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O.G. Yardens
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Senecio Mandraliscae, aka blue chalk or blue fingers can grow up to 18 inches tall and 24 inches wide. This is a nice groundcover as long as there is no frost. Otherwise, it may just be a potted plant candidate for sheltered winters.

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The dappled shade will be provided by the Blue Palo Verde. Covered profusely in yellow blossoms but otherwise a serene green backdrop. These can be 25 feet tall and wide. One tree is good cover for our front yard without impeding on our neighbors. Growing these from seed - fast growing trees though. 6 feet per year. This gives us time to propagate and grow our front garden purchases. If not this tree, the next choice is the Desert Museum Palo Verde, which sheds no seeds and has an extended blooming period.

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The Euphorbia tirucalli or FireSticks are quite stunning against the cool blues of the succulent plants. These can get up to 25 feet tall and 8 feet wide, but management should be pretty simple by breaking off some sticks to keep it low. Share with friends! This is another full sun plant. In our area, full sun really means under dappled sun shade provided by an airy tree.

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I've been wanting these cactus for a long time. The flower buds are supposed to be edible and the purple variety would look stunning with the rest of the garden palette. Up to 6 feet tall and wide. The cooler the climate the more purple the bluish pads become.

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Went an a bit of a spree today, and made some purchases for collecting our sunset palette front yard. This all got started with the Leucospermum glabrum x L. tottum Scarlet Ribbon'. Evergreen shrub, lifespan of about 8 years. Up to 8 feet tall and 12 feet wide, requires northern exposure 6 hours sun and acidic well draining soil. DO NOT FERTILIZE.

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Little Mantis on the Atemoya
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Anyone try honeyberries? Any pointers?

http://www.organically.us/p/honeyberries.html

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We're going to try out Hua Moa bananas.... Wish us luck!
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Simple layering of wisteria. We initially bought two wisteria vines. One survived, the other didn't. This vine may be 4 years old now. It was growing a large vine, so the vine was sunk under the soil to create a simple layer for cloning a new vine. That worked really well, as shown with the little root developed just under the soil. We added two more simple layers to start some new vines in separate pots. When the wisteria is dormant, the new clone in the large planter will be separated out into its own pot.
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We have this avocado tree that is just about 3 years old. The trunk is painted white to protect it from the sun. I contorted the trunk to make the tree kind of a cascade style bonsai, but not feeling too happy with that look. It's become top heavy and the end is on the ground.

Thinking about trying to put the top end in a pot and see if we can root it then cut it. Or just cut the main trunk in the fall when the growth slows to get some nice nebari with the multiple branches coming up around the base.
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