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New succulent bed at the Sacramento Zoo

New succulent bed at the Sacramento Zoo

Last fall I blogged about a visit to the Sacramento Zoo. I said nice things about the plantings in general—and the bamboos in general—but I bemoaned the fact that there were very few succulents.

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In February I received a message from Michaele Bergera,...

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The Natomas Farm
A zillion blossoms

Apr 22, 2014
A zillion blossoms

 It's going to be a perfect year for boysenberries. Farmer Deno has never seen so many blossoms on the vines as it is this year. To help all this......the bees are in vast numbers this year. I just don't look forward to having purple hands from al...

Sierra FoodWineArt Magazine
21st annual Spring Garden Tour in Grass Valley on May 17-18

21st annual Spring Garden Tour in Grass Valley on May 17-18

Mark your calendars now for the 21st Annual Spring Garden Tour, hosted by Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills (SISF), taking place on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, 2014. This self-guided tour of six lovely privately owned gardens is located in the picturesque Sierra Foothills in Grass Valley, CA. Gardens are open from 10...

Bamboo and More
Visiting Anna Zakaria’s whimsical succulent garden

Visiting Anna Zakaria’s whimsical succulent garden

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Google’s definition of the word “whimsical” applies perfectly to Anna Zakaria’s succulent creations. I had seen Anna’s work on her Facebook page and on her blog, 4 Surya Garden, and I had met her at Donna and Keith’s pottery...

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Garden tours show Sacramento’s links to waterways

Seeds: Garden tours show Sacramento’s links to waterways


A “Crimson Queen” Japanese maple, left, graces the Happy Frog Pond in the garden of Pauline and Irv Faria, which will be open to the public April 26. Above, one of the garden’s camellias.

We are a community built on waterways. That sense of place not only inspires major...

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Bamboo and More
California poppies and claret cup cactus (update)

California poppies and claret cup cactus (update)

Last September I showed you a 22-inch terracotta bowl planted with three varieties of claret cup cactus and a small Agave toumeyana ssp. bella. Somehow a California poppy seed landed near the edge of the bowl and has since turned into a beautiful clump of flowers.

On April 3...

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Brown Thumb Mama
Start A Vegetable Garden for $25

Apr 17, 2014

I hear this a lot: “I want to start a vegetable garden, but it costs too much money! The raised bed kits in the catalogs are $70. And that’s just for the bed, not the soil or plants!” You don’t need to spend all that money for a few pieces of wood. For $25,...

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Bamboo and More
Wildflower meadow: every neighborhood should have one!

Wildflower meadow: every neighborhood should have one!

I see them every year in the big-box home improvement stores: large bags or even small buckets of seed mixes that promise an instant wildflower meadow. The idea is fantastic, and yet how many such meadows have you actually encountered? I bet very few.

I don’t know how the meadow you see in this...

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Sweetstuff's Sassy Succulents
Ruth Bancroft Garden

Last Saturday the 12th I was invited by my friend and fellow blogger Gerhard Bock to attend Ruth Bancroft Garden spring opening and plant sale.  Gerhard is author of the popular blog Succulents & More and already has a couple of posts on our v...

Chic Little House
Raised Garden Bed Update

Raised Garden Bed Update

Cheers to productive weekends and getting a few weeks closer to planting veggies in our DIY Raised Cedar garden beds with irrigation we built a few weeks ago. I wanted to share an update our garden area now, that is feeling more finished and looking a ...

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