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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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Exploring the Ruth Bancroft Garden, October 2014 edition

Exploring the Ruth Bancroft Garden, October 2014 edition

It’s no secret, I love plant sales at the Ruth Bancroft Garden. I have my routine down pat. I’m there before the doors open to members at 9am, and I take no prisoners while I have my shopping hat on. But once my wagon is filled with the things I want, I...

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
Garden Leftovers, Meal Memories

Garden Leftovers, Meal Memories

Garden Fresh Sweet Bell PeppersIt's that special time of year when the summer garden, which I've nearly torn out and replaced with fall greens, yields a surprise tasty treat or two. This is especially true with the three varieties of eggplant that Venu...

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October update: Mangave ‘Bloodspot’ and Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’

October update: Mangave ‘Bloodspot’ and Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’

As you may remember from an earlier post, one of my Mangave ‘Bloodspot’ (Agave macroacantha × Manfreda maculosa) had gone into flower and the 5x5 ft. Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’ by the front door was looking like it would, too.

Time for an update to see how the two of them are...

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Ruth Bancroft Garden 2014 fall plant sale recap

Ruth Bancroft Garden 2014 fall plant sale recap

The plant sales at the Ruth Bancroft Garden are personal highlights for me. I go every spring and fall, and I always walk about with interesting plants as well as lots of new photos.

Here’s my recap of the 2014 fall sale, held last Saturday.

After the somewhat chaotic

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Sweetstuff's Sassy Succulents
Succulent Extravaganza 2014 Grounds and Retail

Succulent Extravaganza 2014 Grounds and Retail

Robin Stockwell is a man with so much passion.  It shows in everything he does.  On September 26th and 27th I attended the 4th annual Succulent Extravaganza at Succulent Gardens nursery!  This year the theme was Landscaping.  So nec...

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