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Seeds: Arboretum plans for birthday bash

Seeds: Arboretum plans for birthday bash

UC Davis' beloved arboretum marks its 75th anniversary next Saturday, the start of what will be a near-yearlong party. Ducks congregate at the arboretum, a place inhabited by many other creatures. The purple dome aster, one of the UC Davis Ar...

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Read Between the Limes
Garden inspiration: Get fun, funky with Talini’s Nursery

Garden inspiration: Get fun, funky with Talini’s Nursery

Talini's Nursery is a wonderland for fans of color and whimsy. Every item in the nursery seems to have a story, from their Mexican pottery (totally drool worthy, I want it all)........to Casper, their Horticultural Fetis Catus, and perhaps Talini's ve...

Bamboo and More
I like spiders, but…

Sep 16, 2011
I like spiders, but…

Unlike many people, I have nothing against spiders. I know how useful they are in keeping a lid on mosquitoes, flies, and other insects. As a matter of fact, in our family we go out of our way to take spiders outside when we find them inside. And we’...

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Brown Thumb Mama
Winner! The Hour that Matters Most

Sep 15, 2011

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! The lucky recipient of The Hour that Matters Most, selected by random.org, is... Irene! Thanks to everyone who entered!

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Bamboo Geek
Beautiful bamboo makes my heart go ‘pitter-patter!’

Beautiful bamboo makes my heart go ‘pitter-patter!’

Loving my combined hedge of Bambusa oldhamii 'Giant Clumping Timber Bamboo' (with larger leaves) and Bambusa tuldoides 'Punting Pole' (smaller leaves).  Both of these are clumping varieties, max out at 35 feet tall and love the heat of Sacramento....

Inside Red Studio
Flowers of Autumn

Sep 15, 2011
Flowers of Autumn

The Blanket Flower (Gaillardia) with blooms of scarlet, bronze and yellow is the perfect summer and fall plant. It is a U.S. native and thrives in our Sacramento heat. Dinnerplate Hibiscus (Hibiscus x. moscheutos) Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)The Coneflo...

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Blue fescue producing live babies

Sep 15, 2011
Blue fescue producing live babies

A couple of years ago I bought a six-pack of blue fescue ‘Elijah Blue’ (Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’). The plants were just plugs, about an inch across, and I stuck three of them in the narrow succulent strip outside our dining room (the wall y...

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Geno's Garden
Wrapping up the Cal State Home and Garden Show

Sep 14, 2011

It's 7 am and I'm leaving Los Angeles, heading back to Sacramento. The Cal State Home and Garden Show opens tomorrow at noon. I've never been a vendor before, and this booth and my presence is being thrown together! Sherry Larson, owner of the show, h...

Brown Thumb Mama
Why Didn’t I Think of That? Wednesday

Sep 14, 2011

Each Wednesday I'll share a tip to make your week go more smoothly or just make you say "aha!" Try to get your prescription refills toward the end of the month. Social Security payments come out around the first of the month, which means loads of pe...

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Wordless Wednesday

Sep 14, 2011
Wordless Wednesday


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