‘Tis the time of the year to look back at the previous twelve months. In addition to puttering around in our own garden, I did quite a bit of traveling and saw beautiful sights I won’t soon forget—not only farther afield but also closer to home.
Here are my favorite posts of the year, sorted in geographical order. Rereading them just now made me realize how much I actually did do in 2012!
Judging from the number of plants I have sitting around in pots, I may well be. Some people buy lots of clothes, I buy lots of plants.
Many cacti have stunning flowers. The fact that they are so short-lived makes them even more special. Take a look at the amazing flowers even small cacti can produce.
Agaves are my favorite succulents. Check out some of the new specimens I’ve added this year and revisit a few old favorites.
Our clumping bamboos continue to put on height and girth. They truly form the backbone of our garden.
A look at the clumping bamboos in our front yard after our first major rain storm.
My favorite plant of the year. ‘Nuff said.
I can’t get enough of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum. These posts are for you if you’re into southern hemisphere flora, especially restios, proteas, leucadendrons, grevilleas, banksias, and eucalyptus.
My coverage of the 2012 San Francisco Flower & Garden show. Weird and wonderful sights galore.
The restored gardens of Alcatraz are a succulent lover’s paradise.
Long on my bucket list, I finally got a chance to visit this majestic Japanese garden in the San Jose area. The bamboos are stunning.
One of the top destination for bamboo lovers in Northern California. Walking through the bamboo groves is like paging through a bamboo encyclopedia.
Join me as I explore three unique private gardens in Marin County north of San Francisco.
The Sacramento Valley from the air, including rice fields, giant irrigation systems, Indian casinos and suburban subdivisions.
One of the best kept secrets in far Northern California. Jaw-dropping views of 14,179 ft. Mount Shasta.
Lots of photos from the 2012 Succulent Extravaganza put on by Succulent Gardens in Castroville.
Succulent paradise in suburban Walnut Creek.
This summer we spent almost three weeks traveling through Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. If you missed my daily missives from the road, this index contains links to all the posts.
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum outside of Tucson is one my favorite places in the world. See why.
Recommended by several garden bloggers, this large succulent nursery exceeded all my expectations.
In May I spent a week in Germany. Come along as I explore the area where I was born and visit a national park on the Czech border that took my breath away.