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Arizona redux

Arizona redux

Like yesterday, today has been a gloomy, gray day with on-and-off-again rain. Not much, but enough to get everything wet. Yeah for the rain—we desperately need it—but it prevented me from taking photos for another post I had in mind.

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Gates Pass...

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The Natomas Farm
……the tree had it’s revenge

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Nov 17, 2014
……the tree had it’s revenge

Once upon a time....a long long time ago...there was an old tall tree on a farm. It was pleading with the farmer not to chop it down.....but the farmer had to chop chop chop...to make room for a new chicken coop.The tree's pleading cast upon deaf ears....

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What’s in bloom, mid-November 2014

What’s in bloom, mid-November 2014

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, a meme originally introduced by May Dreams Gardens, is the 15th of each month. I usually miss it, being as unorganized as I am. This month, however, I’m only two days off, so I thought it would be nice to take a look at what’s blooming in...

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Quarryhill Botanical Garden

Quarryhill Botanical Garden

I’ve been to most botanical gardens in Northern California but one had eluded me until this week: Quarryhill Botanical Garden. It is located outside the small town of Glen Ellen, best known as the home of writer Jack London (he lived there on a 1,000 acre ranch until his death in 1916)....

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Ancient prickly pear at the Sonoma Mission

Ancient prickly pear at the Sonoma Mission

Yesterday was Veterans Day, one of the few public holidays we have in the U.S. I played hooky and went on a road with a friend to Sonoma, just a little over an hour from Davis. After exploring Quarryhill Botanical Garden outside the small town of Glen Ellen...

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The Farmer Fred Rant
How Much Cold Can Your Citrus Trees Handle?

How Much Cold Can Your Citrus Trees Handle?

We are entering the shivering season for the Central Valley, Bay Area and low foothills. Late November through mid-February is the most critical time here for protecting frost-susceptible plants.Frost Cloths Protecting Lemons, Mandarins, OrangesThis is...

Sweetstuff's Sassy Succulents
Plant of the Week Echeveria Raindrops

Plant of the Week  Echeveria Raindrops

As a lot of you know I have a certain fondness for Echeveria's.  I don't know if it is the shape or what but they are my favorites in the succulent world and I actually dedicated a whole bed to them.  So with this in mind I am going to dedica...

Daffodil Planter
Top Ten Daffodils for the Longest Blooming Season

How can you choose among the thousands of daffodils? Start with this list, for the daffodils that are first to bloom, and last to close out the season, with lots of lovelies in between. I chose these top ten, must-grow daffodils because:They ...

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More front yard makeover baby steps

More front yard makeover baby steps

The front yard—at least the planting strip outside the 4-foot fence—is continuing the transformation that started when we removed the Pittosporum tobira hedge and created a mounded “desert garden” instead (I’ve consolidated all the posts relating to this project here).

Some of the grasses and perennials that have been in...

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Front Yard Rock Garden

Front Yard Rock Garden

Today my neighbor said, "I read your article in the Sacramento Bee."  "It was great.".  It's nice to know that people are reading what you are writing.  Since I had been working on my front yard project for most of the summer I decided the November article needed to be about it.

I have...

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