiness. M. Lovewell has a workshop space in the back, too. Lots of calligraphy, macrame, and other pretty crafting happens there. I found a notebook for travel journaling, plus a few pens (of course!). In the area? You gots to visit!

grow and bloom.

Being home for Christmas weekend means I got to spend some time in the famous Garcia Garden. I can never get enough garden time. Here’s what’s growing this time of year. In the frontyard: In the backyard: My Mom likes grow daughter plants in smaller pots and have them available to give as gifts when people come to visit. Such a great idea! I’m going to copy her. 🙂 My Dad’s current favorite plant: this fire plant. It’s neon pink! He wants to use it as his Christmas tree next year. Daughter approved! Husband picked some citrus (pomelo, oranges, and calamansi) to take home. We even brought home two trays of plant babies: rosemary, mint, arugula, oolong, succulent varieties, a fire plant, aloe, sage, and so much more… Slowly but surely I’m getting better at caring for my house and patio plants. What do you grow in your garden? Share below!

patio plants.

Hubs and I finally started working on our garden. I’m hoping we keep it up and actually grow things / keep things alive. Wish us luck! Here’s what we have so far: Talbos ng kamote (sweet potato leaves). My Mom picked a bunch of leaves from their garden. We placed them in water so they could grow roots before planting. I enjoy watching roots grow; it’s like I’m doing something right even though all I did was put them in water. Nature is magical that way. We’re excited to have plants we can harvest and eat! Succulents. Here’s what’s left of my succulent plant garden that I almost killed. (I know, I know…succulents are supposed to be easy.) I’m more excited about the ceramic pot I got from a nursery in San Diego. It’s made by local ceramicist Susan Aach. I am in love with it and I’m hoping to grow my fun garden container collection as we add to our patio garden. Mystery plant. This plant just showed up and decided to grow. We’re going to let it. It looks …

garden frolics.

What to do when work flies you home for the weekend, it’s sunny out, and your parents are big fans of the outdoors? Frolic to the nearest botanical garden! My Dad packed his fancy camera, we donned our big hats, and we were off to the Los Angeles Arboretum in Arcadia. It was my first visit to the garden, which is surprising because I grew up less than ten miles away. You can easily spend a whole day wandering around. We only stayed for a couple of hours and saw a little more than half of the garden, but we discovered so many unusual and beautiful plants, and took so many pictures. The garden is sprinkled with various sculptures and decor, but we also happened to go while they were setting up for an Art in the Garden exhibit so there were whimsical pieces throughout. My Mom had fun modeling and I enjoyed impromptu garden lessons. The wildlife were fun to spot, too. Until the next family mini-vacay! How do you like to spend your family afternoons? Share below!