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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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Cactus flower extravaganza at Ruth Bancroft Garden

Cactus flower extravaganza at Ruth Bancroft Garden

Anybody driving by the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA right now will be greeted by a spectacle of cactus flowers. I just about lost control of the car yesterday when I saw this:

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It’s not just the riotous...

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Game to 100
With state agriculture using 75% of the water, does it really matter if you conserve in the garden?

Apr 14, 2014
With state agriculture using 75% of the water, does it really matter if you conserve in the garden?

  I spared the volunteer sunflowers yesterday and gave them a deep drink of water. I had been thinking of getting rid of them. My wife, who usually requisitions a patch of the “back forty” for her flower garden, announced … Continue reading

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Ruth Bancroft Garden 2014 spring plant sale recap

Ruth Bancroft Garden 2014 spring plant sale recap

Yesterday was the spring plant sale at the Ruth Bancroft Garden (RBG) in Walnut Creek, CA. This is one event I wouldn’t miss for the world. Usually I go by myself, but this time I brought along fellow succulent fanatic Candy Suter, Ms Sweetstuff’s Sassy Succulents herself.

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Showing off in Sacramento-area garden tours

Seeds: Showing off in Sacramento-area garden tours


Phillips and Rix Pink China Climber is among the rare roses in Sacramento’s Historic City Cemetery.

We all know how April showers bring May flowers (and hopefully, we’ll have a few of both). But April flowers have the power to bring out something else – crowds.

April’s...

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Bamboo and More
TGIF, white poppies, and Ruth Bancroft Garden plant sale

TGIF, white poppies, and Ruth Bancroft Garden plant sale

It’s been a long week, but Friday is finally here. Thank you, Katy Perry, for getting me in the mood!

Tomorrow (Saturday, April 12) is the spring plant sale at the Ruth Bancroft Garden. One of the many kinds of plants they’ll be selling is Agave montana. I have two...

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The Blue Muse
#100HappyDays: Sweet peas

#100HappyDays: Sweet peas

Sweet peas are as sweet as they look--super fragrant! (In fact, so fragrant that those of us with smell sensitivity keep them OUTSIDE.)One of today's happiest moments? Noticing sweet peas starting to bloom. I planted them in the Fall and during our Bac...

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Quick update on our new desert garden bed

Quick update on our new desert garden bed

Time for a quick update on our new front-yard desert garden. We planted it on March 15 and 16 when temperatures were in the mid-80s. This must have been quite a shock to many of the plants which had been used to milder temperatures, both at the nursery and in the staging...

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