Congratulations SPECTRE!

susi_so_calif(USDA10/Sunset24)February 27, 2004

Terrific article about your GORGEOUS "Lagoon Garden in Leucadia" in the March issue of San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine. Six pages of color photos have got me drooling to visit. What a showplace - good on you!!!

You need to let folks know when it will be on a garden tour so that they can come and see it in person.

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Cady(6b/Sunset34 MA)

Wow! You been holding out on us, Spectre old boy. I want to see that article.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2004 at 8:28PM
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spectre(SZ 24, US 10b)

Ugggggh, Cady:

I have been holding out. Susi happens to be the President of the San Diego Hort Society and I called her after I saw her first post on Tropicals. Outside the general statements I've made here and there about appearing in "generic magazines", I didn't want people to know about it, fearing I'd be perceived as one the egotistical self-promoting braggarts that I recently expressed my feelings about and so disdain.

Susi is a dear friend who felt that I'm being overly shy and furtive, so she gave me the same treatment a proverbial first-time skydiver gets when sitting on the edge of a plane for an hour . . . she gave me a shove. Fortunately for me, the DW, family and friends, there are a few more lined up this year and Susi and most others don't know when they'll be out. Unfortunately for me on GW, Susi and most others read those magazines too. Thanks Susi.

spectre

    Bookmark   February 27, 2004 at 10:11PM
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Cady(6b/Sunset34 MA)

But Spectre, you're entirely entitled to be an egotistical self-promoting braggart! At least, every now and then. Now is a good time. From the photos we've seen of your tropical gardens, you have plenty to be proud of.

Now, share the wealth! We wanna read about it and see more photos.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2004 at 10:26PM
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mjsee(Zone 7b, NC)

WANNNNNAAAAA SEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

melanie

    Bookmark   February 27, 2004 at 11:38PM
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spectre(SZ 24, US 10b)

Well Cady:

I mentioned it deep in a thread a month ago when I thought it would come out in April and knew people would forget about it. Almost got away with it.

It's not online, and I can't scan and post it without the magazine's permission. Outside of mailing a copy out or finding an overly well stocked newsstand in Boston, I don't know how I'd get it to you. So, golly jeez, I guess I can't put it out there. Shucks, I'm sooooo disappointed!!!

spectre

    Bookmark   February 28, 2004 at 12:08AM
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tessasdca

Humph.
My issue hasn't arrived yet. I shall accost my mail carrier tomorrow. Can't wait to see! Thanks for the heads-up, Susi. Congrats, Spectre!
Tessa

    Bookmark   February 28, 2004 at 12:55AM
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ginger_nh(z4 NH)

Spectre-
Can you post some pictures of your garden that are not exactly those that are in the article? Would love to see more pics of your lagoon garden - "lagoon" sounds so tropical, lanquid, intriguing.
G.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2004 at 8:38AM
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mjsee(Zone 7b, NC)

I wonder if Borders can special order a copy of the magazine for me...anyone got the ISBN number? hehehehehehe

melanie

    Bookmark   February 28, 2004 at 12:39PM
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Cady(6b/Sunset34 MA)

Great idea, Melanie. heh heh.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2004 at 6:16PM
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spectre(SZ 24, US 10b)

I have the right to remain silent. Anything I say can and will be used against me.

spectre

    Bookmark   February 28, 2004 at 7:17PM
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rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)

Lurker here...opening my mouth to say...Woohoo, Spectre!

I remember you alluding to an article coming out (in a previous post) & curiosity got me to thinking how I would figure out which publication it might be! Glad Susi shared the good news with us!

Your backyard paradise is what people dream of having! It's absolutely beautiful! Great job you & your wife have done. I'm sure those coming to tour your garden soon will LOVE it! It was nice to see a photo of you & your lovely wife too.

I made a trip to the store just to find the mag, & at the checkout, the girl asked me if I was remodeling. I answered, "Yes, for 7 years now, but the reason I'm getting this is because I know the person that article is about." (pointing to the title on the cover) I laughed at myself immediately, because I don't know you personally, but feel I "know" you from your posts on these forums. LOL!

Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your garden. Six pages of pix wasn't enough...but it was nice drooling while it lasted! Ha ha!

I've also seen Susi's Mediterranean garden in the Gardens of the Year (Sep 2000) issue (of SDH&G magazine) as the "Wildly Eclectic" Editor's Choice. Beautiful garden, Susi!

~Rosemarie

    Bookmark   March 1, 2004 at 1:06PM
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spectre(SZ 24, US 10b)

Wow Rosemarie:

Your effusive praise, props, and compliments made me blush eventhough I'm typing this after a 14 hour day on the East Coast. The effort you made to get the magazine based on the post makes me . . . well, for once I'm speechless. I hope that our garden gives you ideas and you can finish your 7 year remodeling job!

