Monthly Archives: January 2019

Solana Succulents in Solana Beach, California

Out & About—Solana Succulents in Solana Beach, California

Out & About San Diego

It’s no secret that I love visiting plant nurseries, and when the plant nursery is close to the beaches, it just makes it all that much better.

Such is the case with Solana Succulents in Solana Beach, California.

Solana Succulents in Solana Beach, California

Solana Succulents is a specialty retail nursery owned by Jeff Moore. It’s been one of my favorite nurseries since I first discovered it back in 2003.

Jeff Moore, owner of Solana Succulents in Solana Beach, California

You never know what you’ll find on any one visit, so it’s important to go on a regular basis. For example, I recently found the following creatures which could be useful in keeping evil spirits away from your plants…. Maybe snails, slugs, gophers, moles, rabbits, and ground squirrels, too!

Keeping the evil spirits away

Keeping the evil spirits away

Keeping the evil spirits away

Check out the huge collection of beautiful plants:

Solana Succulents in Solana Beach, California

Solana Succulents in Solana Beach, California

Solana Succulents in Solana Beach, California

Solana Succulents in Solana Beach, California

Solana Succulents in Solana Beach, California

Solana Succulents in Solana Beach, California

Solana Succulents in Solana Beach, California

Solana Succulents in Solana Beach, California

Solana Succulents in Solana Beach, California

Solana Succulents in Solana Beach, California

You can find common succulents, colorful, collector, small or large, specimen plants, collector plants, lots of the same plants for mass plantings. Jeff also can help you with your landscape design or something as small as a beautiful dish garden. Heck, he even dug up a plant that was in the ground because I had fallen in love with it!

Solana Succulents in Solana Beach, California

Solana Succulents in Solana Beach, California

Solana Succulents in Solana Beach, California

Solana Succulents has been in the same location for over twenty years, so Jeff knows what he’s doing and is always ready to help you with your plants. It’s a walk-in retail operation only, so there’s no wholesale and no mail order/shipping.

Jeff Moore also happens to be an author:

Under The Spell Of Succulents, by Jeff Moore

Soft Succulents, by Jeff Moore

Aloes And Agaves In Cultivation, by Jeff Moore

His books are available on the Solana Succulents website, and he has a fourth book, Spiny Succulents, coming out this summer. If you can’t get by the nursery, buy a book. You’ll enjoy them! Lots of beautiful, colorful pictures!

If you are going to the nursery, print the 10% discount coupon below and take it with you. The coupon has no expiration date, so come back here and print more as you need them.

Solana Succulents 10% discount coupon

Twenty-five more pictures because, well, a picture is worth a thousand words. So here’s 25,000 words in a slide show:

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Solana Succulents in Solana Beach, California

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Double R Creations—The Spiral Aloe

Double R Creations

I grew one of these in Houston & College Station from 1977 to 1993.

Aloe polyphylla - Spiral Aloe

It is awesome, especially when it matures, which is when it will look like this:

Aloe polyphylla - Spiral Aloe

Those are Aloe polyphylla, the Spiral Aloe. They seem to be hard to find in the age of the Internet but one now has joined my collection.

People say I won’t be able to grow it out here in the East San Diego County boondocks because it gets too hot and dry. I don’t think it gets any hotter and drier than Houston or College Station, but I guess we’ll find out.

As an aside, my birth mother also told me when I was 10, and she was giving me up for adoption to my wise old grandmother, that I would never amount to a thing…………..

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Out & About—Fault Line Park in downtown San Diego

Out & About San Diego

There is a park in downtown San Diego named “Fault Line Park.” It is split in two by a fault associated with the Rose Canyon Fault Zone. They are so proud of the fault that they have created a walkway on top of it and, on either side, is a huge mirrored ball.

Fault Line Park, San Diego, California

The balls were installed exactly opposite each other, but the eastern ball is slipping southward, and the western ball is slipping northward. In the western ball is a hole through which you can look to see if the two balls still are lined up exactly.

