March 30, 2014


I am thinking about adding weekly or biweekly ( really? You all know that it might end of being more like bimonthly!)  infographics, just as a nice way to share more info on Pinterest, where these graphics are popular, then shared and thus, helpful to a blogs health. I am in a unique position where I can design my own infographics, and a friend of mine who works at Google suggested that I might improve my ratings with a few infographic posts ever now and then. Please feel free to share wherever you want. I promise that they won't take the place of regular posts. I am certain that there will probably be about a half dozen a year, if I know myself!

As for content, you may discover that a few of these graphics will be directed towards new gardeners who could use some inspiration beyond manure tea recipes and epsom salt tips, and then more than a few will be targeted towards you more experienced gardeners.  I think that I will be staying away from the sort of information that is already out there. No need to repeat content, or to waste space. At the very least, I promise that they will be pretty, and I will do my best to check my spelling!


The winner of the yellow Velthiemia giveaway is number one - Mariane Kuchel! Weird, as I've never had someone who I know, actually win, but so be it. Mariane, congrats! Please contact me about shipment! I will have another awesome plant giveaway this week.


  1. Can't wait for the next giveaway. Thanks!

    The graphic is nice, but the text is really difficult to read. I also think I would prefer a traditional blog post. Real photos of the plants in containers would help me better visualize what you are recommending.

    I've been hoping I can find a Melianthus major locally this year, but might have to resort to ordering online.

  2. I got neglectful and let my Agapanthus in the garage get a bit too dry. Still, there's green leaves in there, so we'll still have a bit of southern California this year. I'm still nursing my dream of a conservatory or greenhouse so I can overwinter citrus. Someday.

  3. I tried Melianthus major in my big planters for the first time last summer. It was a sprig when I got it (mail order) but had started to fill in by the end of the season. I brought it inside to try to overwinter it (zone 6) so that it would be more substantial in size this growing season, but it has a terrible spider mite infestation. (I think it's spider mites - white specks on the leaves and they yellow and dry out.) Though I spray and spray (organic oil) the poor melianthus continues to suffer and cling to life. I can't wait to put if outside again when the weather warms up and see if the greater air circulation or something cures it. Are melianthus major particularly susceptible to mites or did I just get unlucky? (It passed them on the the bougainvillea that I am also trying to overwinter - it dropped most of its leaves but then flowered in the dead of winter so it looks terrible now but again I'm not trimming and hoping that being outside in the warmth will cause it to re-sprout). Any words of wisdom or encouragement?

  4. I love the infographic, I definitely believe it will bring you new readers. But, as one of the somewhat-new-to-plants readers, I do think it could use a little more information about care or how to winter over. Maybe that's the kind of information you include in the post, with the infographic serving as a type of lure. Just a suggestion.


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