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Veltheimia capensis finally blooming

Veltheimia capensis finally blooming

While I’m not a collector of South African bulbs like Albuca, Brunsvigia, Boophane, Nerine, etc., I bought several veltheimias a few years ago—both Veltheimia capensis and Veltheimia bracteata, the only two species in the genus.

None of them had ever bloomed. Until this week. My Veltheimia capensis finally sent up a...

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Fall color in California’s Eastern Sierra

Fall color in California’s Eastern Sierra

In early October I spent a long weekend in one of my favorite places on earth: California’s Eastern Sierra. If you don’t quite know where that is, don’t feel bad. Many Californians aren’t sure either.

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Fall-flowering rabbitbrush (Ericameria parryi) on Monitor Pass,...

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DIY Pumpkin Succulents « Good Day Sacramento

DIY Pumpkin Succulents « Good Day Sacramento

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Mexican poppy mystery solved

Mexican poppy mystery solved

In August noticed this little beauty in the succulent bed along the driveway:

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I conjectured this might be a Mexican poppy, but I didn’t know.

This mystery poppy was still blooming two days ago when a gust of wind finally knocked the...

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
When It Rains, It Blogs

When It Rains, It Blogs

Black Cherry Tomatoes from the Bird Back 40I really should be working. No -- really -- I should. It's a Saturday afternoon after a nice morning rainstorm and there's lots to do. I could plant garlic! I could pull weeds! I could clean the cat litter box...

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Time for some R&R (refreshing and rejuvenating)

Time for some R&R (refreshing and rejuvenating)

R&R is always a good thing. At least that’s what I think. In this case R&R stands for refreshing and rejuvenating, and that’s exactly what I did to several areas in the front yard this past weekend.

Since gardens are a living thing, plants sometimes outgrow their allotted space, they die, or the...

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Sweetstuff's Sassy Succulents
Succulent Extravaganza 2014 Part 2 Display Gardens

Succulent Extravaganza 2014 Part 2 Display Gardens

Let's jump back to the Succulent Extravaganza and take a look at the really fabulous display gardens.  As I said in my previous post this year's theme was Succulents:  The Landscape IS changing.  So Succulent Gardens let many wonderful l...

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Another visit to Sweetstuff’s Sassy Succulents

Another visit to Sweetstuff’s Sassy Succulents

Candice Suter is one of the nicest, kindest and warmest people you’ll ever meet. She’s also one of the most succulent-obsessed, and proud of it. Known far and wide for her blog and Facebook page “Sweetstuff’s Sassy Succulents,” Candy has amassed an amazing collection of succulents at her home...

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
Dig, Child, Dig!

Dig, Child, Dig!

F.C. Joyce Elementary School: Photo Courtesy of Eli Bob
Dig, Child, Dig! Dig until it hurts! And then dig just a little bit more. I can still remember my mother's commands -- even after all of these years. For -- the love and joy that is digging in...

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Stinky time again

Stinky time again

October 11: It’s the middle of October. While most people are thinking of pumpkins in anticipation of Halloween, I’ve been looking forward to something else. Here’s a clue:

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Our front porch will soon be filled with a smell that is, well, quite...

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