Fault Line Park, San Diego, California

Fault Line Park, San Diego, California

They are right now since the park was built in 2014, and the slippage is only 1 mm/year.

Quite interesting.

Of course, I did take a selfie in each mirrored ball.

Fault Line Park, San Diego, California

Fault Line Park, San Diego, California

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Opinion—Cast iron cooking

Opinion

When I was living with my wise old grandmother in Kingsville TX from December 1965 to May 1973, she forced me to do child labor, things like hanging the laundry outside, bringing the laundry in, clearing the table, cleaning the sinks and bathtubs, vacuuming, mopping, cleaning the windows…….. oh, the list goes on……… that dastardly woman!

The one thing I hated the most, though, was washing and drying the dishes, especially her huge monster gigantic really really big and heavy cast iron frying pan. I promised myself that I would never have a frying pan like that.

Fortunately, Teflon came along about the same time, and I have been a Teflon fan all my life…. until last month when I bought a huge monster gigantic really really big and heavy cast iron frying pan.

I bought it because our new Samsung range that we bought in July 2017 came with a cast iron griddle. Finest thing ever for cooking pancakes and bacon. That encouraged me to think about a cast iron frying pan. They are expensive, more expensive than Zoey the Cool Cat’s prescription food.

However, while I was at my favorite outlet mall, Viejas Outlets, I went into Kitchen Collection and found a huge monster gigantic really really big and heavy cast iron frying pan for just $38. It came home with me.

Best. frying pan. ever.

Cast iron frying pan

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Mushroom House in La Jolla CA

Out & About—The Mushroom House

Out & About San Diego

I went on a 4½ mile hike in La Jolla yesterday, of which 4 miles was on wet sand. O.M.effin.G. I feel like I walked 40 miles.

4.5-mile La Jolla hike

I walked bottom left to upper right. My goal was to get to the Mushroom House—more properly called The Pavilion—a place I have been wanting to get to for 25 years. There are only a four ways to get there: boat, airplane, knowing the owner and being invited, and walking a couple of miles on wet sand and slippery rocks.

Mushroom House in La Jolla CA

Slippery rock beach north of La Jolla CA

Mushroom House in La Jolla CA

Mushroom House in La Jolla CA

In 1960, Sam Bell, heir to General Mills (Bell Potato Chips), purchased a summer home in La Jolla. His property extended down a 300 foot cliff to the mean high tide line of the surf below. His beach is isolated 4 miles from public access to the North, and is accessible only at low tide through rugged, slippery rocks from the south, and remains unused and out of sight.

The Pavilion was designed by Dale Naegle. Elevator Electric Co., designer and builder of the first glass elevator in San Diego, designed and built the 300-foot tram to the bottom.

Mushroom House in La Jolla CA

The design had to honor nature’s mightiest destructive forces, resisting tidal waves, rock slides, earthquakes, fire, wind, storms, and surfers.

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150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad coming up in May

Railroads & Trains logo

Trains always have fascinated me since my dad and granddad worked for Missouri Pacific Railroad in Texas.

My favorite railroad flag is the Union Pacific, the nation’s largest railroad in terms of traffic, revenue, and track miles.

Union Pacific also has the nation’s largest roster of operating steam locomotives, led by Big Boy #4014 (due back on the rails in just a couple of months after sitting for 52 years at the RailGiants Museum in Los Angeles and the last 6 years undergoing restoration in Wyoming), Challenger #3985, and Northern #844. Once Big Boy is back on the tracks, it will become the world largest operating steam locomotive, taking that title away from Challenger #3985.

In four months, on May 10, I expect to see all three of these beauties in one location, at Promontory Point, Utah. That’s the date of the the 150th anniversary celebration of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad.

Here are some Photographic Art creations of the three locomotives for my new Double R Creations enterprise.

Union Pacific Big Boy #4014
132 feet long

Union Pacific Challenger #3985
122 feet long
Union Pacific Challenger 3985

Union Pacific Northern #844
114 feet long
Union Pacific Northern 844

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