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Sunday potpourri: of fog, daphne, bamboo, and banksia

Sunday potpourri: of fog, daphne, bamboo, and banksia

It’s not unusual for us to have foggy nights and mornings, but this year the fog has been extreme. Right now the sun is out, but it’s been a rare sight in the past few weeks.

I must admit, though, that I love what the fog does: It makes even familiar...

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The Natomas Farm
……creating life

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Jan 25, 2015
……creating life

It's cold as an Alaskan freezer outside.....and the hothouse that Farmer Deno built last year is working fantastically. So warm in there that I have to remove my jacket while creating new life for the farm.This is the week our seeds are finding their w...

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Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona: Part 3 (2014 edition)

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona: Part 3 (2014 edition)

This post concludes my three-part series on the Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) in Phoenix, Arizona. Part 1 is here and part 2 is here.

We’re now at the spot indicated by the green arrow in the following trail map (borrowed from the DBG web...

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Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona: Part 2

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona: Part 2

Part 1 of this 3-part series on the Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) in Phoenix, AZ ended at the Desert Portal, the fat red dot on the trail map below (borrowed from the DGB web site).

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Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona: Part 1

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona: Part 1

Even in a state full of natural treasures and scenic wonders, the Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) in Phoenix, Arizona is a standout. Spanning 140 acres, the DBG features over 21,000 plants in more than 1,400 taxa. Cacti form the largest group, with 10,350 plants in 1,350 taxa. The DBG’s...

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Cold tolerance of agaves

Cold tolerance of agaves

Yesterday’s post, ASDM: Agaves in the snow, prompted me to do a little bit of research into the cold tolerance of agaves. There’s a wealth of information available online and in books, but much of it is in bits and pieces. I attempted to compile a list that is as complete—and hence...

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
Five-Six-Pick Up Sticks!

Five-Six-Pick Up Sticks!

STICKS!Fun in a January garden setting anyone? Can you have fun in a January garden setting? Of course you can -- provided you like working outside in cold weather. If that's not quite your cup of tea -- well -- a hot cup of tea does help take the wint...

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Bamboo and More
ASDM: Agaves in the snow

ASDM: Agaves in the snow

New Year’s Day in Tucson started out with a bang: a dusting of snow in the foothills and mountains! I will never forget driving over Gates Pass that morning:

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There was less snow at the Arizona-Sonora...

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mamawolfe
Can You See Me Aging?

Jan 17, 2015
Can You See Me Aging?

Aging is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength. Betty Friedan It’s a winter Saturday morning, dreary and grey and bare. Outside my window I look down on my garden; the trees bare, branches arcing and cascading with delicate, raw beauty. The rose bushes are pruned, the soft flesh of...

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The Natomas Farm
…….no more free loaders allowed

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Jan 17, 2015
…….no more free loaders allowed

As you might have read here on my blog this past summer.......the rabbits completely devastated our lower fields. It wasn't no more than 24 hours before these critters discovered the "Natomas Farm Buffet".....offering a vast variety of American dishes...

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