As I tell all my friends, you are welcome to visit (e-mail me). In the mean time, please come in more because 1) we need more contributors than lurkers here 2) your writing and humor are awesome and 3) I can use more fans like you.

spectre

    Bookmark   March 1, 2004 at 10:23PM
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mdvadenoforegon

Was it a three hour tour?

A three hour tour?

mdvaden

    Bookmark   March 2, 2004 at 1:11AM
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susi_so_calif(USDA10/Sunset24)

ROSEMARIE~ Thanks! I sold the house & garden last fall and will soon start building another wildly ecclectic garden in Vista. Wish me luck! *grin*

Susi

    Bookmark   March 2, 2004 at 6:31AM
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birdz_n_beez(z5-6 NY)

Congrats seem to be going around.
Both to Susi and Spectre.
Here spectre, for your accomplishments:

    Bookmark   March 2, 2004 at 10:18PM
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catkim(San Diego 10/24)

Nice garden, spectre. As usual, the magazine actually names very few plants. I'd like to know more about the palms pictured, as well as the colorful foliage plants in the understory. Fabulous use of bromeliads, truly.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2004 at 6:58PM
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rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)

Well, Spectre, I finally got back here...& you made ME blush! And, I can't imagine YOU speechless! :P

I do like getting ideas for our garden when I see other people's creations. That 7-yr. remodel I spoke about was inside the house, though. The gardens are forever a work in progress, it seems. :D

It was nice to see Judy Wigand write your story & her husband, Bob, as the photographer. I like their work.

Hee haw on the "three hour tour"!

Susi, it was very nice to meet you at the Del Mar Home & Garden Show yesterday! Good luck on your wildly eclectic garden at your new place in Vista. What fun!

As we're having a bit of a heat wave today (Santa Ana bringing about 85° by me)...I think I'll take a gander at Spectre's pix again...to COOL off! :D

I'll stop in again whenever I have a chance!
~Rosemarie

    Bookmark   March 8, 2004 at 5:54PM
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spectre(SZ 24, US 10b)

Thanks again, Rosemarie. And B&B's, clever use of cool Trek images, but I must say that after the exchange we had here a few weeks back, I'm dialing down the humorous rants, lest someone complain again. Live long and prosper.

And Catkim, let me know if there's anything in particular you'd like to know about.

spectre

    Bookmark   March 8, 2004 at 11:07PM
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catkim(San Diego 10/24)

I'm reviving this thread because Spectre's garden is ON THE COVER of Sunset Magazine June edition!! There are several tropical gardens inside, but Spectre's was chosen for the cover. Awesome!

    Bookmark   May 15, 2004 at 9:10PM
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Cady(6b/Sunset34 MA)

Wonderful photos and nice - tho' short - article on Spectre and garden.

He says that the cushions on the chaise are actually teal, but the magazine editors altered the photo so the cushions were that ochre-y yellow. Guess the teal clashed with the ochre-y yellow "Sunset" title on the mag cover, so they made a little change to make it more compatible. heh heh. Gotta love PhotoShop.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2004 at 11:09PM
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mjsee(Zone 7b, NC)

Clearly I must dash off to Barnes & Noble. Woohoo Spectre!

melanie

    Bookmark   May 16, 2004 at 7:23AM
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rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)

I saw the Sunset mag while in the checkout lane & thought "There can't be ANOTHER garden paradise looking like Spectre's!" I knew my mag would be in the mail soon & sure enough I found out it was true! I was wondering about the seat cushions, because I remembered them being teal in the other article. I just thought his DW decided to change the decor! Hee hee! Congrats again, Spectre!

Hey, how'd your "three hour tour" go ~ back on the 1st? I would've gone if I didn't have so many other social events on my calendar. I'll bet everyone loved your garden tour!

~Rosemarie

    Bookmark   May 17, 2004 at 8:02PM
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mich_in_zonal_denial

The article was much too short on information in regards to the amount of inspiration that this garden exudes.
The foggy atmospherics added to the tropical rain forest ambiance but I would have enjoyed seeing some high definition color shots of all the colorful textural foliage interplay .
Gotta say though... it sparked that old familiar wander lust feeling for traveling to far off exotic places.... even if it is in So. Cal !

Nice digs.
Pass the Pina Coladas.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2004 at 8:45PM
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spectre(SZ 24, US 10b)

Hello All:

A GR regular tipped me off at my new hideout to let me know that this thread was revived and people discovered the Sunset cover that my garden is on.

I just want to a take a quick moment to thank those of you who responded either here or offline for your kind words of support, congrats, and props. Your enthusiasm about the article mean a great deal to the DW and myself, and while it's an understatement to say that we're just a 'little' proud (and our egos haven't been hurt either), we're also a bit "golly-gee, shucks, twern't nuthin" about it as well.

Thanks again for your props. I hope you enjoyed the article. Off to the garden . . . .

spectre

P.S.: Special shout-out and thanks to Catkim for taking the time to bring it up again and Mich for her wonderful post above. It's very appreciated.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2004 at 6:16PM
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