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Water-wise landscaping in the Sierra Foothills

Water-wise landscaping in the Sierra Foothills

AN ABUNDANCE OF LAKES, RIVERS, streams and ponds have defined our region’s geography and culture for generations. This also is reflected in the landscaping and design around our homes and businesses: lush lawns, water features, water-loving trees and shrubs. But a prolonged drought is forcing us to rethink our commercial and residential landscapes, often the...

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Why are there dogs and eyeballs in my succulents?

Why are there dogs and eyeballs in my succulents?

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night with this image fresh in your head:

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At best you feel uneasy. At worst you're afraid of going back to sleep.

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Why is it that...

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Return to the Danger Garden, Portland, OR

Return to the Danger Garden, Portland, OR

Like many of you, I’ve been a long-time reader of Loree Bohl’s blog Danger Garden. During and after the 2014 Garden Bloggers Fling, I had the opportunity to visit Loree’s garden in Portland, OR not only once, but twice. I was in heaven! In my October 10,...

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Agave bulbils—hundreds, maybe thousands of them!

Agave bulbils—hundreds, maybe thousands of them!

I know you’ve been waiting with bated breath for the next installment in my ongoing saga centering on the Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’ near our front door. It began to flower about nine months ago. The last time I wrote about it, on May 13, the first bulbils began to emerge. Now there...

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The Natomas Farm
…tomatoes and a pumped up chest

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Jul 12, 2015
…tomatoes and a pumped up chest

   So about three months ago.....you went out to rent a roto-tiller.....worked your backside off all day. Raked in some plant rows in straight line formations.......after you had added an chunk of good ol' fertilizer. It was hot enough during...

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Butchart Gardens, Victoria, BC

Butchart Gardens, Victoria, BC

With almost a million visitors a year, Butchart Gardens is the most popular botanical garden in all of North America. Talk to friends and relatives, and you’ll be surprised by how many of them have been there, even if it was a long time ago. Some of the infrastructure may have been upgraded...

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2015 PNW trip day 15: Seaside to Bandon, OR

2015 PNW trip day 15: Seaside to Bandon, OR

Before we left Seaside, OR I took a stroll through downtown and along the oceanfront promenade. The public plantings along Broadway Street, the main drag, were remarkably varied. I found quite a few of the foliage and flower combinations to be truly beautiful. Hats off to Seaside for not going the dime-a-dozen route.

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I Need To Know: Did I Absolutely Teach My Children To Weed?

Jul 8, 2015

I think I’m what some people call a natural-born-teacher. It’s in my blood; teachers sprout from my family tree for generations upon generations. It’s no surprise that as a parent, I’ve been an education task-master. You think preacher’s kids have it rough? Think about being a teacher’s kid. You’re constantly the guinea pig for...

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2015 PNW trip day 14: Forks, WA to Seaside, OR

2015 PNW trip day 14: Forks, WA to Seaside, OR

On most of our trip, daytime temperatures have been in the 90s, with the Pacific Northwest firmly in the throes of a prolonged heat wave. You can imagine how happy we were when the overcast sky that had greeted us yesterday in Forks, WA was still around today. In fact, it stuck with...

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2015 PNW trip day 11-13: Vashon Island to Forks, WA

2015 PNW trip day 11-13: Vashon Island to Forks, WA

In my last post we were saying goodbye to Victoria, the capital of the Canadian province of British Columbia. Early on July 3 we took the ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles, WA and from there headed to friends’ house south of Seattle. On the Fourth of July we went to...

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