Ventura County Nurseries
Nurseries in Ventura and Ventura County
The trip to Ireland and England I just returned from made me want to become a better photographer. There were many challenges on this trip in terms of filming, and of course, returning with good photos is very important for my website. One of the inherent difficulties of this trip was the weather. It was seldom sunny for the 2 weeks I was there…mostly overcast with occasional rain. Fortunately I can change my photos with the Apple iPhoto program, which I do all the time. Real photographers don’t do this, they manipulate the camera to get all the elements, i.e. the exposure, contrast, definition, etc. that go into making an artistic shot. My objective is to learn how to do this.
If you are going to the Olympics, the following information might come in handy. I ran into a major problem with adaptors. After a few days in Ireland, I needed to recharge my camera and iPhone batteries, using an adaptor borrowed from the hotel. It blew out my charger and my sister’s hair appliance; it just plain didn’t work on the IPhone, and the results were the same with other adaptors. So for most of the trip I was without my camera. I bought an adaptor and cord at the Apple store in London and used my Iphone camera for the rest of the trip. Luckily I had that, because I would have had to buy a camera…everything was so picturesque. The scene above of the Temple Bar, one of Dublin’s oldest (esta. 1840), is just one of many; how do they keep everything so pristine and beautiful there? And why can’t we do the same?
Announcing Socalnurseryplants new QUESTION AND ANSWER FEATURE in the right margin of the home page.….…
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Ahhhhhhh.… the time of the garden tours has finally arrived! Here are some of the best, from North to South:
There are many more tours than those I have listed, and all can be found on search engines. I just want to thank all the garden owners, clubs and organizations who work so hard giving us the opportunity to be inspired by these wonderful gardens!
Thigmotrope Satellite is the easiest way to make a vertical garden indoors. Just screw it in the wall and your tillandsias have a stylish new home. Thigmotrope Satellite is a steel tripod with a threaded base, designed to be a screw-in perch for tillandsia air plants.
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Australian Native Plants Nursery (Ojai) is featuring a very beautiful plant this week called Eucalyptus “Moon Lagoon”. Owner Jo O’Connell also has a new shipment of books for holiday gifting. Check out her website by clicking on the button to the right.
Attention: Palm and Cycad lovers: Owner Phil Bergman of Jungle Music (Encinitas) is offering a very desirable selection of palms and cycads, many of them new to his nursery. Some are collectable; there are cold tolerant plants on offer. Phil is very helpful to beginners and will make sure you get the right plant for your needs. He is also well known to collectors, and carries specimens from all over the world. Go to www.junglemusic.net (619−291−4605) for photos and info.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered a chapter on this home in the book Lowcountry Plantations Today, given to me by my prescient friend Lisa some years before. Last September my sister Mary Lynn and I were on our way to go kayaking at the ACE Basin near Beaufort, South Carolina when we passed this home out in the middle of nowhere. Surrounded by 100+ year old oaks, the estate includes gorgeous barns as well. According to my Lowcountry book it is called Bonny Hall Plantation and was built circa 1897 on the Combahee River. Once owned by the Doubleday publishing family, it is now reputed to be the domain of a Hollywood producer. Somerset Maugham wrote The Razors Edge in the guest house there in the 1940’s.
Our kayaking guide, Kim, owns Beaufort Kayak Tours (www.Beaufortkayaktours.com) with her husband David. She is a local as well as a naturalist and very well informed about the area. We kayaked in the swamps where the land was used for rice production before the Civil War. Now a lot of the land is owned by wealthy families who use it for hunting part time. This is a good thing because it preserves the land and saves it from development.
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Australian Native Plant Nursery (click on website at right) features Eucalyptus “Moon Lagoon”, a collectable drought tolerant shrub.
11⁄18: Huntington Gardens (San Marino) offers an all day Ranch symposium on urban agriculture. (www.huntington.org)
The first leg of my September trip to the Low Country was booked through Road Scholar (formerly Elder Hostel — I really love their new name). Road Scholar is a nonprofit tour company dedicated to “lifelong learning”. They have a mouthwatering array of trips in their catalog, many involving some type of volunteering. My Charleston leg was orchestrated by the College of Charleston, a very old (1770) and wonderful public liberal arts and sciences school. We stayed in a lovely hotel, the Francis Marion, and ate our meals in the student dining room. That was so much fun; carbo loading and enjoying the high energy of the students. In the morning we would hear talks given by experts on the history of the Civil War, Charleston, cooking, music and more; afternoons were devoted to sightseeing. Many of our group had enjoyed 6 or more trips with RS. I would have to give Road Scholar and College of Charleston an “A” for my experience!
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Australian Native Plant Nursery has a new shipment of books from…Australia! Click on their website to the right of this post.
Thursday, November 10: Huntington Gardens (huntington.org) Talk and sale on Native Trees for Native Gardens by Lili Singer
Saturday, November 12:
Thanks to my friend Joan, this vista is one of countless I saw in the Ghost Ranch area northwest of Santa Fe. I photographed it from the parking lot of the Echo Canyon Amphitheatre, below. Talk about an embarassment of riches!
One aspect I love about these areas is that they are not domesticated at all. There are plenty of rattlesnake and cougar warning signs everywhere. And one expects to come around the corner and see the Lone Ranger and Tonto (he was my crush).
Way off topic, if you go to Santa Fe, you must go to Terre, the gorgeous restaurant at Encantado Resort. They have these things called cheese tots — seriously one of the best things ever, and worth a trip to Santa Fe on their own. If you need any more incentive, the Albuquerque airport is totally user friendly, has free wifi, and there is a train you can take from Albuquerque to Santa Fe (and back!).
We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.
– Wallace Stegner
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