Ficus nitida

Wrong Plant, Wrong Place: Ficus Nitida

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Ficus Nitida simply the wrong plant, and usually in the wrong place. I think this photo probably speaks for itself..... But, I will add to it by saying that it is vital to realize that the little, spindly tree that you plant WILL…
Red Bird-of-Paradise

Pruning Flowering Shrubs in Late Summer

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Late August to early September is when I usually lightly prune a few of my summer flowering shrubs.  I just finished pruning my Red Bird-of-Paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima), taking off about 1/3 of the height. This helps to promote…
Agave macroacantha with 'Firesticks'

Planting & Care of Cacti & Succulents

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 Agave macroacantha with 'Firesticks' Succulents are some of my favorite types of plants. I especially like the smaller agave species such as Agave parryi, Agave victoria-reginae, and Agave bovicornuta to name a few. Let's talk…
Fishhook Cactus

Pink Crown of Flowers: Arizona Fishhook Cactus

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I just had to share this photo of my flowering Arizona fishhook cactus(Mammillaria grahamii) also known as (Mammillaria microcarpa). While walking outside in the garden this morning, I caught a glimpse of pink off in the distance.…

Drought Tolerant, Year Round Bloom: Angelita Daisy

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  Angelita Daisy (Tetraneuris acaulis) syn. Hymenoxys acaulis Angelita daisy is a beautiful, small perennial that is a reliable producer of yellow daisy-like flowers throughout the year. The heaviest blooms occur in winter…